Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (IV)

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Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (IV)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

10. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Le Meridien King Edward

 

The King Eddy, as it is fondly known, is a beautifully historic – surprise, surprise – Edwardian building, as resplendent as it was when it first opened as the city's luxury hotel. Its location is ideal, close to all the downtown essentials, and it's not as expensive as you would expect, especially given the excellent service you get. 

 

Useless Trivia: Guests here are in good company with Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and of course, the Beatles, whose fans squealed their way through the lobby and stopped street traffic.

 

Do try their afternoon tea service or the Sunday brunch with the succulent Beef Wellington.

 

Don't expect the hotel dining to be cheap.

 

 

11. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Four Seasons Center

 

Home to the Canadian Opera Company, it's the first and only building in Canada designed solely for this purpose. As a result, the acoustics are astounding regardless of where you're sitting in this 2,070-seat theatre. It's also the venue for the National Ballet. 

 

Overall, the design by Jack Diamond favors form rather than function, but the aesthetic glass staircase and five-story glass facade facing the bustling street add a sense of occasion to operagoers.

 

Trivia: The glass staircase is the longest free-spanning one in the world. It passed a load-test with 20,000 pounds of weights. 

 

Do enjoy free lunchtime concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at noon most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Don't sit in the back if you have vertigo. It's a long way up.

 

 

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada

 

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Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island (IV)

To explore golf on Vancouver Island, there's a number of ways you might want to approach it. The main golfing areas to consider: Victoria; Cowichan Valley; Parksville / Qualicum Beach; and Courtenay / Campbell River. If your time is condensed, you might want to focus on one region. If you plan a longer stay, consider the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, which stretches about 155 miles (250 km) from Victoria to Campbell River.

 

16. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Courtenay / Campbell River

Now, as the golf trail has led you roughly halfway up Vancouver Island, you've arrived where you can really weigh in on bragging rights at the salmon fishing capital of the world. Golf Vancouver Island invites you to Tins and Skins" where you can tally up your best score on the golf course, and then capture the big fish, (salmon and halibut) and see who really gets the best numbers. Incidentally, rental cars are offered from Victoria to Comox with no drop off fees, so you can end your island adventure by flying out of the Comox Airport.

 

17. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Crown Isle Golf & Country Club — This platinum-ranked Graham Cooke designed championship course, within a master-planned resort, is tucked under the shadows of the massive Comox Glacier and the beautiful Beaufort Mountains — just five minutes from an international airport. Its also just 40 minutes from the Island's top skiing. Luxurious accommodations are available in the Villas at Crown Isle or in the spectacular West Coast architecture resort centre complete with waterfall and stunning Mahogany carved staircase. Amenities include a Golf Academy— with superb driving range — practice bunkers, chipping and putting greens, as well as a Golf Shop, Fitness Centre, convention facilities and classic car museum. Select from family-friendly to elegant fine dining options, and a cigar and cognac room.

 

18. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Storey Creek Golf Club — The Les Furber designed hidden gem has been awarded a prestigious four-and-a-half star ranking by Goff Digest, and voted the third Best Public Course in BC by Vancouver Sun newspaper Sequoia Springs "The Garden Course" — as you might guess from the name 'Sequoia' from the California Redwood tree — you'll find a well-sculpted course lined with hundreds of the majestic trees. On the 12th hole, shoot to an island green back dropped by flowers, and surrounded by a water garden with Koi fish.

 

19. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Glacier Greens Golf Course — If you're flying out of Comox, right by the airport, this championship facility is open year-round with full amenities, great golf and fabulous food.

 

Book your next island golf getaway to Vancouver Island where you don't have to imagine where to place the clubhouse; it’s already there!

 

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (III)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

6. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Hotel Victoria

 

It's hands-down the best budget hotel in Toronto, with its excellent downtown location and low price. It's right in the middle of the action, close to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Union Station, Eaton Centre and many restaurants and pubs.

 

Don't expect much in terms of amenities and service. We did say it was a budget hotel. 

 

7. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Metropolitan Hotel

 

The Metropolitan Hotel offers both an excellent downtown location and good customers service at an affordable price. Primarily housing business travelers, it nonetheless welcomes families and is close to public transit, the Eaton Centre, the AGO, City Hall, and Nathan Phillips Square, among many.

 

The hotel also offers good dining options at Hemispheres, with an eclectic international menu; and Lai Wah Heen, one of the city's top contemporary Chinese restaurants. 

 

Do take advantage of the complimentary downtown limousine service in the mornings. 

 

8. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Novotel Toronto

 

Its downtown location near the Esplanade is ideal for exploring the city on foot. The Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, various theatres and the Eaton Centre are all nearby.

 

9. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Soho Metropolitan

 

This modern, elegant 92-room hotel lets guests make themselves comfortable with a flip of a switch, whether it's to open the curtains, turn on the 'Do not Disturb' sign or heat up the marble bathroom floor.

 

King-size beds, natural down duvets, and Italian linens ensure a good night sleep.

 

Soho Metropolitan is popular with celebrities especially during the Toronto International Film Festival. Its 4,000 square-foot penthouse, with its rooftop terrace and eight-person hot tub, has been occupied by Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, P Diddy and ColdPlay among others.

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (II)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

4. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Fairmont Royal York

 

When the Queen comes to Toronto, she stays at this hotel. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1929, this castle-like building stands out in the midst of modern skyscrapers on Front Street. It's within walking distance of many of Toronto's theatres and attractions. In fact, you can get to many without stepping outside via the extensive underground PATH system, which originated with the hotel's pedestrian passageway to Union Station.

 

The hotel has 1,365 guest rooms, including 191 suites. But even if you're not a guest, visit the hotel to check out the luxurious interior or better yet, honor a royal tradition with Afternoon Tea in the Library Bar (weekends only) or splurge at their fine dining restaurant, EPIC.

 

Useless Trivia: Arthur Hailey stayed here and studied its operations around the clock while researching his book and movie 'Hotel'. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Jackie Chan, George Lucas and Wayne Gretzky.

 

5. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Gladstone Hotel

 

The Gladstone is the oldest continually operating hotel in Toronto. 10 years ago, a typical guest-turned-resident would have been someone down on his luck, possibly recently released from a nearby mental institution or detox facility. Now, this Victorian hotel, built in 1889, is restored to its former glory, and a typical guest at this gay-positive hotel is likely to be affluent and culturally inclined, with a desire to be part of the West Queen West neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.

 

The original, hand-operated elevator takes guests up to the rooms, each one unique and designed by a different artist.

 

Like most hotels built in this era, the rooms are small, meant only to be slept in after socializing in the spacious common areas. These high-ceilinged, open spaces are put to good use, displaying art exhibits and hosting performances and community events. 

 

Though located in the hotel, the exhibits, chosen by an in-house curator, are open to the public from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

 

Socializing is a big part of what the hotel is about and The Gladstone Café and Melody Bar are popular with locals. 

Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island (III)

Easily accessible by air and sea, Vancouver Island is serviced by the Victoria International Airport as well as several smaller airports throughout. There is extensive ferry service to many coastal communities and the Gulf Islands from mainland Canada and United States through BC Ferries and the Washington state ferry system. At Victoria's downtown harbor you'll see floatplanes all year round.

 

11. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Parksville / Qualicum Beach

Here in "Canada's Riviera," as named by The Globe & Mail, you'll find an Oceanside getaway, including fabulous resorts, golf courses, spas and fine dining. What an ideal place to unwind and find 'island time.'

 

12. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Fairwinds Golf & Country Club — Designed by renowned course architect Les Furber, it is crafted for all levels, with lush manicured fairways lined by towering fir and arbutus trees, and referred to as a "thinking golfer's course." Immaculate greens are guarded by more than 70 bunkers. After golf, relax in Ben's Lounge and ponder joining the premier oceanfront community with its Fairwinds Fitness Centre. For guests who boat in and moor at its 360-berth Schooner Cove Marina, free golf club rental, and shuffle service to the come is offered.

 

13. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Morningstar Golf Course — Close to picturesque Parksville, is another Island jewel by Les Farber, with a unique configuration of six link-style holes, integrated with others carved through the trees— preserving much of the natural surroundings. Called the "Golfers' Choice," it is host of the Canadian Tour Qualifying School.

 

14. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Pheasant Glen Golf Resort — At the base of Mount Arrowsmith, this recently renovated course displays spectacular mountain views from almost every hole, and is the most walk-able 18-hole course in Oceanside. The Pheasants Nest restaurant is open March to the end of October. Golfers can tune up their game at the Brent Morrison Golf Academy and a 20-acre double-ended practice facility.

 

15. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Eaglecrest Golf Club — Located at Qualicum Beach, this course was designed by Warren Radomske, who learned golf course design by the great architect Les Furber. Meticulously maintained and highly affordable, it's a great semi-private club.

 

Book your next island golf getaway to Vancouver Island where you don't have to imagine where to place the clubhouse; it’s already there!

 

Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island (II)

Vancouver Island is an ideal destination for golfers whether you want to test your skills to the limit or enjoy leisurely rounds mixed with sightseeing, exquisite cuisine and superb accommodations. It was voted the #1 Island in Canada and #6 in the world in Condo Nast Traveler magazine's 2012 readers' pot, and #1 Island in Canada and the Continental USA by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012. Depending on the time of year, you might even see a whale to add to your golf tale.

 

6. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa —the luxurious accommodations, with signature Heavenly Bed, vistas of rolling fairways, Mount Finlayson and Mount Baker, state-of-the-art Athletic Club, tennis courts, outdoor pool, hot tub, Santé Spa and world-class restaurants, may entice you to linger. Although, you won't want to miss Canada's first and only 36-hole Nicklaus-designed golf extravaganza. Whether you start with the more forgiving Valley Course, which rolls through terrain between 300 and 500 feet elevation above sea level, or the masterpiece Mountain Course, with dramatic elevation changes and other challenges — you'll revel in the magnificent vistas.

 

7. Best Golf Club ob Vancouver Island: Cowichan Valley

In the Cowichan Valley, some of BC's finest foods are produced, and it is home to nine wineries and a cidery. It is a wine and food enthusiasts' Mecca, as well as offering amazing golf. Stay awhile on the waterfront, buy crab on the dock, and fresh produce directly from organic farmers.

 

8. Best Golf Club on Vancouver Island: Arbutus Ridge Golf Course — weaves along the seaside community of Cobble Hill, and climbs a ridge to overlook the Satellite Channel. With a Four Star Golf Digest rating, and three of the most demanding finishing holes you'll find, it's not to be missed. Lick your wounds and the freshest of West Coast cuisine in the Satellite Bar &Grille.

 

9. Best Golf Club on Vancouver Island: Cowichan Golf & Country Club — Established in 1947 as one of the Island's finest nine-hole courses by legendary architect A.V. Macan, it expanded 10 18 in 1985. Meandering through a valley and mix of meadow and tree-lined holes, it presents plenty of challenge, beautiful scenery, top service and a lovely clubhouse.

 

10. Best Golf Club on Vancouver Island: Duncan Meadows Golf Club —A tantalizing blend of parkland and links-style holes, it has been labeled as "one of the top ten most underrated courses in all of Canada" by Score Golf Magazine. Flowing almost seamlessly into the landscape in the shadow of Mount Prevost, it is true to the area's heritage of respect for nature. The full-service Clubhouse includes Bunkers Bar and Grill and a recently renovated Golf Shop.

 

Book your next island golf getaway to Vancouver Island where you don't have to imagine where to place the clubhouse; it’s already there!

 

Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island (I)

"Where do you picture the clubhouse?" is a game some of us golfers play while we're driving along admiring landscape that seems naturally predisposed to being the perfect golf tract. Pristine and breathtakingly beautiful, Vancouver Island with its sweeping ocean views, beaches, rainforests, marshes, mountains, meadows, rivers and lakes is a mother lode of such locations.

 

Fortunately, this attribute has been duly noticed by the professionals, so you will find outstanding championship courses designed by masters such as Jack Nicklaus, A.V. Macan and Les Furber as well as great nine-hole options and community facilities suitable for all skill levels. While this article will focus on some of the finer 18-hole championship courses, there's much more golfing at your disposal.

 

1. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Victoria Region

Given its quaint setting on a harbor, and decidedly British roots, downtown Victoria is a place you'll want to explore —from its funky BC craft beer breweries to high tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel.

 

2. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Cedar Hill Municipal Golf Course — While short in length, Vancouver Island's first municipal golf course, established in 1920 as nine holes and expanded to 18 in the 1950s, is good place to get your game going, because water hazards, rock outcrops and other features demand every club in your bag.

 

3. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Olympic View Golf Club — Owned and operated by GolfBC and located just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, it is a par 72, 18-hole championship golf course highlighted by two waterfalls, 12 lakes, the Olympic Mountains in the horizon, and roaming deer and soaring eagles Its award-winning GBC Golf Academy offers expansive grass tee decks, five target greens, and three short game area. Enjoy locally inspired cuisine at Forester's Bistro & Bar in the stunning 23,000 square-foot club house with floor to ceiling windows and wrap around patio overlooking the course caps off the round.

 

4. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Highland Pacific — Victoria's newest public course, just minutes away, threads through West Coast forest, rock, fescue and natural water features, while affording spectacular views of Victoria, Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Thetis Lake Park and Bear Mountain. Even the practice facility has plenty of targets and hazards in its two-tiered driving range, bunker and short game areas. Unwind from your game at The Range Café.

 

5. Best Golf Clubs on Vancouver Island: Mount Brenton Golf Club — As you might expect in this abundant growing belt, in artsy mural-bedecked Chemanius, you'll find the course dubbed the Island's friendliest.

 

Book your next island golf getaway to Vancouver Island where you don't have to imagine where to place the clubhouse; it’s already there!

 

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (I)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

1. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Clarion Hotel & Suites Selby

 

Built in 1882, this Victorian building was converted into a hotel in 1915. Its most famous resident was Ernest Hemingway, who stayed here while he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.

 

Located near the Church/Wellesley neighborhood, it continues to be a downtown hotel of choice for those wanting an alternative to city highrises. Its 82 rooms range from basic to suites with fireplaces and jacuzzis.

 

Do stay in the Hemingway Suite if have any literary aspirations. You can write at the same table where he reputedly penned 'A Farewell to Arms'.

 

2. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Delta Chelsea

 

Kids love this downtown hotel. It could be because of the 130-ft corkscrew water slide, or perhaps it's the kids' centre filled with activities, and the special treats they get when they check in. It does its best to cater to the younger set and their parents, who can take advantage of the theatre babysitting and grab a show, or escape for a couple of hours at the adults-only pool.

 

Teens will enjoy Club 33, their very own lounge stocked with video games, and teen shoppers will also appreciate the hotel's location, right next door to the Eaton Centre.

 

Do sign up the kids to Camp Chelsea, a drop-in full-day activity program, if you're here during March break or the summer. Extra fees apply.

 

3. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Drake Hotel

 

Here at The Drake, guests sleep in crash pads (other hotels call them rooms). The restaurant, cafe, patio and nightclub are filled with young film producers and other artsy types. Looking around at the stylish young patrons, it's easy to forget the hotel like the West Queen West neighborhood it's in was pretty derelict in the not-so-distant past. Now the hotel is known for its art vibe with an in-house curator and imaginative collection, as well as its thriving nightlife.

 

Don't be surprised if the room-service menu has more than just food. 

Tourist Attractions in Quebec City, Canada

The small cobblestoned streets of Québec City’s Old Quarter offer their visitors an entrance to a bygone era. Québec, the capital and most important city of Canada's Québec Province, is the hallmark of French Canada in terms of both history and culture, even though Montreal, which is located 160 miles away, also nearby the St. Lawrence River, dwarfs the city in both population and surface. Most of the tourist attractions in Québec City, Canada reflect its intense and vibrant culture.

 

1. La Citadelle de Québec

La Citadelle de Québec 
Rue St-Louis at Cote de la Citadelle
Québec

QC, Canada, G1R 3R2


418-694-2815


La Citadelle de Québec, a stronghold designed by the British during the first half of the nineteenth century, lies on sacred ground that witnessed over three centuries of Québec City’s military action. Besides being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Québec City, Canada, La Citadelle is also an important army encampment, home to the sole French-speaking infantry regiment in the Canadian defense force. If you’re in Québec between late June and early September, make sure you visit the Citadelle right before 10:00 AM, to observe the daily changing of the guard, which is a 45-minute ceremony. Two guided tours, which are 60 and 90 minutes in length, are also available. On-site you will find a museum with exhibits that chronicle the history of the Citadelle and the francophone regiment that is currently garrisoned there.

 

2. Musée de la Civilisation

Musée de la Civilisation 
85, rue Dalhousie
Québec

QC, Canada, G1K 7A6


418-643-2158


Located within the lower riverfront portion of Quebec’s Old Quarter, this museum is a relatively new addition to the most important tourist attractions in Québec City, Canada. It’s dedicated to chronicling the history of mankind with a particular emphasis on the history of Québec and Canada. Special exhibitions target various aspects of world’s history and culture. For instance, during the summer of 2010, special exhibitions displayed Africa’s assistance to the evolution of music worldwide, and science’s attempts to discover the meaning of human thought. The museum’s permanent exhibitions focus on the folklore of Québec, its past and present and the historical relationship between the Québeckers and Canada’s autochthonous First Nations. Throughout the summer months, Musée de la Civilisation offers guided tours of its permanent exhibitions, with lengths between 45 and 60 minutes. The museum, which also has a souvenir shop and a cafeteria-style restaurant nearby, is open daily throughout the summer months, and closed on Mondays from early September till late June.

 

3. Place-Royale

Place-Royale
27, rue Notre-Dame
Québec

QC, Canada, G1K A85


418-646-3167

Place-Royale is the spiritual core of Québec City and French Canada. This cobblestoned plaza, located in the lower sector of the Old Quarter marks the place where the French explorer Samuel de Champlain placed his quarters during the summer of 1608. The cathedral of Notre Dame des Victoires dominates one side of the square and lays on the land once occupied by Champlain. Place-Royale’s visitor center is a great place to begin your journey through this history-rich establishment. Here you can watch the movie “Facing Champlain: A Work in Three Dimensions”, which reveals the history of the area and makes your stay more meaningful. Place-Royale is one of the most important tourist attractions in Québec City, Canada.