Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. Our Saskatoon and Calgary spaces were kind enough to provide complimentary stays in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own.
After exploring French-speaking Canada and making our way along Lake Superior, we found ourselves driving across the center of the country, taking in the plains, farmlands, rolling hills, and lake after lake.
On this trek across central Canada, we stopped in surprisingly charming Winnipeg, where we experienced our first Nordic spa and tried birch syrup ice cream, then Saskatoon, where the highlight was the lengthy, gorgeous park along the waterfront, then Calgary, a city just a short drive from the mountains we were about to enter.
That first stop in Winnipeg took us to an Airbnb apartment across from a park. It was enormous, with a giant dining room, kitchen, living room, bedroom, office, and enclosed balcony, which is where we spent most of our time, with the windows cracked and a view of the park and dinner or tea in hand.
Of all our Canada accommodations so far, this was my favorite. It felt like home in a way that hotels don’t usually manage to and reminded me why I love renting apartments.
Chad felt similarly, commenting as he left that this was the first time on the trip that he felt sad leaving a place. It wasn’t the more luxurious place we stayed or the fanciest by any means; it wasn’t even the most comfortable. But it was homey and charming and we wanted to be there.
Next up was Saskatoon, where we stayed in the Park Town Hotel, which I also loved. It was comfortable and prettily decorated, but I mostly loved it for the cozy chair by the window and its views over the lush, green park, elaborate bridge, and soothing river.
I spent a lot of time in that chair, working on my workday and doing a little extra work the next morning before we headed out to the farmer’s market and the park. And it was one of our more comfortable workspaces, plus the Wi-Fi was excellent.
We also took full advantage of the hot tub in the evenings.
Finally, we made it to Calgary for a working weekend and a lovely lunch with some fellow nomads. We spent one of our nights in a cozy B&B called Calgary City View. As I’ve said before, Chad and I are most definitely B&B people. We love how much they feel like home.
This particular B&B was in what must be one of the best locations in town, at the top of a hill, 15 minutes walking from downtown, and with views over the city center from the park just across the street and from the breakfast room upstairs.
As for the room itself, it was cozy and comfortable. I thought the claw-footed tub was cute, the bed was comfortable, and the little couch was a nice touch. Wi-Fi worked wonderfully. And our favorite spot was the little front porch, which let us enjoy the outdoors while sheltered from the wind and rain, since there’s a partial roof and it’s set back in an alcove, blocking the wind.
The only potential downside is that you can sometimes hear footsteps and voices in other parts of the house, but while we were there everyone was generally pretty quiet, so it was only occasionally and not during the early morning or late evening.
Our Winnipeg Airbnb was a steal at $60 per night. Parking was free on the street and we were about a 30-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the downtown area. If you are joining Airbnb for the first time, would you use this link? If you do, you and I both get a little credit to use on our travels.
Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon has rooms starting around $110 CAD per night. Pets are $25 per night. Parking (aboveground) is $10 per day. And there is a complementary shuttle available to take you around town.
Rooms at the City View B&B in Calgary start at $115 CAD per night. There’s on street parking. Breakfast is included.
Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.