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Ontario hotels

Hotel of the Week: Harbour House Hotel—Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

By SHANNON KELLY

The pretty Victorian-era town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has no shortage of impeccably designed accommodations, but the Harbour House Hotel has something just a bit special. A boutique hotel with 31 rooms and suites, it is an excellent option if you’re seeking the coziness of a B&B—where staff go above and beyond and often greet you by name—without intimate breakfast-with-the-owner chats. (more…)

12 of Canada’s Most Unusual Hotels

By MIMI SZETO

Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, BC (Photo: TJ Watt)

These twelve unique hotels, from icy igloos to luxury yurts, range from the strange and adventurous to the fabulously one-of-a-kind and luxurious. For travellers seeking fun, nontraditional romance, the most remote of nature retreats or get-away-from-it-all relaxation, any of these hotels will earn ultimate bragging rights back home. (more…)

10 Hotels Worth Booking Just for the Breakfast

By KAT TANCOCK

Southern fried chicken and waffles at the Drake Hotel, Toronto (Photo: courtesy of the Drake Hotel)

Location’s lovely and a soft bed’s swell, but for our money, we’ll take a hotel with a standout breakfast to fuel our wanderings any day of the week.

Here are 10 of the best and most drool-inducing, extravagant and unique breakfasts at Canadian hotels. (more…)

Jonathan Gushue of Langdon Hall Country House Hotel in Cambridge, Ontario

By Waheeda Harris

Despite receiving almost 50 rejection letters at the beginning of his career, Chef Gushue—a native of Newfoundland—was named one of Canada’s top 10 rising stars in 1999 by Food Service & Hospitality Magazine, he has been the executive sous chef at Vancouver’s Wedgewood Hotel and at age 32 was selected to oversee the Four Seasons Truffles Restaurant in Toronto (closed in 1999), earning him the distinction of being the youngest Five Diamond chefs in North America.

Honoured by Relais & Châteaux as a Grands Chef in 2009, Gushue continues to receive accolades and awards from the who’s who of travel and dining for his work at CAA/AAA Five Diamond Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa in Cambridge, southern Ontario. (more…)

The Art Project at Ontario’s Walper Hotel

Walper Hotel exterior. Photo by Sean_Marshall.

By Waheeda Harris

Forget the tired, nondescript watercolour prints that hang in most hotels.

As part of a recent multimillion dollar renovation, the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario, is doing double duty as an art gallery. More than 75 photographs, prints and other artworks adorn its walls, in what it calls the Art Project.

The works are a veritable who’s who of the contemporary Canadian art scene: Charlie Pachter prints; K. J. Bedford, Brendan George Ko and Nelson French photographs; and unique creations from Mary Baranowski-Loden, Nancy Fox, Isabelle Hemard and Brian Hoxha.

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Canada’s First All-Inclusive Hotel Packages Land in Toronto

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. Photo courtesy of the Hilton Garden Inn.

Here’s another reason to be excited about the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) in Toronto this weekend (or for locals to be completely reclusive): Hilton Garden Inn’s introductory all-inclusive package. (more…)