With icons of Canadian design Arthur Erickson, Frank Gehry and Moshe Safdie helping to put the country on the map when it comes to architectural prowess, it’s no wonder that some of the most remarkable places to spend the night come from within the country itself.
Here we take a look at some of our favourite getaway spots, each offering luxurious comfort, breath-taking vistas and world-leading cuisine in equal measure. So, whether you’re looking to spend a few days in the mountains of British Columbia, hunt for hidden waterfalls in the forests of Québec, discover the Norse history of Newfoundland or take to the picturesque waterways of Ontario, make sure you check into one of these idyllic hotels along the way.
Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador
Gritty, wonderfully stark and located on Newfoundland’s largest offshore island on its northeast coast, Fogo Island Inn is fast becoming a Canadian icon for its striking architectural design and beautiful and remote location. This 29-room hotel offers floor-to-ceiling views and food inspired by “wild things”.
Built on a rocky foreshore overlooking the north Atlantic Ocean, the hotel fuses contemporary design with local artisanal craft making. Locally made furniture is positioned alongside known European brands to create original spaces that speak to the old and the new. The rooms are strategically simple, allowing the majestic landscape to speak for itself. Quilts and cushions adorn the beds, while a corner furnace is on hand to warm even the coldest of evenings. Opt for a “skyroom” on the fourth floor, which offers the best views.
Executive chef Jonathan Gushue offers a great chance to explore Newfoundland and Labrador’s food, using seasonal ingredients like foraged berries, mushrooms and greens, and freshly caught seafood to showcase the region at its best. The Inn is proudly built on sustainability principles and all profits are reinvested back into the Fogo Island community. fogoislandinn.ca.
Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Québec
When you’re seeking wild nature but you’re hesitant to give up the creature comforts, the white clapboard country house of Manoir Hovey on the shore of Québec’s Lake Massawippi might just be for you. A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, cityscapes give way to wildflowers and fresh country air. African dailies, baby blue eyes and celandine flowers populate the neighbourhood beds, and trees hundreds of years old move gently in the breeze, while French doors frame myriad views of the lake as if novelist Henry James had written it so.
Stay in the main house, which dates back to the 1900s, or choose one of the outer-lying cabins for a more private experience. Local Montréalers have long had a strong relationship with the property and many make the trip for the restaurant alone. Le Hatley restaurant at the hotel site offers exquisite French cuisine care of chef Francis Wolf, who trained with Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud. Eat and read your way through your holiday or pull on your boots and head out onto one of the many surrounding trails. Either way, ensure your stay encompasses a heady mix of fresh air and hearty fare. manoirhovey.com.
Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville, Nova Scotia
Trout Point is a luxurious hideaway that occupies 100 acres of picturesque property. It’s uniquely situated in the heart of the Tobeatic Wilderness, bordering the nearby Kejimkujik National Park, which forms a major part of Southwest Nova, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. A mix of fine cuisine, comfort and detail is what makes this boutique property so wonderfully distinctive. The handmade furniture of ash and maple coupled with wood-burning fireplaces give the rooms a feeling of cosy ease, while the Cajun, Creole and Acadian fare served from the lodge kitchen delights the senses and ignites the palate at every meal.
Order a glass of wine and wander down to the riverside hot tub and watch the sun hang low, dipping behind the Tusket River. When the nights are clear, let the staff astronomer guide you to a waterside stargazing platform, a dedicated space that offers 360-degree views of the sky. Take in the constellations overhead and welcome the feeling of smallness from within. troutpoint.com.
The Lodge, Harrison Lake, British Columbia
Tucked away on a rocky outcrop overlooking Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley, a two-hour drive from Vancouver, The Lodge highlights the best of British Columbia in a simple and elegant fashion. Just a short drive from the charming village of Harrison Hot Springs, the property sits on a well-appointed two-and-a-half acres, which includes walking trails, picnicking areas and a private dock.
The Lodge affords visitors the perfect location to watch the water and contemplate the world, but is equally suited as a home base to fish and hike around the region. The Lodge is a small boutique affair, made up of three individual suites and two private residences. The spacious Carriage House sleeps six, while the five-bedroom Main Residence sleeps up to a hefty 22. The standout feature is Harrison Lake itself, a dazzling body of water that seems to carve its way into all areas of local life.
Renowned for its geothermal springs, a visit to Harrison Hot Springs is a must. Visit the spa at the Harrison Hot Spring Resort and let the ancient mineral-rich spring ache relieve any aches and pains. thelodgeonharrisonlake.ca.
Oban Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River, Niagara-on-the-Lake sits just 20km from the famous Falls. With 67 wineries to visit and festivals such as the theatrical Shaw Festival on hand to entertain, your urge to eat and drink your fill of the region is readily satisfied. The welcoming neighbourhood offers a great opportunity to explore lesser-explored areas of Ontario and take in the Falls along the way.
The 26-room Oban Inn property is a picture-perfect 19th-century building set amid English-style gardens offering fantastic French cuisine in an unfussy setting, which draws locals and travellers alike all year round and reflects much of the surrounding township.
There are a variety of room options available, the finest being the Oban Suite, which faces onto the lake and features a king-size bed, private library and fireplace. With such close proximity to Lake Ontario, water sports are understandable draws, as is a round or two of golf at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, the oldest course in North America. oban.com.
As the famous naturalist John Muir once said when exploring North America: “Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”
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