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Some of you may have noticed a diminished number of recommendations on my site. That's because I've finally decided to retire. It's been quite a journey starting in 1988, when I published my first book about the best places to B&B in Ontario. Now, 27 years and a website later, I'm finishing this final chapter of my work life. My site will be no more as of the end of this year. Yes, I'll continue to travel and one of the best parts is looking forward to an adventurous road trip where I can be myself. No more sleuthing for me! Janette Higgins, June 10, 2015.

 The "Best Places to Bed and Breakfast in Ontario" Canada website is based on Janette Higgins popular Canadian travel guide to Ontario bed and breakfast inns and homes of the same name. Higgins pays where she stays, selects the top 3-5% of hundreds of Ontario bed & breakfast accommodations she considers and writes honest and credible reviews of the bed and breakfasts. Beyond being clean and neat and offering good value, Higgins' Ontario bed and breakfast picks offer exceptional ambiance and more privacy than usual. No B&B ads are accepted. Many of the bed and breakfasts are in or close to big cities in Canada like Toronto, Stratford, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Others are in smaller towns and rural settings in places like Midland, Georgian Bay, Niagara region, Prince Edward County, Gananoque in The Thousand Islands and Muskoka. Welcome to a bed & breakfasts website with a difference and enjoy your tour.

You'll also find reviews of several Quebec and Maritime bed and breakfasts where Janette stayed during a month-long trip there.  Quebec B&Bs include Au Plumard Bed and Breakfast in Levis, Quebec and Auberge la Sabline in Riviere du Loup (Portage), Quebec. Maritime B&Bs include 16 Doctor's Hill Bed and Breakfast in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Peggy's Cove Bed and Breakfast in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Blue Forest Lane Bed and Breakfast in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Azelia Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Chamber's Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Port Sydney on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Victoria Village Inn in Victoria, PEI and Warn House Bed and Breakfast in Summerside, PEI.

Click on My Holiday Reports to read Janette Higgins' reviews of Spanish Language Schools in Cuernavaca, Mexico, San Jose (Heredia-San Joaquin de Flores), Costa Rica and Antigua, Guatemala.  She's also written about a gem of a small hotel (or inn) on Lake Atitlan not far from Antigua in Guatemala and a delightful bed and breakfast inn in Puebla, Mexico.  And since Puebla is one of her favourite colonial cities in Mexico, you'll find a useful review of it as well.

Note:  See the links section below for my comments on finding a bed and breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. 


 In putting together this accommodation directory of Ontario, Canada's best bed and breakfast homes and inns, Janette Higgins has made countless trips to every nook and cranny of Ontario from Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ottawa to Thunder Bay.  She's inspected thousands of bed & breakfasts in dozens of Ontario communities and tourist destinations like Kingston, Brantford Six Nations, Point Pelee, Port Hope, Wiarton and Lion's Head on the Bruce Peninsula, Midland and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The bed and breakfasts she's selected  (top 5%) can be found in big cities like Toronto, Ottawa, London, Niagara Falls, Windsor and Kingston; in theatre towns like Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake; and in tourist regions like the Bruce Peninsula, Wiarton, Muskoka, Midland-Penetang, Prince Edward County, Niagara Falls and Region, Haliburton Highlands, Algonquin Park and Manitoulin Island, ON.

The quality of your accommodations is a critical factor in the enjoyment of your stay in Canada whether on business or vacation. Writer Janette hopes she can make a difference to the quality of your travel experience in Ontario.

Following is a list of the Ont., Canada communities with b&bs recommended on this website: Southwestern Ontario: Ayr (near Cambridge, Kitchener),  Bayfield,  Chatham, Clinton (near Bayfield and Goderich),  Elora,  Kitchener-Waterloo, Leamington, Sarnia (Sombra), Simcoe (near Port Dover), Wheatley, Port Dover, Port Stanley, Stratford, Kitchener. Near Toronto, Ontario: Dundas (near Hamilton,  Hamilton,  Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL), Toronto, Eastern Ontario including Prince Edward County: Bloomfield, Ameliasburgh,  Gananoque, Kingston, Picton, Wellington.Near North and Northern Ontario: Barrie, Bracebridge, Gore Bay (Manitoulin Island), Gravenhurst,  Haliburton Highlands,  Killaloe (near Algonquin Park, Wilno and Barry's Bay), Manitoulin Island, Massey, Midland and Penetang on Georgian Bay, Minden,   Rossport, St Joseph Island ON

Also, be sure to read Janette's reviews of Quebec and Maritime B&Bs (including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).  You'll find those reviews when you click on "My Holiday Reports".  There, you'll also find reviews of spanish language schools in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Antigua Guatemala, San Jose and Monteverde in Costa Rica.  Discover a gem of an inn in Puebla, Mexico and another on Lake Atitlan near Antigua in Guatemala.  Plus charming budget cabinas in Puerto Viejo and Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica.  Her adventures with Costa Rica Expeditions include Tortuga Lodge on the Caribbean side.  Read all the reviews in "My Travel Reports".


My favourite links

Here are links to my most recent reviews:

Caversham House Bed and Breakfast in Stratford

The Duchess of Wellington Bed and Breakfast in Chatham

Queen's Landing Guest House in Kitchener-Waterloo

Island Shores Bed and Breakfast in Rossport

The Deakins on Mountainview B&B in Killaloe near Wilno and Barry's Bay and the east entrance to Algonquin Park

Osler House Bed and Breakfast in Dundas near Hamilton


Au Plumard Bed and Breakfast, Levis, Quebec

TripAdvisor offers consumer reviews of everything related to travel, including bed and breakfasts Click Here.  Women (even men) travellers will find tons of good information on including a new section on bed and breakfasts.

The best strictly advertising website and the most comprehensive website of Canadian bed and breakfast places is

FOBBA is an association of Ontario bed and breakfast homes committed to a code of ethics and service. They have an optional association-administered star ranking system.  Should you happen to have a complaint about any of their members the association will follow up. They also represent the political interests of the group to the provincial government.  For a list and description of member B&Bs go to

Niagara-on-the-Lake deserves special mention.  From a consumer point of view it's become an overwhelming task to sort out the B&Bs there.  I  became bleary-eyed reviewing all the Niagara-on-the-Lake B&B ads in preparation for my extensive on-site research to round out the B&Bs I already recommended.  I estimate there are circa 300 bed and breakfasts in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Since good value figures strongly in my selections I looked for the best  in different price categories. Link through from the "Reviews" button above and read about my Niagara-on-the-lake bed and breakfast finds.  I keep my list relatively short; you'll find I've chosen fewer than ten bed and breakfasts.  That means you need to book well in advance.  If everything you want is booked then ask the hosts for their recommendations.    I also suggest (having considered the many different advertising sites) that you go to the Chamber of Commerce listing which ranks its members (a goodly number of  bed and breakfasts) by price category -- a big help when there are so many. Here's the link:  Of course    is a good place to check as well and their listings are slightly different.  As well, there's a group of 120 or so B&Bs which is self-policed in that they don't acept any B&B where there have been complaints or problems.  The link is . And by the way I found a great bed and breakfast in Niagara Falls as well -- Lion's Head bed and breakfast.  Make sure you check out my review.

The Karen Brown organization offers a selection of travel guides for Europe which includes write-ups of bed and breakfasts by assorted reviewers.  Some/portions of the reviews are online but for full info they will sell you a book for whichever country you're interested in. 


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