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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Not Your Average Airport Hotel: Vancouver’s Fairmont YVR

By TIM JOHNSON

It wasn’t so long ago that airport hotels were notorious for their mediocrity, one-and-done affairs that (sometimes) offered a decent night of sleep—and little more—to travellers who were interested in just one thing: being close to the airport. (more…)

12 Canadian Hotels that Made History

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.

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New Brunswick’s Venerable Algonquin Resort Could Become a Marriott

Photo: Trevor Donald

Marriott is in talks to buy the historic Algonquin Resort in St.-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, CBC reports. (more…)

Where.ca’s 12 Cities of Christmas

Quebec City's Rue du Petit-Champlain decorated for the holidays. Photo by Jean-François Bergeron, Enviro Foto.

In this vast country of ours, landscapes, cultures, climates and in some cases Christmas traditions vary widely.

Here’s just a taste of the holiday season, from gorgeous decorations to quirky annual events, in top destinations across Canada.

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7 of Canada’s Most Haunted Hotels

By SHANNON KELLY

Quebec City's Château Frontenac (Photo by HuTDoG83)

Is anything better than a good ghost story? Have your own to tell after you spend a night at one of these hotels known for their paranormal activity. After hearing creepy tales of murders, hangings and ghosts snuggling up to guests in bed, you’ll be thankful if things merely go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!

1. Fairmont Algonquin
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
The most haunted room in the 19th-century hotel is rumoured to be no. 473, where guests report seeing a weeping bride, the ghost of a woman who apparently took her own life in the room after being left at the altar. Guests have also recounted sightings of a ghostly bellhop roaming the halls. The hotel revels in its haunted history, telling campfire ghost stories and giving ghost tours. Book it.

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Executive Chef Daniel Tobien of Fairmont Tremblant Resort

By Waheeda Harris

Born in France’s Alsace region, Chef Daniel Tobien has gastronomy in his genes. From his mother, he acquired a profound loyalty to local products and from his father, a native of the Burgundy region, he learned his appreciation of good wines and a natural way with people—all which he believes are essential ingredients for making a true chef de cuisine.

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Perks & Quirks: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Photo by Michel Julien

By Kat Tancock

Goat cheese, or chèvre, is a common sight on hotel menus, but usually the cheese doesn’t come from the hotel’s own goats. (more…)

Road Trip: Outaouais and La Petite Nation

Photo by Quoi Media

By Tim Johnson

Tracing the languid flow of the big, beautiful Ottawa River along its northern banks, the Outaouias region of Quebec is a pleasing a mix of water and wild. Add in a dash of Quebecois cuisine, some high-flying adventures and one of the quirkiest hotels in the nation and you’ve got a great drive. And best of all? The region, which includes an area around Montebello known as La Petite Nation (an old Algonquin term), lies roughly halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, so you can take it all in en route, driving from one of Canada’s best cities to another.

Roadside Attractions

1. The charming village of Montebello, right on the river about a two-hour drive west of Montreal, is a place where you’ll want to linger, with its abundant green spaces and compact main street lined with cute shops and cafes.

2. Just north of town, hidden out in the woods, the Fairmont Kenauk—an institution since 1930 and a private club until the 1970s—offers stylish access to the great outdoors.  Now owned and operated by luxury hotelier Fairmont, the Kenauk spans a stunning 65,000+ acres of Quebec wilderness and includes 70 lakes and countless hills and small mountains. Go fishing, take out a canoe or kayak, shoot some clay pigeons with a 12-gauge, hike, bike, and even bed down for the night in one of their lovely, rustic cabins—each of which comes with its own private lake.

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Our Take: National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Foods in Quebec

St-Viateur Bagel. Photo by Backpack Foodie.

National Geographic Traveler’s blog post on top ten foods to eat in Quebec was en pointe. The list recognizes the French Canadian staples that most tourists know and love; the number one choice, of course, is poutine, the gooey combination of cheese curds and gravy. (more…)