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Historic Hotels in Canada
Canada is a distinct and diverse country composed of many iconic destinations. Numerous historical landmarks exist throughout Québec that reflect the country’s French heritage including Old Québec, Place Jacques-Cartier, Basilique Notre-Dame, Trait-Carré of Charlesbourg, and the Île d’Orléans. Nova Scotia showcases Canada’s idyllic charm at such places like the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Old Town Lunenburg, and the Kejimkujik National Historic Site. Both Banff National Park and the Jasper National Park offer wonderful opportunities to see the majesty of the Canadian Rockies. Cities like Toronto and Vancouver feature many cultural and thought-provoking institutions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Granville Island, CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Distillery District.
Historic Hotels in Canada
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
As one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, Fairmont Château Laurier offers an experience few can rival. Stationed in the center of Downtown Ottawa, this recently renovated hotel was built to resemble a Renaissance-era French Château.
Fairmont Royal York
The Fairmont Royal York was built in 1929 on the grounds of what was once the Queen’s Hotel, across from Union Station, and was intended to be the largest hotel in the Toronto area. When the property was purchased by the Canadian Pacific Railway, they declared it would be the largest hotel in the Commonwealth, and for good reason: it featured 28 floors, 10 elevators, 1,048 rooms, and had private showers and bathtubs.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and is the third building to bear the name. The current grand Fairmont Hotel Vancouver stands on West Georgia Street, and opened its doors to the public in May of 1939 after an often-delayed, 11-year construction caused by the Great Depression.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs is the luxury stop in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to pursue a grand vision of opening up the Canadian west to tourists, Fairmont Banff Springs has had over 100 years of providing a sophisticated resort experience.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
In the midst of a dynamic city, Fairmont Palliser is the Calgary hotel of choice for business and leisure travelers. Since opening day on June 1, 1914, this hotel has provided distinct accommodations in an elegant setting. In 1993, it was awarded the Heraldic Badge by the Crown. As the cornerstone of Calgary’s hospitality, the luxury Fairmont Palliser is an iconic landmark where many choose to celebrate weddings, hold conferences, and host visiting heads of state.
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Situated just above the North Saskatchewan River, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has been a recognizable fixture in the Edmonton, Alberta skyline since it opened in the summer of 1915. While the hotel was an active part of the community for many years, it was closed in 1983.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge began as a “Tent City,” associated with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Embedded in the Canadian Rockies, the actual hotel was opened in June 1922 with eight log cabins, with the main building being billed as the largest single-story log structure in the world.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Just below the majestic Victoria Glacier sits the epic Fairmont Château Lake Louise. As part of Alberta’s Banff National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Château Lake Louise is globally recognized for its progressive environmental stewardship and responsibility.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Fairmont Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia and is an iconic symbol of the city itself. Opened in 1908, this gorgeous hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury and overlooks the Victoria Harbour.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada
Situated in serene Nova Scotia, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway to experience Canada's finest outdoor offerings. Dating back to 1940, this beautiful resort boasts a variety of luxurious accommodations, fine dining experiences, and the best of indoor and outdoor activities.
The Omni King Edward Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known as "The King Eddy," The Omni King Edward Hotel is a luxury historic hotel in Toronto, Canada offering 301 newly-refurbished accommodations, grand meeting and event venues, and convenient amenities and services. For over a century, the hotel has served fine dining and impeccable hospitality to local and visiting luminaries.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu overlooks the picturesque St Lawrence River on top of Point-au-Pic, an area known for its hospitality and inspiring landscapes. It was built to accommodate growing tourism in the area due to the great salmon fishing that was discovered in the mid-1700s.
Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
Montebello, Quebec, Canada
In Quebec, directly on the Ottawa River, sits the grand cedar structure of the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a historic resort featuring buildings that date back to 1930. With over 10,000 red cedar logs used in the construction of the three main buildings, this resort contains the largest log cabin in the world.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Fairmont’s The Queen Elizabeth is a legend in Montreal. Since opening its doors in 1958, the Queen Elizabeth has been at the forefront for hospitality and technological innovation. Designed by the prestigious architects of the Canadian National Railway Company, the hotel was among the first in North America to feature modern amenities like escalators, centralized air conditioning, and direct-dial telephones.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Québec City, Quebec, Canada
Rich in heritage, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is an urban resort, nestled in the heart of Old Quebec, that seduces with its historic charm, distinctive elegance, world-class hospitality and magic touch. Once the site of personal residence of the English and French governors, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac stands high on Cap Diamant, overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River.