Taking a vacation doesn’t mean you have to leave the country – it doesn’t even mean you have to leave your town. You can get all the rest and relaxation you need with a staycation right here at home – and the best part is you might discover a new jogging trail or restaurant or spa that you love, and can go back to throughout the year.
Here are some suggestions to inspire your own staycation:
Canada is known the world over for its unparalleled outdoors. We owe it to ourselves to take the time to appreciate our country’s amazing natural environment. Keep it small and take a half-day hike or go bigger and plan a camping trip. Outdoor adventures are perfect for groups and kids. Check out Parks Canada to find a campsite in your province.
Get Your Festival On
There are so many festivals and events across Canada, it’s not even funny. Unless you’re talking about Just for Laughs, then it’s pretty hilarious. From comedy shows to music festivals to cultural showcases and more, there’s something for everyone. Check out Attractions Canada to search for an event in your city so you can plan a girls’ trip, a family outing, a romantic evening, or just some solo chill out time.
Book a city tour with your family, stay in a local hotel with your partner or go to some of the tourist traps you and your friends typically avoid like the plague. You’ll learn more about the place you call home and you might even find some hidden gems, like an amazing craft brewery or a new band. Just get out and explore what’s in your own backyard – you might be surprised what you find! Check out Destination Canada for more.
If there are wineries near-ish where you live, that’s a must-visit – especially if you haven’t been yet. Wine tours are perfect for a girls’ getaway – just remember to either choose a designated driver or book a car service. You don’t have to be a big drinker to enjoy wine tours – it’s all about tasting – but if you, or someone in your group, really doesn’t imbibe at all, that’s okay – vineyards offer breath-taking vistas and a chance to connect with nature, plus many wineries offer food pairings, so you can ask to try those sans vin.
Soothing Solo Staycation
How many of us can honestly say we’ve fully explored the place we live? Take some time this summer – or whenever you have some time off – to really get to know your own stomping grounds. You can do this for free – just walk around and see what you find. Wake up super early to see the sunrise in your neighbourhood, bask in the lights at night in the downtown area of your city, or visit that gorgeous park you’ve never been to that people keep talking about. Take the time to notice your surroundings – you’ll probably pick up on lots of little things you don’t see when you’re rushing to work or coming home with groceries. Use this time to centre yourself and truly relax. After all, isn’t that what a vacation’s all about?