The heat of summer can be unbearable. It might just feel like you can’t do anything without getting sweaty, especially if you live in an area with high humidity. Sweating every time you step outside for months on end is exhausting. So when you plan your next summer vacation, think about going somewhere known for its cooler temperatures – like Canada.
The summer months in Canada are from roughly June through September, and it’s the ideal time to visit our neighbor to the north. While summer temperatures are warmer than normal Canadian conditions, you should still bring a jacket when you visit during the summer, especially if you’re planning on being out at night at all. You’ll definitely be cooling off in Canada once sunset rolls around, even during the summer months.
Canada is full of beautiful natural wonders and exciting cultural attractions. Where exactly should you go? Take a look at these six options for enjoying the Great White North.
Wander Through Victoria, British Columbia
The capital city of the province of British Columbia, Victoria offers plenty of options when it comes to outdoor activities. Explore Butchart Garden’s 55 acres of beautiful flowers if you love seeing flora up close. Or, go fishing, boating, sailing, hiking, kayaking, or paddling to your heart’s content.
If you’re a foodie, Victoria is a great destination. The local agriculture scene is booming because of the city’s sub-Mediterranean climate, which is unlike anywhere else in Canada.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the Flavour Trails, which are “a self-guided expedition that really celebrates the richness of the region. You will want to try it all, and let your inhibitions go, there’s never too much of a good thing. You can buy fresh cut basil, taste fireweed honey, take a winery tour, pick berries, sip cider or taste our local delicacies.”
Stay in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Head east from Victoria to explore the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here you can learn about the First Nations who lived in the area before any European settlers set foot in Saskatchewan. Enjoy the outdoor activities in the nearby Grasslands National Park, explore the river trails, hang out at RibFest, or take a river cruise.
If you’re looking for a luxury stay, check out the Delta Hotels Bessborough by Marriott, which originally opened in 1935 as a grand railway hotel. Staying in this gorgeous Chateauesque-style building will make you feel like royalty.
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Check Out the Festivals in Toronto, Ontario
One of Canada’s largest cities, Toronto, is packed with historical and cultural attractions. Check out the Historic Distillery District, which features perfectly-preserved Victorian industrial warehouses and a working sake distillery. Explore Kensington Market to sample a wide variety of world cuisines. Visit the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre to learn about the intellectual, artistic, and scientific accomplishments of the Islamic world.
In summertime, there’s almost always a festival going on in Toronto. Dance the night away at the TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, or soak in the art, live music, and food at BIG on Bloor in Bloor Street West.
Marvel at the Beauty of Montreal, Quebec
Founded in 1642, Montreal is a famous French-speaking city with tons of historical sites to visit and cool temperatures during the summer. Before you visit this city, you’ll definitely want to read up about its history and its stunning architecture.
One example of that architecture is the Notre Dame Basilica, which is inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. After you’re finished admiring the beauty of the city’s architecture, head to Mont-Royal Park for a picnic. Depending on how much time you have in the city, check out this list of free things to do this summer in Montreal.
Visit Picturesque Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find yourself limited. You’ll find the warmest ocean waters north of the Carolinas at the beaches here along with plenty of water activities to keep you busy.
Charlottetown has plenty of shopping, cultural attractions, and fantastic restaurants. Fans of Anne of Green Gables will love the opportunity to explore Green Gables Shore, which inspired the series. You’ll find trails, beaches, and restaurants alongside the beautiful landscape.
Escape to Tofino, British Columbia
Tofino, British Columbia is located at the remote western edge of the continent. The isolated and raw setting has inspired an artistic community there. From mid-May through September you can find local creators at the Tofino Public Market.
Tofino pays respect to the First Nations people who originally inhabited the area. In 1885, Spanish explorers established a settlement in the area that grew into the town it is today. If you’re interested in surfing, don’t miss out on Tofino.
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