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HOTEL INSIDER: Sonora Resort – Sonora Island, British Columbia

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Aerial view of the Sonora Resort

Aerial view of the Sonora Resort (Photo: Darren Bernaerdt)

ABOUT THIS HOTEL
Once a quaint fishing lodge on a secluded island, Sonora Resort has evolved into one of the country’s most luxurious hotels, offering all-inclusive packages from May to October. Its location on on Sonora Island—part of the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, home to orca whales, sea lions and bald eagles—allows the destination to create a unique experience that blends wilderness beauty with the grace and opulence of a Relais & Chateaux hotel.

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Canada's Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

Owner's Suite terrace at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Want to live the life of an A-lister in Canada? In addition to the de rigueur European vehicle and the haute couture clothing labels, those who live well travel well, too.

A night's stay in one of these exclusive hotel suites may cost more than a monthly mortgage payment.

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HOTEL INSIDER: Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver, BC

By TIM JOHNSON

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver

The first thing one notices about the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel is its sweeping views of Vancouver. The shimmering silver building is perched on the edge of the city’s harbour, providing unique perspectives of downtown, the Coast Mountains and float planes taking off and landing on the water. The location provides much more, though—the Fairmont Pacific Rim is within walking distance of Stanley Park, Gastown and pretty much everything worth seeing in central Vancouver.

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Hotel of the Week: Abigail’s Hotel—Victoria, British Columbia

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

A peaceful retreat from the busy streets of Victoria, this Tudor-revival-style bed-and-breakfast is three blocks from the Inner Harbour area, close enough to walk from where the seaplanes land.

The main portion of the 23-room Abigail’s Hotel was built in the 1930s as the Bessborough Apartments, named after the Governor General of Canada at the time, the Earl of Bessborough. In 1985 the building was converted to a bed-and-breakfast inn, undergoing a careful restoration, and was listed on the Historic Registry of the City of Victoria. The property has received awards many times over: it was on the TripAdvisor Best Hotels list of 2012 and was named one of the 10 most romantic B&Bs for 2012 by BedandBreakfast.com. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Skoki Lodge—Lake Louise, Alberta

By SHANNON KELLY

Opened in 1931, Skoki Lodge was Canada’s first commercial ski lodge. The National Historic Site in the Canadian Rockies‘ Banff National Park still retains an early 20th-century charm, due in no small part to its remote location. No roads lead to the log-cabin lodge, which is an 11-kilometre (three- to five-hour) steady, gradual uphill hike or ski from Lake Louise Ski Area, and you’ll have to trek in with all your gear—the lodge doesn’t provide any transport. (more…)

Renovations Elevate the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites

By TIM JOHNSON

Given a location directly across the road from Pearson International Airport, you might think that a stay at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites involves a bit of an exchange—that is, proximity for serenity. But this sleek property, which recently completed a two-and-a-half year, top-to-bottom renovation, has quiet, soundproofed rooms, meaning you can get both a good night’s sleep, and a fast shuttle in the morning. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa—Jesmond, British Columbia

By SANAM ISLAM

Formerly a cattle ranch, the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is in the heart of the Cariboo Mountains cowboy country 400 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, which has a rich history dating back to the gold rush of the 1850s. Horses graze the fields near the ranch, which is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Cariboo Mountains, pine forests, canyons, grasslands and lakes.

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Hotel of the Week: Harbour House Hotel—Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

By SHANNON KELLY

The pretty Victorian-era town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has no shortage of impeccably designed accommodations, but the Harbour House Hotel has something just a bit special. A boutique hotel with 31 rooms and suites, it is an excellent option if you’re seeking the coziness of a B&B—where staff go above and beyond and often greet you by name—without intimate breakfast-with-the-owner chats. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Nita Lake Lodge—Whistler BC

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

 

Nestled among the pine trees on the shores of Nita Lake, the cozy 77-room Nita Lake Lodge is a picture-perfect hideaway with large wood beams, grey slate floors, an oversize wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, a spacious outdoor stone patio and views of mountain, lake or forest from every room. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Auberge Le Baluchon—Mauricie, Quebec

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Photo: courtesy of Auberge Le Baluchon

By KAT TANCOCK

The first thing you notice as you approach Auberge Le Baluchon is the lack of cell phone service—and that’s kind of the point. (Rest assured, however, that it does have Wi-Fi.) About a two-hour drive from either Montreal or Quebec City’s airports, the property’s raison d’être is its beautiful natural setting: eight islands, forest and plains and the winding, rocky Rivière du Loup, all criss-crossed with 22 km of trails that pass waterfalls, bird sanctuaries and even a beaver dam. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: The Great George—Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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By WAHEEDA HARRIS

The Great George hotel has laid claim to a whole city block in downtown Charlottetown by annexing 15 buildings in total, each carefully restored to create a unique accommodation option in this historic Maritime city. First opened as the Regent Hotel in 1846, the inn hosted politicians during the Canadian Confederation’s Charlotte Conference in 1864. It has gone through several owners since, and in 1996 was revealed in its current state—a series of neat-and-trim painted row houses—in the largest private heritage development project in the province. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Stewart House Inn—Stratford, Ontario

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By Sanam Islam

Photo: Irene Miller

Built in 1870, the Stewart House Inn combines old-world elegance with modern-day comforts. Surrounded by century-old black walnut and pine trees, the inn is on an acre of woodlands overlooking the Avon River parklands, yet is just two blocks from downtown Stratford. Owners Marc Armstrong and his wife Lynn Logie aim to create a high-end, five-star experience for guests, who have included veteran Stratford Shakespeare Festival thespian Christopher Plummer. Each day starts with a homemade gourmet, locally sourced breakfast and in-room silver coffee or tea service and ends with a personalized note and evening treat like cookies or fresh fruit. (more…)