The votes are in and Alberta’s Beaver Hill Shell gas station is the 2019 Canada’s Best Restroom winner, earning it the top prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services to keep its washrooms "Ready for the Workday."
"We’re so grateful for the public’s support to help us earn the title of Canada’s Best Restroom," Mo Kabalan, owner and operator, Beaver Hill Shell, said in a release. "We strive to offer travelers a nice space to relax before getting back on the road and we’re honoured to be recognized for the hard work and investment that we put into our washroom."
The Beaver Hill restrooms go beyond clean and efficient, featuring luxurious details. "Granite countertops are subtly complimented with a herringbone pattern on the floor. Echoing the stall doors and the shelves mounted inside, the mirrors are framed in wood to create a modern yet rustic look. Meanwhile, simple details such as saloon-style doors by the gas-line toilet-paper dispensers make the washrooms stand out."
The washrooms will also be honoured with a place in the Canada’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. Now in its 10th year, the Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom contest shines a spotlight on businesses that go the extra mile.
The five 2019 finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
- Beaver Hill Shell - Lac La Biche, Alberta
- Cosmos Café - Quebec City
- Laurence and Chico Café - Vancouver, B.C.
- Cluny Bistro - Toronto
- Bauhaus Restaurant - Vancouver, B.C.
The public voted online, with the contenders using social media and other marketing strategies to drive awareness and votes among new and loyal customers.
"The Beaver Hill Shell washrooms create a new rest-stop experience and raise the standard of gas station washrooms, so it’s not surprising that the public voted them number one," said Candice Raynsford, marketing manager, Cintas Canada. "It’s not often a public washroom turns out to be a highlight from your road trip, but we’re sure travelers from near and far will stop to see these award-winning facilities for themselves."