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