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12 Canadian Hotels that Made History


John Lennon Suite at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, site of the famous 1969 "bed-in" (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

Whether spectacular, notorious, or just plain odd, these hotels all have a story to tell.

One served as a backdrop for  a rare Marilyn Monroe photo shoot when she was at the height of her fame, another was the site of John and Yoko’s legendary “bed-in” in the ’60s, still others were hideouts for bootleggers and recluses.


10 Unusual Off-the-Grid Accommodations

By Waheeda Harris

Tired of the conventional beige box hotel room? Get off the beaten path with these unusual places to stay. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Kingsbrae Arms, St-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick

By Laura Pellerine

The exclusive and beautifully restored Kingsbrae Arms is a 19th-century mansion with just 10 elegant rooms nestled in the quiet seaside village of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick—the type of town where saltwater taffy is sold from brightly painted shingled shops on the main strip. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Culinary Escape to Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

Fireplace junior suite at the Trout Point Lodge

By Kat Tancock

At the southern end of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth County, a three-hour drive from Halifax, Trout Point Lodge might seem like it’s at the end of the world—and that’s kind of the point. With water views from every room, the rustic-chic Relais & Châteaux property is designed for relaxation. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

By Kat Tancock

Directly accessible to Montreal’s downtown train station and the Métro (subway), plus a short walk to shops on St-Catherine Street and a slightly longer one to Old Montreal, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure definitely has location going for it. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Titanic-Era Luxury at Ryan Mansion

By Candice Walsh

One of the most (if not the most) posh, luxurious accommodations in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Queen Anne–style Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel & Spa was completed in 1911—a marvel of its time, equipped with the island’s first telephone switchboard system and a carriage house to harbour the city’s first motor vehicle. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hotel Le St-James, Montreal

Photo courtesy of Hotel Le St-James

By Kat Tancock

Hotel Le St-James, in the heart of Old Montreal, is no slouch when it comes to amenities: you can enjoy everything from complimentary shoe shines and valet service to loaner iPads and three meals a day in the on-site XO Le Restaurant. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hôtel Le Germain Montréal

By Kat Tancock

For a hotel visit that’s truly special, it’s the little things that count. And Hôtel Le Germain in downtown Montreal has made a business out of the little things, like spacious walk-in showers, a complimentary and deliciously carb-rich continental breakfast that puts others to shame—think warm pain doré au chocolat (chocolate French toast), quality breads and bagels and chocolate or plain croissants—and iPod docks on clock radios so you can listen to your own tunes as you work or play. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Seaweed Dreams at Sooke Harbour House, BC

Photo credit: Tourism BC/Tom Ryan

By Kat Tancock

Just an hour’s drive west of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, Sooke Harbour House is renowned for its gourmet restaurant, cozy atmosphere and personal touches—like cookie jars filled with homemade goodies scattered throughout the inn. But it’s the property’s connection with the surrounding natural world that perhaps makes the strongest impression on guests. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Winter Storm-Watching at the Wickaninnish Inn

By Kat Tancock

Best known for its temperate rainforest, Tofino is, logically, also known for its rain: it receives an average of 324 cm (10½ feet) every year.

Rather than try and fight the climate, the veteran Wickaninnish Inn, sequestered on a private section of Pacific oceanfront, embraces it.


Perks & Quirks: Stay Beneath a Crystal Sky at Sparkling Hill Resort, BC

By Kat Tancock

It’s not just a name—Sparkling Hill Resort just outside Vernon in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley really does sparkle, thanks to the 3.5 million Swarovski crystal elements—valued at $10 million—used as decor throughout the hotel, spa and other areas of the property. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Quebec City’s Hotel 71

By Amanda Halm

In a 19th-century bank building, Hotel 71 has a five-star feel in a four-star accommodation. Its best features include the expansive views of the Old Port neighbourhood and, get this: a penthouse with a staircase that spirals to a private outdoor terrace.