The Best Resort Hotels in Canada in 2016
One T+L voter had the unfortunate experience of coming down with pneumonia during their stay at Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, Quebec. The guest was rushed to the nearest hospital by staff at 1:30 in the morning when symptoms became bad.
“I was amazed later to receive calls [in the hospital] from the hotel wanting to know if there was anything I needed or what could they do to make me more comfortable,” remembered the guest.
With above-and-beyond service such as this, it should come as no shock that Manoir Hovey took first place for Canada’s Best Resorts and Inns.
Every year, our readers vote on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and other travel companies and destinations around the globe in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. This year, our voters ranked Canadian inns and resorts according to their facilities, location, service, food, and value.
Fogo Island Inn, located in the wilds of Newfoundland, was a close second: our readers lauded the sleek, modern property for its promontory on the windswept coast.
“I would live in their rooms if I could,” said one reader of the accommodations filled with locally crafted furniture and handmade textiles. There are even binoculars for spotting humpbacks leaping crossing the North Atlantic.
Wickaninnish Inn, once named the No. 1 hotel in the continental U.S. and Canada, landed in the Top 5 this year. The Wick, as fans refer to it affectionately, looks as though it’s positioned at the edge of the earth, with perfectly clear nights for stargazing and a roaring en-suite gas fireplace to keep things extra cozy on stormy nights.
What all of Canada’s top resorts and inns have in common, it seems, is a harmony with their natural surroundings and local neighborhoods. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, for example, is sculpted from rough-hewn stone, while profits from Fogo Island are returned to the community. Basically, the properties on this list have a whole lot of soul.
No. 10: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
No. 9: Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, British Columbia
No. 8: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
No. 7: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia
No. 6: Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta
No. 5: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta
No. 4: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, British Columbia
No. 3: Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
No. 2: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
No. 1: Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
Perhaps it’s Manoir Hovey’s idyllic location on Lake Massawippi, its emphasis on all things local (including syrup from Quebecois maple farms and local granola available at reception), or the charming gardens that so impressed readers. Maybe it’s just the old-world feel of a manor-turned-inn. “It's my very happy place,” said T+L reader Phyllis Bregman. “Small, gorgeous grounds, unobtrusive but excellent service, and exquisite food and drink.” Many voters seemed to agree on one thing: the hospitality at Manoir Hovey is unmatched by any other inn they’ve visited.