The summer vacations are the times to rejoice and revive yourself. If you would like to visit a cold destination this hot summer that is equally exotic and fun, then here are the best Canadian summer getaways that you should have in your bucket list. ~ Ed.
Summers are here – where would you escape to? One of your best options is Canada. Being in the northern hemisphere and spread from Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean, Canada has a rich natural diversity and cultural heritage.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re alone, with your partner or would love to travel with your kids and family. The Canadian summer getaways have something for everybody. All you need to do is create a checklist of all what you want to do in Canada to make it one of your most memorable summer.
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Top 14 Canadian Summer Getaways
If you don’t know where to go this summer, I have you covered! Canada is the perfect place to spend a vacation with your better half or the entire family. Here are top 10 Canadian getaways you should visit this summer.
Quebec City in Quebec
If you are interested in getting to know French Canadian culture, this location is perfect for you.
Cobbled streets, steep hills, castles such as the famous Chateâu de Frontenac and the old-fashioned buildings of the Old City are very romantic. They are ideal if you are looking for a place relax with your better half. If you are coming with kids, make sure you go to the Musée de la Civilisation because they have a costume station your children will adore.
At the costume station, your little ones can recreate their own fairy tales, explore secret passages and even fight a seven-headed monster. The Baie de Beauport is a great location to spend a quiet day and get some rest on the beach.
If you are feeling adventurous, visit Aquarium du Québec to hand out with some seals and polar bears at or take kite surfing lesson. This city is packed with tons and tons of fun.
Whistler in British Columbia
If you are looking to experience an authentic Canadian west-coast mountain experience, you must visit Whistler in British Columbia.
If you are coming with your family, take a ride in the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and explore more than 50 kilometers of hiking trails. Take your children to the Family Adventure Zone near the Blackcomb Mountain to enjoy bungee trampolines and impressive bouncy castles.
If you are only looking for a place to unwind and relax, visit one of the sandy beaches where there are also play areas, barbeques, and concession stands beckon.
Tofino in British Columbia
If you are tired of loud city life, Tofino is the place to be. In Tofino, you can enjoy mesmerizing mountain views, collect sand dollars on the beach, explore the Pacific Rim National Park, go surfing and much more.
Couples especially enjoy relaxing in the hot springs cove or going whale watching. If you are visiting with kids, make sure you stop for a meal at Wolf in the Fog.
Algonquin Park in Ontario
This Canadian National Historic Site is great for family fun and especially if you love camping, fishing, picnicking and swimming. Lakes are very clean and clear, and this is a perfect location for kids to learn more about nature and Canadian cultural heritage.
In the Algonquin Art Centre, you can see some beautiful nature-inspired art and then have a wonderful cup of tea, coffee and other goodies at the Green Gazebo. The Green Gazebo also has a range of art activities where kids and parents can participate together.
Saskatoon in Saskatchewan
Visiting the prairies is typically not someone’s first vacation choice, but Saskatoon is great if you are outdoorsy. Visit the Western Development Museum, take a ride on the Prairie Lily riverboat or stop by Wanuskewin Heritage Park to learn something new and have a great time.
If you love art, you must visit the University of Saskatchewan Sculpture Garden. This is also a great place to let your children run around in the open while you admire some fantastic art. Here, you can also spot cute prairie dogs.
Eastern Townships of Quebec in Quebec
If you are an outdoor lover and a foodie, this is a perfect place to spend your vacation. Chocolate lovers can visit the Musée du Chocolat not only for a history lesson but also to try some high-quality chocolates.
If you love spending time in nature, visit the forests of Mont-Orford National Park. If you are coming with kids, visit the Zoo de Granby that also has a mini amusement park, a Ferris wheel, and a water park.
Victoria in British Columbia
This is another romantic location that allows you to escape the busy city life. Enjoy world-class Victorian architecture, historic castles, and churches. I particularly recommend climbing up Craigdarroch Castle’s Tower for the best view in Victoria. Couples can have amazing picnics at historic sites or enjoy a day at the beach.
If you are coming with kids, visit the Butterfly Gardens. Here kids can see flamingos, tropical birds, geckos and a bunch of free-flying butterflies.
Halifax in Nova Scotia
This is a great place for family fun. Your children will love the Discovery Centre, while couples will enjoy the hilltop view of the Citadel Hill or a relaxing picnic with the flowers at the Halifax Public Gardens.
In Nova Scotia, you must try seafood. If you are a seafood lover, make sure you try crabs, lobsters, and other amazing dishes at Salt Shaker Deli in Lunenburg. The site is located about an hour-and-a-half outside the city.
Of course, your visit to Halifax won’t be complete if you don’t go to Peggy’s Cove. It is a small fishing village that is recognizable by their iconic red and white lighthouse.
Alta Range in Alberta
If you are looking for experiencing a western kind of life that allows a hot tub under the stars, admiring wild horses, horseback riding and catching a rodeo, Alta Range in Alberta is an ideal choice.
You can also visit the Bellevue Underground Mine and familiarize yourself with the life of miners. You will get to wear authentic mining gear, explore the dark tunnels of the mine and ultimately experience the real life of a coal miner.
Niagara Falls in Ontario
Niagara Falls is a perfect romantic getaway for this summer. Join Hornblower Niagara Cruise boat and get close to the famous American Falls. After that, you should go to Clifton Hill and ride the 175-foot-high Niagara Skywheel.
If you are coming with kids, you can visit one of the famous haunted houses or play a few rounds of glow-in-the-dark mini golf. When you get hungry, stop by The Flying Saucer Restaurant that is shaped like a UFO to try some out-of-this-world food.
Churchill in Manitoba
Churchill is amazing because it’s the best place in the country to approach wildlife, such as polar bears, friendly belugas, whales and hundreds of birds. If you are an animal lover, this is the place to be! Here, you can enjoy dog-sledding, bird watching, and much more.
The best time to visit is definitely mid-June and mid-September. Simply because this is the time over 55 thousand of beluga whales gather in the warmer waters off the coast of Churchill, and you can snorkel and kayak with them!
Prince Edward County in Ontario
This place is great because it’s quiet, has beautiful pebbly beaches and wide open fields. It will ensure you forget all your worries and simply chill. Beaches are the main attractions of this PEC. But there are also plenty of wineries, bike paths and farmer’s markets you can enjoy.
The best time to visit is in May or during the summer. The climate is perfect – the lake breeze will keep you cool even during the hottest summer nights.
Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia
The Cabot Trail is the famous highway that winds through Cape Breton Highlands national park. This is one of the crown jewels of Canada, and it is definitely worth visiting. Most visitors think it’s enough to visit the trail by car. But there are so many vistas and viewpoints out there that you definitely need to go on a bicycle tour.
The best time to visit is during July or early August when the temperature swings near the water aren’t so drastic. If you stop by, make sure you try Nova Scotia lobster rolls and fresh oysters.
Arviat in Nunavut
Arvian is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about Canada’s Inuit culture and art. Here, you can see the amazing Arviat’s austere and treeless expanses. And also enjoy activities such as hunting, fishing or crafting soapstone and antler carving. In Arviat, you must try traditional meals such as tuktu (caribou), muktaaq (beluga whale).
The best time to visit is in September when the tundra starts changing colours. You can also catch the caribou migration, and watch community members hunting, harvesting and preparing for winter. It is a great place to visit with your better half, with kids or even if you are just going on a solo adventure.
Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
Most travellers need a visa or at least an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to go to or transit through a Canadian airport. What you need in order to obtain a Canadian travel visa, depends on the type of travel document you will travel with, the country that issued those documents, your nationality, and how you will travel to the country.
If you don’t obtain the required documents, you will be prevented from boarding your flight to Canada. If you are not sure whether or not you need a visa to go to Canada, or if you need help obtaining one, consider consulting with a licensed immigration consultant.
Over to you –
Would you like to try one of the Canadian summer getaways? If yes, then what are your favourites? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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