While the popular time to take a vacation may be winding down with university started and kids back in school, it’s never too late to plan for next year, or maybe take a week off work now and enjoy the smaller crowds. We’ve picked seven favourite spots that are guaranteed to please. Remember, going glasses and contacts free gives you spontaneity when vacationing, since you’ll be ready to dive into any type of activity.
Whether your vacation style is active or lazy, Lake Huron has got something for your summer vacation. Quaint towns like Southampton or Port Elgin are lovely for renting a cottage, and from there you can head to the beach, hike in Fathom Five National Marine Park, or canoe on the lake.
In the summer, people gravitate towards Cape Breton Island because it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Also, did you know it’s the site of the first radio transmission from North America to Europe? You’ll want to see everything clearly here, especially the Island’s panoramic views of beautiful forests and coastlines. Accommodations here are easy: extensive campgrounds for the rugged traveler, cushy resorts for pampering, and cottages and bed and breakfasts for everyone in between.
Vancouver is the perfect summer vacation destination if you’re aiming for an urban playground. It rains a lot less here in the summer than in other Canadian cities, and the temperature is agreeable. Stroll through the vast Stanley Park, take a ride on the SkyTrain, or visit the Museum of Anthropology for unique sights in one of Canada’s most spectacular cities.
How could we not mention Niagara Falls in the summer? Yes, tourists flock here in the warm months, but that’s because it’s worth it to see the towering waterfalls and feel the cooling mist on your skin. Free yourself from glasses so they don’t get speckled with mist!
The great thing about Newfoundland summers is that they never get too hot. Indulge in the hospitable temperatures in St. John’s, where the historic town (the oldest in North America) meets majestic seascapes. You might even spot a whale in the coastal waters.
Lake Louise isn’t just for polar bearing, wear people take a dip on Canada Day instead of the usual New Year’s Day–don’t think it’s much easier, due to the elevation water temperatures rarely rise above 5°C). It’s also a stunning scene for a canoe trip or an exploration of the trails in Banff National Park, which encloses the lake. If you do decide to polar bear, you’re guaranteed an exhilarating experience.
The interesting cultural history of the Gaspé Peninsula, or the Gaspésie, is reason alone to come; Normans, Basques, and Portuguese, were attracted by the fishing grounds at the coastline of the St. Lawrence River, and English and Irish settlers escaped here to avoid famine and revolution. These days, tourists can check out the colourful towns and marvel at jagged, glacier-peppered cliffs and rocks like Rocher Percé, an 88-meter-high, 275-meter-long limestone rock.
So whether you’re a rural adventurer or an urbanite, the treasures of Canada are waiting for you this summer or next!