Travelling in Canada this year? It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so mark the occasion by staying in one of the nation’s historic hotels. You will experience yesteryear in modernized hotels such as:
Chateau Lacombe in Alberta
Opening to great fanfare in 1966, the Chateau Lacombe’s cylindrical shape means excellent city views from every room. The top of the tower houses a rotating restaurant and the lobby was built in the grand, sweeping style of the era. Ornate reliefs on the walls, gold elevator doors, impressive chandeliers, intricate wood panelling and lavish crown moulding enchant each guest. While the hotel has undergone several renovations, and more are planned in the future to ensure it keeps pace with modern demands (like WiFi), the hotel’s owners are determined to keep the old world charm that has set the Chateau apart for half a century.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec
It’s the closest you will get to historic Europe in Canada; the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac boasts 611 guest rooms and suites within a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Quebec. One of the most impressive hotels in Canada, and one of the most photographed hotels in the world, the Frontenac soars over the Quebec skyline like a beautiful, stately castle. This hotel has been in operation since 1893. Its high elevation means kilometres of outstanding views, including views across the St. Lawrence River. The hotel was immortalized by Canada Post in a special stamp that was issued in 1993.
The Prince of Wales in Ontario
Established in 1864 (as the Arcade Hotel) and rebranded in 1901 as the Prince of Wales, this Victorian-style beauty sits elegantly on the corner of Picton and King Street in the beautiful Niagara-On-the-Lake region of Ontario. Guests are treated to vintage furnishing, statues, stained glass and tapestries that make each person feel like they have stepped back in time. Canopy beds, a traditional tea room and vintage wines complete the experience, as does the on-site Secret Garden Spa.
The Halliburton Inn in Nova Scotia
This historic charmer in Eastern Canada was a private residence built in 1823. Smaller than conventional hotels, this inn has boutique charm to go with its Georgian style. Dormers, brick, stonework and arched windows complete the look. The Inn is named for its original occupant, Sir Brenton Halliburton, who was a judge in the Supreme Court, Master of Chancery and member of the governing council. He was knighted in 1859. The residence remained in the Halliburton family until Brenton’s son, John, died in 1884. You can enjoy this beautiful accommodation along with Halifax’s famous hospitality – and a mug of Tall Ship Ale from the nearby brewery.
Canada may not have the long history of Europe, the amazing works of architectures seen in the Far East or a warm and tropical island climate, but we do have a very diverse land that that is rich in tradition, beauty and genuine friendliness. As Canada celebrates 150 years, now is the time to enjoy unique historic accommodations like the ones listed above, and to learn more about the people and places that make our nation so unique.
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