By Vanessa Muri
Montreal, and Old Montreal in particular, is home to a multitude of beautiful, historic boutique hotels tucked away among cobblestone or tree-lined streets that offer intimate atmosphere, attentive service and well-appointed rooms.
But quaint can come at a cost: fully equipped spas, for one, are rare among smaller hotels. (more…)
Scandinave Spa Whistler (Photo by Greg Eymundson/insight-photography.com)
By Meghan Wilson-Smith
This time of year can overwhelm even the most spirited of us. To combat the mid-winter blahs, whisk yourself away for a spa stay—whether in the heart of the city or by the ocean or surrounded by mountain peaks—and a full roster of delicious, relaxing treatments. (more…)
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…)
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.
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.