La Route du Bonheur
Lives on in Western Canada
from the Pacific to the
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 Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands, located off the south-eastern coast of Vancouver Island wher you will find the lovely Hastings House Country House Hotel. Enjoy breathtaking harbour views, acres of vibrant lawns, gardens, and
forests, abundant wildlife and a lively arts community. Salt Spring
Island will lure you from the estate with a range of shops and
galleries, and many choices for outdoor and water activities, such as
biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, diving, kayaking, tennis, golf, farm,
garden and winery tours.
Cross the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver Island and travel through the renouned Cathedral Grove Provincial Park 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. Drive along
Vancouver Island’s mountain range and follow the freeway North to Campbell River where you will catch the ferry to the Sonora Resort, the absolute jewel amidst one of Canada's most alluring, pristine environments.
A spectacular seaplane ride or leisurely ferry through the San Juan and Gulf
Islands will lead you to Vancouver's cosmopolitan city centre, where the
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, your home away from home, is perfectly located amidst
the gardens and waterfalls of fashionable Robson Square.
Venture just past the border of the province of Alberta, and amidst the
snow-capped peaks of Banff National Park, you will find the Post Hotel.
Perched at 1500 metres in the breath-taking Canadian Rockies, this cherished
Alpine chalet is renowned for its fine dining and an award winning wine
cellar of over 30,500 bottles.
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.
Relais & Châteaux:
"ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD."
Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes 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.