Central Canada is the Ultimate Canadian hotspot this Summer

Jul 11, 2012, 08:07 ET from Hotels.com

With activities and festivals to please every traveller, Ontario and Québec are top destinations

TORONTO, July 11, 2012 /CNW/ - There's a reason the majority of the Canadian population lives in central Canada. It has major metropolitan areas, is easily accessible and is close to our U.S. neighbours. But did you know it's also an exciting, and versatile, destination for summer travellers?

From festivals to concerts and outdoor attractions, there's no shortage of things to do during the summer months. With this in mind, the travel experts at Hotels.com® have put together a list of activities for your entertainment.

"One of the great things about Canada is that no two provinces are the same," says Taylor L. Cole, director public relations and social media, North America at Hotels.com. "Ontario and Québec, in particular, really come alive in the summertime, making them the perfect places for affordable summer vacations."


  1. Beaches International Jazz Festival: Starting July 20th for nine days, you can enjoy live music on Toronto's east side. What's better than spending your days tanning and your nights listening to talented musicians? Oh, and did we mention it's free?
  2. Summerlicious: We all like eating, especially if it's at fancy restaurants. During Summerlicious, 150 of Toronto's top restaurants create affordable prix-fixe menus so you can try the cuisine and keep your cash. When? Now - July 22nd.
  3. Ontario Summer Games: If you didn't make it to London this month, don't fret. Starting August 16th, watch amateur athletes as they compete in 28 different sports.
  4. Rideau Canal Festival: It's the Rideau Canal's 180th anniversary and Ottawa's biggest floating birthday party. If you're going to make a date with the nation's capital do it from August 3rd - 6th.
  5. Ottawa Night Market: This multicultural event gives you something to do in the evening besides going to the pub. From August 10th - 12th, you can eat, shop, or simply stroll around and check out the different vendors.


  1. Montréal Just for Laughs Festival: For the last two of weeks of July, Montréal's the happiest place to be… at least we think so! Check out the talent at comedy shows guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
  2. Osheaga Festival: Coming to Montréal on August 3rd - 5th, this trendy music festival includes The Black Keys, Metric and the lovable Snoop Dogg. It's also outside. We're sold!
  3. Rodéo du Camion: Taking place on August 2nd - 5th in Notre Dame Du Nord, this truck rodeo is the largest trucker festival in eastern Canada. With heavy truck pulling contests, truck beauty contests and country music, it sounds like a truckin' good time.

No need to travel overseas this summer when we have so much to do in our own country! Check out travel deals in the Summer Sale and don't forget to make use of helpful mobile travel apps so you can browse and book on the go.

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