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A gas station of all places has just won Canada’s Best Restroom

CALGARY — Most people will go out of their way to not have to visit a gas station restroom. But at a tiny rest stop in Lac La Biche, Alberta, a trip to the john will leave you feeling like a million bucks.

Located two hours northeast of Edmonton, the unassuming Beaver Hill Shell station has just beat out all other applicants – including some fancy-shmancy restaurants – for the title of ‘Canada’s Best Restroom’.

The annual contest, launched by Cintas Canada Ltd., is designed to celebrate public washrooms across the country that “go above and beyond to provide unique and clean facilities for guests.” This year’s lot, which in addition to Beaver Hill Shell included Bauhaus Restaurant and Laurence and Chico Café in Vancouver, Cluny Bistro in Toronto, and Cosmos Café in Quebec City, had Instagram-worthy facilities that include everything from rubber duckies and graffiti, to touch-free toilets, white marble counters and paper mâché flowers.

The five finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design.

Mo Kabalan, owner and operator of Beaver Hill Shell, told the Toronto Star that he’s not surprised about the win considering how much work he put into renovating the space.

“It’s an honour, you know, to have a clean washroom … in a small town like lac La Biche when there’s only like a couple thousand people that live here.”

As the winner, Kabalan has won $2,500 in facility service to help maintain upkeep. We’re guessing that with Beaver Hill’s newfound fame, there’s going to be a lot more upkeep required for many years to come. Congratulations!