By Sara Samson, Afton Aikens and Jack Wennot
Browse accommodations: Banff | Canmore | Lake Louise | Jasper | Golden | Invermere & Area | Fernie & Area
Historic Fairmont Hotels
Banff and Jasper offer accommodation for every traveller, including luxury hotels, budget motels, rustic lodges, B&Bs, condos and hostels. But the grandest are the original Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Canadian National Railway (CN) hotels.
Now operated as Fairmont hotels, the Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise and Jasper Park Lodge offer historical significance, luxury, resort amenities and alpine adventure — plus prime mountain locations with extraordinary views. These are amongst Canada’s best and most iconic hotels.
Image: Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs: Alberta’s “Castle in the Rockies” is the birthplace of Canadian Rockies tourism. This Scottish baronial hotel by the Bow River is a 10-minute walk from downtown Banff. Guests access a $30-million spa, renowned golf course, bowling, tennis, horse stables, shopping and 12 restaurants. Guests have included King George VI, Marilyn Monroe and Bill Gates. (more…)
By LIZ BRUCKNER
FantasyLand Hotel at the West Edmonton Mall
Complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi aside, when visiting a hotel with the shorter set, it’s the kid-specific perks that garner real praise with parents. From kid concierges to in-hotel scavenger hunts, these nationwide homes-away-from-home earn serious child-friendly clout. (more…)
By WAHEEDA HARRIS
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.
HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre hostel in Banff National Park. Photo by Simon Starr.
By Candice Walsh
The hostel scene in Canada has been growing these past few years and with all the added competition hostels have had to step up their game. In the process, they’ve realized that a good bargain doesn’t only appeal to university students on spring break or summer vacation. (more…)