My Route du Bonheur, from Lake Louise to the Pacific – by Charles McDiarmid.
In Western Canada, the tradition of la Route du Bonheur – or the road to happiness – lives on, miles from its French roots of vacationing between manors, villas, and châteaux, but always in the traveling spirit of Relais & Châteaux. Experience the rich character, charm, and culinary excellence of our partners as you navigate between each distinctive property and its own enchanting setting.
Start your journey in the Kensington Riverside Inn and experience in the heart of Calgary, Alberta and follow the incredible route to the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise, Alberta. Nestled in a beautiful valley in Banff National Park, the Post Hotel offers a stunning panorama of the Canadian Rockies and Lake Louise.
Across the Rockies, you will arrive at the luxurious boutique hotel, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Explore the elegance and charm of the city, then retreat to the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa for rejuvenation. The Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge at The Wedgewood features Modern French gourmet cuisine comprised of local West Coast fare. The award-winning Wedgewood Day Spa offers treatments such as the Signature Thai Fusion massage, the Chocolát Vanilla Decadent Body Treatment and the Crystaline Gemstone Facial.
Enjoy the beautiful landscape of British Columbia on a helicopter ride to Sonora Resort in less than an hour. Nestled in a Pacific archipelago, Sonora Resort combines wilderness and luxury in perfect harmony. The wildlife is splendid – eagles perch on towering trees, whales surf the currents, and observing grizzly bears in their natural habitat.
Take a floatplane to the remote, rugged west coast at eclectic Tofino, where the Wickaninnish Inn‘s hand-carved cedar structures stands elegantly above the dramatic surf of the Pacific Ocean. Another gem in Tofino, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, has also joined the Relais & Châteaux family recently. Its luxurious guest tents offer an exclusive and personal environment for all of our visitors. Heading towards South of Vancouver Island, you will reach Hastings Country House Hotel, situated on the picturesque Salt Spring Island. The charming waterfront resort lies on nearly nine hectares of lovingly tended gardens, overlooking Ganges Harbour.
Relais & Châteaux offers you the opportunity to explore our Western Canadian Route du Bonheur whether at one, two or all of our member properties: west to east or east to west – the choice is yours in discovering these special places and the unique luxury experiences they offer, because any direction on this journey leads you to the road to happiness. We are proud to belong to the Relais & Châteaux family!
Relais & Châteaux proposes its Route du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Their advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Contact any of the hotels to book your Route du Bonheur:
|Kensington Riverside Inn
|Local: 403 228 4442
Toll free: 1 877 313 3733
|Post Hotel & Spa
|Local: 403 522 3989
Toll free: 1 800 661 1586
|Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
|Local: 604 689 7777
Toll free: 1 800 663 0666
|Local: 604 233 0460
Toll free: 1 888 576 6672
|Local: 250 725 3100
Toll free: 1 800 333 4604
|Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
|Local: 250 266 0397
Toll free: 1 888 333 5405
|Local: 250 537 2362
Toll free: 1 800 661 9255
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