While going to the restroom doesn’t seem like a memorable event, business supplier Cintas Canada is on a mission to change that with their annual best restroom contest. Cintas Canada's website stated that customers have a better experience if the restrooms are memorable. The contest was started to encourage businesses to enhance their restroom experiences.
“The reality is that restrooms matter to the public. How a business maintains its facilities is a reflection of a business’ commitment to customer service,” the website said.
One of the five finalists in this year's contest is Beaver Hill Shell in Lac le Biche, Alberta. “The Beaverhill Shell washrooms create a new rest-stop experience and raise the standard of gas station washrooms,” said a statement announcing the finalists.
The statement stated the Beaver Hill Shell restrooms are unlike what you would traditionally see at a rest stop. The details feature a patterned wall and floor tiles with chandeliers, large decorative mirrors and wooden stall doors. One customer described the gas station as having the "cleanest bathrooms, best service and great food!!" on Google reviews.
BC was home to the highest number of bathrooms that made it into the rankings. One of the BC contender in the finals is Bauhaus in Vancouver, British Columbia, which was also previously named one of the 100 best places to eat in Canada earlier this year.
"Bauhaus Restaurant was inspired by the early 20th-century design movement 'Bauhaus' which was famous for its unique approach to architecture and design, where every form had a function," the statement announcing the finalists said.
The restaurant’s restrooms are inspired by Berlin’s street art, and were commissioned by Olliemoonsta, a team of two Spanish artists with backgrounds in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.
The other BC washroom in the finals is Laurence and Chico Cafe in Vancouver. The cafe was designed by Laurence Li and Chico Wang to be “Instagram” worthy. The cafe features a rubber ducky-themed washroom, as well as a floral-themed washroom with papier-mâché flowers.
Clunky Bistro’s washrooms were designed by Studio Munge, and feature decorated tiled floors in yellow, orange and blue and gold fixture and frosted glass. Quebec's Cosmos Cafe wasn't left out of this list either, with sinks made of rock, waterfall faucets and touchless amenities.
The winner will be announced and inducted into Canada’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. They will also be given $2,500 in facility services from Cintas. Voting is still open to pick your favourite restroom.