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Summer Vacation Guide: Canada Edition

Book off some time, grab your passport, and get set to jet to any of these ideal destinations during our country’s 150th anniversary!

Whether it’s a solo adventure, couples trip, girls’ weekend, or family getaway, there’s something for everyone at these beautiful Canadian locales.

Calgary

Calgary Stampede

If visiting Canada’s cowboy city in July is not already on your bucket list, add it in now. The world-renowned Calgary Stampede runs from July 7-16 this year and the town is abuzz.

We checked out the Greatest Outdoors Show on Earth last summer for the first time and were amazed at the variety of things to do and see – I would go back in a heartbeat!

Peace Bridge at sunset

If the rodeo isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to see and do in Calgary outside the fairgrounds: incredible food featuring the best of the area from leading chefs, concerts, shopping, site-seeing, and more. But don’t miss the Stampede’s Grandstand Show – with entertainment for everyone, it had our jaws dropped.

Tacos
Tacos at Native Tongues Taqueria

Kelowna

Our most recent trip had us back on the west coast recently to experience beautiful Kelowna, BC. A wellness fanatic’s dream come true, this city set upon Okanagan Lake boasts a thriving farm-to-table food scene, spectacular recreation activities, great golfing, cute local shops, and world-renowned wineries.

Summer is the perfect time to visit, when boaters pull up to the Delta Grand Okanagan’s expansive outdoor patio to sip afternoon cocktails at Oak + Cru, hikers set out to climb Mount Knox, and foodies rejoice in the bounty of the region’s peak season.

Cape Breton

Planning to head out east? Set your sights on gorgeous Cape Breton Island – as A wrote in this travel post, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. If the stunning ocean views set against rocky terrain and sandy beaches don’t invite you, the warmth and hospitality of the locals sure will.

Cape Breton Inverness Beach
Boardwalk along Inverness Beach, with Cabot Links to the right

Be sure to check out Middlehead Trail for hiking, tour the Glenora Whisky Distillery, stomp your feet to the live Celtic music at the legendary Red Shoe Pub, and stay for golf at Cabot Links and beachcombing in Inverness.

Stay tuned for Pt. 2 of this series featuring where to travel in the U.S.!

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5 thoughts on “Summer Vacation Guide: Canada Edition

  1. Love British Columbia. It helps that I have paternal family there that I can visit when we go. Love the East Coast and met Jimmy Rankin and his wife at The Red Shoe Pub when my sister and I were there; a highlight for sure. My family just went to the tulip festival in Ottawa this past weekend and had a wonderful meal at Ahora Mexicana. We are going to Collingwood this summer as it seems to expanded quite a bit since the last time I was there many years ago. I don’t think the US will be in our thoughts this year; perhaps another time.

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