The Best Hotels
Whether nestled inside of coastal forests or surrounded entirely by snow-covered glaciers, Canada boasts some of the most incredible, one-of-a-kind hotel experiences in the world. There’s plenty to choose from: artsy creative spaces, gorgeous ski lodges, luxury tents, cabins in the woods, spherical orbs straight out of a whimsical storybook. Explore the rainforests of Vancouver Island or stay inside and get luxuriously cozy–your choice. And both choices are correct.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Tofino, British Columbia
This place is a tier above glamping. The resort is made up of 25 luxury tents positioned along the water and in the rainforest hillsides of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island in a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Yes, you’re technically in a tent, but this tent features down linens, incredibly gorgeous antique furniture, beautiful lighting, and five-star resort amenities–heated floors and toilets included. It’s like a summer camp in heaven, except you’re not a teenager and there are no terrible activities scheduled. When you stay here, you are truly far away from everything—the resort is only accessible by helicopter, boat, or floatplane (all of which the hotel will take care of for you). A stay here is a chance to experience life at what seems like the very edge of the world, in the middle of the wilderness—in the most luxurious way imaginable.
Cheap & Chic
The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel is a chic, 19-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Toronto’s trendy Queen Street West neighborhood. The rooms at this local landmark are affordable, ultra-mod and oft-Instagrammed with plenty of space to relax. If you’re in town to turn up, you’ll find the famous Drake Underground club (and some of Toronto’s best live music) in the basement. On the roof, there’s the Sky Yard patio where tourists and Queen Westers often come from a drink. And the food here is also famous–The Drake is one of Toronto’s most popular places to brunch.
Tried & True
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Banff National Park, Alberta
Situated in the heart of Alberta’s Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel is a luxurious escape surrounded by a sparkling lake, mountains, and the mesmerizingly gorgeous Victoria Glacier. It was originally made for outdoor aficionados but now has a little something for everyone. The hotel offers mountain tours and recreational activities (skiing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, rafting, horseback riding) if you’ve got an adventurous side, and a luxury spa and plenty of fine dining if you’d rather just relax. Either way, you’ve found yourself in a wild, mountain oasis you won’t want to leave.
Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
Fogo Island Inn is “an island off an island”–it’s up on stilts off an area called “Iceberg Alley” on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Housed inside ultra-modern architecture, 29 suites offer floor-to-ceiling unmissable views of the sea. Inside, you’ll find cozy amenities like a Newfoundland-heavy library and reading room, a cinema, tea room, lounge, and roof deck with wood-fired saunas and hot tubs. On the ground floor is an art gallery in collaboration with Fogo Island Arts, showcasing the works of selected artists who have completed residencies on Fogo Island through Fogo Island Arts. Snuggle up in the custom quilts to–you’ll never want to (or have to) leave the Inn.
Weird & Wonderful
Free Spirit Spheres
Vancouver, British Columbia
A stay here will make you feel as though you’ve entered a fairytale—one located in the middle of a rainforest on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to be exact. These three (that’s right—there’s only three of them!) sphere homes–basically giant floating eyeballs in the middle of the forest–are billed as “a tree house resort for adults” and no one under 16 is permitted to stay. Spirit Spheres offers lovely, luxurious spherical rooms with loft amenities that are also extremely private and warm (heated!), and have all of the electricity and internet you need to still be connected to the outside world.