Across the Johnson Street Bridge from downtown Victoria, this waterfront resort has all sorts of amenities, from tennis and squash courts to a popular spa, an around-the-clock gym, and a waterfront walking path. Rooms, many with views across the water to the Parliament buildings, are spacious and airy. Gadget geeks, take note: you can plug all your electronics into the sleek integrated "smart desks." Conferences play a big role here, though kids are made welcome with check-in
treats, discounted meals, and evening story time. The hotel's restaurant, Lure, offers fresh local seafood, upscale bar bites, and expansive harbor views.