Check into these hotels, resorts, chalets, ranches and campgrounds and find culture, history and so much more—plus a truly excellent night’s sleep.
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Here, it’s all about the land—and reconnecting people to it. Situated on 80 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this rambling ranch weaves together the owners’ Cree, Ojibway and Mohawk heritage to give visitors the chance to fire an arrow, navigate by shadow stick, track animals, or join the chef to gather wild plants for the night’s dinner (which you can also help prepare). No matter what you choose, you’ll have plenty to share around the campfire when you gather for hot berry soup and bannock before curling up for the night by a crackling woodstove under cozy blankets in one of their glamping tents. Sleep tight, under a million stars.
Moon Gate Guest House
When you arrive at this five-bedroom retreat set on the bends of the Whitemouth River, all you have to do is exhale, and enjoy. About an hour outside Winnipeg, this former egg grading station and wooden stir-stick factory is solar-powered, and free from distractions like internet and television. Read a book in the riverside gazebo, grill at the fire pit, cleanse body and mind in the dry heat of their Finnish sauna, then gather in the great room and kitchen for a grand meal. Full and happy, you’ll awaken to birds chirping outside your window in the morning.
Kluskap Ridge RV and Campground
Set on a peaceful ridge along the world-famous Cabot Trail, where the stunning Cape Breton Highlands meet the sea at St. Ann’s Bay, Kluskap brings together Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Gaelic cultures. Listen to Indigenous Elders as they share their stories, take part in a session of traditional drumming, or step-dance to the sounds of Celtic fiddlers. And enjoy some good old-time family fun, too, whether making arts and crafts, swimming in the heated pool, playing a little basketball, or just relaxing in a comfortable chair overlooking the soaring scenery. Then bed down, in a variety of accommodations, from a trailer in the fully serviced RV sites to a glamping tent, handsomely outfitted with a king-sized bed.
Lil Crow Cabin
Surrounded on three sides by the peaceful waters of the Bay of Quinte, these four cabins, located on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, each offer their own unique experience. Owned and operated by internationally recognized stone carver and musician David R. Maracle (whose work has been collected by everyone from Nelson Mandela to the Japanese emperor) and his wife, Kimber Lee, each space has been touched by artistry and care. Paddle a canoe or kayak, or just hang out in the main, super-cool retro cabin, which comes complete with a screened-in gazebo, kitchen and breakfast nook, and a big, beautiful hot tub.
Lodge on the Point
The simple pleasures are often the finest. Here on Manitou Lake in the wild country of Northern Ontario, you can relax in an off-the-grid, solar-powered authentic 1940s cedar lodge nestled into the province’s highest hills (plus three cottages, and three cabins). All of it juts into the placid waters on a three-acre peninsula. Launch from the private dock and fish for lingcod, northern pike, green bass and lake trout. Wander into the evergreen forest and breathe the fresh air. And keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of animals, from wolves to black bears, lynx and loons.
Camping Tadoussac and Camping Tipi
Two separate spots on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, both of these campgrounds offer amazing ways to experience both land and water. Camping Tadoussac sits near the end of the Saguenay Fjord—some four kilometres wide with sides rising a dizzying 350 metres. A total of 191 campsites (plus five safari tents, and a cabin) climb a hillside overlooking the Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park, which is filled with super-rich sea life, a perfect place to drop a line for three-dozen species of fish, sea kayak or go whale-watching to spot breaching humpbacks and charming belugas. Or explore the forest a little further up the shore at Camping Le Tipi, surrounded by verdant woods and a web of hiking trails in the Innu community of Essipit.
Chalets de L’anse-a-Jos, a Yves et Chalets Shipek / Anse-à-Yves Cottage Rentals (?)
As it flows to the ocean, the St. Lawrence River broadens, at the Innu community of Essipit becoming like a great inland sea. Perched atop a rocky rise, the five red-roofed, A-frame Anse-a-Jos chalets take in the sweeping, spectacular view. Whales flip their fins, maybe saying a little hello as they swim by. A little higher up the ridge, three Anse-a-Yves cottages invite you to wrap your hands around a cup of coffee and take in the majesty of nature from a wrap-around porch. And closer to the tourist attractions at Tadoussac, the chalets at Shipek (which means “saltwater” in Innu) offer cozy accommodations, including private balconies and even fondue pots.
Fresh air, simple pleasures and deep culture—all of these are available in abundance in the region of La Mauricie. And they can be best enjoyed at Notcimik, where you can fish or paddle out in a canoe or kayak on the shimmering waters of the Bostonnais River and Lake Kitikan, plus a network of streams. Hike (or, in winter, snowshoe) along trails through the woods. Or just relax and have a barbecue feast, setting up a picnic on the shores. Learn lessons from the forest around the campfire, then bed down in a tipi, tent, or prospector tent.
Hébergement Aux Cinq Sens
Beautiful during the day, this spot in Quebec’s rolling Eastern Townships is—if possible—even more stunning at night. Sitting inside the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, you can enjoy the Milky Way and other stellar wonders from the relaxation of a double hammock, as well as one of five tents suspended between trees. Their five yurts have each been named and themed for a different sensory experience. And under the sun, learn about this land and its rich Huron-Wendat legacy by signing up for a nature walk adventure or a sweat lodge.
Chalets de L’anse Ste-Helene
Driving the Gaspe is a lovely experience, a two-lane highway looping between blue sea and green mountains. And on its southern side, these graceful chalets provide unparalleled views of lovely Chaleur Bay, complete with all the comforts of home (including satellite TV and a full kitchen). Or—even better—sleep in La Grande Hermine. A stay you won’t soon forget, this, a replica of the largest ship sailed by explorer Jacques Cartier, includes two separate sleeping quarters (one in the bow, the other in the stern), plus a kitchen and living room.
Silver Muskie Lodge
A paradise for anyone who loves casting a line for big fish, anyone who loves the great outdoors will love this Northern Ontario Lodge. Located on Redgut Bay, part of Rainy Lake, they’ve been welcoming guests since 1955. Reel in pickerel, northern pike and, of course, muskie. Hike backcountry trails, water-ski, swim or kayak, or boat around to spot the ultra-rich birdlife, from bald eagles to geese, herons and gulls. Or just kick back and enjoy the comforts of the lodge, perhaps painting a perfect landscape (with art supplies provided on-site), walking the sandy beach, or swinging in a hammock under a blue sky.
Seek, and you will find truly special places, like these accommodations—a little off the beaten path, and always worth the trip.
Historic Lund Hotel
Here at Klah a men on the Salish Sea, for thousands of years, the Tla’amin People came together to fish, hunt and gather—and to share their stories and culture. Once a thriving village and a winter refuge to launch canoes, you can still experience this long and fascinating history at the Lund Resort. From the moment you check-in, you’ll be surrounded by Coastal Salish artwork, from murals hanging in the rooms to ceremonial garments housed in shadow boxes in the restaurant. Enjoy a foraged, slow-cooked feast here at the tip of the Sunshine Coast., plus, a beer on the back patio, a boat ride into a wonderland of mountains and sea, and, of course, a good night’s rest, surrounded by all those stories.
It’s the ultimate wilderness luxury—sitting out on your own private balcony, perhaps surrounded by family and friends, and spotting the blow and splash of a big whale down below. Situated on a pretty promontory above the broad sweep of the St. Lawrence River in the Innu village of Essipit, these super-comfortable one-and-two-bedroom condo units can sleep as many as six. Hike and bike on nearby trails, take a paddle on the river, then settle back for a low-stress evening, watching the day fade over the river, which is full of playful marine mammals, before retreating inside, to the warmth of a fireplace, for the night.
Tsa-Kwa-Luten, The Ocean Resort at Cape Mudge
From the moment you arrive, you’ll know this place is special. Long home to magic, mystery and legends, this spot on Quadra Island—the largest of the Discovery Islands—is surrounded by lush, towering forest, skirted by dark, swirling tidal pools, and buttressed by the rise of summits all around. Step into the Grand Hall of the main lodge, with its soaring ceiling supported by Douglas-firs and staff will greet you with a traditional ‘Gila Kasla’ welcome. Then, whether you’re staying in a room in the lodge, with a Jacuzzi tub and fireplace, or at a beachfront cottage, you’ll spend your time amongst orcas, ospreys, eagles, and legends.
A bastion of peace amidst the wild adventure of northern Vancouver Island, Gaw’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Elders named this hotel, built out of cedar in traditional big house style, “a place to sleep.” Spend hours on land and sea around Port Hardy, searching for orcas and porpoises and stellar sea lions, taking a cultural boat tour that races the Nakwakto Rapids and shares the stories of Tremble Island, or learn traditional drum-making and cedar-weaving skills. Then, come back to dine on cuisine with an Indigenous twist at ‘Ha’me restaurant, curling up afterward in a luxurious suite surrounded by masks, murals, and other stunning art pieces.
Quaaout Lodge and Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort
The beauty here is just the beginning. Sitting on a broad stretch of sandy beach on the shores of Little Shushwap Lake overlooking rugged mountain splendour, you may be tempted to just retreat to your private patio and relax. But there’s plenty here to keep you busy. In addition to 18 holes on one of the top public courses in Canada, the team will lead you on a berry-picking trip or a “walk the lands” or ethnobotany tour, the latter explaining the importance of local plants for food and medicine. Learn to paint a pictogram, take part in a traditional smudge, and try your hand at making a drum. Then tuck into a big dinner back at the lodge, where the emphasis is fresh and local, and the specialties include venison and salmon.
Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
Recognized by National Geographic, this is one of Canada’s top ranch experiences—a place where you can ride like a cowboy during the day, then retire back to the lodge for a massage and a soak in a wood-fired hot tub. Sprawling over 10,000 acres, all levels can learn and enjoy horseback riding, or take your pick of other outdoorsy pursuits, everything from catch-and-release fly fishing in a rushing stream to white-water rafting through Wells Gray National Park. And after watching the light fade over the lake and surrounding meadows, enjoy a farm-to-table dinner, then retire to a sound sleep in the main lodge, or in one of the four ultra-luxe tents at Siwash Star Camp. Here, the light of a billion stars in a dark sky preserve shine through a special skylight built into the prospector tents.
The place where the endless tundra meets boreal forest and the Churchill River empties into vast Hudson Bay, Churchill is a town surrounded by boundless natural wonders. Most famous, of course, are the world’s largest land-based predators, here in the Polar Bear Capital of the World, but you can also snorkel with beluga whales, ride behind a dogsled, and marvel at the shimmering spectacle of the northern lights. Then come back and relax in the spacious suites at the Aurora—each of the two-story units includes a kitchenette, plus a separate sitting area and bedroom.
Appalachian Chalets and RV
As they like to say here, all trails lead to their door. Situated in the highlands of Western Newfoundland, where the green line of the Long Range Mountains meets the blue of the Bay of Islands, this is a prime location for ATV enthusiasts, who can access hundreds of kilometres of trails right here. Snowmobilers use the same paths in the winter, and hikers and bikers have a whole additional set of trails to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Then, return to your own self-contained chalet for some rest—backed by hillside forest, the curve of colourful units include stylish, fully-equipped kitchens, barbecue pits, wifi and high-definition television.
Castaway Cabins and Campground
Set well north of the 60th parallel on the southern shores of the world’s tenth-largest lake, those who come to this corner of the Northwest Territories will experience all the marvels of the true north. In the summer, you won’t want to leave the beach under 24 hours of sun, while in the winter, heading to bed will be difficult, with the Aurora Borealis pulsating in the skies above. Thrill at reeling in the world’s largest lake trout (as well as arctic grayling and northern pike), walk through the forest, breath in the fresh air, then bed down in a cozy cottage, outfitted with all the comforts of home.
Stikine Valley Inn
As they say, getting there is half the fun. Driving the stunning wilderness of northwest BC, navigate down through the Stikine Canyon, sheer volcanic rock walls falling away to the cold flow of the river below. Arriving in Telegraph Creek, which was once the final stop for riverboats navigating inland, you’ll find a warm Tahltan welcome and ultra-comfortable accommodations. Dine on delicious comfort food and then relax in the deluxe kitchenette suite, which includes satellite television, kitchen, queen bed and high-speed internet.
Here’s the deal—while you can gamble at each of these hotels, they offer so much more, hotels and resorts that form whole destinations packed into one property.
River Cree Resort and Casino
Just five minutes from the West Edmonton Mall, you can make a whole weekend out of a visit to River Cree. The area’s biggest casino, play at 1,350 slot machines and some 40 table games. Then stay for the entertainment—everyone from ZZ Top to Howie Mandel have taken the stage here. And nine separate dining venues serve up everything from steaming meatballs and pasta at Italia to a legendary brunch at The Kitchen, where you can try their six different variations on eggs benedict. Then sleep tight in one of their 249 rooms and do it all again, tomorrow.
Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino
Alberta’s only casino the Rockies, you’ll find soaring mountain views here in Kananaskis, just over half an hour west of Calgary. Try your hand at a variety of table games, plus 250 slot machines, a poker room and off-track betting. And at this beautiful “basecamp of the Rockies,” enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and waterslide, as well as two dining venues that feature upscale local specialties cooked with an Indigenous influence. Start with a three sisters salad served with bannock, then proceed to elk or mountain pickerel. Rooms are lovely, too, with deep-soaker tubs, big TVs, cushy furnishings and plush duvets.
St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino
Walking up the front steps to check-in, you’ll enter an imposing 1910 brick building, which once housed the St. Eugene Mission, a residential school. Now transformed into an upscale resort, it’s owned and operated by the Ktunaxa Nation. Before you do anything else, take a tour with a Ktunaxa Elder, who will share knowledge and stories of their 10,000-year history in this area, as well as the history of how the nation marshalled the resources to purchase this property and turn it into a place of hope. You can also play traditional games, learn beading in a workshop, and tuck into Indigenous-inspired meals at Numa, their signature restaurant. Play golf under the soaring majesty of Fisher Peak, swim year-round in the heated pool, and relax in the sauna and steam room.
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
Located on the south-western edge of Calgary in the Rocky Mountain foothills, this glittering, Vegas-style resort is perfect to explore both city lights or sylvan pleasures. Zip around trails on mountain bikes (they’re provided to guests free of charge) or head to the surrounding slopes to fish, hike, ski, or just simply explore. But you may be tempted to just relax and stay right on-site and enjoy the hotel. Top-name acts (including Diana Ross and Jay Leno) play at their event centre, and, in addition to a casino with 900 slot machines and 40 table games, you can splash around the indoor pool, and dine on standout cuisine, in five different venues—dishes take advantage of the local bounty of ingredients and boast authentic Indigenous touches.
Meetings and Events
Looking for an excellent place to lay your head when your working, visiting or taking part in an event? These hotels have got you covered.
Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites
It’s all about comfort, and a really excellent location—just seven minutes’ drive north of central Fort McMurray, this stylish hotel is located right on Highway 63, saving you plenty of drive time. Pets are welcome, and once you reach the end of your day, you won’t need to travel any further. There’s a bright, 24/7 grab-and-go market, plus a fully-equipped fitness centre that includes two steam rooms. And the suites here are extraordinarily well-appointed, with plenty of space plus separate sitting areas, kitchenettes and ergonomic workstations.
Peavine Inn and Suites
Located in High Prairie, this is a land of big lakes. Head to Lesser Slave Lake, which stretches for more than 100 kilometres, to fish, swim from one of the beaches or bird-watch—the waters here are a favourite place for migratory species to alight. Then return to the 88 deluxe rooms and suites at this lovely hotel. Enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and waterslide, bed down for a good night’s sleep on a cushy pillow-top bed, then awake to a steaming, hot breakfast.
Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South
Just a twenty-minute drive from all of the city’s biggest attractions (including Old Strathcona and the West Edmonton Mall), this full-service hotel is named after the Sawridge Cree First Nation, who own and operate a number of businesses in the province, including a group of hotels. Enjoy one of the 136 updated guest rooms with queen or king-sized beds, a large fitness centre and a robe waiting for you, on the bed, after a long day of touring or doing business. All within 20 minutes of Edmonton’s international airport.
The Westin Calgary Airport
There’s truly nothing better than a really good airport hotel, a place for rest after (or before) a long journey. At this Westin, you’ll find everything you need for an ultra-comfortable stay, and so much more. For example, a series of striking photographs across the property featuring Blackfoot culture, curated by Bert Crowfoot, a multimedia journalist with Siksika Nation, who own and operate this five-storey hotel. And in addition to cushy rooms and a pool and fitness centre, you can dine on quality Canadian cuisine at the on-site 671 Kitchen and Bar. Feast, tour, and recharge before your next adventure.
Microtel Inn and Suites—Fort McMurray
Although many come to Fort McMurray to work, there’s plenty of opportunities here to play. Head to local parks for thrilling experiences like zooming through the forest on a zipline or slaloming down a ski slope, plus swimming, rock-climbing and so many other adventures. Then relax at the end of the day at the Microtel, where you can recline in the hot tub, or just head back to the finely appointed rooms, all of which feature a flat-screen HDTV, microwave and mini-fridge, air conditioning and a dedicated workspace.
Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre
A massive island—the largest lake island in the world, so big it has some 100 lakes of its own—Manitoulin is a storied place. Bobbing in Lake Huron, it feels like a far-flung place even for Ontarians. This upscale hotel, lining the pristine waters of the lake’s North Channel, offers amazing opportunities to access all the best of it. Paddle out on the water, learn drumming and traditional teachings, or take a guided nature hike, perhaps to the tumbling cascades of Bridal Veil Falls. Then tuck into local cuisine at North 46—pan-fried rainbow trout, Manitoulin whitefish, maybe an Anishaabe taco—with expansive views of the LaCloche Mountains, before retiring to a room decorated with a First Nations motif.