Summer Fling: Canada's Hottest Destinations
Collected by Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
A summer fling in one of Canada’s hottest destinations is the postcard-perfect way to spend your holiday – and it gets hotter up here than you may think. Every summer, Canada becomes a seriously warm place, and coastal beach towns, lakeside retreats, patio parties and national parks heat up. Summer is the perfect time to romance Canada, and kick start a the best kind of fling – one that keeps you coming back summer after summer.
Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada
Since Collingwood is located smack on Georgian Bay, a day at the beach is a must. While Sunset Point in town is beautiful, it's also rocky. A short drive west to Craigleith or Meaford opens up sandier options, but head east along the bay to Wasaga...
Valley Trail, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The 25-mile Valley Trail provides an optimal circuit for anyone wanting to get in a daily run while on vacation or traveling. The locals' preferred route starts at the entrance of the Valley Trail beside Whistler Golf Club and...
899 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, Canada
When award-winning CHARCUT Roast House started selling the best $5 burger in Calgary from the back alley of its restaurant, lines stretched around the block. Now the local, natural pork and roasted garlic sausage patties come from the hottest...
Dunham, QC, Canada
Few places so close to Montreal can boast as many hiking options as the Eastern Townships. The numbers really do speak for themselves: Between the 25 summits (that's a euphemism—they're only just over 1,000 meters high), the 4 national parks, and...
1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, Canada
High Park, 399 acres of peace and recreation and playing fields and picnic areas, has a way of making you forget the city beyond. Grenadier Pond, a tranquil body of water that runs along the park's western border, is favored by runners....
Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0, Canada
From a distance, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump looks like any other Canadian Rockies foothill area, but closer inspection reveals a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds 6,000 years of First Nations (native peoples') history beneath its grassy...
Dinosaur Provincial Park has more than a great name; the park also features dino bones (check them out on the self-guided interpretive trails or on a tour), an excellent museum, and some of the most beautiful countryside in Alberta, from...
405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Set in the UNESCO World Hertiage-listed Banff National Park, the year-round Fairmont Banff Springs was the brainchild of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On arrival at Banff, the tourism visionary made...
Cap Gaspé, QC G4X 6L7, Canada
At the very tip of the furthest extent of the North American continent—on the south side of the St. Lawrence—is the Cap Gaspé. The locals refer to the area as, "le Bout du Monde," or, the end of the world. End or not, it is one of the most...
1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6, Canada
What you see here is the most terrifying rollercoaster in the world. This thing is so big that one of Wonderland's original coasters runs beneath it—and is not even visible in this frame. The Leviathan, as it is called, is so large that it...
1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 0A1, Canada
This is a 5-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Montreal, across the street from the Centre Bell, home of Les Montréal Canadiens, and tucked along famed rue Sainte-Catherine. Was I blown away during my stay here? Yeah, and then some. After...
830 Valley Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6, Canada
I've come to Grasslands many times and each time I discover something new. I can lose myself in the gorgeous skies, rolling hills, and sense of peace that comes from a place so untouched by civilization. Grasslands is one of Canada's dark sky...
5542 Rochdale Blvd, Regina, SK S4X 4P1, Canada
If you have never experienced a sunset on the prairies then I suggest you do so. Since the plains are so flat in some areas you can see the sun set over the entire horizon. This sunset was on the north-west outskirts of Regina, SK and was right...
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