Canada's best bathroom is in the place you'd least expect it.

The restroom at the Valleyview Shell Super Station – a massive truck stop in a tiny town about 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton – has been voted the winner in Cintas' Canada's Best Restroom Contest.

According to the contest website, this unsuspecting loo was awarded the 2010 top honour by Convenience Store Magazine for its geo-thermal heating and cooling technologies.

And with its solid adler wood stall doors, tiled walls and sparkling Victorian style semi-flush mount chandeliers (yes, seriously) this luxurious washroom blows away any horror movie/pornographic movie-type notions typically associated with gas station bathrooms.

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    <blockquote>Tapped in 2010 as the Best Green Store, the Valleyview Shell Super Station was awarded the top honour by Convenience Store Magazine for its geo-thermal heating and cooling technologies.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote>Ornate carved mirrors and sparkling Victorian style semi-flush mount chandeliers finish off the space by adding a final touch of elegance.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote> In 2012 this road warrior’s retreat underwent a second round of renovations - this time to the women’s washroom - that garnered rave reviews. </blockquote>

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    <blockquote>Solid alder wood doors with privacy glass panels were installed. To give the ceiling a finish to match, alder wood tongue and groove boards were mounted overhead. Recessed lights accentuate the tiled walls, which are divided by a stripe of smaller stone accents, giving this space a bright, clean feel. </blockquote>

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    <blockquote> Each “suite” is unique with its own finishing touches, including a heart-shaped, silver vanity mirror and a tea set suspended upside down from the ceiling.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote>The women’s loos are fit for a princess, with filigree detailing, and a washbowl that sits regally on a pristine white sink top.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote>In the men’s suites, black and white marble covers the floor and reaches toward the black tile walls.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote>Marché aims to satisfy your senses and provide you with a quality experience that does just that; from food preparation and service, to the detailed black-and-white décor in the restrooms.</blockquote>

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    <blockquote> It’s all the fine details that create the refreshing ambiance. The restroom walls are lined with vertical black-and-white striped wallpaper and tile along the bottom half of the walls, complimented with white, porcelain pedestal sinks and old black-and-white photographs. </blockquote>

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    <blockquote>Together, all the elements create a cohesive and modern-style atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression.</blockquote>

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“The cleanliness and energy-saving design demonstrates how the staff at Valleyview Shell Super Station goes above and beyond to appeal to their customers,” said Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager Leslie Molin.

“We are excited for the opportunity to present the award to such a deserving establishment and dedicated team.”

According to store manager Blake Sparks, the spotless bathrooms are good for business.

“Customers appreciate that they can count on us for a clean place to stop and use the washroom,” he said in a press release.

“People comment to our staff all the time about our elegant décor in the washroom and the importance we place on the maintenance of our facility.”

The Valleyview Shell Super Station beat out two B.C. restaurants and two Toronto food establishments in the top five.

David Morris Fine Cars Ltd., in Edmonton, was the last Alberta establishment to be honoured with a nomination in 2011, but was bested by a Toronto eatery.

Finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. Thousands of votes were cast online.

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