Canadians plan to stay close to home this summer



, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

There is a sizzling hot new vacationing trend this summer; and it’s to stay close to home! With gas prices lower than they’ve been in years, and our dollar taking a serious dip, there is every reason to believe that Canadians are planning on staying closer to home this summer. To find out, we commissioned the Leger Group to conduct a survey of Canadian travel plans this summer and their findings confirm the theory.

The survey found that a resounding 85% of Canadians said they would like to visit somewhere in their own country this summer. When asked which Canadian provinces they would consider visiting, it was found that Canadians were more likely to want to vacation in their own province or close to it. With that, the most preferred vacation destinations this summer are the Atlantic provinces (38%), Ontario (36%), British Columbia (35%), and Quebec (30%).

There are a number of reasons why Canadians are planning to vacation close to home this summer. A weakened Canadian dollar (31%) is definitely one of them but the number one reason taken from the survey is that Canadians really want to explore regions in their own country (43%) this summer, and they want to visit friends and family (38%) while doing so.

No matter what your reason for planning your staycation, one in three (33%) Canadians said they would choose to stay in a whole-home vacation rental over a hotel. Renting a cottage, cabin, chalet or condo provides a unique accommodation experience like no other. And with Canadians looking for good value for the money (77%), a whole-home vacation rental is the way to go. It allows families and groups of friends to stay under one roof, and fulfills the criteria that people are looking for in their ideal accommodation including: practical amenities such as laundry, kitchen, parking and WIFI (47%), complete privacy (43%), room to spread out in (38%), and the ‘at-home’ feeling that allows you to feel like you own it (36%) for the duration of your stay.

So take advantage of the stunning geography and fabulous nature, incredible outdoor activities available to suit all interests, and the unique cultural differences found even within the same province while you discover Canada and experience the ultimate staycation this summer.

So get the most out of your vacation, make it a staycation!

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