Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” opened its doors to the public 129 years ago, and since then the palatial hotel has hosted everyone from Marilyn Monroe to King Edward VIII. Built, in the words of former Canadian Pacific Railways chief William Van Horne, as “a haven of peace in the midst of the wilderness,” many rooms take in the broad, breathtaking sweep of the Bow Valley, and amenities include a series of spa baths fed by Banff’s legendary hot springs.
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Photo: Fort Garry Hotel
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Designated a National Historic Site in 1981, this Francois I-style hotel shares a number of architectural touches with The Plaza in New York. Built back in 1913, the Fort Garry Hotel is now home to Ten Spa, one of the nation’s finest, which features, in addition to traditional spa treatments, Canada’s only co-ed Turkish Bath. Fun fact: The hotel is located on the site of a 19th-century Hudson’s Bay trading post named (you guessed it!) Fort Garry.
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The Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
This recently renovated Tudor Revival resort, complete with half-timbered façade, also boasts a storied history. It rose to pre-eminence in the late 19th-century with America’s wealthiest families, who travelled from New York and Boston seeking refuge from the summer heat. Nearly every Canadian prime minister has spent at least one night here, as well as luminaries from Theodore Roosevelt to Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
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