If you’re not comfortable venturing outside of Canada at the moment, we understand, and there are plenty of staycation trips you can enjoy. Luckily Canada has much to offer from ski trips to foodie adventures to historic visits to fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Finally, Canadians are getting to know their country and falling in love with it in a more profound way and realizing that you don’t have to cross a border to have an exciting vacation. There is so much to explore here, and each time you venture off the path, there is an awe-inspiring adventure just waiting for you to enjoy.
Here are some excellent and indeed ‘Canuck’ destinations.
Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan
Why not take the family on a weekend getaway in Saskatchewan and explore the incredible Waskesiu Lake. Here is a Canadian staycation where you can go hiking in the northern boreal forest and extend your trip with an overnight camping trip.
Waskesiu Lake is located in Prince Albert National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Saskatchewan; with so many trails along the shoreline to explore, Waskesiu Lake is a great place to visit any time of year.
Spruce Woods, Manitoba
Only a two-hour drive from Winnipeg, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is a fabulous weekend getaway offering plenty to see and do. Go camping during the summer months at Kiche Manitou Campground and enjoy the beautiful Kiche Manitou Beach.
Spruce Woods is lovely at any time of the year - but don’t forget to plan a day of hiking at one of the many official trails here. You can do things like walk the rolling dunes on the Spirit Sands Trail or just take it easy and enjoy the stunning views.
Silent Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Beat the crowds and head down to Simcoe County to enjoy a relaxing staycation at Silent Lake in eastern Ontario. Located in Bancroft, this is a relaxing staycation and get away from Toronto or Ottawa.
Stay in the heated camp cabins or a yurt, available throughout the winter season. Be prepared to be active with hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and stargazing for a perfect Canadian winter staycation.
Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
As a Canadian, you will know that Newfoundland is filled with scenic beauty, and once it’s safe to travel again, the locals will welcome you with open arms. The Avalon Peninsula is the easternmost region of Canada, where you can experience the first sunrise in all of North America and stunning star-filled skies at night.
This section is home to the capital city of St. John’s, but we suggest getting out of the town and heading down the coast for an extended staycation. Drive south on what’s known locally as the Irish Loop and visit the historic Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, one of Newfoundland’s four UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Mont Rigaud, Quebec
If you live in Montreal, you might want to take a brief escape from the city and go on an adventurous staycation to the Quebec - Ontario border. With less than an hour’s drive from the city, why not start your vacation at Mont Rigaud. The tiny mountain is perfect for new skiers who are still trying to find their feet.
When you’re in the vicinity, visit the charming town of Vankleek Hill, take time to have some locally made craft beer at Beau’s Brewery. On the way back to Montreal, cross back and take a stroll in Hudson, where you can enjoy the Ottawa River’s beautiful views in Jack Layton Park.
Crystal Crescent Provincial Park, Nova Scotia
Scenic Nova Scotia has no shortage of hikes; visit some white-sand beaches along the way to Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. Take your time, breath in the ocean air and enjoy the view.
Located only 30 minutes from Halifax, Crystal Crescent Provincial Park makes a great day weekend getaway or mini-break.
St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
If you love the sea, St. Andrews is the destination for you, located in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy region, an excellent getaway for seafood lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Wander along the historic Main Street to discover all the boutique shops, grab a lobster roll from a local vendor and head to the picturesque Centennial Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, go on a road trip to explore the natural wonders of the Bay of Fundy, including the Hopewell Rocks.
By now, you realize that living in Canada is a desirable experience, so why not celebrate your homeland and have a staycation?