Whether you are graduating high school or university, many Canadian students can agree that the best way to celebrate this achievement is by taking a trip. Between exams, final assignments and figuring out what comes next, a fun-filled getaway is in order. While some are Europe or Asia-bound, extravagant vacations may not be in everyone’s budget. Staying local is the perfect way to see some of Canada’s best cities with your friends, without breaking the bank. Here are some great Canadian getaway ideas for the proud graduate.
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When Canadians think of Whistler, they think skiing, snowboarding and chalet resorts. While it’s known as one of the world’s top ski resorts, summertime sees just as much visitors as it does in the winter. After sitting in classrooms and labs all year, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. Whistler boasts a number of hiking trails, beaches, and parks. You can fish, go on a helicopter excursion or view some of their famous black bears.
For a post-graduation thrill with a hint of country flair, visit Calgary during the stampede. Every July, the Alberta city draws cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world. This beloved event is a wild ride and a unique way to celebrate your graduation. While it’s not margaritas on a beach, the rodeos, chuck wagon races and agricultural displays will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into old western movie.
Some may consider Toronto to be Canada’s answer to New York City. Between its diverse culture and various attractions, Drake’s favourite city is a hot spot for metropolitan adventure. Whether you want to cheer on the beloved Blue Jays or shop till you drop on Bloor Street, there are a number of must-dos when in the 6ix.
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Put those French classes to good use with a getaway to Montreal. Arguably Canada’s top party city, Montreal is a popular destination for students and recent grads. The nightlife is unparalleled and its French roots give visitors a taste of Europe in Canada. Try their famous poutine or sip sangria on any one of their patios.
The Maritimes is perfect for anyone looking for a seaside escape, and a break from city life. Located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay, Peggy’s Cove is a great way to indulge in Nova Scotia’s heritage. You can try your hand at lobster fishing or pose for a photo in front of the famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.