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Thursday, 22 October 2020

New hotel options blossom in Canada

I like Canada. It is like the US without the dickheads. morons and gun-toting imbeciles. 

Canadians are friendly and share many interests with Australians. 

Entrepreneurial Canadian hoteliers are forging ahead with new hotel properties and looking forward to welcoming Australian visitors when the time is right, guided by health regulations and clear border guidelines. 

From wilderness getaways to funky urban stays, read on for Canada's  latest hotel offerings.

Hotel Zed, Tofino

In the town of Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Hotel Zed opened its doors in late August 2020. With a luxurious take on retro-chic, Hotel Zed Tofino exudes 1970s swank, featuring the world's first bike-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.

Black Spruce Hotel, Yukon Territory

Four sustainabley-built cabins nestled in the forest above Yukon Gardens outside the city of Whitehorse make up the new Black Spruce Inn. 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 retreat offers an unforgettable wilderness experience, perfectly positioned for outstanding northern lights viewing during autumn and winter.

Lac La Martre Lodge, NorthWest Territories

Perfectly primed for wildlife encounters and northern lights viewing, Lac Le Martre Lodge (top) in Canada's NorthWest Territories, has opened ill be open for the aurora season.Located on an island near the centre of one of the territory's largest lakes, the lodge is only accessible by seaplane. 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 Constella, Red Mountain

The brand new Constella cabins at Red Mountain in British Columbia (above) offer the perfect back country experience. This collection of six cabins plus central clubhouse is 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.

Griffintown Hotel, Montreal

Opened in July 2020, Montreal's Griffintown Hotel is a $46-million project spearheaded by a group of local investors. The 14-storey building, a short walk from the Lachine Canal, includes 114 fully equipped condo-style apartments that can be booked for short, medium and long-term stays.

Muir, Halifax

Adding to Halifax's hotel scene in 2021 is Halifax's first five-star property, Muir. The 110-room Marriott International hotel is slated to open as part of Queen's Marque, a $200-million mixed-use development in Halifax's historic waterfront area. Celebrating the rich history and modern culture of Atlantic Canada, the hotel' will showcase remarkable local art valued at more than $7 million. Muir will also feature a premium restaurant and lobby bar, a 1,000-square-foot event gallery, and access to a wellness centre equipped with an array of fitness equipment, hydrotherapy and halotherapy salt room.

Ace Hotel, Toronto

Inspired by the multicultural amalgam of the city, built on Toronto's rich traditions and history of innovation, Ace Hotel Toronto will open over the next few weeks. Designed in partnership with acclaimed Ace architects Shim-Sutcliffe, the rooms feature acoustic guitars, record players and an on-trend selection of vinyls.

Dorothy Motel, Banff

The Dorothy Motel is Banff's first boutique motel offering 'accommodation made simple'. This quaint motel adjacent to the woods, peacefully located at the start of Banff Avenue, is surrounded by forest with the majestic Cascade Mountain in the background.

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