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Finalists for honour of Canada’s best bathroom revealed

- October 8th, 2013
CHOP Steakhouse

CHOP Steakhouse

The toilets have been polished and shined. The finalists have been revealed. The ultimate choice for the best bathroom in Canada is now up to the potty-using public.

Sponsored by Cintas, a Canadian company that sells work uniforms and restroom supplies, the fourth annual search for the best lavatory in Canada has begun. The good-natured contest sees members of the public go online to vote for their favourite public washroom, in hopes of it being crowned Canada’s best restroom.

This year’s five finalists, as chosen by the survey editors, are:

CHOP Steakhouse, Richmond, B.C.

What’s the flush? “Upon entering the washrooms, diners are treated to an impressive eight-foot tall stone fountain carved with floral and animal artwork,” say the survey editors. “The washroom takes on the same ambience as the restaurant with low golden lights and flower arrangements covering the facility.”

Steamworks Brew Pub

Steamworks Brew Pub

Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown, Vancouver,  B.C.

What’s the flush? “Applauded for its “practicality” and raved about for its stylish décor, the women’s washroom inside Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown has the women gossiping. Literally. Owner Eli Gershkovitch says since women quite often go to the washroom in pairs to catch up on gossip, it only makes sense to include an oversized stall featuring two toilettes and a shoulder-height partition so ladies can continue their conversations uninterrupted.”

Another Opinion: The Powder Room’s top Canadian bathrooms

Valleyview Shell Super Station, Valleyview, Alberta

What’s the flush? “Tapped in 2010 as the Best Green Store, the Valleyview Shell Super Station was awarded the top honour by Convenience Store Magazine for its geo-thermal heating and cooling technologies. In 2012 this road warrior’s retreat underwent a second round of renovations – this time to the women’s washroom – that garnered rave reviews. Solid alder wood doors with privacy glass panels were installed. To give the ceiling a finish to match, alder wood tongue and groove boards were mounted overhead.”

Valleyview Shell Super Station

Valleyview Shell Super Station

MoRoCo Chocolat, Toronto, Ontario

What’s the flush? “This chocolate-lovers paradise is home to a variety of sweet treats as well as a hidden oasis in the washroom’s ‘suites.’ The women’s loos are fit for a princess, with filigree detailing, and a washbowl that sits regally on a pristine white sink top. Each ‘suite’ is unique with its own finishing touches, including a heart-shaped, silver vanity mirror and a tea set suspended upside down from the ceiling, giving a brand new meaning to the phrase ‘high tea.’”

MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Chocolat

Marché Restaurant Toronto, Ontario

What’s the flush? “Marché aims to satisfy your senses and provide you with a quality experience that does just that; from food preparation and service, to the detailed black-and-white décor in the restrooms. It’s all the fine details that create the refreshing ambiance. The restroom walls are lined with vertical black-and-white striped wallpaper and tile along the bottom half of the walls, complimented with white, porcelain pedestal sinks and old black-andwhite photographs.”

Langly Street Loo, Victoria. (Courtesy Cintas)

2012 Winner: Langly Street Loo, Victoria. (Courtesy Cintas)

Last year’s winner was the Langley Street Loo in Victoria, B.C.

What restroom will reign as Lord of the Latrine? Prince of the Pot? Queen of the Powder Room? Cast your vote at bestrestroom.com/canada through Nov. 30, 2013.

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2 comments

  1. Dennicrane | October 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The stakes are high that a women’s loo will come out on top , but the eternal urinal is my final.

  2. Saege restaurant | December 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Awesome clean bright fragrant and warm

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