Our picks for whirlwind weekend retreats from east to west coast
A whirlwind weekend getaway (complete with pump-up-the-jams playlists, sinful snacks, and your camera), after winter loosens it's icy grip is going to be just what the doctor ordered. Whether you're into outdoor thrill-seeking or if vintage store scouring and pool-side lounging is more your speed, these 5 Canadian cities are top options for weekend travel. Start saving NOW.
Green Gables Shore, PEI
Ok so Charlottetown residents may be less than stoked at the prospect of visiting their token red-hair heroine Anne’s "house," but Green Gables Shore has more to offer than raspberry cordial and Cows ice cream. Green Gables shore showcases the best of PEI’s landscape in the form of 11 different golf courses, PEI national park, stunning beaches, and Cavendish Grove walking trails and picnic grounds. Check into a historic bed and breakfast and plan your scenic adventures … or just hit a kitchen party in Avonlea village.
If you’re not lured by the stellar vintage selection and cutting edge food / bar scene (we are talking about the home of the poutine, after all), maybe one of the many big name concerts will entice you. This spring, the likes of Miley Cyrus, James Blunt, and Cher avec Cyndi Lauper will play venues in the best party city in La Belle Province.
Theatre nerds must spend a weekend in Stratford before they die. Seriously. Set up camp in a bed and breakfast, book ticket to as many shows as you can (the Shakespeare festival runs from April to November), and spend the rest of your weekend strolling around by the Avon
River and traipsing around the used bookstores. (Or indulge in the Justin Beiber hometown tour, if you dare.) Either way, you’ll leave Stratford highly relaxed and inspired.
Vancouverites, escape to here if you’re sick of being soggy: Penticton has over 2,100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain per year. Five and a half hours on the Greyhound will take you to the all season attractions like skiing, rock climbing, caving, whale-watching, and beach-lounging. Explore BC’s Aboriginal history at the any heritage sites, and spend your evenings savouring the Okanagan's amazing wine and food.
There's a lot to love about Canmore. One hour west of Calgary, the charming coal-mining town of Canmore is nestled in the Rockies and hence, is known for it's killer outdoor recreation opportunities. Canmore's downtown is not to be underestimated though. The vibe on the six square downtown block is distinctly hippie yet cool, with niche shops and galleries. The sense of community in Canmore is what gives the town it's distinctive soul. Music festival junkies must put the Canmore Folk Music Festival
on their bucket lists.