A B.C. restroom has landed second place in the battle to find Canada’s best restroom.
The Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom contest announced the final winners Tuesday morning with Kelowna’s BNA Brewing was runner up in the battle of the bowls.
A washroom at an Ontario duty free store took first place, while Calgary’s Tommyfield Gastro Pub and Bank & Baron P.U.B were named number three and five respectively. Edmonton’s Renaissance Airport Hotel notched out the fourth place, making Western Canada a hotspot for fancy bathrooms.
Nominations for the contest rolled out earlier this year and the public had the opportunity to vote on their picks beginning in August. The winner, the 1000 Islands Duty Free shop in Lansdowne, Ontario will receive the coveted ‘Canada’s Best Restroom plaque of recognition’ and $2,500 in Cintas products.
1. 1000 Islands Duty Free – Lansdowne, Ontario
Travellers leaving Canada and heading back to the United States often make this washroom their last stop before crossing the border. This Duty Free Shop gives customers a “swell farewell” with their clean and inviting restroom, that’s incredibly well designed. The store boasts great deals on merchandise and a friendly spot for families to freshen up on their way home. It’s even advertised on their website.
2. BNA Brewing Company & Eatery – Kelowna, B.C.
The washroom at this brewery and restaurant transports visitors back in time. Located inside a historic building that was once home to The British North American Tobacco Company, the washroom maintains its heritage but has a modern, classy, and unforgettable look. The washroom was the vision of the restaurant owner herself, with no detail overlooked. As you enter the women’s washroom, you feel like you’ve stepped backstage at the theater, with bulb lights around the mirrors and beautiful exposed brick. One of the standout features includes faucets that come directly out of the mirrors. The upstairs unisex washroom maintains the same retro feel but builds off the playful atmosphere of the pub. Features include entrances on both sides and a three-faucet trough-style sink.
3. The Tommyfield Gastro Pub – Calgary, Alberta
This UK-inspired pub is located in the heart of South Calgary’s new urban district, and a trip to the loo takes visitors “across the pond” in seconds. Each private stall is contained in one of the iconic red telephone booths, with photos of old England lining the walls. Whether enjoying a fulfilling dinner downstairs or catching the game upstairs, a trip to the washrooms truly tops off this double-decker experience.
4. Edmonton Renaissance Airport Hotel – Edmonton, Alberta
Conveniently located in the Edmonton International Airport, this polished hotel washroom is a luxurious oasis for weary travelers. Black tiled walls, marble sinks and full-length mirrors are “sealed with a kiss” as Ruby Red lips are the statement throughout the washroom from wall art, to a full-size couch. Plush red stools, and red countertops provide a private space for visitors to freshen up with personal vanity mirrors. This one-of-a-kind washroom has the in-style traveler in mind, and will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered.
5. Bank & Baron P.U.B. – Calgary, Alberta
Built in 1931, this reclaimed Bank of Nova Scotia is more than a pub; it is an important piece of Alberta’s history. Featuring original details such as the ceiling, mouldings and many of the light fixtures complemented by modern touches, the Bank and Baron boasts unique art deco architecture. Guests find a fanciful experience in the washroom, with dazzling gold-trimmed mirrors against a custom art glass mosaic covering the walls. Dark wooded stalls and marbled countertops are the perfect accent to top off this stylish trip to the restroom.