Most of these unique places to stay in Canada are thanks to the country's vast and and varying natural environment. Try something other than your standard Holiday Inn to give your visit to Canada a touch of adventure and authenticity.
Each year the cathedral-like hotel is carved entirely of ice, including the furniture and even ice candelabras hanging from the 18 ft ceilings. Generally, the Quebec Ice Hotel's season is from January to the beginning of April. The walls are 4 feet thick and insulate the hotel to a crisp but comfortable 28° to 23° Fahrenheit (-2° to –5° Celsius). Visitors may choose to just pass through for a tour and a drink at the ice bar or stay overnight.
Find out what it's like to stay at the Quebec Ice Hotel
Ontario Parks has introduced yurts at a number of their locations, including provincial treasure, Algonquin Park. These canvas-covered shelters sit slightly up off the ground and house hardwood flooring, beds, table & chairs and have electric heat and lighting plus other conveniences. They offer a great alternative to tents, especially in inclement weather or with a family or just for those who want some added luxury in the wilderness.Quebec Parks
also features yurts.
Not quite a treehouse, Free Spirit Spheres
are pods that hang from thick forest trees on Vancouver Island. Free Spirit Spheres
not only offers accommodation in Qualicum Beach but also sells the equipment to build your own sphere.
Watch a You Tube video
to explore one of the Free Spirit Spheres.
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The Vancouver Aquarium offers packages designed both for families with children and for couples. Visitors can enjoy educational programs and then bed down for the night right in front of the marine tanks.
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King Pacific Lodge is moored in Barnard Harbour, BC, atop a floating barge. The lodge is known for giving access to Coho and pink salmon, saltwater fly fishing as well as its ecologically responsible approach to tourism. In addition to offsetting the carbon emissions of all lodge operations and employee travel, lodge owners aim to offset guests' air travel to and from the lodge for a truly carbon-neutral vacation.
Get behind bars for the night with no criminal record. The Ottawa Jail Hostel is a historic building in downtown Ottawa that has the distinction of having operated as a prison for more than 100 years. Today, youths and the young at heart can stay in dorm rooms, private rooms or spring for the Warden's Quarters, a self-contained apartment.
7. Teepee, Various Locations across Canada
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This native North American style of accommodation is available at a number of resorts and campgrounds where native populations are prevalent. Manitoulin Island
, the largest freshwater island in the world, offers teepee syle lodgings, as does British Columbia; see Goldenwood Lodge
8. Igloo, Various Locations across Canada
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Yes, Canada actually has igloos for visitors who may find the Quebec Ice Hotel
too luxurious. A number of northern destinations offer overnights in these snow houses, often as part of a dog sledding, snowshoeing or other winter adventure packages.
Try Bic National Park
, Quebec, or the Igloo Hotel
near Quebec City. Canada West Mountain School
in BC runs courses on winter camping, where the truly adventurous can build their own igloo. In addition, the Montreal Snow Village
offers stand-alone igloo-type accommodation during the winter.
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Canada has more coastline than any other country, so it goes to reason that lighthouses are plentiful. Lighthouses are most prevalent in Eastern Canada, namely the maritime provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Staying in a lighthouse overnight is possible at the following lighthouse properties
10. Houseboat - Various Locations across Canada
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Canada has a massive system of interior lakes and rivers, making it ideal for houseboat travel and a unique way to see the country. Anyone 25 or older with a valid driver's can rent one. license Several websites lay out houseboat vacation ideas across Canada, such as Canada Houseboat Vacations