The Fort Garry Hotel is an iconic Winnipeg landmark and a legacy of a bygone era. One of Canada’s grand railway chateaus, it was built in 1913 by the notable Canadian architecture firm Ross and Macdonald, and designated a National Historic Site in 1981.
While the guest rooms are beautifully charming in a vintage way, it’s the public spaces that make The Fort Garry remarkable. The marble lobby sets the tone with its grandiose chandelier, exotic floral bouquets and Manitoba-inspired crests. Grab a drink in the famed Palm Lounge, a spectacular cocktail bar that got its name from the real palm that once grew inside. Whether sipping scotch or enjoying live music, sitting at The Palm Lounge is the quintessential way to acquaint yourself with The Fort Garry’s past — specifically its ghost tales, of which there are many. Ask your server for a printout of the stories, and you’ll soon learn why the second floor is notoriously haunted.
At the very top of the Winnipeg hotel is the renowned Ten Spa, best known for its hammam treatment, a luxurious take on an authentic Turkish bathhouse where even the most jaded of spa-goers can be lathered and massaged into bliss. You know it’s good when even the men rave about Ten Spa. Fitness buffs will be stoked to discover complimentary access to Assiniboine Athletic Club upon their stay. Simply ask for passes when checking in.
Breakfast is served daily downstairs in The Broadway Room, a formal space with pastries, fresh fruit and a gourmet omelet bar where toque-adorned chefs make hot breakfasts upon request.
Classy and elegant without being stuffy, The Fort Garry is best suited for those seeking a fairytale getaway steeped in old-world charm. It’s therefore no surprise that the hotel is a popular wedding destination where it’s not unusual to spy three to four weddings per day.