Valleyview, Alta., restroom tops in nation in online poll

A restroom at a Shell gas station in the northwest Alberta town of Valleyview is Canada's best, according to an online contest.

Gas station restroom boasts granite counters, Victorian chandelier, geothermal heating

A restroom at a Shell gas station in the northwest Alberta town of Valleyview is Canada's best, according to an online contest.

The women's room at the Valleyview Shell Super Station boasts granite counter tops, a Victorian chandelier and geothermal heating.

“We get an awful lot of people that come through and take pictures, a tremendous amount of compliments,” Debbie Fox, the assistant manager, told CBC News during the contest.

“Most of the time when you pull up to a gas station you cringe about going to the bathroom. We hope that never happens in this building.”

The Highway 43 pit stop serves nearly 2,500 customers per day.

Station manager Blake Sparks said he is overwhelmed by the win.

“It's huge right?  Like it's, you know, we're going up against some pretty amazing other restrooms. I mean these high-end restaurants and ... I didn't think we'd win but ... we got the support from the voters.”

The 2013 contest, created by Cintas Canada, a national bathroom-supply company, attracted nominations from restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and breweries.

Finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, functionality, and unique design elements.

Valleyview is 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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