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Best Places to Travel (and Sleep) in Canada in 2020

"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." 

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Travel is an education: it’s about discovering a new place and people, weaving the experiences into your own. What better way to accomplish that than to explore your own country?

Canada is blessed with so much variation, from coast to coast, in culture, food and points of interest. So much so that it can be hard to narrow down your options.

Here are some of the best places to travel—and rest your head—in Canada in 2020!

Want to See the Northern Lights? Go North!

Six huskies pulling sled toward northern lights in Yellowknife, Canada

Polar bears, beluga whales, Northern Lightsand dog sleds? Sounds great, right? All you need is a sense of adventure and some warm clothes. The folks at Frontiers North Adventure offers a lot of appealing options, including guided multi-day trips such as foodie adventures and even a Northern safari

Get on board at the Tundra Buggy Lodge and have an up close and personal experience with the mighty polar bear by day and a comfortable, modern place to sleep at night.

Don’t forget your travel pillow so you can lie back and watch the Northern Lights out your window!

Go West for Water, Mountains and a Pristine View

Treehouse shaped like a sphere in a forest

Vancouver Island is the perfect destination for travellers who want luxury combined with a little of the rugged outdoors, unmarred views and unparalleled dining.

The tiny island boasts over 460 kilometers of beaches and forests to explore, as well as First Nations culture, with beautiful resorts dotting the coastal area.

The Ocean Village Resort in Tofino has excellent waterfront cabins, so that you can enjoy the sun, surf and the general splendour of the area, with all the amenities you might need.

If you want something a little quirkier, how about a spherical treehouse? The rainforest on Vancouver Island has this hidden gem—Free Spirit Spheres—that takes ‘glamping’ to a new level.

You will sleep in your sphere, dangling in the forest canopy, being part of Canada’s natural background in a whole new way.

A Family Vacation to Fantasyland That No One Will Forget

Special room at Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall

Picture it: you’re travelling through Canada with the kids and want to stop in Edmonton, Alberta. You’re thinking steak, you’re thinking rodeo, but have you considered indoor fun like never before?

The Fantasyland Hotel is connected to the West Edmonton Mall, which boasts an enormous indoor amusement park complete with rides, an indoor waterpark and so much more. 

But that’s not all! The hotel also has 55 themed rooms that will take your indoor adventure to new heights. How about sleeping in an indoor igloo? Or having your own pirate ship, right in your suite? Fun for the whole family awaits.

Sleep in a Jail But Don’t Plan to Stay For Long

External view of Ottawa Jail Hostel in Canada

The Ottawa Jail Hostel is your chance to sleep in a place that is steeped with history and is rumoured to be haunted. Do you dare sleep in an actual solitary confinement cell, complete with stone walls and an iron door?

To experience, on some level, what that might have been like for inmates?

It’s an experience that isn’t for the squeamish, though the ‘guards’ will let you out any time you like, so no need to worry.

As the name suggests, there are common hostel style sleeping areas, but there are also single and double ‘solitary confinement cells’ and you can go on a tour of the rest of the building, to understand its history. 

The Authentic Jail Cell is a 3' x 9’ space that gives you a real sense of what it would have been like to sleep there, as an inmate. The good news is that, come morning, you can walk away!

An Ice Hotel with Warm Beds and Cold Drinks

Ice Hotel in Quebec City

An experience like no other every winter is the Ice Hotel in Quebec City. Built annually in Valcartier Village, just outside the city, you can spend the night like Elsa and, with all the right preparations, the cold won’t bother you.

The 42 themed rooms are beautifully carved out of ice; they are true works of art that have to be experienced first hand to be believed.

Each ice bed comes equipped with a protective cover, highly rated sleeping bags and pillows, for the ultimate comfort and a restful sleep.

The ice rooms also come with a room in the Hotel Valcartier so that you have access to shower facilities, as well as a place to store your luggage.

Your night will begin with a complimentary cocktail, served in an ice glass. After that, it’s up to you to enjoy every moment and explore the wonder of the Ice Hotel.

Go East For a Historical Train Experience

External view of Train Station Inn (Tatamagouche)in Nova Scotia

Do you love trains? Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia is home to a fabulous railway car hotel: the Train Station Inn. You can sleep in your own converted caboose, complete with private washroom facilities, each renovated for comfort but still keeping the all important historic charm. 

Of course, there is a first class passenger dining car—anyone in the mood for Ragout of Tatamagouche Lamb Provencal?—originally built in 1928 and converted for a luxurious dining experience, as well as a cafe and gift shop in the main station building.

The cafe is built in what used to be the gentleman’s waiting room, at the Tatamagouche station. History abounds in this lovely space!

This is a great starting point for a lovely and long visit of Nova Scotia’s many scenic routes, with Pictou and Truro just down the road a piece.

At the End of the Country Lies Luxury

External view of Fogo Island Inn, Gander, Newfoundland

If you want to travel to the far edge of Canada and in the wilds of a coastal island, you must visit Fogo Island. Start in Gander, Newfoundland and take the passenger ferry across to a unique destination.

The Fogo Island Inn, created as a completely ecologically friendly site, has an exquisite dining area, bar, library, cinema, saunas and hot tubs, and that’s just the indoors!

Outside, the wilds of the island, both on the water and on land, are there for you to explore on your own or with a guide.

Each of the 29 guest rooms were built to maximize your enjoyment of the water and the wilds that surround the inn, with contemporary design and a traditional outport feel. The rates include all your meals, excursions and more.

All you need to do is relax and enjoy every minute of your stay.

Where Will You Travel to In Canada in 2020?

With so many options available, from coast to coast, there is an opportunity to travel and explore this great country, all the while knowing that you can rest your head at the end of the day, sleeping and dreaming of adventures to come.

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