Just because fall is here, doesn’t mean your travel goals have to be put on hold.
From the cozy weather, winter sports, adventure hiking, wildlife spotting, and just getting away from it all, fall and winter are some of the best seasons to travel in.
So we searched far and wide and found 12 of the coolest places you can stay across Canada. From a minimalist architectural dream in Newfoundland to the great outdoors nestled in the Rockies, we got you covered whether it’s luxury or nature that’s calling your name…
Drake Devonshire, Ontario
With their hip Drake Hotel on Queen West, it was only natural for the team behind this cool hotel to transplant their creativity to the countryside. Overlooking Lake Ontario, here you’ll spend your days filled with great outdoor activities and Drake’s celebrated cultural programming, featuring local musicians, artists, and performers.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Minimalism at its finest. This is not only a hotel but also a cultural destination that includes an art gallery, heritage library, cinema, and rooftop sauna. Each of the 29 guest rooms is unique, with every detail handcrafted and picked by locals.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino
It may be pricey (you have to get there by a floatplane), but this resort offers remote Canadian wilderness vacations with five-star cuisine, a spa, and great white tents filled with beautiful antiques, all while allowing guests to be part of the important salmon and wildlife restoration work through the Environmental Legacy Program. Luxury wilderness at its finest.
Soule Creek Lodge, Port Renfrew, BC
With 160 private acres bordering Provincial Park lands the view from the yurts and cabins here shows very little signs of civilization – making it a great site to see wildlife and truly get away from it all. With advance notice, you can also join the owners – who are also amazing chefs – for a 3-course dinner they’ll cook for you using Vancouver Island ingredients.
Le Germain, Calgary, AB
Nestled at the foot of the Calgary Tower in Calgary’s downtown area, this chic hotel features 143 boldly designed hotel rooms in a state-of-the-art complex fully outfitted with eco-friendly technologies for even the pickiest millennial traveler.
Free Spirit Spheres, Qualicum Beach, BC
Set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest on Vancouver Island, Free Spirit is all about tree houses for adults. These handcrafted spheres are suspended like pendants from a web of rope and are open 12 months a year. Glamping in the sky? We think so.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec
This hotel is made entirely of snow and ice with 44 rooms and theme suites. Oh, and a chapel and a ‘grand slide’. The Hôtel de Glace will transport you into a winter wonderland (where you can actually spend the night without getting frostbite).
Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Yoho National Park, BC
If a private sanctuary in the mountains is on your bucketlist, this is your spot. From deer and bear sightings to perfectly appointed cabins, this is the mountain oasis you’ve been looking for.
Azuridge, Priddis, Alberta
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this stunning estate features three unique properties on 13 acres where you can indulge and relax, play a round of gold on a nearby course, hike the hills, go on a white-water adventure, or enjoy a horseback ride. Just don’t forget your cowboy hat.
Tremblant Living, Tremblant, Quebec
Sometimes all we want is a place that feels like a home away from home, and if it comes with awesome luxury amenities, well, even better. So the next time you head up to Tremblant for some maple syrup on a stick, world-class skiing, and poutine, make one of Tremblant Living’s beautiful suites or cottages your home.
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel lives and breathes art. With 37 unique artist-designed rooms to choose from, you’ll find art everywhere. Recognized as Canada’s favourite Boutique Art Hotel, the Gladstone hosts over 70 art exhibitions a year, offers 4 diverse event spaces, and houses 2 restaurants and bars.
Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler
This unique resort located on the shores of a stunning glacier-fed lake in Whistler BC offers a fresh take on classic Whistler hospitality. If a winter getaway is on your list, they are only 500 meters from the base of Whistler Mountain. Bring your skis, but don’t forget your zen.