02 November 2020
Canada’s latest hotel offerings include wilderness getaways to funky urban stays. Entrepreneurial Canadian hoteliers are looking forward to welcoming Australian visitors when the time is right.
This swanky hotel on Vancouver Island has a luxurious take on retro chic. There’s the world’s firstbike-through lobby, a secret arcade with retro games (think Donkey Kong Jr and Pac Man), a psychic’s den, complete with crystal ball and tarot card reader, and a mini disco featuring a fog machine, glittery sequin wall and mirrored disco ball.
We are already drooling. As part of the Tribal Park Allies, Hotel Zed Tofino collects a one percent voluntary fee from guests to go towards the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks ancestral gardens and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations culture and governance.
A booklet Iisaak in the Garden (Respect in the Garden) is provided in each guest room, telling the history of Indigenous guardianship in Tofino.
Four sustainably built cabins nestled in the forest above Yukon Gardens outside the city of Whitehorse make up the new Black Spruce Hotel. With Japanese-style exterior design (including Shou Sugi-Ban wood preservation), straw bale insulation, local Yukon spruce interior detailing, fir flooring and organic sheets and towels, this extraordinary retreat offers an unforgettable wilderness experience, perfectly positioned for outstanding northern lights viewing during autumn and winter.
Perfectly primed for wildlife encounters and northern lights viewing, Lac La Martre Lodge in Canada’s Northwest Territories, will be open for the aurora season in August and September 2020/21. Located on an island near the centre of one of the territory’s largest lakes, the Lodge is only accessible by floatplane. With nine comfortable guest cabins featuring full bathrooms and heating, as well as a main lodge and dining room, this beautiful island is home to free-roaming bear, moose, and wolves, with nature trails waiting to be explored.
The brand new Constella cabins at Red Mountain in British Columbia offer the ultimate back country experience. This collection of six cabins plus central clubhouse are perfectly situated in the aptly named Paradise Basin, offering on-mountain, ski-in/ski-out access to Red Mountain. Evergreen woods provide shelter from winter winds while the eco-friendly cabins provide a cosy shelter for you and your loved ones. In the morning, strap on your board or skis and head down to the Paradise Chairlift to start the day the second the lifts start spinning. Each cabin sleeps up to five people.
Inspired by the multicultural amalgam of the city, built on Toronto’s rich traditions and history of innovation, Ace Hotel Toronto opens in the coming weeks. Designed in partnership with acclaimed architects Shim-Sutcliffe, the rooms feature acoustic guitars, record players and an on-trend selection of vinyls.