There’s no question that bathrooms are an important component of any home. That’s why good developers makes sure to stock their loos with top-of-the-line features.

But the thing about bathrooms is, they’re often needed outside the home. This is where the public restroom comes into play.

So, what makes the perfect away-from-home toilet?

Look no further the Langley Loo in Victoria, BC – recently voted Canada’s best restroom following a nationwide contest sponsored by Cintas Canada.

“It’s not the most lavish restroom by any measure but that’s the beauty of a public poll, everyone’s opinion counts,” Rod Farquharson, Director of Sales and Operations for Cintas Western Canada, stated in a release. “At the core this contest is intended to recognize public washroom facilities that ‘serve’ residents in surrounding communities and the Langley Street Loo is the essence of hospitably when you consider it’s an all-accessible, well-maintained, ecofriendly and free facility,” he added.

The Langley Street Loo is applauded for its open design, offering a balance between privacy and public access. It features a unisex toilet, exterior hand washing station, graffiti proof coating, and a lit sign that makes it easy to find at night. The stainless steel facility is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.

The Langley Street Loo was purchased from the City of Portland, Oregon, in 2011 for $90,000 and is maintained throughout the day by Victoria’s sanitation crew.

The other nominees for the 2012 award for Canada’s best bathroom were:

The London Club in Toronto, ON

Earl’s Restaurant bathroom in Toronto, ON

Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver, BC

Centre for Professional Training in Repentigny, Que

All images courtesy Cintas Canada

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