Looking for something different to do this summer? Consider a vacation in Canada. There are so many things to see and do up North, not only is it a beautiful place but there are so many activities you can do all year round. Even if you’re not fortunate enough to have annual leave, there are lots of things you can do in your free time that won’t cost you a fortune. A great summer vacation in Canada won’t break the bank. There are plenty of cheap hotels and low-cost airlines that operate at this time of year. Check out these ideas for planning an awesome trip to our neighbors north:
Go on a road trip and see the beauty of Canada
One of the best things about traveling in Canada is that you don’t have to fly or drive very far to see the most beautiful parts of the country. By road-tripping along the country’s famous “Route 66”, the “Backroads of BC” or the “Highway to the Yukon”, you can see the stunning Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes, as well as curious towns and unique cultures. The best part is that you can visit these places without breaking the bank. Armed with a car, some snacks and your camera, you can experience the breathtaking beauty of Canada like never before.
Visit national parks for hiking and sightseeing
Canada is home to many of the world’s most beautiful national parks. From the cold icy landscape of the Rocky Mountains in the west to the green rainforest of the Great Bear Rainforest in the east, there is an amazing park for every season and every interest. While you can visit many of these parks all year round, they are busiest during the summer months when the weather is warm and the parks are at their most beautiful. If visiting during this busy season, make sure to book your accommodation and park tickets in advance. Most parks have free admission, but you may need to buy a pass for parking and/or camping.
Go whale watching
If you are visiting the Pacific coast during the summer months, you have a great opportunity to spot whales, both from land and from a boat. Whale-watching tours depart from Vancouver, Victoria, and Sidney, with open-air vessels and expert guides who know exactly where to look for the pods of whales swimming in the Pacific waters. If you have the opportunity to go on a whale-watching cruise, the chances of seeing these beautiful creatures are very high, especially between June and October.
Visit museums and art galleries
During the summer months, you’ll find that many of Canada’s museums and art galleries have extended hours or special exhibitions. You’ll find everything from historical and cultural exhibitions to sporting events and family days out. In the summer, major Canadian cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal host a number of festivals and exhibitions that are a must-see for any tourist.
Take in a professional sport game
Summer is the perfect time to visit Canada and see one of the many sporting events taking place. From professional hockey games to golfing tournaments, there are plenty of sporting events that you can attend during your vacation. Depending on where you are visiting from, you can usually purchase tickets online or on the day of the event. Most major sporting events are reasonably priced. You can also save money by bringing snacks to the event and buying merchandise from the souvenir shop after the event.
Drive to Montreal to experience French culture
If you are interested in experiencing a different culture during your summer vacation, consider visiting the city of Montreal. Miles away from the rest of the country, you will find yourself surrounded by French culture, language, and food. While it is not necessary to understand French to enjoy your time in Montreal, it is a great experience to try out another language. Visiting a different city can be a great way to experience something new and different while on vacation.
In the end, a summer vacation in Canada is a great way to spend your time. You can travel from the East Coast to the West Coast without ever needing to leave your car. Or you can take a cruise to the Arctic, or you can rent a car and drive from one end of the country to the other. It’s up to you! But no matter how you choose to spend your time in Canada, you’re sure to have an unforgettable vacation!