If you’re planning on exploring Canada this summer, check out one of these unique bed and breakfasts. They offer the basic home comforts that hotels can’t match—like complimentary breakfasts that actually taste good—and a more authentic travel experience.
Whether you’re looking for a city’s hidden gems, or just want to immerse yourself in local culture, these beautiful retreats are a great home base.
A la Carte B and B – Montreal, Quebec
Tri-lingual hosts and a cuddly little dog named Monsieur Petit make this Montreal B&B a perennial favourite with guests. Amenities include private bathrooms and free wi-fi, and the location is within walking distance to many popular Montreal attractions as well as public transit.
Brancliff Inn – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
All of the more than 300 Trip Advisor ratings for this historic building are absolutely excellent. As the town’s first public school, the building was built in 1859. It was completely renovated in November 2002, but retained historic features like the original 17-foot ceilings. Luxurious rooms have private sitting areas and en suites, and all but one have a gas fireplace.
Summerside Inn – Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Get your Green Gables fix with this B&B, rated number one on TripAdvisor’s list of top inns in Summerside. Rooms are equipped with Netflix and Apple TV, and the endlessly helpful hosts have a wealth of information about things to do in the area. The inn is located in a newly restored heritage house in the heart of Summerside—home to two Island premiers—and is walking distance to everything in town as well as a good central base for exploring the rest of the island.
Buffaloberry Bed and Breakfast – Banff, Alberta
Located in Banff National Park—where it’s impossible to turn around without seeing a spectacular view—the Buffaloberry combines the best of rustic elegance with modern convenience, like underground heated parking (perfect for frosty Banff winters). Four rooms feature private ensuites and down duvets, making it easy to cuddle up after a day on the slopes.
Abbeymoore Bed and Breakfast – Victoria, British Columbia
The number one B&B in a town that’s pretty much the B&B capital of Western Canada (if not the whole darn country) is a definite accomplishment. Located in the historic Rockland district of Victoria, the Abbeymoore—which was the number one B&B in Canada and the number two in the world in 2010—is across the street from the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s mansion as well as 36 acres of public gardens.
Auberge des Eaux Vives – La Malbaie, Quebec
Located where the St. Lawrence meets the Malbaie river, Auberge des Eaux Vives is the perfect place to sit on your private deck and and watch beluga whales swim by. Cap-à-l’Aigle is known as Village des Lilas (Village of Lilacs), so go in early June to take full advantage of the charming town’s 1,000 lilac bushes. If you decide not to go outside, cuddle up in front of one of the two fireplaces, or watch a movie in the cinema area—free popcorn included!
The Pebble – Halifax, Nova Scotia
A quiet gem in Halifax’s South End, The Pebble is close to the city’s historic waterfront and has an Irish flair, right down to the name of the resident pup, Dougal. The waters of the North West Arm make up the southern view, which you can take in from the sitting room and the garden. If you’re feeling adventurous, a five-minute walk takes you to sea kayak and canoe rentals, where you can explore the Arm by the water.
Chesterman Beach Bed and Breakfast – Tofino, British Columbia
For those travellers who like a little more privacy than the standard B&B experience, this B&B offers private entrances, decks, and ensuites—all designed to take advantage of the inn’s oceanfront views. Consider going in winter—the dramatic storms at that time of year are legendary—or go in March for the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, which celebrates the annual return of grey whales to the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Birmingham Manor – Stratford, Ontario
Birmingham Manor is a theatre lover’s ideal locale. Located within walking distance of all the major theatres of the annual Stratford Festival, the house—a 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner—was built by master carver, Stratford mayor, and decorated World War I officer Colonel John Yant Youngs.
Northern Lights Resort and Spa – Whitehorse, Yukon
Built of massive Douglas firs, Northern Lights Resort offers both full cabins and rooms for northern travellers longing for adventure and a little luxury. Enjoy the drama of the Northern Lights from the outdoor hot tub or from the deck of your private chalet. The on-site spa features an infrared sauna, traditional Finnish sauna, gym, and massage room. If you’re there in summer, you probably won’t see the Northern Lights, but you will enjoy 20 hours of daylight.