Rooms for Tourists

Heather Saitz


The nostalgic geometric faades and neon signs of motels are ubiquitous in small-town Canada. Intimately captured by award-winning photographer Saitz, Rooms for Tourists is a photographic exploration of the architecture, landscape, and changing social meaning of the Canadian mid-century motel. Shot over two years across five provinces, this photo essay visits the motel in present day, revealing the rise, fall, and resurrection of a now-elusive cultural icon.