When Queen Elizabeth and King George VI visited Edmonton, they stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald — as did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The Four-Diamond rated property is among Edmonton’s most elegant accommodations. Sitting high on a riverbank with views of the river, city and valley, the property, originally built in 1915, retains the panache of an era when grand hotels shone as city jewels. Restored and improved with WiFi and other modern must-haves, the 199-room Fairmont is family-friendly. Babysitting is available through an outside service, and restaurants have kids’ menus.