Colin and Justin turn a Canadian hotel into a new television project

Scottish interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan return to TV screens with a project that sees them transforming a run-down hotel in rural Canada into a luxury boutique destination.

olin And Justin’s Great Canadian Escape will follow the couple as they become hoteliers for the first time, after buying a run-down hotel in a small Nova Scotia town in hopes of renovating the outdated building.

The couple are no strangers to reality TV, having presented a number of home renovation and interior design shows since the early ’00s, including Channel 5’s How Not To Decorate and Colin And Justin’s Cabin Pressure, which aired in Canada.

For their new project, they are tasked with remodeling the 21-room hotel, including restaurant and beach house, which they hope will open to guests by early summer.

The duo, both originally from Glasgow, have been together since 1986 and split their time between the UK and Canada.


Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan will share their experience of moving to rural Canada (Fiona Hanson/PA)

The four-part series will not only chronicle the couple’s risky venture and their attempts to renovate the hotel, but also chronicle their personal journey as they settle into a rural Canadian community.

On the show, McAllister and Ryan will try to get the local town on board and hire local artisans and suppliers, from lumber merchants to blacksmiths and hotel staff.

Viewers also get a glimpse of life in remote Canada.

McAllister and Ryan said: “We are delighted to return to Channel 5 with this series that follows our Canadian hotel adventure. It started at the beginning of the pandemic when we felt left out of our normal lives in Glasgow, London and Toronto.

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“When we stumbled upon an exciting Cape Breton hotel that was in dire need of a refurb but had so much potential, we drained our bank account and put our pension into the purchase. What we quickly learned is that there are no bargains.

“Have we made the wrong decision and can our relationship weather the storm? As hoteliers with no experience at all, some might say we’re overwhelmed… our toughest challenge ever, but we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Colin And Justin’s Great Canadian Escape will air on Channel 5 later this year. Colin and Justin turn a Canadian hotel into a new television project

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