Canada's best luxury hotels
FRENCH ACCENT: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is possibly the most photographed hotel in Canada. The luxury property, reminiscent of an historic French castle with its turrets and grand facade, leaps out beacon-like from every photo of the romantic Quebec City skyline. Gorgeous in all seasons, it is perhaps most befitting a fairytale during the winter white-out months. After a multi-million dollar 'renaissance' project, the hotel now boasts state-of-the-art interior features to complement the heritage charm of a landmark hotel beloved by generations of visitors.
FINDING NIMMO: The danger in staying at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort isn't the grizzly bears you'll encounter; no, the greatest danger is that you may never want to leave. A luxury lodge in the middle of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, this all-inclusive property is a haven where getting back to nature involves heli-fishing, kayaking in pristine rivers, whale-watching and hiking in centuries-old rainforests. Daytime adventures are orchestrated by guides who are as passionate about the great outdoors as the lodge's chefs are about serving locally sourced, utterly delicious gourmet cuisine.
ON TO TORONTO: As Toronto's only member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Hazelton Hotel waves the flag for the highest standard of glamorous luxury in the city. Located downtown, in the fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood, the Hazelton is often the chosen home away from home for big-name stars of film and TV series filming on location. With just 77 rooms and suites, the proportions are roomy and the attentive services (a lavish spa, an acclaimed restaurant) are boutique and bespoke in nature.
TO BE SHORE: Come for the architecture, stay for the art. On the dramatic windswept North Atlantic coastline of Newfoundland, architect Todd Saunders has designed an irresistibly uncommon masterpiece. Fogo Island Inn is perched on stilts that are anchored to the rocky terrain below, an homage to the region's fishing heritage. All 29 luxury suites are so close to the sea you could almost reach out and touch the water through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, a contemporary art gallery has been established, alongside a dining room featuring the local harvest, a cosy bar, gym and private screening room. This is not your grandpa's fishing hut.
GEORGIA ON OUR MIND: A downtown Vancouver landmark since the Roaring Twenties, the Hotel Georgia was refurbished five years ago and reopened as part of the Rosewood collection of superior hotels in North America. Now known as Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the five-star historic property has retained its Flapper-era elegance, while acquiring modern conveniences such as a saltwater lap pool and enough event space to host a wedding or New Year's Eve bash that Jay Gatsby himself would be proud of. The hotel's award winning, signature restaurant, Hawksworth, serves the finest Canadian cuisine, while Prohibition bar evokes the essence of yesteryear's speakeasies, when sophistication was always on the menu.
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC,
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