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Life Checking in: Stylish reasons to travel across Canada this sesquicentennial year

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CHECKING IN

On an expedition across Canada – capturing spring's getaway-gorgeous trenches and shirt-dresses at some of the country's iconic railway hotels – Globe Style's contributors survey stylish reasons to travel domestically this sesquicentennial year.

Photography by Riley Stewart and styling by Odessa Paloma Parker

Coat, $1,760 at Mulberry (www.mulberry.com). Scarf, $460, bag (carried throughout), $7,220 at Hermès (www.hermes.com). Zvelle shoes, $285 through www.zvelle.com. Earrings, $4,900 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed outside the Fairmont Empress in Victoria (www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria).

QUEEN V

The iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., will officially reopen to the public on June 28, after a $40-million renovation and restoration spearheaded by leading American hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner. Its crown jewel will be a new, 1,600-square-foot royal suite overlooking the harbour, priced at $12,995 per night.

Karen Walker coat, $533 (U.S.) through www.karenwalker.com. Dress, $370 at Comrags (www.comrags.com). Scarf, $460 at Hermès (www.hermes.com). Zvelle shoes, $285 through www.zvelle.com. Sunglasses, $145 at Bailey Nelson (www.baileynelson.ca). Earrings, $290 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed at the Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Victoria (www.harbourair.com).

TAKING OFF

Harbour Air Seaplanes, which transported the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their fall royal tour, connects Victoria to Vancouver, Whistler and a host of other West Coast destinations.

Greta Constantine dress, $1,295 at Saffron Road (www.saffronroad.ca). Earrings, $24,000, bracelet, $1,200 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed in the Lakeview Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise (www.fairmont.com/lake-louise).

ROOM WITH A VIEW

Erected as part of a cross-Canada hotel-building spree that started in the 1920s, the Chateau Lake Louise lured railway travellers to a spot in the Rockies that, according to Marc H. Choko's book, Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand, Building a Nation, was described as possessing "the most beautiful scenery in the world." This Canada Day, the hotel will host its annual Polar Bear Dip in its glacial waters, which still hover barely above freezing in July.

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Dress, $880 through www.urbanovitch.co. Coat, £335 through www.ganni.com. Scarf, $460 at Hermès (www.hermes.com). Earrings, $970 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed on the roof of the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto (www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto).

UP AND AWAY

Though its status as the tallest building in the British Commonwealth was long ago eclipsed by larger structures, the Fairmont Royal York remains a regal presence in the Toronto skyline. As an incentive for Canadians to see this spot and more in 2017, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is offering a Travel North package at its Canadian destinations (including 15 per cent off daily rates, a $150 hotel credit and 1,500 Aeroplan miles per stay) until Dec. 31.

Coat, $679, dress, $179 at Tiger of Sweden (www.tigerofsweden.com). Earrings, $14,900 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Hunter boots (worn throughout), $165 at Hudson's Bay (www.thebay.com).

TIMBER KING

The Chateau Montebello, set on the Ottawa river east of the nation's capital, is one of Canada's most unique destinations, combining the world's largest log cabin (housing 211 rustic rooms, grand reception spaces and a towering six-sided lounge fireplace), the longest indoor hotel pool in North America (75 feet) and horse stables (pictured, opposite page). To mark the sesquicentennial, Fairmont is offering a Canada 150 package at the property, starting at $150/night.

Altuzarra coat, $3,795 at The Room at Hudson's Bay (www.thebay.com). Shoes, $298 through www.poppybarley.com. Sunglasses, $250 through www.guildeyewear.com. Earrings, $750 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Both photographed on the grounds of the Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Montebello (www.fairmont.com/montebello).

COUNTRY STYLE

For a small but delicious lineup of epicurean spots, a short stroll through the woods from the Fairmont property to the village of Montebello yields such gems as Fromagerie Montebello and ChocoMotive, a train station turned chocolate shop.

Dress, $895 at Pink Tartan (www.pinktartan.com). Zvelle shoes, $285 through www.zvelle.com. Earrings, $750, necklace, $5,900 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed in the lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City (www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec).

GRAND ENTRANCE

A bustling gathering place for both hotel guests and sightseers, the opulent lobby of Quebec's Chateau Frontenac has welcomed the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Grace of Monaco to what is often considered Canada's most picturesque hotel.

Coat, $675 at Judith & Charles (www.judithandcharles.com). Scarf, $300 through www.niminimi.ca. Earrings, $1,650 at JdJ (www.jdj-jewellery.com). Photographed aboard the AML Louis Jolliet in Quebec City (www.crosieresaml.com).

SAIL AWAY

Quebec City's Canada 150 plans include Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, when 400 vessels from around the world will use the city's port as a stop between July 18 and 23 on a 7,000-nautical-mile-long transatlantic journey. For a more leisurely boat ride, Crosières AML offers a calendar of cruises aboard the AML Louis Jolliet, departing from Quai Chouinard below the Chateau Frontenac.


CREDITS: Makeup and hair by Marlayna Pincott for Lizbell Agency/M.A.C Cosmetics (Victoria), Libertee Muzyka (Lake Louise), Sheri Stroh for Bite Beauty/Kevin Murphy haircare/Plutino Group (Toronto, Montebello, Quebec City).

Model: Stephanie Bignell at Anita Norris. Photo assistants: Nate Jones (Victoria), Caitlin Boyle (Lake Louise), James Reiger (Toronto, Montebello, Quebec City).

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Travel and production support were provided by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Harbour Air, Parks Canada, Brewster Adventures, Croisières AML and Porter Airlines. None approved or reviewed this article prior to publication.

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