10 Must-See Destinations For Your Canadian Staycation

Although the ongoing pandemic has canceled many international travels and plans, there are still a myriad of amazing options to choose from to enjoy this summer within the country. What better time than now to discover some of the natural beauty right in our own backyards? Make the most of your summer staycation in Canada with these 10 perfect vacation spots throughout the country.

Make sure that you check with your province’s travel regulations before embarking on any local vacations and ensure you respect all COVID safety precautions. 

Niagara Falls, ON

The beauty of Niagara Falls is one of the many wonders of the world that everyone should experience at some point in their lifetime. Whether it's the magnificent close-up views of the falls, the various paths surrounding the falls, or the exciting downtown nearby, it's a bucket-list activity for people to explore. Plus, you can get a glimpse of the neighboring U.S. city of Niagara Falls, NY. Make the most out of Niagara Falls and travel with friends to the beautiful scenic viewpoints of the falls.

  • Explore the Falls
  • Boat Tour (When they open)
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino
  • Skylon Tower

Cape Breton Island, NS

Cape Breton Island is a beautiful island located at the eastern end of Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail is a massive roadway that circles the island, which passes forests and rough coastlines. Nearby, the town of Sydney has an abundance of local music with the beautiful sculptures of the big fiddle and giant violin right on the waterfront. It’s a must-see for anyone looking for a bit of exploration and outdoor activities.

  • Hiking
  • Parks
  • Sightseeing
  • Beaches
  • Town of Sydney

The Okanagan Valley, BC

For those of you interested in exploring wineries and fruit orchards, Okanagan is a beautiful and lustfully green region in British Columbia. Kelowna is at the heart of the region and features Okanagan lake, pine forests, provincial parks, and much more. Kelowna has a beautiful waterfront, cultural districts, and much more., During the colder months and certain times during the summer, Kelowna, Vernon, and Kamloops have an abundance of fantastic ski resorts to check out.

  • Kelowna Waterfront
  • Wineries and Fruit Orchards
  • Hiking
  • Golfing

Victoria, BC

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is one of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping cities in the country. The city features a staggering Victorian-era architecture throughout it, as well as gardens, floral displays, and much more. For those of you searching for the perfect picture, Victoria will undoubtedly give you a plethora of picture-worthy areas to check out. Not to mention the incredible food located in the city.

  • Butchart Gardens
  • Downtown
  • Fish and Chips
  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman’s Warf
  • Vancouver Island

Toronto, ON

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is a must-visit no matter the circumstance and it presents a ton of fun activities to do. There are incredible restaurants, parks, districts, and fun neighboring outdoor activities throughout the beautiful city.

  • Toronto Islands
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Distillery District
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Fort York

Mont Tremblant, QC

Arguably one of the most beautiful municipalities in Canada, Mont Tremblant is located within the Laurentian Mountains and is home to some of the best ski resorts in the country. Open year-round, the area is an absolutely stunning visit no matter the time of the year. The area features winter sports, golfing, shopping villages, and the beautiful Mont-Tremblant National Park. It's a must-visit for those of you dying to explore the incredible outdoors of Canada.

  • Golfing
  • Shopping Village
  • Mont-Tremblant National Park
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Hiking

Canmore, AB

Formerly a coal-mining town for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canmore has developed into one of the most scenic and gorgeous towns in all of Alberta. Home to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, it's only an hour away from Calgary, making it a popular destination for a weekend getaway or longer. Whether it's hiking the Ha Ling Peak or checking out the Wild Life Distillery, there is an ever-growing list of activities to do in Canmore.

  • Ha Ling Peak
  • Wildlife Distillery
  • Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk
  • Downtown Canmore
  • Legacy Trail

Churchill, MB

For those of you trying to see a Polar Bear in the wild, Churchill is a town on the Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba. Safari adventures allow for incredible encounters in the wild, not to mention the gorgeous beluga whales that are frequently spotted in the Churchill River. Although not visible during the summer, the town offers the chance to see the Northern Lights during the winter.

  • Blue Sky Expeditions
  • Prince of Wales Fort
  • Wapusk National Park
  • Bay Shore Road
  • Miss Piggy Plane Wreck

Cavendish, PEI

What’s a vacation without a beautiful resort stay? Cavendish is a gorgeous resort area in the heart of Prince Edward Island. Beaches, cultural sites, parks, and everything you expect from Prince Edwards National park are located throughout Cavendish. Consider checking out the Cavendish Cliffs or the Sandspit Cavendish Beach. No matter what you’ll do, there’s a little bit of everything in Cavendish for you to check out.

  • Cavendish Cliffs
  • Sandspit Cavendish Beach
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Swimming

Golden, BC

Golden is a stunning town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the middle of six national parks. Yoho, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Banff are all nearby, making Golden the ultimate place to stay for those seeking outdoor adventures. Everything you want to do outdoors can be done near or in Golden. Don't hesitate now, make a trip and see for yourself just how fantastic of a spot it is.

  • Yoho, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Banff National Parks
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Purcell Mountain Lodge

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