Six ultra cool places to stay in Canada

Six ultra cool places to stay in Canada

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Barkerville. Photo: Thomas Drasdauskis

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 favourite places to stay in Canada.

British Columbia

Fort St. James National Historic Site

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Fort St. James National Historic Site. Photos: Parks Canada / D. Houston

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

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Barkerville Historic Town. Photos: BC Heritage

Also in British Columbia, Barkerville is a heritage gold mining town where costumed guides interpret days of the Gold Rush.

Read more about these two historic places to stay here


Skoki Lodge

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Caption: Skoki the log cabin awaits skiers in winter, hikers in summer. Photo Credit: Paul Zizka.

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

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Photo: Katharine Fletcher

Explore the Icefields Parkway in Alberta and soak up stunning views of Bow Glacier and Bow Lake. Activities include kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.

Read more about these two Alberta lodges here


Riding Mountain National Park

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An oTENTik in the woods at Wasagaming Campground, Riding Mountain National Park. Photo: Parks Canada

Wasagaming, Manitoba

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.


Val Jalbert

Val Jalbert
Grinders room

Spend the night in Val Jalbert, a former pulp and paper one-company town founded in 1901 near Lac St. Jean.

Read more about Val Jalbert here

Discover Canada

Want to stay in funky-cool Canadian lodgings? These six represent a great beginning.

For more cool places to stay in Canada read this post and this one.

Six ultra cool places to stay in Canada


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