2012 Top 10 Canada B&Bs
We are pleased to announce the winners of our eighth annual web-based awards for Canadian B&Bs and inns. The selection criteria for the Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards included both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of traveler reviews from the past year and inn listings on BedandBreakfast.com. Below is an excerpt of a glowing review for each of the winning Canadian inns.
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Victoria, British Columbia
"The Abbeymoore is truly an extraordinary B&B. My husband and I stay exclusively in B&Bs when we travel, and over the course of the past 27 years we have stayed in many. The Abbeymoore ranks in our top three. Why? It all begins when you contact Ian, Anne or Michelle to make your reservation. They are very prompt answering your request and are most helpful if you have any specific needs or wants. Upon arrival, we were greeted and shown to our Garden Suite. It was a little later than we had expected to arrive and we were hungry. I just made a mention I would love some yogurt and [they] got me a nice bowl of it. I was so surprised and thankful! The bed, the sheets, and cool Victoria air made for excellent sleeping.
Breakfast was so good...The Abbeymoore uses local food as much as possible. Ian was our host all four mornings. He is so funny and makes each person feel like they are the only one who has ever experienced Butchart, whale watching or whatever event is on tap for the day. Anne is one heck of a cook and really should have her own cookbook. Ian, Anne, and Michelle truly want to make your stay with them while in Victoria the most comfortable and rewarding experience possible. Quick, book your stay. It's one thing you don't have to think about."
"Can't praise it enough! Daniel and Petra will go out of their way to make your stay very pleasant not only at the B&B but also in the city. If it's your first time in the city do yourself a favor and ask Petra for tips on where to visit and how to get there, she's very helpful! They're always available for questions, but will also give you privacy and space when you want it. During the winter the heaters in the rooms are more than enough to keep you toasty at night.
The included breakfast will save you time and money because it's very abundant and delicious. Daniel is a great cook and he will adapt the menu if you have a particular need. For lunch or dinner there are many restaurants within walking distance...During our stay they lent us cards for the bus and metro, so we could load them with daily or weekly passes… And saving the best for last, there's M. Petit [the toy poodle], who will make your stay unforgettable. He's friendly, adorable, funny, and he has a Facebook page for fans, need I say more? This is a long review because I truly believe that this is more than a place to spend the night, it's a place to make friends and feel at home while visiting the city."
Kelowna, British Columbia
"We’ve been to Okanagan three times this summer, but the weekend at A Touch of English B & B was a real TREAT. We enjoyed our time filled with all things luxurious: fresh-crispy-scones greeting on a shady vine-covered patio overlooking spectacular mountain view, our clean, spacious suite and pastoral landscape paintings on the walls, deluxe lace bedding and sherry in crystal glasses, backyard luxury of the swimming pool and the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchenette, and finally, Kelly’s full-blown breakfast spiced up with a zest of Clare’s humour and her lovely English accent…
The hosts’ hospitality, a fantastic setting and beautiful weather made our adventure the most thrilling and memorable ever!"
Victoria, British Columbia
"Wonderful! We'll be back. From the moment we made our reservation, we felt spoiled by Binners and Edward. Help with choosing the perfect whale-watching tour, choosing marvelous dinner spots, and suggestions for what to do were so appreciated.
The inn itself is immaculate yet cozy, as was our room. And the breakfasts! Absolutely spectacular food (yes, we stuffed ourselves), with lovely details including home-made jams and pastries, all graciously served. We went to Binners to celebrate an anniversary, and it was all we'd hoped for and more. We highly recommend it."
"We loved our stay at Cartland Estate! When entering the home, we were blown away by its exquisitely designed and perfectly adorned décor. Every room in the home was absolutely beautiful. Not only was everything immaculately spotless and seemed brand new, but the accommodations as perfect as one could expect. We were so warmed by (and often tickled by) the thoughtful attention to details. Our guest room was very spacious and although it was pristinely beautiful, it was also comfortable and intimately homely...
Our stay at Cartland Estates was like the cherry on top of an amazing vacation, not merely because of its beauty and serene location, but because of the hosts. Gary and Dianne’s gracious hospitality was second-to-none. They were so easy-going, unpretentious, generous with us, and sincerely caring about us and our vacation. Although we just met them a few weeks ago, it feels like we have known them for a long time. They are personable, genuinely warm, and fun to be around. Although we were afforded all of the privacy we wanted the duration of our stay, we migrated to where they were at times because we felt very welcome to. We spent hours enjoying the company of these good-hearted, gracious individuals. Their hospitality is just over-the-top, appropriately wonderful. We simply couldn’t have asked for more. Not for better surroundings. Not for a nicer location in proximity to the Falls. And we simply couldn’t have dreamed up better hosts or a better home to stay in. Dianne and Gary made us feel like family, and we can’t help but hope to see them again. Should we visit the area again, we will be staying here."
Victoria, British Columbia
"What a fantastic B&B. The best B&B we stayed at during our time in Canada. Becky and Bob really know how to be exceptional hosts and how to do B&B's the right way. Their service was amazing and the breakfasts the Becky cooked us up each morning was to die for. Bob went out of his way to assist with helping to plan our activities for us, to ensure we really enjoyed ourselves. Great location in Victoria, wonderfully clean and great value. Thanks Becky and Bob for being such wonderful hosts."
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
"My husband and I spent two nights at the inn to tour Annapolis Royal and celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. The Queen Anne Inn is exceptional in every way and our stay was everything we were hoping for. The inn is beautiful and each of the rooms are uniquely decorated and very comfortable!
Greg, the innkeeper, is very gracious, with an excellent sense of humor and went above and beyond to ensure a memorable stay. We enjoyed a wonderfully delicious dinner and breakfasts were exceptional. We will definitely return to this wonderful inn and highly recommend it."
Abbotsford, British Columbia
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our honeymoon stay at the Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn. The Hilltout suite was very private, quiet, and spacious. It was all very cozy, with the double sided fire place, large bath tub, beautiful vanity and spacious shower.
The room was beautiful with the rose petals and candles, the chocolate covered strawberries were fresh and delicious! Our breakfast arrived at the exact time we requested and was delectable! My wife and I definitely will be spending more nights at the Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn."
"My boyfriend and I recently spent two nights at Le Refuge and we are definitely planning to go back soon! We reserved the "Romance Suite" located on two floors; it was like staying in our very own rustic condo with modern touches such as a 40" flat-screen TV and modern king sized bed. We enjoyed a private balcony as well as a large private deck with a stunning view of the mountain. Very quiet and very quaint.
Robert, the owner, was a great host...warm and friendly and can definitely cook up a delicious and extraordinary breakfast. We have already recommended this B&B to our friends and family. We were able to take a scenic walk over to the new village (about 15 minutes slow-paced walk)...helped work off the huge breakfast. You will not be disappointed with rooms, cleanliness, breakfasts or value for your money. Thank you Robert for a great stay and for such great hospitality! Definitely a little jewel in the Tremblant area!!"
East Kemptville, Nova Scotia
"Truly a five-star inn and lodge, a hidden gem in Nova Scotia. My husband and I needed a reinvigorating get away and this lodge was it! It's in a wilderness area, so it's quiet, beautiful and has plenty to do. We hiked, went fishing, swam and kayaked many times on two on-site winding rivers. Meals were spectacular. The food was excellent, which is a good thing when dinner is the main entertainment in the evening, though there is also night time star gazing with a guide. Breakfasts included homemade breads and pastries and the most delicious smoked salmon I've ever eaten.
There was live music at cocktail time and the service was superior. We also spent time in the hot tub, reading on the deck and botanizing in the woods. One night we went on that guided walk to look at the stars, it was a memorable experience. We absolutely loved sitting around the fire pit after supper. Very romantic! Our room was filled with handmade wooden furniture so impressive I took photos of it. This place is a bit out of the way but worth it."
By Emily Starbuck Crone