Top Getaway Destinations in and Around Canada

A nation steeped in history, culture, and arts, Canada offers some breathtaking destinations that you must visit once in your lifetime. The cities in Canada are known for their natural beauty and rich cultural life. With several long weekends available this year, planning a weekend getaway for exploring these scenic destinations will be easy. If you are not sure about the places to visit in Canada, here is a list of the stunning locales in Canada that you can visit for a weekend getaway.

Victoria, British Columbia

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a picturesque place in Canada that you must visit. Located on the edge of an island, Victoria is a vibrant yet quiet city that will leave you mesmerized with its distinct beauty. Traces of European influences can be seen throughout the city. The Empress Hotel, for instance, has a touch of the French Renaissance whereas the Parliament Building sports a Gothic style of architecture.

Head to the Fisherman’s Wharf if you want a relaxing getaway in the waters. You will be greeted by colorful ferries, boats, and yachts. Victoria also boasts of fascinating history and culture; history buffs need to take a trip to the Royal BC Museum. Take the guided bicycle tour ‘The Pedaler’ in which you can choose to choose from the historical tours, food, and beverage tours, or opt for a custom tour, which has a combination of everything. From great food to beautiful parks, Victoria has a little bit of everything to captivate you.

Location- British Columbia

Airports- Victoria International Airport, Victoria Harbour Aiport, Vancouver International Airport

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A getaway to Saskatoon or the City of Bridges, as it is famously known, is an absolute delight. Saskatoon is known for its scenic beauty, culture, and history. The city is known for its incredible cultural sophistication and Art Nouveau architecture. Head to the Meewasin Trail and witness the stunning South Saskatchewan River. If you are planning the getaway during the summer, don’t miss the Jazz Festival. During winter, get your skates and go down to the outdoor rink close to the Bessborough Hotel, a famous landmark of the city. The city’s cultural hub, Broadway Ave, is one of the best places to enjoy live music, antique stores, and theatre.

Location- Province of Saskatchewan

Airport- Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport

Toronto, Ontario

 

Canada’s cultural and commercial center, Toronto is big, bold, and vibrant. Known for being the country’s largest and most populous city, Toronto houses spectacular art galleries and museums. A trip to the Royal Ontario Museum is a must. The museum has thousands of artifacts and specimens, which are featured in more than 20 exhibits. Toronto also houses diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, so if you are in the mood to take a random walk around the city, you can experience some fascinating sights. If you’d like to enjoy some natural vistas, head to the Toronto Botanical Gardens and the Edwards Gardens in North York. For foodies, a visit to the St. Lawrence Market is a must to relish the local food. If you are planning to go to Toronto during the summer, schedule your dates to coincide with the many music festivals.

Your visit to Toronto is incomplete without you visiting the quaint Ossington Village, which has the city’s trendiest restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Toronto offers some of the most authentic cuisines from all over the world, so gorge on as much delectable food as you can.

Location- Ontario

Airport- Toronto Pearson International Airport

Montreal, Quebec

If you are looking for a place that has a perfect mix of modern uptown vibe and an old European Charm, then Montreal is your best bet. You will be bewitched by the 19th-century architecture and winding streets of old Montreal. Head to the lively Crescent Street and explore the various restaurants, nightclubs, and boutiques. This city is known for its beautiful street art so do take a walk along Saint Laurent Boulevard to catch glimpses of stunning murals. Another must-visit place in Montreal is Mount Royal Park, designed by the same landscape architect as New York’s Central Park. Full of scenic beauty and monuments, Mount Royal Park is ideal for a sunny afternoon picnic. Do visit the Old Port in Montreal on Saturday evening to see the fireworks display. To get the best view of the fireworks, head to the Clock Tower.

When it comes to food, Montreal is the mecca of the food world. From the chef’s signature dishes to low-cost diners, Montreal offers an array of food options. You can choose to go for haute cuisine, a hearty meal or a pizza but the one thing you must try is the signature dish- Poutine.

Location- Quebec

Airport- Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Cavendish is one of Prince Edward Island’s most beautiful destinations. It has literary connections with the author Lucy Maud Montgomery; many come here to immerse in the beauty that inspired the setting of Anne of Green Gables. If you are planning a family getaway to Cavendish, do visit the amusement parks such as the Shining Waters Family Fun Park. Cavendish also offers countless panoramic views. Head to Homestead Trail to witness the stunning view of the shoreline and the splendor of nature. Cavendish is also famous for the Beach Music Festival in early July.

Location- Queens County, Prince Edward Island

Airport- Charlottetown Airport

Last Few Words

Life is too short to delay a trip. So pack your bags and head to Canada to spend your extended weekend exploring some of the world-famous destinations.

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