IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened the first Canadian property under its midscale Avid brand.

The 119-room Avid Hotel Toronto – Vaughan Southwest is situated around 15 minutes from Toronto Pearson International airport.

Facilities include an indoor pool, fitness and business centres, a 24-hour market shop, and free breakfast and wifi.

The Avid brand was unveiled in September 2017, and has been designed to operate under a franchise model, comprising new-build properties offering a minimum of three floors.

IHG opened its first Avid property in summer 2018 in North Oklahoma City, and now has over 50 hotels open across the US, Mexico and Canada.

Recent openings include Avid Hotel Tijuana Otay, and Avid Hotel Chicago O’Hare – Des Plaines.

IHG opens Avid hotel next to Chicago O’Hare airport

There are also forthcoming Avid properties under development in the Canadian destinations of Woodstock and Belleville (Ontario), and Lethbridge (Alberta).

Commenting on the news Jonathan Lund, regional vice president, Canada franchise performance support at IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“With more than 180 hotels currently open across the nation, and more than 40 in the pipeline, Canada remains one of IHG’s fastest-growing markets.

“We are honoured to work with PI Cap to introduce the ‘just right’ experience of our Avid hotels brand to the nation and the numerous travellers who visit Vaughan every day to enjoy the local attractions or conduct productive business.

“Additionally, this opening is just the beginning of what we expect will be positive and continuous growth for Avid hotels across Canada.”