From Parks Canada’s hybrid tent-cabins to staying overnight in heritage villages, Canada offers you truly unique stays. Canada has many rightfully memorable accommodations to hang your hat in, from luxury hotels to budget hostels. There are also cultural gems of significant Canadian heritage, including some lodges tucked away in wilderness settings. Here are six of my absolute favourites places to stay in Canada.
Fort St. James National Historic Site
A1884 historic Hudson Bay Company Trading Post in British Columbia with comfortable beds in a log building that once was the Factor’s home.
Barkerville Historic Town and Park
Also in British Columbia, Barkerville is a heritage gold mining town where costumed guides interpret days of the Gold Rush.
Situated in the Rocky Mountains, northwest of Lake Louise, Alberta, Skoki is a remote lodge for cross-country skiers.
Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Explore the Icefields Parkway in Alberta and soak up stunning views of Bow Glacier and Bow Lake. Activities include kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park is three hours west of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city.
This park is special because of its gentle, varied environment of beautiful lakes and grasslands, punctuated by stands of aspen and mixed forests.
Try canoeing — spectacular in night-time with the canopy of stars overhead. Come in the autumn (August through October) and hear the bugling of elks — an eerie but beautiful mating call of the wild, where bulls cry out to attract females.
Also in the park is the exceptional Lake Audy Plains Bison Enclosure, where Parks Canada staff interpret these majestic beasts which once roamed Canada’s prairies in their millions. Today, this herd of approximately 40 individuals are fascinating to observe.
Where to stay? In a Parks Canada oTENTik, which is a hybrid between a cabin and tent. Enter to find a wood stove (wood is cut for you), bunks, and a table and chairs. You bring your camping gear — sleeping bags, all food and drinks and camping needs — but it’s lovely to snuggle inside after enjoying a campfire outside.
Spend the night in Val Jalbert, a former pulp and paper one-company town founded in 1901 near Lac St. Jean.