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These are strange times to be craving a vacation, but the next thing to an international getaway is to simply explore the best of the nation’s cities and towns. And rather than being cooped up in a small hotel room for your upcoming staycation, we suggest browsing through Canada’s Airbnb listings which also are as diverse and Insta-worthy as our landscapes.
If you’re planning a staycation, it’s more important than ever to be aware of cleanliness and hygiene, as well as staying in line with your province or region’s current COVID-19 protocol. For added protection, Airbnb now supplies each host with access to new step-by-step cleaning guidelines and regional protocols which will cover recommended supplies, sanitization techniques, room-by-room instructions, and more to ensure a protective and a worry-free stay.
To notify guests of hosts who are committed to rigorous cleaning and sanitization practices, listings will get a special highlight on their page. According to Airbnb’s COVID-19 Resources page, these are few things you need to know about the listing highlight:
Hosts who want to receive the highlight will need to complete the quiz and the cleaning commitment
Private and shared room listings aren’t currently eligible to get the highlight—we’re working on ways to elevate private and shared room hosts who are committed to enhanced cleaning standards, so stay tuned for updates
Hosts with an average cleanliness rating of fewer than 4 stars can commit to the protocol, but they won't get the special highlight on their listing until they demonstrate an improvement (that means getting at least three new reviews with 5-star cleanliness ratings)
Once you commit to the protocol, it can take several days for the highlight to appear on your listing page
If you’re looking to plan the ultimate Canadian trip this summer, we’ve rounded up a few of the coolest and most unique listings in the country to check out ASAP.
This cozy one-of-a-kind earth retreat, located in a quiet rural space in Mayne Island, B.C., was hand-sculpted using local and sustainable natural materials. It features a central living space with cantilevered slab stairs leading to the loft bedroom. As one of Airbnb’s verified “Plus” listings, it has passed an in-person quality inspection to ensure the highest standards are met.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting $160/night
This church, built in the 1800s, has been lovingly restored and modernized for your comfort. Relax on the king-sized bed, which sits at the altar to let you enjoy a full panoramic view of the entire open space. Perfect for romantic weekend getaways, this listing is located in the heart of Prince Edward County, Ont.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting at $250/night
This converted church was originally built in 1874 and survived the Halifax, N.S., explosion in 1917. The rustic red bricks, exposed arched beams and beautiful large windows create an intimate retreat in this sought-out north-end loft. Suitable for four guests, the space includes two bedrooms, two beds and one bath.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting at $120/night
Glamping at its best! This cozy outdoor experience offers an introductory to nature without straying too far from electricity. It comes with everything from a mini-fridge to an actual bed. The yurt, designed for a hassle-free stay, is all set up to cook meals both inside and out with cookware, dishes and utensils fully provided. The outside area of the yurt is in a secluded spot and includes a covered seating area, chairs, a fire pit and the game "cornhole." This listing is located in Madoc, Ont.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting at $98/night
Another Airbnb verified “Plus” listing. This charming 1846 building has been restored with exposed limestone, brick walls, wood beams and five French windows that look over Saint-Paul and Saint Jean-Baptiste streets in Old Montreal, Que.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting at $152/night
Located in Toronto’s fashion district, this open concept loft features slide-open cedar barn doors and industrial finishes tinged with live-edge walnut bar top and other wood accents that easily reflect the city’s diversity. In the morning, step into a floor-to-ceiling glass shower, complete with a large rain head.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, $199/night
This guest suite is in the heart of the historic Old Strathcona neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alta., situated between the trendy Whyte Avenue and Mill Creek Ravine — minutes away from local stores, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Enjoy cooking on quartz countertops in a kitchen with leafy views. Soak in the ‘70s vibes of gold, brass, muted orange and yellow accents which sync with the living room’s striking statement wallpaper.
BOOK IT: Airbnb, starting at $112/night