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Working from away: Stay productive and feel rejuvenated

Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta

Working from away: Stay productive and feel rejuvenated

Imagine gazing over a tranquil, forest-ringed lake as you complete a report on your laptop, strolling over to a nearby cafe to lunch on fresh organic food, and feeling creative and revitalized when you return to your desk. Given the rise of remote workingExternal Link Title, with 45 percent of Canadians in a recent survey preferring to work remotely at least three days per week, taking a Canadian "workcation" can make that vision a reality.


Make the most of flexible work arrangements and combine your work-from-home office with a local getaway. Take an afternoon call on a sunny harbour pier; work on your big presentation and brainstorm from nature from your deck with a mountain view; and maximize your getaway by adding on vacation days to come back to work mentally restored.  


Whether you stay close to home or visit a neighbouring province, you can enjoy an extended city hotel stay, an awe-inspiring mountain lodge escape, or a relaxing vacation rental getaway. Here are some suggestions to help you plan a working vacation in Canada.


Five quick tips to make a workcation work for you:

  • Seek out accommodations that offer seamless connectivity - to work networks and to local amenities.
  • Consider a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your private business interests.
  • To practice self-care, use ergonomic workspaces and take regular breaks.
  • Bring your four-legged friends by booking a pet-friendly stay.
  • Consult local health regulations, travel restrictions, and safe travel guides prior to your trip.

British Columbia

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler

In VancouverExternal Link Title, enjoy the outdoors in a city surrounded by nature. A short walk (or bike ride) to both scenic Coal Harbour and False Creek, L'Hermitage HotelExternal Link Title offers all the comforts of home with luxury service. Enjoy elegant suites with in-suite laundry, 24-hour in-room dining and complimentary bike rentals for guests. 


The Fairmont Chateau WhistlerExternal Link Title-recently named "Best Resort in Canada" in Cond? Nast's Readers' Choice Awards - offers year-round discountsExternal Link Title for British ColumbiaExternal Link Title residents. WhistlerExternal Link Title is ideal for combining a ski weekend with a week-long workcation-with no need to hurry home on Monday. Roam around Lost Lake or the Cheakamus River and feast on local fare like Stellar Bay oysters at AraxiExternal Link Title, beef tenderloin at Bearfoot BistroExternal Link Title, or vegan potato salad at The Green MoustacheExternal Link Title


At the secluded Spirit RidgeExternal Link Title resort in OsoyoosExternal Link Title, cap off a productive workday by visiting the Solterra Desert Spa-perfect for a romantic couples massage-or sipping Indigenous-made wines. Don't forget your four-legged colleague; this pooch-friendly property also has a 24-hour enclosed dog park. 


Winter across Edmonton
Winter across Edmonton – credit: Explore Edmonton

Prince's Island ParkExternal Link Title and the Bow River lie a short walk from the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary DowntownExternal Link Title. This spacious, pet-friendly hotel makes work-life balance easy with seamless connectivity, free grocery delivery service and in-room kitchens. Grab a pre-work cappuccino at nearby Analog CoffeeExternal Link Title. When the workday is over, check out landmarks like the National Music CentreExternal Link Title and Calgary TowerExternal Link Title, or local favourite attractions like the Inglewood Bird SanctuaryExternal Link Title and Paddy's Barbecue & BreweryExternal Link Title.


The JW MarriottExternal Link Title in EdmontonExternal Link Title's new ICE DistrictExternal Link Title is an ideal jumping-off point for fishing in the North Saskatchewan River or Segway tours with River Valley Adventure CoExternal Link Title. The gleaming business hotel is close to authentic gastropubs and the outdoor Neon Sign MuseumExternal Link Title.


In BanffExternal Link Title and JasperExternal Link Title, check into cozy vacation rentals, including cabins and lodges. Plan ahead for a safe and healthy road trip. For a quick break, enjoy strolling the pristine Rocky Mountains. Or revel in the tranquility of a mid-week vacation day and go snowshoeing or fat bikingExternal Link Title.


Remai Modern overlooking South Saskatchewan River
Remai Modern overlooking South Saskatchewan River – credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Carey Shaw Photography

With a breathtaking view of the South SaskatchewanExternal Link Title River and next-door access to the Remai ModernExternal Link Title art gallery's collection, the Alt Hotel SaskatoonExternal Link Title embodies the flexibility and fun of a one-location workcation. Hike along the nearby Meewasin Trail through landscaped parks and under historic bridges before getting back to business.


Just two hours north of Saskatoon, Lost Creek ResortExternal Link Title offers quiet spacious modern cabins to set up your office, and ample hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities, and elk and fox sightings. 


Skating trails at The Forks, Winnipeg
Skating trails at The Forks – credit: Travel Manitoba

Consider staying at the Delta HotelExternal Link Title, which offers a vibrant downtown location and ergonomic workspaces to enhance your productivity. Or blend work and relaxation at Fort Garry Hotel with staycation packagesExternal Link Title, complimentary yoga passes, and Ten Spa's Turkish steam baths. For some revitalizing downtime, inhale the fresh breeze off WinnipegExternal Link Title's Red River as you admire the Canadian Museum for Human RightsExternal Link Title' dramatic architecture. Then visit the riverfront The Forks External Link Titleto shop for books and First Nations art or devour wood-fired pizza and cinnamon buns.


Bird’s eye view of 1000 Islands, Ontario
Bird’s eye view of 1000 Islands – credit: 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours

Overlooking Lake Ontario, the Intercontinental Toronto CentreExternal Link Title offers remote workers a work-from-hotel packageExternal Link Title with daily, weekly and monthly rates. This includes 24-hour virtual concierge and business centre access and reduced laundry fees. Between business calls, explore Toronto's vibrant neighbourhoods or shop local boutiques for a new Zoom look.


Escape the city and mix things up from traditional MuskokaExternal Link Title cottage country with Hockley Valley ResortExternal Link Title. Only an hour northwest of TorontoExternal Link Title, it has everything you need for the work half of your stay. And plenty more options for the vacation component: spectacular golfing, 16 ski runs, and a large spa with reflexology and signature body scrubs.


The picturesque, 1896-founded Gananoque InnExternal Link Title faces the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 IslandsExternal Link Title archipelago. After work, indulge with a rejuvenating massage at the spa or dine on raspberry maple chicken at the in-house Watermark Restaurant. Feeling adventurous? Take a helicopter tourExternal Link Title.


Mount Royal Park overlooking Montreal
Mount Royal Park overlooking Montreal – credit: © Alison Slattery

At MontrealExternal Link Title's Mount Royal Park, enjoy an invigorating walk around Beaver Lake and admire the city skyline. Then stay productive at H?tel Le CrystalExternal Link Title, whose rooms include ergonomic desks and fully equipped kitchenettes. Or check out the hip Hotel GriffintownExternal Link Title, geared for longer stays with convenient places to break from the virtual meetings and sample lobster ravioli at nearby Chez SophieExternal Link Title or craft beer at Microbrasserie 4 OriginesExternal Link Title.


Quebec CityExternal Link Title's luxurious Auberge Saint-AntoineExternal Link Title offers business and leisure packagesExternal Link Title that include in-room breakfast and lunch and personal access to a printer and scanner. For a taste of nature, drive to Montmorency FallsExternal Link Title or Jacques-Cartier National ParkExternal Link Title.


Mont TremblantExternal Link Title is ever-popular among QuebecExternal Link Title skiers seeking Laurentian Mountains vacation rentals. In the Le Massif de CharlevoixExternal Link Title ski area, the 15-bed MirechaletExternal Link Title creates a new group remote working option if you're looking to travel with your bubble.

Atlantic Canada

Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews by-the Sea, New Brunswick
Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews by-the Sea – credit: Tourism New Brunswick

New Brunswick

An hour's drive from Saint JohnExternal Link Title, the Algonquin ResortExternal Link Title was founded in St. Andrews by-the-Sea in 1889. Today, this Tudor Revival-style hotel offers stay and play packagesExternal Link Title, making it the perfect quiet place to refresh yourself and move your business plan forward. Lunch on New BrunswickExternal Link Title delicacies, like seafood chowder and lobster rolls. Then take a break and tee off on the award-winning golf course, or treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at the holistic spa. 


Nova Scotia

In downtown HalifaxExternal Link Title, stay at the luxe Prince George HotelExternal Link Title with its pet-friendly accommodations and well-appointed workspaces. Duck around the corner for pre-work coffee at local haunt Weird Harbour Espresso BarExternal Link Title. Wander the harbourfront during your lunch hour, or jump in the car and venture off the beaten path to The CanteenExternal Link Title in Dartmouth, where you can lunch on fresh mussels and frites 


Prince Edward Island

From the vintage cannon-laden Victoria Park to the waterfront boardwalk at Confederation Landing, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to explore during a lunch or afternoon tea break near CharlottetownExternal Link Title's The Hotel on PownalExternal Link Title. The business-oriented, 45-room boutique hotel provides a complimentary breakfast-to-go and fresh-baked cookies each afternoon, plus recommendations from locals on where to dine and shop.


Newfoundland and Labrador

Situated on a 140-acre oceanfront estate an hour from St. John'sExternal Link Title, NewfoundlandExternal Link Title, the red-roofed, turreted Doctor's HouseExternal Link Title in Green's Harbour has corporate and luxury packagesExternal Link Title for workcationers. Power through your to-do list and then bliss out at the well-appointed spa, dine on organic food at the in-house Secret Garden restaurant, or gaze over Trinity Bay.

Canada’s North

SS Klondike in Whitehorse
SS Klondike in Whitehorse – credit: Kate Wiggins

In the land of the Northern Lights, YukonExternal Link Title teleworkers enjoy service that shines at Whitehorse's Edgewater HotelExternal Link Title. Opposite the river and set among the historic downtown, the hotel is decorated with Indigenous art and offers high-speed connectivity. For relaxation, walk the five-kilometre Millennium Trail or visit the Yukon Wildlife PreserveExternal Link Title, and then feast on bison burgers at Dirty NorthernExternal Link Title or upstairs at Miner's Daughter.


In the Northwest TerritoriesExternal Link Title, Chateau Nova YellowknifeExternal Link Title, a long time favourite of business visitors, is an ideal workcation spot. Explore Fred Henne Territorial ParkExternal Link Title and sample YellowknifeExternal Link Title eateries from the hotel's Quarry Restaurant to the nearby Zehabesha Traditional Ethiopian RestaurantExternal Link Title.


Iqaluit, the capital of NunavutExternal Link Title, is home to The DiscoveryExternal Link Title, a boutique hotel that provides ergonomic work desks, plus complimentary wifi and newspapers. To make the most of your stay, add some vacation days, and engage in adrenalized kite-skiing or snowmobilingExternal Link Title on frozen Frobisher Bay.


Right across Canada, there are wonderful workcation options that will elevate your productivity and your spirits.