The Best Hotels
From the rainforests of British Columbia to the cobblestone streets of Montreal, Canada is home to a surprisingly diverse selection of secluded cabins, stylish weekend escapes, and hip hangouts. The best hotels in Canada’s more remote locations embrace the country’s vast, wild terrain, pairing premier outdoor experiences with luxurious indoor comfort. Meanwhile, the best stays in Canada’s chic, global cities combine the old and the new, with contemporary innovation bringing modern design to charming historic settings.
Weird & Wonderful
In Prince Edward County, along the shore of Lake Ontario, The Drake Devonshire is like a hip summer camp for adults where instead of arts and crafts and archery lessons, there are craft cocktails, lakeside massages, and pilates. The funky, well-styled hotel is warm and welcoming, and lakefront dining on steak tartare with grilled treviso or caesar salad with pickled corn is well above ordinary. You’re well-equipped for charming excursions, with a choice of exploring nearby Wellington Beach, or the area’s wineries, art galleries, fishing outposts, and golf courses.
Fogo Island Inn
On this rare, distant corner of the earth, you’ll be in awe of the dramatic surrounding elements: the vast, tumultuous North Atlantic and the rocky shores of Fogo Island, where this hotel is carefully perched upon long stilts. Inside what appears to be a stack of off-white shipping containers, rooms are surprisingly open and airy, with floor-to-ceiling views of the natural surroundings. Beyond the hotel’s private art gallery, the whole space feels impeccably and artistically designed, with wood-burning stoves and ample use of raw, natural materials like wood and wool. Amid all the luxury, the hotel dedicates itself to investing profits back into the Fogo Island community.
Rich & Famous
Glacier View Lodge
Jasper National Park, Canada
At first glance, the experience at Glacier View Lodge is all in the name (the vistas of the surrounding icefield, glaciers, and snowy alpine peaks are breathtaking) but there’s much more to a stay at this luxury lodge inside Jasper National Park. The vibe here is chalet-chic—the lounge especially feels like a sophisticated ski lodge—with plenty of hygge vibes, natural light, and killer views of the incredible surroundings. The all-inclusive experience treks you through the icy wonderland of the park with the best guides and none of the hassle. A real “Canadian” dining experience includes hearty breakfasts and three-course dinners (with dishes like Atlantic salmon and tea-smoked duck breast) overlooking the Athabasca Glacier.
Hotel William Gray
Nestled unassumingly within Old Montreal—a neighborhood still preserved in cobblestone and charm just steps away from the St. Lawrence River and the city’s historic port—Hotel William Gray is known for its sweeping terraces and intimate courtyards, of which there are plenty. Don’t miss the onsite restaurant, Maggie Oakes, where herbs from the living wall are incorporated into dishes. Rooms are large and comfortable with modern baths enclosed in glass and sophisticated, contemporary decor elsewhere. The decadent spa is a plus, as are coffee and pastries from Cafe Olimpico (an outpost of the local favorite).
Nimmo Bay Resort
Mackenzie Sound, Canada
On a remote southern edge of Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, “intertidal” cabins at Nimmo Bay sit stilted along the water, and guests can literally feel the ebb and flow of the tides underneath them. Inside, cabins have white clapboard walls, supremely comfortable beds, and oriental carpets with just the right amount of wear to give the digs a feel. Bathrooms and other amenities don’t skimp on modernity, however, and activities range from guided hikes and boat tours to paddleboarding or kayaking among the sunbathing seals. Perhaps the resort’s best feature is an intimate, familiar atmosphere, owing to the fact that it’s small and family-owned (no corporate resort vibes here), and everything is done with a touch of personal care.