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Oh, Canada!
Five Luxe Tips For True North Travelers

Each week, NewsWhistle contributor Norah Lawlor compiles a list of trendsetting and newsworthy items from around the globe.

This week, Norah takes us to Canada and selects five luxurious experiences for worldly travelers.

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A trans-Canadian trip will take quite some time, but each province is unique and well worth a visit. Canada is a feast for all your senses, with an impressive array of wildlife, natural beauty and urban sophistication. We have researched some of the best places to experience the luxury and style of Montreal, Ottawa, Mont Tremblant, Québec City and Toronto.

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  1. Drink Champagne at Ritz Carlton, Montréal

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When the historic Ritz Carlton Montréal opened its doors on Sherbrooke Street in 1912, it set a new standard for luxury. Today, more than 100 years later, it still offers an excellent hotel experience in the heart of downtown. The sophisticated rooms and superb service suit both business and leisure travelers.

The hotel recently launched Canada’s first Dom Perignon Champagne Bar, located in the famed Palm Court, one of the city’s most glamorous lobbies. The sleek, custom-designed black bar offers a dramatic contrast to the light and airy setting of the Palm Court. The champagne menu features both Rosé and Brut Dom Pérignon, available by the glass and bottle. The bar is open evenings Thursday through Sunday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. You can also satisfy your craving for gourmet French fare at renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, Maison Boulud.

For more information visit www.ritzmontreal.com/

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  1. Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

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Fairmont Château Laurier reflects the energy and style of Canada’s capital city. Located next door to the Parliament Buildings, the hotel is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. Prepare to be enchanted by the charm and stateliness of Fairmont Château Laurier.

The afternoon tea on offer at Zoe’s Lounge is as magnificent as the hotel itself. Named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s beloved wife, Zoe Laurier Lafontaine, Zoe’s Lounge allows guests to escape into a world of elegance and timeless décor, with glowing chandeliers and a beautiful glass-adorned atrium. The famous afternoon tea is made up of freshly baked scones, homemade strawberry jam and Devonshire cream, and elegant open-faced sandwiches which are prepared tableside. Bon appétit’!

For more information visit: www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/

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  1. Spa Treatment at Hôtel Quintessence, Mont Tremblant

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Hôtel Quintessence is one of Tremblant’s most luxurious boutique hotels, with views of picturesque Lake Tremblant and easy access to the slopes.

The boutique spa, Sans Sabots, offers its guests an ambience of pure sumptuous relaxation, from the warmth of its décor to the breathtaking lake views, to the large infinity pool. Every detail has been considered to deliver a memorable and unique spa experience. The number of guests are always limited to create a completely relaxed atmosphere.

After being pampered by magical soothing hands, be tempted by the steam room and sauna, or immerse yourself in the whirlpool to view a spectacular lakeside sunset. Pure heaven on earth!

For more information visit: www.hotelquintessence.com/en/

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  1. Dine and Wine at Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City

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Along the St. Lawrence River, and close to the shops on Le Petit Champlain, Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel is a stunning place to stay or visit in Québec City.

The Hotel’s dining room, Panache – nestled amid the stone walls of a warehouse dating back to the 19th Century – offers exceptional intimacy and stunning views of the river. The wine list includes over 700 labels from 14 different countries, and the constantly-evolving cellar houses over 12,000 bottles, many of which are private imports and vins de garde.

Chef Louis Pacquelin’s cuisine focuses on classic dishes with a pioneering approach and a genuine love for local organic produce.

For more information visit: www.saint-antoine.com/

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  1. Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto 

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Located in the heart of Yorkville, downtown Toronto’s most glamorous shopping and restaurant quarter, this 55-story hotel is popular with visiting celebrities and VIP’s.  The Four Seasons, which originated in Toronto in 1961, redefined luxury for the modern traveler. When it moved down the street to this sophisticated new location, it made its mark in a vibrant international city.

The interior of the lobby is designed by celebrated local designer Yabu Pushelberg. The 259 spacious guest rooms, including 42 luxury suites, are comfortable and chic, with floor-to-ceiling views of the downtown Toronto skyline to the vast canopy of trees to the north, sheltering the mansion-lined streets of Rosedale. The panorama changes from spring and summer greens to autumn reds, to a white winter blanket of snow. With a state-of-the-art spa, fine dining at Café Boulud, and plenty of Canadian art to peruse, the Four Seasons is an outstanding way to spend your time in Toronto.

For more information visit: www.fourseasons.com/toronto/

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Norah Lawlor is a New York based global trend and travel observer in addition to being the founder and owner of Public Relations strategy firm Lawlor Media Group.

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