Toronto, Canada’s biggest city and cultural capital, landed in fifth place. And with hot new hotels opening at a quick clip — from the Kimpton Saint George, a hip stay in a former Holiday Inn, to the St. Regis Toronto, the brand’s first outpost in Canada — it’s sure to continue rising.
Montreal landed third on this year’s list, up one slot from 2018, wowing readers with its cultural pursuits (music festivals, opera, museums), charming Old Port, and dynamic restaurant scene. And now that the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal has swung open its doors — debuting a luxurious spa; a terrace bar and sleek accommodations — the city is poised to welcome a new set of luxury travelers.
4. Victoria, British Columbia
1. Quebec City
Quebec City has once again landed the winning spot on our list of best Canadian cities. Readers found lots to love about Quebec’s capital city, from its famous monuments (many of which are located in Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to its European sensibility and grand hotels (the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac), despite the city’ famously frigid winter temperatures. “Even in the depths of winter, the city still works its charm on you,” wrote one reader. And for lovers, Quebec City is the next best thing to the City of Light, what with its cobblestone streets, atmospheric cafes, and classic bistros. “You’ll feel like you’re in Paris,” wrote one reader.