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When it comes to bathrooms, the Yukon’s larger than life. Last week, the Powder Room — a Canadian program for individuals with…

When it comes to bathrooms, the Yukon’s larger than life.

Last week, the Powder Room — a Canadian program for individuals with overactive bladders — gave the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre’s lavish lavatory its seal of approval.

The organization asked Canadians to rate public restrooms across Canada through a cross-country map on their website.

Bathrooms are rated based on accessibility, cleanliness, lineups, location, décor and how well they’re stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels.

The Beringia Centre came out on top, receiving the maximum five stars in every category.

“Each bathroom stall is enormous, beautifully tiled and decorated,” one washroom aficionado commented on the website.

“You feel like you’re in a mini-spa.”

The Beringia Centre was originally built to be Whitehorse’s visitors’ information centre, and the building’s restrooms are pretty posh.

There are no stalls.

Instead, the bathroom — the men’s room that this reporter is allowed to enter, anyway — offers three toilets in separate private rooms.

Each makes you feel at home, there’s plenty of space and each has its own window and sink.

The Powder Room is an online community launched in October 2007 to raise awareness of overactive bladder.

This sudden urge to micturate can be caused from anything from infections, pregnancy and obesity to neurological diseases, stroke or an enlarged prostate.

The Powder Room offers online support to the 12 to 18 per cent of Canadians who suffer from the chronic medical condition.

Members can ask questions, voice concerns and share stories about their experiences.

Beyond praising outstanding facilities, the Cross-Canada Powder Room Map may also persuade less than suitable public restrooms to clean up their act.

To find out more facts about overactive bladder or to plan your pit stops for this summer’s road trip, visit the Powder Room at www.powderroom.ca.

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