How to Spend Your Summer in Canada

If all that you know about Canada is that it can get really cold there during winter, or if your only mental picture of the country is that of a land covered with snow, then your knowledge of Canada is lacking. If you are interested in visiting the country, you should know that its summers can get just as hot and humid as those in the United States. Temperatures in parts of southern British Colombia (which usually has the hottest spots in the country) often get up to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer. That means that Canadian summers can be hot enough that you would want to stay at a beach and relax with a cold drink.

With this in mind, one can easily see how enjoyable spending the summer in Canada can be. There are so many things that can be done and so many places to see. Besides, summer is probably a better time of the year for older people than winter. Super Visa holders (this type of visa is only offered to parents and grandparents of permanent Canadian residents and citizens) will of course want to avoid submitting claims on their Super Visa insurance due to illness caused by the cold weather. Many people tend to get sick in the fall and winter, especially if they are not used to cold weather.

Here are just three fun things you can do in Canada during the summer:

  • Go to a river or lake or an ocean beach.

Canada has so many lakes and rivers, not to mention really beautiful beaches along the coasts of British Colombia, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. If you are looking for a white sand beach, Tribune Bay on Hornby Island along the BC coast is the place to go. Beach bums who are fond of making sandcastles and all kinds of giant sand figures will love Devonshire Beach on Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta. Annual sand castle building contests are commonly held here. You can also go kayaking along the coast of Prince Edward Island or on Gabriola Island in BC. Tourists have literally thousands of beaches across the country to choose from.

  • Get close to the wildlife.

There are two ways for people to get close to the wildlife in Canada. They can either go to the natural habitat of the animals they would like to see, or visit these animals in park reserves, zoos, and the like. The Vancouver Aquarium, for instance, is an awesome, family-friendly place where you can learn many things about sea lions and otters while watching the animals play in their pools. Along the northern coast of BC in towns such as Prince Rupert or Bella Coola, you can take a boat tours to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon.

  • Go on outdoor adventures.

Take advantage of the warm weather, go for that long hike and get to know the Canadian outdoors. For example, the West Coast Trail is a six-day hike along the rugged Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. You could also explore the trails that run through the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, which is a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.

Tips for Travel Flight Savings

This is the season to travel. The holiday season is upon us and visions of family and friends dance happily in our heads. It’s a festive time of the year with planning parties, preparing for the family get together, and searching for those perfect gifts that will bring smiles and hugs our way. However, the family and friends we so long to embrace live in a land far, far away and the Christmas cash is limited.

So whether you are currently nodding your head, finding yourself in the same situation, or you simply want to get away from all the crazy, hustle bustle of the holiday rush and snuggle up in a cozy foreign oasis with your love, here are some things to do to find holiday travel savings.

Travel Agent

The most common method travel shoppers utilize is their local travel agent. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a package that includes hotel accommodations, car rental services, area sightseeing information, etc. However, shop around for the best deals.

Travel agents use the same networks to put together their travel packages. This gives all travel agents access to the same prices. The difference is that travel agents charge varying fees, therefore it is prudent to shop around or even haggle with them to get reduced savings. Check around for those golden travel nuggets of savings.

Even if you are only searching for a flight to your desired destination, you want to shop around for the best deal providing agents. Do a bit of research yourself on some of the different air lines available in your area and then ask the agent a lot of questions. There is a great deal of competition between travel agents during the holidays so they will often take some cuts in commissions themselves if it means grabbing your holiday dollars.

Direct Contact

For those of you that are looking for a simple flight to your beloveds’ destination, contacting the source is often the best way to receive a miracle deal. In essence you are cutting out the middle man. This may take a bit more of your precious holiday time but the results could be well worth it. Again, shop around. Do your research and call around or surf the web. Go directly to the provider. When you find a decent deal, use that as leverage to see if the next air line will beat it. Or sometimes the smart thing to do is take a nice rate and see if you can get a better, more prestigious air line to match it.

Helpful Tips

No matter which way you decide to go, here are some tips for hooking that special deal.

  • Ask Questions – Don’t be shy. Ask the agent or provider a lot of questions. Often times there are numerous discounts available but they are not openly advertised. In this case curiosity keeps the cash.
  • Shop Early – Many airlines offer early bird specials or increase their rates the closer it gets to a scheduled holiday.
  • Be Flexible – Most airlines offer price slashing rates if you take an early or late flight. Also, great discounts are offered when a flight doesn’t have several passengers show up. Stand by is a wonderful way to save if you’re willing to sip a cup of cocoa while waiting.
  • Be Nice – This is a biggie during the season to be jolly or anytime. If you do your holiday shopping with a pleasant, patient attitude then you just might be the bee that finds the honey in holiday travel savings.