Auberge Du Vieux-Port
97 Rue de la Commune E., 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.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, Tofino
This sustainability-minded, hyper-luxe hotel-slash-campsite nestled into the stunning UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experience. The team does everything for you, from picking you upon arrival via a floatplane to catering to every hospitality need when you're staying in your own private–and lavish–safari-style tent. The daily activities are seemingly endless, from hiking to horseback riding to salmon fishing–all of which leave you hungry and even more appreciative of the decadent, local, chef-prepared meals served daily. There's even a spa on location, offering restorative massages and yoga.
900 W. Georgia St., Downtown
If you’re looking to stay in downtown Vancouver, book a room at The Fairmont on Coal Harbor—it has all the creature comforts we've come to expect from a Fairmont property—opulent guests rooms, an indoor pool, and more—plus, the benefits of incredible city views and a historic castle to call home. Doing business since 1939, the lobby, bar, and ballroom are over-the-top (in a good way) with marble floors and bas-relief moldings, while on-site restaurant Notch8 serves up classic west coast comfort food—a good option if you're burnt out on both going out and room service. Note: The hotel is particularly well-equipped for families, with cribs, tot-sized robes, and on-call babysitters.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
60 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville
In the heart of Toronto’s downtown district Yorkville, the fifty-five-story property has incredible city views from every floor. The rooms are fittingly luxe and modern, done up in a tonal grey palette. Chef Daniel Boulud’s on-site French brasserie-style restaurant is an added bonus for the weary traveler who doesn't want to venture out for a good meal.
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.)
118 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville
If we may be so bold: First-time visitors to Toronto should stay in Yorkville, a central, very walkable neighborhood known for some of the best shopping in the city (the famous department store Holt Renfrew is a few blocks away). It’s also home to the Hazelton, a high-end boutique hotel with seventy-seven rooms designed by superstar local design firm Yabu Pushelberg. The overall look is minimal, streamlined, modern, and big (even the smallest rooms are the size of most other hotels' suites). And don’t go looking for color—almost the entire place is in shades of gray, white, and black. Our favorite part is the indoor lap pool, perfect for a swim before a steam and deep-tissue massage at the spa.
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 1900's. 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.
106 Rue Saint-Paul W., Old Montreal
Just minutes from the Basilique Notre-Dame, on a quiet stretch of Rue Saint Paul, Hôtel Nelligan makes a great home base for those looking to hit the pavement and explore everything Old Montreal has to offer. Each of the 105 no-frills rooms strike a balance between modern and character-filled (we like the century-old brickwork and cherry wood furnishings), and are equipped with all the necessary conveniences: free WiFi, air-conditioned rooms, and a mini bar. And we've heard good things about the on-point concierge should you require some extra guidance while you're in town.
Hôtel William Gray
421 Rue Saint-Vincent, Old Montreal
A delightful mix of old and new, Hôtel William Gray opened in Montreal's old quarter in 2016. At 127 rooms strong and occupying two historic townhouses, plus an eight-story glass tower, the overall vibe expertly plays up the juxtaposition. (See rich leathers mixed with raw concrete.) A newly opened (seasonal) outdoor pool is a big hit on the second floor. Downstairs, Off the Hook, a local boutique with a cult following is stocked with everything from exclusive Vans collaborations to wool baseball caps by Polar Skate and Arc'teryx base layers, as well as their own line of streetwear-inspired tees and beanies. The in-house restaurant, Maggie Oakes, named after the wife of Montreal's first sheriff, serves up a solid charcuterie board, grilled seasonal veggies, and for heartier appetites, dry-aged Canadian rib eye.
Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino
A splendid marriage of five-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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