Memories live on: Canadian cities with rich war history
In support of Remembrance Day, Hotels.com shares expert tips for travel to historically-significant cities across Canada
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Whether we know it or not, war has had an impact on all Canadians, which is why November 11th is such a special day. If you immerse yourself in our country's history you'll be surprised at how rich it is, so using their latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) the travel experts at Hotels.com® are recommending the top historic battle sites across the country for travellers interested in learning more about Canada's past.
"Canada may not be as old as Europe, but it has a rich historic past," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert at Hotels.com. "To see the sites where these major events took place first-hand is the perfect way to learn and pay homage to those that sacrificed for the country."
From East to West, here's a look at some of Canada's most notable historic sites and average hotel prices according to the recently released HPI:
Halifax, NS: Average Daily Hotel Price: $151
Canada's largest port city along the Atlantic Ocean, the City of Halifax and CFB Halifax have been critical to national defence and foreign aid as Headquarters for the Royal Canadian Navy's Atlantic fleet. Visit the Halifax Citadel, a National Historic Site, to travel back to 1812 and bring history to life in Atlantic Canada's largest urban center.
Quebec City, QC: Average Daily Hotel Price: $120
The most important war in Canadian history was fought on the foothills of Quebec City. On the Plains of Abraham, the British defeated the French to take control of what is now known as Canada. If you visit today, you can stand on the very field where the fate of Canada was decided. Quebec City is also the only fortified city in North America with close to five kilometers of walls and gates to explore.
Ottawa, ON: Average Daily Hotel Price: $149
Our nation's capital has an abundance of tributes to our country's military past including the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Every year the city's downtown core is packed with crowds for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Kingston, ON: Average Daily Hotel Price: $123
Strategically located at the head of the Saint Lawrence River, Kingston has long played a critical role in the defence of Canada. There was a time when our American neighbours were more foe than friend, and Kingston's Fort Henry played a big role in keeping us safe. Today, however, it is a fun attraction for the whole family.
Winnipeg, MB: Average Daily Hotel Price: $136
Winnipeg's hockey team is called the Jets for a reason. The city is home to CFB Winnipeg, the operational-level command center for the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as the Canadian branch of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). The Forks National Historic Site was also once a strategic military outpost and now features a mix of dining options, shops and unique attractions.
Calgary, AB: Average Daily Hotel Price: $163
Calgary has always had a prominent place in Canadian military history, primarily as a place to train and mobilize units before they were sent to war in Europe. Similar to Ottawa's Canadian War Museum, the Military Museums of Calgary allows visitors to discover the victories, tragedies and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces.
Yellowknife, NT: Average Daily Hotel Price: $150
The topic of Northern sovereignty has never been bigger in Canada. Our nation has a lot of Great White North to protect, and it is all done from the Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters in Yellowknife. This small outlet is responsible for protecting four million square kilometers of Canadian wilderness, which you can experience the best of at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.
Victoria, BC: Average Daily Hotel Price: $133
CFB Esquimalt, just outside of Victoria, is to Pacific Canada as CFB Halifax is to Atlantic Canada, as it is home to the Royal Canadian Navy`s Pacific fleet. Although the West Coast has not experienced much in the way of military conflict, the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum will show you that the area's military history is anything but boring.
So pull out your map and start plotting your new route. Whether you're looking to stay in your home province or go cross-country, there is a historic site waiting for you. Plus if you're a member of the free Welcome Rewards™ loyalty program, you'll get a reward night for every 10 collected.
Editors Note: All prices are in Canadian Dollars. Unless specified any prices shown are per room per night and exclusive of taxes and charges. Actual rates and availability for a specific date or hotel may vary at any time. See our website for details. Terms and conditions apply.
About the HPI™
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