These top properties — voted World’s Best by T+L readers — put the country’s otherworldly landscapes on display.
The staggering natural beauty of Canada draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. And while “roughing it” is many travelers’ preferred way of communing with nature, there is something to be said for conquering the terrain by sleeping in a warm, plush bed at night. If that sounds more your style, you’re in luck: Canada’s top resorts are as stunning and diverse as the landscapes themselves.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top 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 based on their locations and amenities.
Related: The 2018 World's Best Awards
Slopeside retreats were a major hit this year, with five out of the 10 winning properties nestled within the Rocky Mountains in Alberta or the Coast Mountains in British Columbia. At No. 4 is Banff’s Rimrock Resort Hotel, situated at the base of Sulphur Mountain. The 343-room property is mere steps from the Upper Hot Springs and the Banff Gondola; readers were quick to praise the location and the view, as well as the food. “The Eden restaurant has to be one of the best in all of Canada,” said one fan.
In British Columbia, two Vancouver Island properties also made the cut: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and the Wickaninnish Inn. The former, set in the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, comprises 25 luxury tents, 21 of them with en-suite bathrooms. The activities are endless, from hiking and surfing to rock climbing and salmon fishing. Meanwhile, at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino — this year’s runner-up — the focus is much more on hitting the pause button. The rustic-luxe property is perched on the edge of a pine forest overlooking the Pacific and features a cozy library and a tranquil spa. Said one reader, “The spa is great and the treatment rooms really make you connect with nature.”
Relaxation is also in store at Manoir Hovey, a charming circa-1900 mansion located on the shores of Lake Massawippi in the village of North Hatley, Quebec. Surrounded by 30 acres of woodland and manicured gardens, the property has 37 rooms, most with private balconies and fireplaces, and an authentic Québécois restaurant serving regional cheeses, foie gras, and apple cider. “A romantic, lovely, peaceful retreat,” wrote in one respondent.
Curious to see what property earned the No. 1 spot? Read on to find out.