Top long weekend getaways in Canada

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Long weekends are like mini-vacations. You get some extra weekend time to get out and embark on an adventure or two. With so much to do in your own backyard, the extra day should definitely not be wasted on the couch.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls is the ultimate long weekend getaway. With so much to see and do it’s no wonder it is a favourite for families, friends, and couples alike. Adults have modern and upscale hotels to choose from with fine dining, golf and spa packages, and wine country just down the road. For kids, there are world-class indoor water parks, a climate controlled Ferris wheel on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls’ most famous street, as well as the Butterfly Conservatory, Marineland and of course, let’s not forget about the Falls themselves!

Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

It’s only fitting that the city known for its outdoorsy, adventurous and active spirit is home to Vancouver’s largest attraction – a 404.9hectare park. Nestled in the city’s harbourfront with wonderful beaches along English Bay, Stanley Park is almost completely surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll definitely stay active with 22 km of paved paths that are perfect for running, walking, cycling, or rollerblading. You can spend time with a picnic under cover of the towering trees, ride the miniature railroad, play a round of golf, challenge someone to a tennis match or just marvel at the more than 70,000 species found in the Vancouver Aquarium. Whatever your idea of fun and adventure is, you’ll find it at Stanley Park.

Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

While a 3-day weekend isn’t long enough to travel overseas to the history filled, cobblestone streets of Europe, you can find all that charm right here in Old Montreal. Fantastic architecture, cobblestone streets, jaw-dropping churches, chic boutiques, world-class restaurants, street theatre to please all tastes and a wonderful market will make you feel like you’re far, far, away from home without ever leaving the country.

Magnetic Hill, New Brunswick

Science lovers will marvel at Canada’s most famous optical illusion, Magnetic Hill. This stretch of highway is a gravity hill where you park your car at the top of a ridge, put your car in neutral, and watch as it appears to roll backwards uphill. Sitting in your car, you will see the landscape go past as your car moves backwards on it’s own. Even the water on the roadside seems to flow uphill! After this quirky tourist stop, visit Atlantic Canada’s largest zoo, or take a ride on the Magnetic Hill Railroad, ride the water slides at Magic Mountain Water Park, enjoy a round of golf, or sample some of the local wineries. It’s all within reach at Magnetic Hill.

With so much to do in Canada all year round, why would you spend your long weekend doing nothing? Get out and find your adventure!

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