Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In Canada
|Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In Canada Right Now|
From the cosmopolitan streets of Toronto to the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies, our neighbor to the north features a diverse set of vacation destinations. Deciding which one is perfect for your next getaway can be difficult.
Reasons to visit Canada
The expanse of Canada's natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled worldwide. But Canada's allure is not just the great outdoors. Canada has cosmopolitan cities that are clean, safe, friendly, and multicultural. In fact, Canada repeatedly is lauded as one of the world's most livable countries. Whether your interests are river rafting or live theater, Canada won’t disappoint.
Canada has many modern, multicultural cities, each with its own distinct personality. Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are possibly the best-known, but there are so many others that highlight different aspects of Canada, such as its maritime culture, mountainous landscape, French history, or its indigenous people. Each city is delightful for different reasons.
In addition, Canadian cities are generally much smaller than the biggest counterparts in the United States, so they are easy to navigate. Canadian people, even in big cities, tend to be friendly to strangers, and crime is relatively low.
Although it’s doubtful you’ll get to all of them in one trip, these cities are the most popular destinations for visitors to Canada:
Vancouver, British Columbia, has been a hot spot in Canada for years as far as the number of people who want to live there goes. No wonder. It is on the water and next to a mountain range, making it postcard pretty. In addition, in a country where winter reality can be harsh, Vancouver has a moderate climate, which includes not much snow and early spring. Downsides include lots of rain and low housing availability despite high prices.
Calgary, Alberta, is probably most famous for its Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo that attracts more than a million people every July. Calgary is a natural gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, is home to the Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America and possibly the best-known in the world. The city itself is very touristy, but there are more charming places nearby.
Toronto, Ontario, is the biggest, brashest city in Canada, often mistaken as the nation's capital. The nearly 6 million residents of the metropolitan area are a diverse mix of English, Chinese, East Indian, Irish, Scottish, and Italian, among other ethnicities. Vibrant and textured, Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada's capital and home to the country's government. The city has a cultured yet friendly vibe.
Montreal, Quebec, is Canada's second largest city but arguably the cultural capital of the country, with its wide range of festivals and museums. It is European in feeling and quite liberal in character. Much of the old part of the city has been preserved and is a highlight for visitors.
Quebec City, Quebec, is a stunning city because of its location, architecture, and level of historical preservation. French is even more common here than in Montreal, though most of the people you will interact with if you're a visitor also speak English.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, represents all that is great about the Maritimes (a group of three provinces in Eastern Canada that all border the Atlantic Ocean): Friendly, down-to-earth, fun, affordable, and scenic.
Victoria, British Columbia, has a rich English history dating back to the 1840s when the city was established as a trading port but a deeper provenance as an aboriginal community.
Canada is an affordable vacation choice. Historically the Canadian dollar is worth slightly less than the U.S. dollar, so prices in Canada generally seem reasonable to travelers.
One of the best reasons to visit Canada is to take advantage of the fabulous outdoors— and there's a lot of it. Canada is the second largest country in the world, but its population is relatively small. Consider that the United States. has about nine times the number of people that Canada does on a slightly smaller land mass. Canada has expansive uninhabited land that gives Canadians and visitors room to roam. Some of the most popular outdoor activities in Canada are camping, skiing and snowboarding, golfing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Lots of Canadians head for warmer climates in the winter, but while they're leaving the country, skiers and other winter enthusiasts from around the world are pouring in. Canada is a famous "northern" destination, but it's not all igloos and snowcaps. Spring, summer, and fall have their own charms and add to Canada's appeal.
Of course, because Canada is so large, the climate varies greatly, allowing for a wide range of activities year-round.
For example, Western Canada, including Vancouver, has a relatively moderate climate with not much snow and early spring. Contrast that to Montreal, which has long, cold winters with loads of snowfall. It definitely pays to know about your destination and what to expect weather-wise.
Canada's laid-back attitude and expansive variety of outdoor activities and events make it a fantastic travel destination for families traveling with children. From hiking or skiing and snowboarding to visiting Quebec Winter Carnival or the Calgary Stampede, a Canadian vacation with kids is good fun for the whole family.
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1. Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
Radium Hot Springs, informally and commonly called Radium, is a village of 1,339 residents situated in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The village is named for the hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park. From Banff, Alberta, it is accessible via Highway 93.
The hot springs were named after the radioactive element when an analysis of the water showed that it contained small traces of radon which is a decay product of radium. The radiation dosage from bathing in the pools is inconsequential; approximately 0.13 millirems (1.3 μSv) from the water for a half-hour bathing, around ten times average background levels. The air concentration of radon is about 23 picocuries (0.85 Bq) per litre which is higher than the level (4 picocuries per litre) at which mitigation is necessary at residences; but is also inconsequential (about 0.7 mrem or 7.0 μSv for a half-hour bathing) from a dose impact perspective.
The hot springs complex itself is located just within the national park and contains two large pools, one with hot water for soaking (usually around the temperature of 39 °C or 102 °F), the other a 25 m swimming pool that is usually around 29 °C (84 °F). There is also a hot-tub-sized pool that has been dubbed the "Plunge Pool", because the water can be hot – right from the source at 44 °C (111 °F) – or cold, right from a creek running beneath the pools.
Food and drink: $40
Activities: $33 in winter / from $133 in summer
A year-round budget destination, Radium Hot Springs is a nature-lover’s dream spot. Radium and its surrounding areas offer all kinds of outdoorsy activities, including visiting the hot springs themselves, located in Kootenay National Park. In the winter months, ski or snowboard at nearby Panama (and get a budget nighttime lift ticket) or skate the Lake Windermere Whiteway for a small $5 donation. If you’re visiting in the warmer months and are feeling splurgy, paddle the Columbia River or raft the Rockies with Kootenay River Runners. And expect to spot mountain goats pretty much everywhere.
2. Muskoka Lakes
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This township contains Muskoka's three big lakes: Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph. In the late 1800's Joseph Rousseau was part of a trading family and was associated with William Robinson a trader who worked out of Newmarket, he had trading posts near Bracebridge and another on Yoho Island. Mr. Robinson became Hon. William Robinson, member of the House of Assembly and sat for the riding of Simcoe, later becoming Commissioner of Public Works. Mr. Robinson named the three lakes. He named Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau after his friend Joseph Rousseau. He named Lake Muskoka after the Indigenous peoples who camped at Indian River every year. The Chippewa chief Mesquas Ukee's name was used to create the name Muskoka. Lake Joseph contains the district's deepest water recorded at approximately 93.8 metres. The population in 1991 was 5,430 permanent residents and 24,053 seasonal.
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada – two hours north of Toronto has been named one of the best places to visit in Canada time and time again. Our quaint and charming region affectionately known as Canada’s cottage country has received some tremendous recognition over the years as one of Canada’s top vacation spots, and one of the top vacation spots in the world!
Santa’s Village is a great spot for families, where kids and parents can ‘be an elf for a day’. Santa’s Village resides on the shores of the Muskoka River on the 45th Parallel and is the summer home of Jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Fun for the whole family, Santa’s Village will put a permanent smile on your kid’s face! Stop in to visit Santa to let him know what you want for Christmas, and to get a great family photo for the mantle.
Aside from family travel, Muskoka is one of the most romantic places to visit in Canada. Couples love waking up lakeside to the sound of loons, where they can sip on their morning coffee while overlooking the crystal clear waters that Muskoka is famous for. There are so many activities that you and your partner can get up to throughout your stay, making your romantic getaway both relaxing and adventurous.
For those who love to dive into the past, Muskoka features ten museums showcasing the fascinating heritage of the surrounding area. The Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre offers a glimpse into the storied past on the lakes and long history of wooden boat building. The Muskoka Heritage Place is another captivating journey through time. Be sure to take the world’s smallest commercial railroad the Portage Flyer, down the 1 1/8 mile track to catch a beautiful view of Fairy Lake.
On land, there are dozens of trails for you to explore, with one of the most popular being the Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail. These rocks are some of the oldest in the world (well over a billion years old), and the 2.5km hike leads to one of the most magnificent views in all of Muskoka. Georgian Bay Island National Park is another great place to explore. Nestled in the famous 30,000 islands (the world’s largest freshwater archipelago), Muskoka’s only national park features a dozen different hiking trails, bike rentals, and countless photo opportunities. The rugged Canadian Shield landscape, rich mosaic of forest, and the iconic wind swept pines provide an awe-inspiring backdrop. The island is boat access only, and you can catch the DayTripper out of Honey Harbour for the scenic 15-minute boat ride to the island.
3. Windsor, Ontario
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Windsor is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, on the south bank of the Detroit River directly across from Detroit, Michigan, United States. Geographically located within but administratively independent of Essex County, it is the southernmost city in Canada and marks the southwestern end of the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. The city's population was 229,660 at the 2021 census, making it the third-most populated city in Southwestern Ontario, after London and Kitchener. The Detroit–Windsor urban area is North America's most populous trans-border conurbation, and the Ambassador Bridge border crossing is the busiest commercial crossing on the Canada–United States border.
Windsor is a major contributor to Canada's automotive industry and is culturally diverse. Known as the "Automotive Capital of Canada", Windsor's industrial and manufacturing heritage is responsible for how the city has developed through the years.
Windsor tourist attractions include the Windsor International Film Festival, Caesars Windsor, a lively downtown club scene, Little Italy, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park, Windsor Light Music Theatre, Adventure Bay Water Park, and Ojibway Park. As a border settlement, Windsor was a site of conflict during the War of 1812, a major entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad and a major source of liquor during American Prohibition. Two sites in Windsor have been designated as National Historic Sites of Canada: the Sandwich First Baptist Church, a church established by Underground Railroad refugees, and François Bâby House, an important War of 1812 site now serving as Windsor's Community Museum.
Food and drink: $44
If you’re looking for a destination with more of a busy vibe, Windsor is a hidden gem of a city. Often overlooked, it has a pretty decent food and drink scene — including nightlife that is perfect for every budget traveler. Take in the Detroit skyline while going on a walk along the river, hit up the casino, enjoy some of the local arts and culture and dine to your heart’s (and stomach’s) delight. Plus, it’s a quick hop across the border if Detroit is on your bucket list, too.
4. Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec
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Nestled between sea and mountains, Carleton-sur-Mer offers a diversity of experiences in a town that has long been known as a resort area. Already in mid-19th century, city dwellers and pilgrims appreciated the unique landscapes and authentic people found here. Over the years, this trend has gained ground, and today, this town is one of the region’s foremost tourist destinations.
A gourmet paradise
Eating well is a tradition here. French, Italian, Japanese and Moroccan cuisine all have pride of place, making Carleton-sur-Mer one of the most cosmopolitan small towns in Québec when it comes to fine dining. Enjoy savouring locally made microbrews, fine chocolates, fresh bread, coffee and more!
Make your way to the top of this mountain on foot, by bicycle or by car to admire a breathtaking panorama of sea and mountains. You can also visit the Notre-Dame oratory, a Breton-style chapel built in 1935 that features remarkable mosaics and stained-glass windows.
A network of interconnected and safely laid out trails featuring several look-outs gives you the opportunity to hike or cycle to the tops of the Mont Saint-Joseph (555 metres) and Mont Carleton (613 metres).
Quai des arts
This beautiful cultural centre houses a show venue, theatre, art space and a library, all under a single roof.
Beachside boardwalk along the beach in Parc des Horizons
Located in the tourist area, Parc des Horizons offers cultural activities throughout the summer. A boardwalk runs along the municipal beach to Rue du Quai. Stroll along the water and rest for a moment as you admire views of the sea.
Located at the end of Avenue du Phare, this point is an ideal spot to admire the lighthouse and beautiful sunsets. In the summer, this is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic or listen to a tale told by a storyteller or a nature talk.
Ideally located on a point that justs out into the sea, the municipal campground offers a breathtaking view of the mountains and Chaleur Bay. Take advantage of a significant discount during the low season to enjoy the legendary tranquility of this area.
A 6-km network of bike paths runs along the Carleton Barachois from Pointe Tracadigash to Route du Quai and the municipal beach.
What better way to spend your vacation than by enjoying a good round of golf? Nestled between the sea to the south and a mountain to the north, this 18-hole golf course is a dream come true for novice and experienced golfers alike.
Since 2020, the end of the wharf has been developed for sports fishing and relaxation. This exceptional place is animated by storytellers, musicians and artists as well as by the locals. To access the wharf, follow Rue du Quai.
Food and drink: $50
This beachside town along the Baie des Chaleurs is like visiting a southern beach resort without the price or five-hour flight. Bask in the sun on the white sandy beaches (safely, of course) or hike through the trails of Mont-Saint-Joseph and take in the stunning views of the bay. Visit the local microbrewery for a snack and then cap the day off by staying in a yurt over the water.
5. Niagra Falls
Niagara Falls is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is on the western bank of the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario, with a population of 88,071 at the 2016 census. It is part of the St. Catharines - Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Incorporated on 12 June 1903, the city is across the river from Niagara Falls, New York. The Niagara River flows over Niagara Falls at this location, creating a natural spectacle which attracts millions of tourists each year.
The tourist area near the falls includes observation towers, high-rise hotels, souvenir shops, museums, indoor water parks, casinos and theatres, mostly with colourful neon billboards and advertisements. Other parts of the city include golf courses, parks, historic sites from the War of 1812, and residential neighbourhoods.
You’ll rarely find a site as breathtaking and majestic as Niagara Falls! Located in a strait between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and shared by the United States and Canada, the Falls have become a popular vacation spot for families and honeymooners alike. You can view the Falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. But a visit to Niagara Falls Canada on a summer night will reveal a dazzling display of lights and fireworks. The roar of the Falls and the gently cool mist impresses young and old alike. You’ll rarely find a site as breathtaking and majestic as Niagara Falls. Located in a strait between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and shared by the United States and Canada, the Falls have become a popular vacation spot for families and honeymooners alike.
Best Time To Travel: Niagara Falls offers 365 days of year-round excitement; Every season provides unique and specific opportunities for travellers to experience. The busiest time to visit during the year are from: late June to just past Labor Day, almost all the holiday long weekends and the winter holiday breaks. Though prime time is busier, it also offers the best weather (ie. mid 80 degrees), amazing sunlit views of the Falls and virtually every single tourism venue is open for everyone’s enjoyment. To side step some of the prime time bustle, the Spring, Fall and Winter season offer a relaxed atmosphere to experience Niagara Falls at a comfortable pace without all the bulging lineups.
6. Cochrane, Alberta
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Cochrane is a town in the Calgary Metropolitan Region of Alberta, Canada. The town is located 18 km (11 mi) west of the Calgary city limits along Highway 1A. Cochrane is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada, and with a population of 32,199 in 2021, it is one of the largest towns in Alberta. It is part of Calgary's census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB). The town is surrounded by Rocky View County.
Cochrane is situated at the base of Big Hill in the Bow River Valley. It sits at an elevation of 1,186 m (3,891 ft). The town is intersected by Highway 1A and Highway 22. Cochrane has a reputation for its western culture, which can easily be felt when one wanders the streets (particularly Main Street). The town is a popular destination for ice cream and coffee in its quaint western-oriented stores as well as for windsports, golfing, hiking and other adventure activities.
Cochrane is also a small industrial centre. Major industries include lumber, construction, retail, and agriculture (ranching). It is notable as being one of very few communities in Canada with no business tax.
The hill is also a popular training ground for cyclists from the area, who take advantage of its 7% grade and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) distance.
Food and drink: $34
Take in the views of the prairies and the Rockies in this Albertan town. There’s lots of local culture to peruse, from galleries and museums to a quaint small-town feel when it comes to shopping, plus lots of rural attractions to check out. TV and film buffs will appreciate Cochrane’s mystery towns scavenger hunt to find hidden movie clues around town.
7. Elora Gorge, Ontario
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Nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley is the breathtakingly beautiful Elora Gorge Conservation Area. This spectacular natural area features 22-metre-high limestone cliffs flanking the roaring Grand River. Beyond the views, it also offers visitors exciting outdoor activities that will surely create lasting memories.
The Elora Gorge Conservation Area is open for the summer season, from May to October only.
Easily accessible from the village of Elora, the Elora Gorge Conservation Area is about 25 km north of the city of Guelph. Elora can be reached from Highway 6, which connects to Highway 401 to the south of Elora, and to Highway 400 via Highway 9 to the north. Parking is available at the gorge and is included in the fee to enter the conservation area.
Elora Gorge Conservation Area is one of Ontario’s most beloved outdoor destinations with an abundance of activities to enjoy, including hiking, kayaking, tubing and fishing.
Appreciate the area along 3 km of nature trails that follow along the top of the cliffs. From various scenic viewpoints along the trail, you can stand in awe of the landscape that was shaped over thousands of years by the flowing river far below you. Along the trails, there are safety barriers to protect hikers. If you want to extend your hiking adventure, nearby is the Elora Cataract Trailway, a 47 km hiking and bike trail that follows an old Canadian Pacific rail route. It connects the Grand and Credit watersheds and is open year-round.
To really experience the Grand River and to see the drama of the towering cliffs, you need to get on the water. When water conditions are not too high, visitors love to rent a kayak or go tubing. For experienced kayakers, there is the thrill of navigating the white waters of the Grand River. But most visitors prefer to rent a tube and enjoy the excitement of the river and its rapids via inner tubing (safety equipment provided and must be worn).
Another popular activity at the Elora Gorge is fishing. The area is renowned for being one of the best fisheries for brown trout. Swimming is not permitted at the gorge, but you can enjoy a dip at the nearby Elora Quarry Park. And to ensure that kids also enjoy the day, there is a splash pad. This massive 200 square metre water playground allows kids endless possibilities for getting a soaking. There’s also a small playground.
Rather than enjoy the Elora Gorge Conservation Area as a day trip, try spending the night. There are over 350 campsites, both serviced and unserviced, that can be booked in advance.
Accommodation: $44/night, split
Food and drink: Free
Located about 90 minutes outside of Toronto, Elora Gorge is situated inside Elora Gorge Conservation Area. Camp with friends for $44 per night for a standard campsite (split between friends) and then spring for a tubing trip down through the 22-foot-drop gorge after hiking on one of the guided trails. Don’t want to stay overnight? Get day admission to the conservation area for only $7.
8. Tobermory, Ontario
Tobermory is a small community located at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, in the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Until European colonization in the mid-19th century, the Bruce Peninsula was home to the Saugeen Ojibway nations, with their earliest ancestors reaching the area as early as 7500 years ago. It is part of the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. It is 300 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of Toronto. The closest city to Tobermory is Owen Sound, 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Tobermory and connected by Highway 6.
Naval surveyor Henry Bayfield originally named this Port Collins Harbour. Due to similar harbour conditions it was renamed after Tobermory (Scottish Gaelic: Tobar Mhoire), the largest settlement in the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.
The community is known as the "fresh water SCUBA diving capital of the world" because of the numerous shipwrecks that lie in the surrounding waters, especially in Fathom Five National Marine Park. Tobermory and the surrounding area are popular vacation destinations. The town lies north of the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
The MS Chi-Cheemaun passenger-car ferry connects Tobermory to Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Tobermory is also the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail, and has twin harbours, known locally as "Big Tub" and "Little Tub". Big Tub Harbour is Canada's largest natural freshwater harbour.
Tobermory is typically a few degrees colder than Toronto. Most of the businesses in the town are open from May until the Thanksgiving long weekend in October, and are closed for the other seven months of the year.
Accommodation: $100/night (split four ways)
Food and drink: $38
Tobermory is situated right in between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It’s known for its scenic grotto located in Bruce Peninsula National Park (where you can also camp), but also for Fathom Five National Marine Park, which is considered Canada’s shipwreck capital. Snorkel for free or if you’re a seasoned scuba diver, you can register to dive for $5 a day. Camping is an inexpensive option, but there are also lots of affordable Airbnbs, most of which can be shared with lots of people to keep costs inexpensive.
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9. Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
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A giant plateau once surrounded by glaciers, Cypress Hills are the highest point of land in Saskatchewan with large forests, deep valleys and slow moving streams.
The area has a rich and colourful history which predates the province and the founding of the territories. It has always been known as a gathering place, and for centuries, people have camped in these hills.
Today, you can camp in the same hills, fly fish the streams and zipline through the trees. The park is home to rare wild flowers, 220 species of birds and 47 mammal species including moose, elk, deer and antelope.
The Centre Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is located 27 km south of Maple Creek, 130 km east of Medicine Hat, and 156 km southwest of Swift Current. Surrounding communities include Consul, Frontier, Eastend and Shaunavon.
Food and drink: $26
The Cypress Hill Interprovincial Park is a unique destination straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan border that has lots to offer. Visit nearby heritage village Val Marie, which is steeped in prairie history or camp out at Grasslands National Park and marvel at what is considered Canada’s darkest skies (some have even spotted the Northern Lights).
10. Algonquin, Ontario
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Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada, mostly within the Unorganized South Part of Nipissing District. Established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Additions since its creation have increased the park to its current size of about 7,653 km2 (2,955 sq mi). The park is contiguous with several smaller, administratively separate provincial parks that protect important rivers in the area, resulting in a larger total protected area.
Its size, combined with its proximity to the major urban centres of Toronto and Ottawa, makes Algonquin one of the most popular provincial parks in the province and the country. Highway 60 runs through the south end of the park, while the Trans-Canada Highway bypasses it to the north. Over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers are located within the park. Some notable examples include Canoe Lake and the Petawawa, Nipissing, Amable du Fond, Madawaska, and Tim rivers. These were formed by the retreat of the glaciers during the last ice age.
The park is considered part of the "border" between Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The park is in an area of transition between northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest. This unique mixture of forest types, and the wide variety of environments in the park, allows the park to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species. It is also an important site for wildlife research.
Algonquin Park was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992 in recognition of several heritage values including: its role in the development of park management; pioneering visitor interpretation programs later adopted by national and provincial parks across the country; its role in inspiring artists, which in turn gave Canadians a greater sense of their country; and historic structures such as lodges, hotels, cottages, camps, entrance gates (the West Gate was designed by George H. Williams, Chief Architect and Deputy Minister of Public Works for the Province of Ontario), a railway station, and administration and museum buildings.
Algonquin Park is the only designated park within the province of Ontario to allow industrial logging to take place within its borders.
Food and drink: Free
Algonquin Park is a must-visit for the nature-lover. A popular camping destination, Algonquin offers all kinds of accommodations from the camping newbie to the backcountry veteran and is an inexpensive choice because you can bring your own food and drink and once you’re there, the park is your oyster. Camp, portage, hike, swim and just enjoy the splendor of the nature around you.
Budget travel in Canada, according to Backcountry Canada Travel
Canada is not the cheapest country to travel in and therefore it is important to have a budget. Plan on spending up to C$100 per day. This includes a one-night stay at a campground, hostel, humble Airbnb or budget hotel, food from supermarkets or fast-food restaurants, public transport and some attractions.
Prices in Canada are higher than in the United States and most of Europe and there is another difference. Canadian taxes will be added to most of your bills, including clothes, accommodation and Restaurants. Those taxes can increase your bill up to 15 %
For Northern Destinations like Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, prices will be higher and you have to adjust your budget accordingly. In all the Territories, gasoline is more expensive than in the southern Provinces.
Keep track of every dollar spend
Keeping track of your money is especially important for longtime travel. Keep a pocket diary and write down every money you spend. Whenever you exceed your budget make up for it the next day. This way, you don’t have to worry about running out of cash before the end of your trip.
Look for cheap accommodation
Accommodation is probably your largest day-to-day expense. Fortunately, it also where you can save the most. Camping is your cheapest option. If you’re travelling by car, find Free Campsites or stay at provincial parks.
Stay in small, locally-run guesthouses, hostels, Airbnb’s or cheap hotels at the edge of town. Try homestays or CouchSurfing to keep your costs down.
Northwest Territories has limited road access, and Nunavut has no connecting roads at all. In Northern Canada, flying is extremely expensive and so are food prices.
Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! During that time, there are not a lot of tourists so prices are reasonable. Unfortunately, most tourist attractions as well as Visitor Centres, are closed until Victoria Day, the third weekend in May.
September and October are known for the Indian summer when the forests show red and gold colours. The weather is usually still pleasant most part of September. Autumn is an ideal time for a Canadian vacation, although, snow can be on the ground in many areas. During that time there are fewer tourists and prices are lower.
Save on transportation costs
Transportation costs are expensive in Canada. Because of the country’s enormous size making your way across the country could mean expensive airfares, train tickets or gasoline.
One way to save on transportation is to limit the extent of your trip and cover only a specific region in Canada, such as the West Coast, the Toronto/Niagara region, Montreal Quebec, or the Maritime provinces.
Renting a car gives you the most flexibility but buying a car might be a cheaper option and is widely used by budget travellers in Canada. Unfortunately, Greyhound buses stopped servicing Western Canada in 2018. New bus companies have started up since then and therefore long-distance bus travel is still an option in Canada.
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