Canada’s best b&bs for every kind of traveller

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Wherever you are in the world, summer tends to inspire travel; when the long-anticipated sun returns, it re-awakens the eager explorer in us all. A perfect vacation strikes the balance between well-budgeted and unforgettable adventure, which is why a Bed & Breakfast for your lodging accommodation is an excellent choice. There are many reasons why a B&B is the perfect spot to nestle up for the night—however the number of options can be overwhelming. Each traveller is unique and catering to your favourite kind of experience is key. Below is a list of Canadian B&Bs, which meet specific needs so you can successfully book your dream home away from home.

For the ultimate adventure

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA - SEP 10: Rue du Petit-Champlain at Lower Town (Basse-Ville) on September 10, 2011 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Historic District of Quebec City is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For those who value a central location above all, it is important that your Bed & Breakfast be located in the heart of town, surrounded by all of the historical landmarks worth visiting. Part of truly experiencing a new city is seeing it at eye-level. While hotels perch you at the top of a city, B&Bs keep you grounded and connected to the surrounding culture and community. Gite Au Croissant de Lune B&B tucked in a residential neighbourhood of Quebec City just minutes from museums and the St. Lawrence riverfront.

For the peaceful retreat

A man hiking in the mountains.

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Alternatively, if you prefer a rural getaway, Bed & Breakfasts offer the exclusive opportunity to burrow deep in the countryside. Trout Point Lodge, in Nova Scotia, is within walking distance of the Tobeatic Wilderness, which offers access to wooden boardwalks through the forest or fly fishing in its pristine rivers.

For the unbeatable view

A lake at sunset.

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If you love opening your window to a mounting cityscape or expansive wilderness, you want to find a location which gives you those gorgeous views without compromising privacy. Making Waves Boatel in Toronto takes the cake with views, a yacht, which provides full access to mornings, and evenings that look out on the golden horizon. Floating on Lake Ontario definitely insures good views so if you like to be slowly rocked to sleep and wake to the sun glittering on the water, this is your sweet spot.

For the best breakfast

Breakfast table with waffles, granola and fresh berries

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Whether you’re vegetarian, seeking low sodium alternatives, or just a fussy eater, it is important to stay somewhere that meets your most basic needs. Contacting your host before booking a stay to confirm their menu flexibility is a must. Victoria’s Albion Manor, known for its delicious breakfasts, is happy to meet guest’s dietary requirements with an advanced notice. One of a B&Bs most favoured amenities is the gourmet meal so be sure to surf the menu before committing.

For those who like guidance

Tourist guide show right way with pole in hand. Hiker with sporty backpack stand on rocky view point above misty valley. Sunny spring daybreak in rocky mountains. Mountain adventure guide. Man hike

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If you’re someone who wants to know everything about the place you’re visiting from its history to its beloved grub, being informed by those who know best is paramount. You can read guidebooks and visitor brochures all you want but there is nothing better than some personal, local insight. Check the website of your desired B&B and see what kind of activity suggestions they provide. Even more special is the chance to discuss the local fare over breakfast; that’s a great time to discover your host’s favourite must-sees. Maria, the owner of Ambiance Bed & Breakfast in Ottawa, is revered for her friendly and thoughtful suggestions.

For the networking globetrotter

Senior couples looking at map on travelling journey

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For those of you who see travel as a chance to meet fellow adventurers, there are some Bed & Breakfasts that offer plenty of those meet-and-greets while still maintaining luxury and privacy. Buffaloberry in Banff specifically created a guest lounge which encourages mingling and story swapping between lodgers. Their inn also includes a private bathroom adjacent to each bedroom—different from most B&B facilities—which commonly have shared bathrooms or entries.

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