This weekend Monday, May 20th is Victoria Day and people across Canada will be celebrating in a variety of ways, including heading out of town for a little R & R.
If you haven't yet made plans, here are some Victoria Day vacation ideas:
- Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec top the list of cities that draw visitors over the Victoria Day weekend. Average hotel rates in these cities have dipped to between $90 and $110 per night (according to Hotwire). These cities will likely have special events going on, including fireworks displays. You should also expect closures and holiday hours on Monday.
- Any of Canada's Best Ski Resorts remain open - though many will have turned over to spring activities - and offer low shoulder season prices.
- Check out Travelzoo.ca for hotel and transportation discounts over the long weekend.
- Travelocity is another resource for finding Victoria Day deals in Canada.
- Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley, BC: Begin in Kelowna and take a drive around beautiful Lake Okanagan, stopping at some of the fine wineries that range from big and traditional to small and boutique.
- Enjoy the ocean air and a host of activities at White Point, Nova Scotia, which has special long weekend packages.
Perched perfectly on Lake Okanagan in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill winery comprises not only a winery and amphitheater, but a Mission-style 12-storey-high bell tower and award-winning restaurant to make it a popular destination for tourists, wine lovers and in summer - music lovers.
The 2013 Mission Hill concert series features Chris Botti, Gipsy Kings, LeAnn Rimes and Pink Martini and has already sold out some of its dinner/concert packages, so if you're interested, act fast.
This 77-room hotel is a mainstay for the luxury hotel crowd for many reasons, including its prime location in an upscale neighbourhood. The hotel's lush interior includes a roster of rich materials, including zebra wood, fur panelling and shiny chrome. The Hazelton Hotel takes its art seriously and hired an art concierge to select the hotel's playful and pervasive art collection that intrigues and at every turn. Hotel service lives up to its 5-star status and is personalized for each guest.
Even if you don't stay overnight, stop by the Hazelton's Restaurant ONE - one of the city's finest where you'll be hobnobbing with the rich and famous and people watching , especially during the Toronto International Film Festival.
Canada has four distinct seasons - very different from each other in most parts of the country - and it's nice to know what to expect when visiting during different times of the year.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely complement to Niagara Falls in that it is quaint, cultured and has retained its small-town feel.
Stroll the manicured main street, take in a show at the world-reknowned Shaw Festival or wine taste at one of the region's wineries, but don't let Niagara-on-the-Lake be outshone by its more famous neighbour.
The vacation rental industry has grown at a phenomenal rate thanks to the Internet, which has made viewing, researching and booking properties so easy.
Especially convenient for long stays, group vacations or visits to more remote locations, vacation rentals are an excellent choice when looking for accommodation in Canada.
Canada's largest vacation rental website, Cottage Country offers up more than 25,000 cabins, chalets and cottages in some of the country's most scenic locations, like Banff, Vancouver Island, Cape Breton or Newfoundland & Labrador.
I guess better late than never. Hilton and Fairmont hotels have been gifting WiFi to loyalty members for years.
Find out when Victoria Day is in 2013 and what this Canada holiday weekend holds in store for visitors.