Canada’s 25 Most Unique Accommodations


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Each travel experience you take will be one you will always remember. With countless options for accommodations options, we have awarded the 25 places to stay across this country as Canada’s most unique accommodations. Our landscape is made up of everything from glaciers and mountain ranges to traditional towns and lush forests, it makes sense that Canada has some quirky accommodation to go with it.

Here are 25 of the best places to stay, ranging from hotels made completely of ice, to luxurious treehouses, and eco-friendly retreats. If you’re looking to stay somewhere that’s no where like anywhere you’ve stayed before, this list is just what you need. And if you need a flights to get you there, we’ve got you covered.

1. Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Quebec

hotel de glace

Photo: © Renaud Philippe

Arguably the most unique place to stay in Canada, to produce the Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City, Quebec,  we need 30.000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice and offers guests the chance to sleep on a bed made of ice. Sound chilly? You can always warm up in the hot tub or sauna, or opt for a Deluxe suit that’s decked out with a much-needed fireplace.

What makes it unique? You get to sleep in a hotel made of ice.

Closest airport: Quebec City International Airport


2. Free Spirit Spheres, Quallicum Beach, BC


Photo: Kyle Greenberg via Flickr

These handcrafted spheres are tucked away in a lush rainforest, Quallicum Beach.  Suspended from the trees, you can get up close and personal with nature while enjoying the modern tree-house design.

What makes it unique? It’s every adults’ dream treehouse.

Closest airport: Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport are both 1 hour away


3. Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton


Image via Fantasyland Hotel

The themed rooms at Fantasyland Hotel take you to a host of different worlds, from the Wild West, to a catamaran boat, and Roman-style sleeping quarters. A quirky stay inside the West Edmonton Mall.

What makes it unique? The selection of artfully themed rooms.

Closest airport: Edmonton International Airport


4. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, BC


Photo: Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat

Set on Vancouver Island and only reachable by seaplane or boat, this resort offers the perfect glamping experience, complete with luxurious en-suite tents and heated floors. The in-house activities director creates personalized adventures for every guest.

What makes it unique? The remote location and the elegant sleeping arrangements.

Closest airport: Victoria International Airport


5. Making Waves Boatel, Toronto, ON


Photo: Making Waves Boatel

Combining the elements of a boat and a hotel, this floating accommodation is docked in Toronto’s harbour, where you can watch the sunrise over Lake Ontario and enjoy a homemade breakfast.

What makes it unique? It’s a hotel in a boat.

Closest airport: Toronto City Airport


6. Bombay Peggy’s, Dawson City, YT


Photo: Bombay Peggy’s

Back in the 40s, this Victorian Inn was run as a brothel by Margaret Vera Dorval. Today it offers nine naughty rooms, each of which is decked out with chic antique furniture and throwbacks to its former life.

What makes it unique? The unique blend of old and new in Yukon’s only restored brothel.

Closest airport: Dawson City Airport


7. Soule Creek Lodge, Port Renfrew, BC

soule creek

Photo: Soule Creek Lodge

Each yurt at Soule Creek Lodge comes with its own private deck that looks out over the west coast scenery. The rustic rooms are complemented by the surrounding landscape, which is filled with walking trails and beach views.

What makes it unique? The chance to stay in a classy yurt in the middle of nature.

Closest airport: Victoria International Airport


8. Goldenwood Lodge Teepees, Golden, BC


Photo: Goldenwood Lodge Teepees

Overlooking the Canadian Rockies, the teepees of Goldenwood Lodge each come with their own fire pit and picnic table. The quirky pointed tents are hidden away amongst nature for a peaceful retreat.

What makes it unique? Sleeping under the stars in the Canadian Rockies.

Closest airport: Calgary International Airport


9. HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, ON

jail house

Photo: HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend a night behind bars? Now you can at the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel, which has 20 cells with bunkbeds for an authentic experience. The on-site heritage centre remembers the building’s history.

What makes it unique? You get to experience sleeping behind bars.

Closest airport: Ottawa McDonald-Cartier International


10. Royal Canadian Pacific, Calgary, AB

royal canadian

Photo: Royal Canadian Pacific

Fancy exploring the Canadian Rockies from the comfort and style of an old, vintage train? Aboard the Royal Canadian Pacific you can. What’s more, you’ll get to sleep in a restored car as the stunning views whiz past your carriage.

What makes it unique? Classy rooms in vintage train carriages.

Closest airport: Calgary International Airport


11. Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC


Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Go one step further and explore the underwater world of Vancouver’s Aquarium after closing hours. You can bed down for the night in front of the colourful sea creatures – a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family.

What makes it unique? Sleeping beneath sharks, fish, and other mesmerising marine life.

Closest airport: Vancouver International Airport


12. Bruce Bay Lighthouse, Bruce Mines, ON

bruce bay

Photo: Bruce Bay Cottages

Try your hand at being a lighthouse keeper in McKay Island’s century-old lighthouse. Soak up the panoramic ocean views, and wake up to the uninterrupted sunrise over Lake Huron.

What makes it unique? It’s the only housekeeping lighthouse that’s accessible by car in Ontario.

Closest airport: Sault Ste Marie Airport


13. Le Clos Saint Louis, Quebec City, QC

saint louis

Photo: Le Clos Saint Louis

Full of character, this Victorian-era historic hotel boasts plush furniture, vintage patterns and a turn-of-the-century romantic atmosphere perfect for couples.

What makes it unique? The quaint, romantic atmosphere in the heart of old Quebec.

Closest airport: Quebec City International Airport


14. Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt’s Arm, NL


Photo: Fogo Island Inn

Carving a modern silhouette against a timeless landscape, the Fogo Island Inn is described as a cultural movement that brings together creatives from all walks of life. Its contemporary interior boasts artist studios and gallery space.

What makes it unique? Its remote location perfect for contemporary creatives.

Closest airport: Gander International Airport


15. Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife, NWT


Photo: Martina Gebrovska & Blachford Lake Lodge

Get off the grid at this lakeside lodge, where you can catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis in the pristine wilderness of the Northern Territories. The lodge is only accessible by bush-plane, making getting there an adventure in itself.

What makes it unique? Back to basic-style amenities mix with luxury decor for a unique stay.

Closest airport: Yellowknife Airport


16. Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, BC


Photo: Sonora Resort

Nestled in the dense rainforest in Desolation Sound, the Sonora Resort is home to ten quirky themed lodges that peek out over rapids, botanical wonders, and wall-to-wall forest scenery.

What makes it unique? Eco-adventure meets luxury accommodation with bear-spotting potential.

Closest airport: Vancouver Airport


17. Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux, Saint-Fulgence, QC

casp jaspeux

Photo: Cap Jaseux

Dangle from the treetops in a tiny orb overlooking the Saguenay Fjord. When you’re not cooking up a storm in the designated picnic areas, you can enjoy the views and relax under the twinkling stars.

What makes it unique? Sleeping in a suspended orb.

Closest airport: Bagotville Airport


18. Around the Sea Rotating House, North Rustico, PEI


Photo: Around the Sea Rotating House

If you want to soak up the scenic ocean and red sand views without moving a muscle, check into the Around the Sea Rotating House, which actually spins very slowly during you stay.

What makes it unique? The house spins while you sleep.

Closest airport: Charlottetown Airport


19. Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, AB

deer lodge

Photo: Deer Lodge

Set just minutes from the dazzling sprawl of Lake Louise, Deer Lodge offers guests an intimate, cosy stay in a century-old building amidst the beautiful scenery of the Banff region.

What makes it unique? Its close proximity to Lake Louise and its century-old charm.

Closest airport: Calgary International Airport


20. Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville, NS

trout point

Photo: Trout Point Lodge

With rooms boasting either forest or river views, this hidden lodge accommodation is ideal for those looking to get back to nature. As well as an outdoor sauna and hot tub, there’s plenty of opportunity to get active in the surrounding landscape.

What makes it unique? Secluded resort with a great range of outdoor activities.

Closest airport: Yarmouth International Airport


21. Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, Halfmoon Bay, BC


Photo: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

This secret treehouse complex offers a luxurious stay in the woods, where each room comes with a private terrace and a soaker tub. Elsewhere, there’s a restaurant and a selection of activities to get stuck into.

What makes it unique? Stay in stilted treehouses that overlook Halfmoon Bay.

Closest airport: Vancouver International Airport


22. The Float House Inn, Bella Coola, BC

float house

Photo: The Float House Inn

Stay on a rustic wooden houseboat in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. You’ll be surrounded by delectable scenery while you kick back and relax on your very own floating barge.

What makes it unique? The chance to stay on a quirky houseboat in a forest.

Closest airport: Bella Coola Airport


23. Mineral Springs Resort, Salt Spring Island, BC

mineral springs

Photo: Mineral Springs Resort

The cute chalets at Mineral Springs Resort have exclusive access to the healing mineral waters of Salt Spring Island. Yes, that’s right, each chalet has its own supply, along with cosy ocean views and relaxing décor.

What makes it unique? The only accommodation on Salt Spring Island with access to the famous mineral waters.

Closest airport: Vancouver Airport


24. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola, BC


Photo: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Named as one of The Magnificent 7 luxury wilderness lodges in Canada, Tweedsmuir spans 60 acres of beautiful land and offers guests a refuge away from the stresses of daily life. The eco-friendly lodge is at one with nature, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to try out.

What makes it unique? Its status as one of the best lodges in the country and its grizzly bear viewing possibilities.

Closest airport: Vancouver International Airport


25. Tatamagouche Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, NS


Photo: Tatamagouche Train Station Inn

This century-old former station has been turned into a three-bedroom guest house with a museum, café, and on-site gift shop. The restaurant is set in a vintage train carriage that’s parked just outside the station.

What makes it unique? The setting in a century-old train station.

Closest airport: Charlottetown Airport



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