Auberge Du Vieux-Port
97 Rue de la Commune Est, Old Montreal
With dizzying views of the Saint Lawrence River and in cozy proximity to many of the city’s most celebrated spots, this 19th-century hotel in history-steeped Old Montreal is the total package. The massive, kitted out guestrooms—all exposed brick and cast-iron fixtures—blend right in with the city’s unmistakable old-meets-new feel.
1200 Mt Maxwell Rd, Salt Spring Island
A stone’s throw from Vancouver, Salt Island is something of a creative enclave for the culinarily inclined. Think impossibly picturesque, rugged setting where you’ll find vintners, cheese makers, and other creative types in residence year-around. It’s just that spirit that inspired Michael Abelman and Jeanne-Marie Herman to open Foxglove Farm, a 121-acre organic farm which holds cooking and gardening classes, plus mushroom-foraging and cheese-making courses. Its location, 1,200 feet above sea level, means they regularly grow everything from peaches, plus, quince, figs, cherries, plus a nourishing mix of veggies and legumes. (As a result their veggies have graced the table at the likes of Chez Panisse and Zuni Cafe, too.)
449 Rue Sainte-Hélène, Old Montreal
Poured concrete floors, low-slung beds, and giant windows make sense, since this boutique hotel occupies the former home of a booming import/export business from the 1900s. It’s not as cold as it sounds: The designers used plenty of gorgeous mid-century pieces from designers like Bertoia and Eames to warm it all up.
Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino
A splendid marriage of 5-star luxury and rugged wilderness, Vancouver Island’s Long Beach Lodge, speaks to both serenity seekers and adrenaline junkies. Watch surfers tackle the waves of Cox Bay Beach (considered the crème de la crème of Canadian surf breaks) from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Great Room or get in on the action by hiring a certified instructor from the surf club for a lesson. Other water activities come in the form of whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving. If dry land is more your speed, hike the legendary trails of the Pacific Rim, take in the sights from a bike, or embark on a guided wildlife tour; Banana slug hunts, zip-line excursions, and the Ucluelet Aquarium pique the interests of adventurous tykes. Take a fish burrito break at the SandBar Bistro or retreat to your oceanfront lodgings: split-level rai forest cottages are ideal for families while the standard rooms and penthouse suites offer the perfect accommodations for couples.
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