While I’d spent a lot of my life thinking that America had it all and that the notion of American Dream was something to strive towards, I didn’t give much time to the idea that Canada might be equally (if not more) exceptional. A destination I’d wanted to visit but wasn’t in any rush to do so, I was overwhelmed to find that Canada is cooler, more liberal, eco-conscious, design-led and, unsurprisingly, friendlier than the States. What’s more, it’s a travellers heaven – incredible natural landscapes, unique experiences and beautiful hotels attract travellers to Canada all year round.
If you find yourself planning a trip to the Great White North, check out our list of the country’s most beautiful hotels.
Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec
Like many parts of Québec City, Auberge Saint-Antoine is captivating. The boutique hotel, which is a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux association of exceptional international luxury hotels, is centrally located in Canada’s richest historical district, where art galleries, independent shops and culture collide. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the hotel is family owned and maintains a timeless, humble elegance, offering guests true Canadian hospitality in a space that merges contemporary design with historical artefacts. Rooms are made to feel homely, inviting guests to relax while offering them a delight to the senses with city and river views. The breakfast buffet needs an honorary mention for being nothing short of extraordinary!
Hôtel Nelligan, Montreal
The Drake Hotel, Toronto
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of their 29 one-of-a-kind guest rooms and suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet. A stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times, the award-winning Inn is built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture. The Inn is a community asset, and 100% of operating surpluses are reinvested into the community to help secure a sustainable and resilient future for Fogo Island, Newfoundland.