Great ideas for small escapes this summer


Are you a thrill-seeking "Indiana Jones" who loves an adrenaline rush?

Adèle Manseau | Desjardins Group

Short on money and vacation days? No problem! There are ways to take advantage of the nice weather without expensive airfare! Here are some ideas for excursions you can take this summer, depending on your interests.

Active

Water activities
Canada has lots of water parks, and they were made for you. Take advantage of the opportunity to splash and slide. Every park has a different theme and cost--the choice is yours! 

Horseback riding
Maybe you've always wanted to try, but didn't have the budget for long weekend rides. Lots of farms will let you ride for an hour. You get the enjoyment of riding a horse, without the cost of owning and caring for one.

Festivals
Festivals are a summertime staple in Canada. Whether you love to feed off the energy of large crowds or prefer something smaller and more intimate, like a town festival, there's something for everyone.

Adventure tours
Are you a thrill-seeking "Indiana Jones" who loves an adrenaline rush? Then these tours are for you. Let go, face your fears and step out of your comfort zone. You'll leave feeling pumped.

Bike trails
Biking through gorgeous countryside is sure to give you a good dose of mood-boosting endorphins. Different bike trails across Canada all offer their own appeal, and if your healthy eating habits fall by the wayside in the summer, biking will help make up for all that excess and ease your guilty conscience. 

Nature

Camping
Hundreds of campgrounds are waiting for you. On average, they cost $30 to $50 a night, so it's a very economical way to spend your vacation. As a couple, a family or with friends, in the wilderness, or at a municipal campsite, you'll find the one that offers the environment and services you're looking for.  This year, to mark Canada's 150th anniversary, National Parks of Canada is offering free admission. 

Parks and gardens
Take advantage of these beautiful green spaces, and all their plants and wildlife. And while you're at it, why not have a little picnic--that classic summertime ritual.

Food lovers

Regional flavours
Throughout Canada, you'll find lots to satisfy your taste buds: wines, orchards, bakeries/pastry shops and cheese shops. From Sudbury to Gaspésie, each region has its own unique flavour. 

Curious

Discovery cruises
Rivers, lakes, streams...water is everywhere, but are you really taking advantage? Taking a cruise on our waterways is a good way to enjoy what they have to offer: breathtaking scenery and impressive marine mammals. Themed, musical or discovery cruises--there's lots to choose from, during the day or in the evening.  

Economuseums
How is chocolate, soap or blown glass made? Welcome to the world of artisans, where you can learn more about their day-to-day and the history of their craft. The province has over 30 economuseums to explore. You might be surprised at what you discover. 

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