From left, the Algonquin Resort and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Victorian Gems

Two beloved Canadian icons get 21st-century face-lifts

By HILARY NANGLE

New activities aren't the only news coming out of Canada. Two landmark Victorian-era hotels recently unveiled stately updated looks, having just completed major renovations that respect their histories while infusing contemporary panache in all guest rooms and public areas.

The Algonquin Resort (St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick): The 233-room Algonquin, reflagged as the first Canadian property in Marriott's exclusive Autograph Collection, has unveiled a $30 million-plus refurbishment, showcasing a new indoor pool with a three-story waterslide and two renovated restaurants, Braxton's and the Clubhouse. From $189. 855-529-8693; algonquinresort.com

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (Quebec City): The 611-room Frontenac's $70 million makeover includes expanded Fairmont Gold floors, transformation of Bar St-Laurent into the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar and the adjacent veranda into Le Sam Bistro, and new interpretations of Quebec cuisine replacing classic French fare in the now-less-formal Champlain restaurant. From $299. 800-441-1414; fairmont.com/frontenac

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