EDMONTON - A yearly contest to find the country's best restroom is under way, and this year an Alberta gas station loo is vying for the number one spot.
Among this year's nominees of stellar stalls are a couple of restaurants in Toronto and one in Richmond, B.C.; a pub in Vancouver; and the Valleyview Shell Super Station about three and a half hours northwest of Edmonton.
Supervisor at the Valleyview site, Gillian Barks, said it is humbling to just be nominated.
"It's an honour to be recognized, especially for a gas station," Barks said, adding everything from the marble floors to the glimmering chandeliers and wood doors have customers raving.
The honour doesn't come easy. According to Barks, who has worked there for the past 25 years, the station gets thousands of visitors a day, and it is an hourly effort to keep it up to such a high standard.
"Clean is the ultimate word," she said.
The work is appreciated, Barks said, by the many customers who make a point of stopping there when in town just to use their facilities.
"They don't go anywhere else, they wait until they get here. They're extremely happy to have a clean, happy place to go," she said.
The convenience store attached to the washroom employs geothermal heating and cooling technology, which brought it an award from Convenience Store Magazine in 2010.
Restroom enthusiasts can vote for Canada's Best Restroom at bestrestroom.com.