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16 Of The Best Canadian Staycations For The Summer

Because it just so happens that home is pretty amazing.

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You may have heard that the Canadian dollar isn't doing so well. Which means that going to the States just got A WHOLE LOT MORE EXPENSIVE. Lucky for us Canadians, we have an incredibly gorgeous and vacation-worthy country right here.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Canada community for their favourite Canadian staycations. Here's what they said:

1. Jasper, Alberta.

Banff tends to get all the attention, but there are other amazing places to visit in the Rockies. Jasper has fantastic hiking trails, cozy cabins, upscale hotels, and fine dining.

Submitted by Megan Kelterborn, Facebook.

2. Marble Mountain, Newfoundland.

Marble Mountain may be a ski resort, but there's still plenty for a family to do in the summertime! Explore the area's hiking trails and natural attractions. If you're feeling adventurous, try zip lining or the Spider Challenge course!

Submitted by Laura Alexander, Facebook.


3. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario.

If you want to soak in the outdoor beauty of Ontario, Algonquin Provincial Park is a great place to do it. Explore, go canoeing, and find the perfect camping spot in one of its 8 campgrounds.

Submitted by Amanda Lee, Facebook.

4. Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Found in Northern Ontario, Manitoulin Island is home to charming communities and an outdoor lover's dream with its hiking trails, cycling trails, and pristine lakes. You'll also find shopping, dining, evening entertainment, and golf courses.

Submitted by Lindsay Charlotte, Facebook.

5. White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia

This historic resort is a relaxing getaway for the whole family. Choose from a slew of activities: visit local attractions, learn to surf, go golfing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, or simply spend a day at the beach.

Submitted by Caroline Wallace, Facebook.

6. The Muskokas, Ontario.

Cottage country at its best. There's actually so much to do here! Yes, you can soak up the sun and dive into the lake BUT there's also dining, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Stay in a hotel, resort, or try renting a private cottage.

Submitted by Daisy Grace, Facebook.


7. Canmore, Alberta

Canmore is a lovely mountain town with a lot to offer. Try climbing, caving, golfing, horseback riding, a heli-tour, cycling, white water rafting, and—of course—hiking. Spend your day outdoors before coming back to one of their comfortable hotels then stepping out for a delicious dinner in one of their spectacular restaurants.

Submitted by prairiehunter.

8. Banff, Alberta

Banff gets talked about A LOT — but with good reason! It's a quaintly beautiful resort town with so much for visitors to do. Check out the hiking trails, the gondola, the hot springs, horseback riding, and cycling. The shopping is great; There are some deliciously unique restaurants; And the accommodations are top-notch. You can even visit the "Castle in the Rockies," the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Submitted by julie-annah.

9. Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Okay, maybe you should leave the kids at home for this one. Niagara-On-The-Lake is a perfect place for a romantic weekend away. It's wine country, so a wine tasting is pretty much mandatory. With stunning scenery and charming accommodations, you've got yourself a couples getaway.

Submitted by apich061.

10. Comox Valley, British Columbia.

This area on Vancouver Island is a fun family escape. Full of history, the Comox Valley lets you step back in time as your explore their heritage buildings and areas of historical significance—you can even look for fossils along the riverbeds! When you put down your fossil brush, you can try fishing, hiking, or caving. And, of course, there are beautiful beaches.

Submitted by LoisSanborn.


11. Sauble Beach, Ontario

Sauble Beach is a resort town with gorgeous lakefront. Rent a cottage, stay in a hotel, or go camping—either way you'll get to enjoy the relaxed small-town feel while stretching your toes in the sand.

Submitted by erint4216b9271.

12. Tofino, British Columbia

If you love outdoor activities, Tofino is the place for you. It's probably best known for surfing, but you can also try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, zip lining, fishing, and whale watching. The accommodation options range from camping to resorts and you'll find fabulous local-food restaurants in town.

Submitted by stephanief4c3428adc.

13. The Okanagan, British Columbia

The Okanagan encompasses Kelowna, Pentiction, Summerland, Vernon, Osoyoos, Oliver, Naramata, Peachland, Lake Country, and Okanagan Falls. Known for its wineries and lakes, The Okanagan is great for both a couples and family staycation. Its climate also produces some ridiculously yummy fruit.

Submitted by Melklassy.

14. Magdalen Islands, Quebec

Magdalen Islands offer an incredible mix of outdoor and cultural activities. Try kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, and diving before finding your way to one of their museums or checking out a local heritage site.

Submitted by Global Dish.

15. Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan

Lake living = summertime livign. Take in the gorgeous beaches at Waskesiu for camping, water sports, hiking, and even golfing.

Submitted by Mcfly7719.

16. Waterton, Alberta

If you aren't looking to head into the mountains, Waterton is another place you should visit in Alberta. Camping, cute B&Bs, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and horseback riding await you. AND you can see the stunning red rock canyons!

Submitted by unicornkiller7.