Most luxurious experiences in Canada

Appreciate the finer things in life? So do we. Step this way for the most luscious and lavish bucket-list experiences money can buy in Canada...
Find rustic royalty at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Action and beauty abounds at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, one of Canada's most unique.  Read more
Go wild at the luxurious Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands
Stay in the lap of luxury in the middle of the British Colombia wilderness.  Read more
Soar over the ice fields of Kluane National Park
Fly over one of the most striking views in Canada, if not the world.  Read more
Lodge in style at the Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Resort
Live wild, and also wildly pampered at a totally unique resort.  Read more
Forget the snow and follow Whistler locals to Russet Lake
Venture to an alpine lake that just begs to be plunged into. Read more
Heli-hiking the stunning Canadian Rockies
Hike with all the wonder, but none of the effort aboard a helicopter. Seemingly insurmountable monuments to nature’s beauty, the furthest reaches of the Canadian Rockies were once off-limits to all but the boldest of adventurers.   But now there’s an easier way to ascend and experience all this natural beauty up close: by helicopter. [caption id="attachment_20645" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Taking stock atop a Canadian mountain.[/caption] In summer and spring, world-class hotspots such as Lake Louise, Jasper and Mount Charles Stewart, represent fantastic opportunities to experience Canada’s wilderness in comfort.   You’ll see waterfalls, mountain flowers and you might even catch a glimpse of an eagle. Mountain-top picnics, ice fishing, zip lines and rock climbing are all available. Get going: [caption id="attachment_20646" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Helicopter hiking is great fun.[/caption] Sightseeing helicopter tours run year-round, but hiking-specific tours generally run mid-June to late September. Fly and hike with Canadian Mountain Holidays (canadianmountainholidays.com). Location: Take heli-hiking tours from Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Calgary. Trips can be as short as a few hours or up to six days, with expert guides and overnight stays in mountain lodges. [caption id="attachment_20648" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Heli hiking in Banff National Park, Alberta.[/caption] “Hiking just got sexy.” – Rob McFarland   <<Previous | Next >>  Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Watch the skies blaze from Canada’s remote Blachford Lake Lodge
Watch as the sky catches on fire at Canada's wonderful Blachford Lake Lodge.  Read more
Peer through the glass domes of the Rocky Mountaineer
Experience one of the world's great train journeys aboard Canada's Rocky Mountaineer. Frequently named as one of the world’s great rail experiences, the Rocky Mountaineer is the most spectacular way to soak in the majestic beauty of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.   Winding its way along five unique routes, each trip is an unforgettable journey through some of the most varied and awe-inspiring scenery on the planet, including lush rainforests, shimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls and the snow-capped peaks of seven distinct mountain ranges.   The train travels only during the day, so you can focus on enjoying the unfolding scenery through unique glass-domed roofs.   It’s no wonder the past 25 years have seen almost two million guests peer at elk and bears, soaring bald eagles, grazing big horn sheep and more. Get going: Experience the Rocky Mountaineer (rockymountaineer.com) from April to October. Learn more with Adventure World (adventureworld.com.au). Location: There are 10 Rocky Mountaineer stations: the main HQ on Terminal Avenue in Vancouver, with one station each in North Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Quesnel, Seattle and Whistler. “The most luxuriously relaxing way to slide through the Rockies.” – John Lee   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Perch yourself on the edge of the world at Fogo Island Inn
Experience hospitality that is both rugged and luxurious at Canada's Fogo Island Inn. Read more
Heli-ski your way to mountains of Canadian bliss
Heli-ski the best run of your life on a powder-filled Canadian slope.  Read more
Meet the “Magnificent 7” eco-resorts in Canada
Venture to seven Magnificent resorts that are the jewels in the Canadian eco-travel-crown. Several years ago, a group of Canadian business owners, all eco-conscious entrepreneurs and wildlife enthusiasts who’d set up shop in some of Canada’s most remote places, decided they should work together.   And so, Canada’s Magnificent 7 was established – Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Churchill Wild, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Bella Coola Heli Sports, Siwash Lake Ranch, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Pacific Yellowfin – with the aim of providing truly unique exploratory experiences. [caption id="attachment_20833" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Churchill Wild Seal River Heritage Lodge.[/caption] All of these luxury wilderness lodges have become known around the world for having their own unique take on the Canadian wilderness, and visiting all of them is a rite of passage for those in the know.   Whether it’s heli-fishing, watching polar bears while on safari, staying in a luxury tent or enjoying a cruise down the coast on a private expedition boat, there’s a Magnificent 7 experience to suit your tastes. Get going: Start your journey through the Magnificent 7 (www.magnificent7.ca) and tick off as many as you can in one lifetime. [caption id="attachment_20834" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.[/caption] Location: The Magnificent 7 are spread far and wide across the Canadian wilderness, so access to each of the resorts varies greatly. Your travel provider will be able to advise you on the best ways to gain access. [caption id="attachment_20836" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A walkway leading to the Siwash Resort- photo courtesy of Jeremy Koreski.[/caption] “With apologies to New Zealand, nowhere does luxury lodges quite like Canada.” – Craig Tansley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown  var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
There’s a Canadian ice hotel that’s destroyed and rebuilt every year
Sleep in a real ice palace, alongside a frozen lake, on glassy moonlight. Although the Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive from Old Town Québec, a stay there feels like being on another planet. [caption id="attachment_21264" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice-glass drinks are up at the ice hotel.[/caption] A winter-only structure erected using 16,000 tonnes of snow and ice, the Ice Hotel is like few others in the world in that it is utterly destroyed every spring, only to be rebuilt at the end of autumn with a new theme and new additions to the guest rooms, chapel, bar and restaurant. [caption id="attachment_21265" align="alignnone" width="666"] A guest reaches for a frozen glass at the ice hotel.[/caption] While the 2018 theme is yet to be announced in December, 2016's “time and space” motif invited guests to contemplate their perceptions of the universe while sipping cocktails in the frozen bar, or tucking themselves into warm, arctic sleeping bags atop a wooden bedspring on an ice-based bed, inside your personal ice chamber.   For guests concerned with getting cold feet, a stay here includes a mirror room at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton – but once you check in we’d be surprised if you wanted to leave the silent perpetual evening of your very own ice castle. [caption id="attachment_21266" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Guests at the ice hotel kiss in the hot tub.[/caption] Get going: Check in to the Hotel de Glace between January and March each year (hoteldeglace-canada.com). For more cool accommodation, go here. [caption id="attachment_21267" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Two guests check into their suite at the ice hotel.[/caption] Location: Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive west of Québec City, on the banks of the Fossambault-sur-le-Lac. “Score bragging rights for life and bed down in a frozen palace for the night, wrapped up cosy and warm in a thermal sleeping bag on a soft bed of fur.” – Nikki Bayley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Wander among the vines of the Okanagan Valley
Enjoy and imbibe in the fertile and gorgeous Okanagan Valley. Read more
Go grizzly cub spotting at British Columbia’s Knight Inlet Lodge
Meet one of Canada's most gorgeous animals - the grizzly cub.  Read more
More than a place to sleep: Canada’s iconic Fairmont hotels
Stay in a luxury Canadian Fairmont hotel, that's also a destination itself. Canada’s stunning collection of Fairmont hotels and resorts are more than just places to rest your head – they’re genuine tourist attractions in their own right.   Each holds a special place in the history of the nation, such as the Fairmont Banff Springs, opened in 1888 as Canada’s first grand railway hotel.   Without exception they are architecturally splendid, like the Edwardian era Fairmont Empress on Vancouver Island, and most take full advantage of the world’s most sought-after destinations, such as the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, a sublime 19th-century former chalet perched on an emerald-hued glacier lake in the heart of World Heritage-listed Banff National Park. [caption id="attachment_20623" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Fairmont Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.[/caption] They’ve played host to countless famous names, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who recorded Give Peace a Chance at one of their famous staged Bed-Ins for Peace at Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.   Winston Churchill held wartime strategy sessions with Roosevelt at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City in 1943.   Synonymous with luxury, steeped in history and visually breathtaking, a stay in a Fairmont goes beyond mere hospitality; it’s an experience to be treasured. [caption id="attachment_20621" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The famed John Lennon Suite, at the Fairmont Queen ELizabeth.[/caption] Locations: Fairmont Empress, Victoria   Fairmont Royal York, Toronto   Fairmont Winnipeg   Fairmont Chateau, Whistler   Fairmont Royal York, Toronto   Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec City   Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa   Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal   Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge   Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise   Vancouver alone is home to four Fairmont properties, with 15 more spread out across Canada. Visit fairmont.com for the full list of hotel and resort locations. [caption id="attachment_20624" align="alignnone" width="675"] The stately Fairmont Empress.[/caption] Get going: Book a historic stay at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property (fairmont.com) or take the Grand Tour of Canada & Alaska with Scenic (scenic.com.au).   “The perfect iconic Canadian experience.”  – Nikki Bayley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Fly in ultimate style to Canada’s famous Whistler
Fly over wonderful BC scenery (and many miles of traffic) as you travel from Vancouver to Whistler. Read more