From the slopes of Whistler to the streets of Vancouver, Selene Donovan from Flight Centre Auckland shares her accommodation tips for a Canada holiday.
If Canada is calling to you, take a vacation in Vancouver. ‘Vancouverites’ enjoy some of the best downhill and cross-country skiing facilities in North America – attracting both locals and tourists alike.
It’s a must-do destination for all snow bunnies with the local mountains - Grouse Mountain, Cypress and Mount Seymour - having certain runs open until 10pm, meaning you can pack as much powder into your holiday as you can handle!
Here are my top tips for Canada accommodation in some of the main tourist areas.
DELTA WHISTLER SUITES
A great hotel in a central and convenient location, about a 10-minute walk to the Whistler/Blackcomb Gondolas. I'd recommend this families wanting to base themselves in Whistler for a week or more, as you can really make yourselves at home.
The lobby area is cozy with sofas, table, computers and a fireplace. The pool and gym area includes both indoor and outdoor spa pools and the Eco Chic day spa. There is no restaurant on site, however there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops right outside, so you can walk around the village easily.
FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER
About a 10 minute walk from Whistler Village, this is in a beautiful setting at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Great for both summer and winter, there is ski-in/ski-out access to Blackcomb from which you can then link with the Peak-to-Peak gondola to Whistler. The lifts also allow for easy access in the summer for hiking.
As well as a large lodge-style atrium area, there are 3 pools, indoor and outdoor spa pools, a sauna and day spa. Visitors won't go hungry with the selection of dining establishments available, including the Portobello café & deli with grab & go section, the casual atmosphere and good fresh food of the Mallard Lounge & Bar, and the Wildflower grill restaurant.
FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER
Right in the heart of Vancouver with great shopping right around the hotel. The hotel has two labrador retrievers as Fairmont Ambassadors: Mavis and Bow, who are very placid with guests able to walk them. The hotel has a number of historical features including mail chutes which are still used for guests to send mail.
The on-site restaurant offers casual dining for all meals, plus there is the Absolute Spa, health club, pool, spa pool and kids pool for visitors to relax in.
This is a little more contemporary in style, being situated in a vibrant area of town close to plenty of dining and bar options. As well as a health club and sunny outdoor pool area, there is a garden featuring bee hives whose produce is used in the restaurants.
In a great location for visitors going to concerts or sports events at the BC Place Stadium, this bustling hotel offers a pool, jacuzzi, gym and Moxie’s Restaurant.
Built in 1908 for the steamship terminal, the Empress has been in operation for over 100 years. It's a stunning and grand historic building right in the centre of Victoria, conveying a sense that the city has been built around it. The amazing day spa offers 11 treatment rooms and a mineral pool, to which are adjoined the hotel pool and jacuzzi adjoins the spa.
DELTA OCEAN POINTE
This is a nice, welcoming hotel with nice views across the harbour and a light, airy lobby that looks out to the harbour. Great for families, the hotel has fun features for children with their own check-in step at the reception counter, gift and activity packs, scavenger hunts and story time with milk and cookies in the evenings.
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