The Canadian Bed & Breakfast Guide


286 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 0-88902-957-1





Reviewed by Dean Tudor

Dean Tudor is a journalism professor at the Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute and founding editor of the CBRA.


Bed and breakfast is an economical European concept; I use it when travelling in both Europe and North America. Here, Pantel describes some b & b set-ups in Canada, but she applies a wide range to the definition. In addition to homes, she includes some cottages, chalets, ranches, penthouses, farmhouses, boats, and the French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (this latter is certainly useful to know about). The 1,300 listings include agencies and reservation services as well, so that the total number of potential or possible “homes” is much, much larger for all of Canada. Data include prices, the type of rooms available, restrictions (smoking, pets, bicycles, etc.), features (e.g., babysitter available, fireplace), and whether French is spoken. There are many symbols used for short-hand purposes, and there is a legend and key on the front flap for ease of reference (in both French and English). This indicates capacity of the establishment, membership, telephone, season, meals, etc. Arrangement is by province, east to west, and then alphabetical by name of the town. A highly useful work.


Pantel, Gerda, “The Canadian Bed & Breakfast Guide,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 10, 2023,