Great design, anticipatory service, and thoughtful amenities are essential to any world-class hotel. But in Canada, the simplest resorts transcend the standard offerings to immerse guests within the country’s pilgrimage-worthy landscapes — from the Rockies within the west to the rugged coastline of the east.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences round the globe — to share their opinions on the highest hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort supported their locations and amenities.
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In this year’s rivalry between Canada’s east and west coasts, the latter won big, with eight out of the ten winning properties located in either Alberta or British Columbia . Nestled within the former’s Rockies , Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise — a perennial favorite on our World’s Best lists and one among four Fairmonts ranked this year — claimed the No. 4 spot. Its rich history and lakefront location wowed many T+L readers. “The lake and scenery are pristine,” wrote one fan. “You’ll never want to go away .”
Sweeping lake views also made an impact on guests at Manoir Hovey, an enthralling 19th-century mansion on the shores of Lake Massawippi, within the village of North Hatley, Quebec. Surrounded by 30 acres of woodland and manicured gardens, the property has 36 rooms, most with private balconies and fireplaces, and an authentic Québécois restaurant. “There’s not much to try to to but eat, relax, and absorb the romantic views of the lake,” wrote one respondent of the No. 6 property.
Great food (and drink) is additionally future at readers’ No. 2, the Post Hotel & Spa, a family-owned Relais & Châteaux property in Alberta. The lodge features a 23,000-bottle cellar — one among the country’s largest — also together of the highest fine dining restaurants within the Rockies. “The meals here are a number of the simplest I’ve ever had,” wrote one respondent, adding, “and their wine selection is unbeatable.”
Curious to ascertain what hotel earned the winning spot? Read on to seek out out
10. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta
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9. The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, Alberta
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8. The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia
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7. Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
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6. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
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5. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 90.33
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4. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
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3. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, British Columbia
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2. Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta
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1. Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland
More information: fogoislandinn.ca
This design-forward boutique hotel could also be situated at the very fringe of the North Atlantic , on the most important offshore island in Newfoundland and Labrador, but its remote location hasn’t kept the well-heeled travelers away. Wrote one such respondent, “It’s a gorgeous hotel during a far corner of the planet , but it’s well well worth the challenge to succeed in it.” Canada’s No.1 resort hotel for the third consecutive year, the 29-room Fogo Island Inn was designed by Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders, who peppers the inn with products from the area’s fishing communities and craftspeople. The clean-lined guest rooms have handcrafted quilts, wood-burning stoves, and floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to require within the views from their cozy suites — but you’d be remiss to not go outside and explore on your own two feet. Whatever you select to try to to , the time is certain to be memorable. together fan wrote, “It’s been two years since I visited the Fogo Island Inn, and still, the inn and therefore the island seem to possess become a neighborhood of me.”
See all of our readers’ favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more within the World’s Best Awards for 2020.