So you spent your trip-planning time binge-watching the latest season of your favourite show. Don’t worry, because all the research and legwork are done for you in this handy guide to great Canadian locales for a last-minute vacation so pick whichever one sounds most interesting to you and your entourage and start packing.
- Maligne Lake, Alberta. Nestled in Jasper National Park, Maligne is the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. It boasts pristine water, spectacular views of surrounding glaciers and world-renowned Spirit Island, one of the most photographed views of our Rockies. Enjoy a guided boat tour or try your hand at sport fishing, kayaking or canoeing.
- Montreal. If you’ve been to this city but haven’t checked out Old Montreal, then you’re missing out. One of the oldest urban areas in North America with some buildings dating back to the 17th century, most of Old Montreal was declared an historic district in 1964. Be sure to see the gorgeous architecture at Place d’Armes and Notre-Dame Basilica for yourself, and walk down the area’s cobbled streets for incredible restaurants, museums and the city’s old port. Find some modern-day balance by staying at the hip Renaissance Montreal Hotel.
- Regina, Saskatchewan. Be adventurous and explore a provincial capital that is often overlooked. Learn at the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, watch Saskatchewan Roughriders football at Mosaic Stadium or try your luck at Casino Regina. If you’re a history buff and a lover of luxury, stay at the Hotel Saskatchewan, an Autograph Collection Hotel, to take in some beautifully preserved early twentieth century architecture.
- Cape Breton Island. Visit this eastern island for its spectacular scenery, outdoor trails for adventures, and charming heritage sites and museums. Located on the north-eastern tip Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is rich with Gaelic, Aboriginal and Acadian cultures. Enjoy being so close to the water with an Atlantic fisheries tour, boating or visiting the Cape Breton Highlands National Park for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline.
- Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. Located in downtown Kelowna, Okanagan Lake lets you get the best of both worlds with city creature comforts like museums and shopping, along with beautiful lake and mountain views of Okanagan Valley. Visit vineyards in nearby wine country and explore local festivals, parks, beaches and walking trails near the water. Stay in the heart of it all at the stylish Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.