Let’s face it, our dollar really sucks right now. I, like most other Canadians, will not be making a trip across the border any time soon (and I probably won’t be jetting off to Europe, either). With the Canadian dollar at a low that hasn’t been seen for more than a decade, it’s time to consider the benefits of a local holiday.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in this country. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t been to very many of the gorgeous areas usually recommended by travel shows or news articles. I hope to change that this year by exploring more of Canada. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of holidaying in our own backyard.
For my American friends, this is a fantastic time to explore the Great White North. It’s like getting everything on your trip at 30% off!
Whether you are looking for mountains, oceans, prairies, or lakes, Canada has it covered. Rough Guides has a comprehensive list of places you might want to visit, including suggested itineraries. Frommer’s also has a list that includes some places and activities that may not have been on your radar for a summer vacation (iceberg hunt, anyone?). One of the best ways to find the hidden gems in Canada is to speak to family and friends. Personally, I am looking forward to a trip to the East Coast in the next few years to visit all the little towns a friend that grew up there has described to me.
You don’t have to go far for a fantastic vacation. Staying in Canada can allow you to appreciate the wealth of beautiful places our country has to offer, and also help you save money and even travel time (depending on where you go… it’s a pretty big country!). If you have a week or so to spend in your destination, utilizing services like Airbnb or booking a cabin or hotel room with a kitchenette can also cut down on expenses. You’ll also avoid paying fees to change currencies. That’s always really annoyed me!
For those of you that just can’t give up the big, traditional summer vacation, the Globe and Mail has some suggestions for cost-effective destinations for Canadian travellers, including Asia and Eastern Europe.
Are you going on vacation in your home country this summer? What are you most excited to see?