Advertisement

Venues in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal named Canada’s Best Restroom finalists

Click to play video: 'Whyte Avenue eatery a finalist for best bathroom in Canada' Whyte Avenue eatery a finalist for best bathroom in Canada
WATCH ABOVE: An Old Strathcona restaurant has been named a finalist in Cintas Canada's best restroom contest. Dorinku is a Japanese eatery that aims to bring a taste of Tokyo street culture to Edmonton – Jul 12, 2017

UPDATE: On Oct. 12, Toronto’s Bayview shopping centre won the title of best bathroom. Edmonton’s Dorinku Restaurant took third prize.

You could call it an annual “toilet tradition.” Every year, Cintas runs Canada’s Best Restroom Contest and this year, a Japanese pub in Edmonton, a mall in Toronto and a nightclub in Montreal are in the running.

READ MORE: Alberta gas station bathroom wins 2016 best restroom contest 

Five bathrooms were named as finalists on Tuesday. They were chosen based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Dorinku restaurant (Edmonton)

This Japanese pub is inspired by Tokyo street culture. Anime figurines decorate the walls leading to the washrooms where customers are surrounded by serene decor.

Warm wood features are balanced with modern, bold coloured accessories.

Story continues below advertisement

Dorinku offers patrons bidet-style toilets, touchless faucets and complimentary mouthwash.

Manager Gunho Park was surprised to hear the news.

“It’s the hallway here,” he said. “We brought this Pachinko machine straight from Japan, all these small toys and figures straight from Japan. This comic book wall was handmade — we just bought the comic books, rip it, glue it, one by one — it’s all handmade. I think this part is the most interesting area of the washroom.”

WATCH: The washrooms at New City Gas resemble a Turkish bath, complete with a communal water fountain – but is that enough to be crowned Canada’s Best Restroom? Global’s Paola Samuel finds out what it takes to dethrone last year’s winner

Click to play video: 'New City Gas bathroom could be Canada’s ‘best restroom’' New City Gas bathroom could be Canada’s ‘best restroom’
New City Gas bathroom could be Canada’s ‘best restroom’ – Jul 14, 2017

He said customers — especially younger ones — like to take photos in front of the display leading to the restrooms.

Story continues below advertisement

Park is grateful for the honour and is already setting his sights on more accolades.

“It feels very nice but it would have been better if we were nominated for the actual restaurant, the food, not the washroom, but it’s still very cool.”

18
Dorinku is one of five finalists in Canada's Best Restroom contest. Global News
28
Dorinku is one of five finalists in Canada's Best Restroom contest. Global News
38
Dorinku Restaurant in Edmonton, Alta. was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
48
Dorinku is one of five finalists in Canada's Best Restroom contest. Global News
58
Dorinku Restaurant in Edmonton, Alta. was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
68
Dorinku Restaurant in Edmonton, Alta. was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
Story continues below advertisement
78
Dorinku Restaurant in Edmonton, Alta. was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
88
Dorinku Restaurant in Edmonton, Alta. was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom

Bayview shopping centre (Toronto)

Guests to the mall restroom are greeted by chic chandeliers and stylish sconces on both sides of the elegant hand-washing basins.

Story continues below advertisement

Facilities feature fully enclosed stalls with touch-free toilets, faucets and hand dryers.

The restroom also has a nursing room with a changing station and sink, along with two cushioned chairs.

13
Bayview Shopping Centre in Toronto was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
23
Bayview Shopping Centre in Toronto was named winner of the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
33
Bayview Shopping Centre in Toronto was named winner of the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom

New City Gas (Montreal)

The washrooms at this live music venue in Montreal resemble a Turkish bath with a communal water fountain for hand washing.

Story continues below advertisement

The vibe inside reflects the trendy atmosphere of the bar itself, with decorative mosaic tiles and colourful LED lights.

15
New City Gas Night Club in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
25
New City Gas Night Club in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
35
New City Gas Night Club in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
45
New City Gas Night Club in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
55
New City Gas Night Club in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom

Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel (Montreal)

Each of the five individual bathrooms in the lobby of the new downtown Montreal hotel have a personality of their own.

Story continues below advertisement

The designs are meant to “provoke and intrigue” guests, whether they walk into a world of Alice in Wonderland or a restroom decked out in glitzy copper piping.

14
Renaissance Hotel in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
24
Renaissance Hotel in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
34
Renaissance Hotel in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
44
Renaissance Hotel in Montreal was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom

Spring Grill House restaurant (Hamilton)

Marble water basins, sleek grey tiles and lace leaf flower designs make these Hamilton washrooms stylish and spotless.

Story continues below advertisement

The modern artwork is back lit on the walls, adding to the ambience.

The washrooms also include modern toilets and urinals, which are separated by dark panels.

15
Spring Grill House Restaurant in Hamilton was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
25
Spring Grill House Restaurant in Hamilton was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
35
Spring Grill House Restaurant in Hamilton was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
45
Spring Grill House Restaurant in Hamilton was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom
55
Spring Grill House Restaurant in Hamilton was named a finalist in the 2017 Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest. Courtesy: Cintas Canada's Best Restroom

“We’re proud to showcase this year’s finalists who recognize the significant role clean and unique washrooms play in a positive customer experience,” Cintas assistant marketing manager Candice Raynsford said. “We encourage the public to support their favourite finalist as we get ready to crown a victor.”

Story continues below advertisement

Members of the public can vote online for their top bathroom choice until Sept. 8.

The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services to help keep their restrooms top notch.

READ MORE: Whitecourt gas station bathroom voted among Canada’s best 

Last year, the Esso Super Station in Whitecourt, Alta. took home the honours.

Restrooms there boast decorative lighting, eye-catching wall tiles and sleek counter tops.

Watch below: Global Edmonton weather specialist Kevin O’Connell barely made it through his morning weather forecast after cracking up over a story about Canada’s best washroom.

Sponsored content