In Your Wildest Dreams: the Quirkiest Hotels in Canada
For a chance to see incredible wildlife, explore the great outdoors, taste outstanding local produce and sleep in hotels that are (almost) out of this world, there's no place quite like Canada. Here we pick five of our favourite properties across the Great White North:
Fogo Island Inn
WHERE? Fogo Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
HOW MUCH? From £509pppn in a Labrador Suite, on a room-only basis
Located on a remote Newfoundland island, at the edge of the wild North Atlantic, Fogo Island Inn is not a typical high-end retreat. Designed by Newfoundland-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders, it's perched on stilts and hugs the coast so each room has a floor-to-ceiling view of its setting.
Though radical in design, it remains true to the traditional ‘outpost’ aesthetic of the region. Its chic, minimalist appearance is harmoniously complemented by colourful furniture, created almost entirely from materials found here. Even the quilts in the 29 guest suites were hand-crafted by locals. Staying here is a unique experience. The rooftop terrace, complete with a sauna and hot tubs, offers sensational views by day – but you should see it by night, too, and take a sauna by starlight.
There are seven distinct seasons on the island: warm summers, snowy winters, a spectacular pack-ice season, hopeful spring, trap-berth season (representing the start of the traditional cod fishery), berry season in early autumn and an excitable, stormy late autumn. Each creates a different perspective on the environment and presents new ways of getting to know Fogo and its inhabitants.
West Coast Wilderness Lodge
WHERE? Egmont, British Columbia
HOW MUCH? From £84pppn in a Forest View Suite, on a room-only basis
Built into the treeline of the banks of the Sechelt Inlet, this rustic-style lodge has only 26 guestrooms, each with a private deck. The area is a kayaking haven (for all abilities) and boasts abundant marine life.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
WHERE? Banff National Park, Alberta
HOW MUCH? From £189pppn in a Fairmont King Room, on a room-only basis
With more than a century of history on the shores of Lake Louise, this refined property marries stunning views with old-world charm. During winter, staff build an ice castle on the lake, one of the most magical rinks in the world.
WHERE? Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
HOW MUCH? From £126pppn in a Deluxe Room, on a room-only basis
Set in a grand Georgian-style mansion, Queen’s Landing’s relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by its waterfront setting. The restaurant uses locally sourced produce, matched with regional wines.
WHERE? Sonora Island, British Columbia
HOW MUCH? From £349pppn in a Gold Room, all inclusive, including use of resort amenities
Only accessible by air or water, this resort sits on one of British Columbia’s rugged coastal Discovery Islands. A wildlife lover’s dream, it's a place where seals frolic in sheltered waters, orcas splash in the bay right in front of the hotel, bald eagles soar overhead and bears are common.
Prices correct as of 1 April 2018.
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