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Most Popular Travel Destinations for Canadian Travellers

Ready to plan your next vacation? We’ve done the research and collected data based on traveller experiences, and discovered Canada’s most popular travel destinations for 2020. Keep reading to find out which national and international cities make Canada’s top 10 most popular vacation spots for the new year.

Check out the 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations for Canadian Travellers:

Rank2019 Top Destinations 2018 Top DestinationsChange in Rank
1stNew DelhiNew Delhi = 0
2ndParisParis = 0
3rdLondonManila ↑ 1
4thManilaLondon ↓ 1
5thCancunBangkok ↑ 6
6thTorontoToronto = 0
7thNew YorkNew York = 0
8thBangkokVancouver ↓ 3
9thDublinDublin = 0
10thVancouverSeoul ↓ 2

#1 New Delhi

Snagging the top vacation destination for Canadians two years in a row is India’s capital city of New Delhi. When you want to immerse yourself in a vibrant culture steeped in ancient history, divine spirituality, and tasty curry, India is an obvious choice for your next trip abroad.

Vegetarian and vegan food, hustle and bustle, colourful shopping, and of course, being only a short trip away from the infamous Taj Mahal.

Most popular: October, November, February, March
Most affordable: March
Least crowded: July – September (monsoon season)

Retreat from the busy streets with a stop at DePaul’s, a popular coffee shop dating back to 1952.

– Wear loose, comfortable clothing to blend in with the locals better

– Take a hop-on-hop-off bus to visit the best shopping markets

– Try something different! Pay a visit to the unique Sulabh International Museum of Toilets for the history of sanitation (seriously, people love it!).

Best time to book: You could potentially save up to 50% ($550) on your return fare if you book your flight 17 weeks prior to departure. In general, the cheapest month to book flights to New Delhi from Toronto is in September.
Best day to fly: Departing on a Monday may save you up to 3% ($14) on your return fare out of Toronto.


#2 Paris

Paris holds onto its position as the second most popular vacation destination for good reason. Gourmet bistros, fine wine, chic fashion, art, monuments, and museums make Paris a sophisticated city for your next getaway.

Romance. Dubbed one of the world’s most romantic cities, it’s the perfect vacation spot for couples and anyone in the mood for love.

Most popular: July and August
Most affordable: December – February
Least crowded: October and November

Bookworms and writers will adore The Abbey Bookshop, an independent book store owned and operated by Canadian Brian Spence.

– Avoid the long lines and take the stairs up the Eiffel Tower

– Try practicing some basic French in the local markets, cafés, and shops

– Go cheese tasting at one of the many Parisian fromageries. When in Rome, right?

Best time to book: You could potentially save up to 26% ($170) on return fares from Toronto by booking 11 weeks prior to departure. In general, the cheapest month to book flights from Toronto to Paris is in October.
Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 15% ($103) on your return fare by flying on a Tuesday rather than a Friday.


#3 London

Moving up a notch is London, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe where you can fill your days checking things off your travel bucket list. A trip to a city like London brings a mix of history, shopping, arts, and entertainment for everyone.

The home of the Royal Family, Shakespeare, fish and chips, and double-decker buses.

Most popular: June-August
Most affordable: September and October
Least crowded: January – March

Embrace your inner Harry Potter at Davenports Magic, a fantastic shop that’s been impressing patrons since 1898.

– A walking tour with Unseen Tours, a non-profit organization working with London’s homeless and vulnerable

– High Tea at Harrods

– See the Thames up close with a kayak trip down London’s infamous river

Best time to book: You could save up to 22% ($133) on your return fare when you book your flight from Montreal seven weeks prior to departure. In general, the best month to book flights from Montreal to London is in October.
Best day to fly: You could potentially save up to 15% ($95) on your return fare by flying from Montreal on a Wednesday instead of a Friday.


#4 Manila

Exploring a new culture is always exciting, and the city of Manila brings excitement in spades. This urban jungle is full of history, upbeat nightlife, World Heritage sites, and stunning beaches (and paradise islands) are just a short trip away.

Colourful buses called Jeepneys, chaotic traffic, and all-night clubbing.

Most popular: December – February
Most affordable: April
Least crowded: March through May, as it tends to be hot and sticky

Salcedo Community Market is the place the locals and expats go to indulge their foodie cravings.

– A day trip to volcano Mount Pinatubo for moon-like landscapes

– A visit to the Dessert Museum

– A side trip to Boracay or Cebu for the beach vibes

Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 43% ($397) on your return flight from Toronto when you book 17 weeks before your departure. In general, the best month to book flights to Manila (from Toronto) is in April.
Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 21% ($152) on your return fare by flying to Manila on a Tuesday (from Toronto).


#5 Cancun

Canadians love to travel to Mexico, so it’s no wonder Cancun claims the 5th most popular vacation destination this year. When the sun, beaches, ocean, and tacos feature largely on your travel wish list, look no further.

Consistently ranking as a popular tropical vacation spot, Cancun is home to white sand beaches, vibrant turquoise waters, excellent margaritas, all-inclusive hotels, and lots of fun in the sun.

Most popular: December – April to escape the winter
Most affordable: May – November
Least crowded: September – November is hurricane season

Just north of Cancun is Isla Blanca, a stunning white beach that you’ll enjoy almost all to yourself during the week. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone.

– Walk the ruins at Chichen Itza or for fewer crowds, try the Coba ruins

– A day trip to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women)

– Party the night away at Dady’O

Best time to book: You may save up to 5% ($25) on your return fare by booking your flights 1-4 weeks prior to departure from Toronto. In general, the best month to book flights from Toronto to Cancun is in January.
Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 35% ($139) on your return fare by flying on a Tuesday instead of a Friday.


#6 Toronto

There’s no need to leave Canada when we’ve got a city like Toronto within easy access. Sitting pretty on the northwest bank of Lake Ontario, Toronto offers a popular vacation destination brimful with sporting events and entertainment, trendy eats, and stylish drinking spots that can be found all over our most multicultural metropolis.

The CN Tower, celebrity sightings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, and the hometown of musical superstars like Drake.

Most popular: June-September
Most affordable: January-March
Least crowded: November

Casa Loma is a castle in the heart of Toronto that is often overlooked. Once home to Toronto Electric Light Company mogul Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the mansion is now owned by the city. Expect to pay an admission fee.

– Take in a baseball or hockey game (depending on the season)
– A fun-filled day at Canada’s Wonderland
– Spending the day in the beautiful High Park

Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 90% ($251) on your return fare by booking your flight seven weeks prior to departure from Vancouver.
Best day to fly: You may potentially save up to 21% ($58) on your return fare from Vancouver to Toronto by flying on a Tuesday instead of a Friday.


#7 New York

As well as being called The Big Apple, New York City is known as the city that never sleeps because there’s enough in this city’s five boroughs to keep you up for days. This notorious city is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, and easy to explore any time of year.

Broadway, popular sites like the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, The MET and the MoMa, and some of the best (and cheapest!) pizza in the world.

Most popular: July and August
Most affordable: Mid-January to March
Least crowded: September to November

Rockefeller Center may be a well-known and popular place to visit when in New York, but its rooftop garden is a great spot for taking a break from the crowds.

– Jump on the Staten Island Ferry for a cheap cruise of New York Harbor and a great view of the Statue of Liberty

– A stroll through Central Park

– Art gazing at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan

Best time to book: You could potentially save up to 76% ($217) on your return fare from Toronto by booking your flight six weeks prior to departure.
Best day to fly: It may be possible to save up to 34% ($74) on your return fare from Toronto by flying on a Tuesday instead of a Friday.


#8 Bangkok

Thailand is one of the most popular vacation countries in Asia, and the capital city of Bangkok ranks highly on many popular getaway destination lists for its warm weather, welcoming culture, and budget-friendly itineraries. With so many places to see and things to do, one night in Bangkok is never enough.

Its energetic vibe, open-air markets, temples, golden Buddha statues, tasty street food, and being a budget-friendly destination.

Most popular: November – March (dry season)
Most affordable: May
Least crowded: May – October (wet season)

Who knew that Thailand produced great wine? If you can’t get to a nearby winery, look for a cozy wine bar to sample the local drop.

– Splurge on a ticket up the Baiyoke Tower and drink in the views

– Shop at the largest market in Thailand at Chatuchak Weekend Market

– Take advantage of the all cheap massages and try out a different type of massage every day during your trip!

Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 54% ($364) on your return fare by booking your flight 13 weeks prior to departure from Vancouver. In general, the best month to book flights to Bangkok from Vancouver is in September or November.
Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 31% ($184) on your return fare by flying on a Tuesday instead of a Friday.


#9 Dublin

A vacation to the Irish capital city of Dublin will no doubt involve castles, cathedrals, road trips, pub crawls, and late nights having the time of your life (known as craic to the Irish).

Pints of Guinness, St. Patrick’s Day, luscious green landscapes, and ancient castles.

Most popular: March for St. Paddy’s Day, and the summer months
Most affordable: January and February
Least crowded: November

Walk the same aisles as Bram Stoker did when he studied for hours at Marsh’s Library. This age-old library is near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Look for the iron gate and be ready to pay a small fee to enter. Closed Tuesdays, Sundays, and holidays.

– A drink at Octagon Bar at Clarence Hotel

– A tour of the Guinness Storehouse

– Visit the National Leprechaun Museum

Best time to book: You could potentially save up to 41% ($208) on your return fare by booking your flight 16 weeks prior to departure from Toronto. In general, the best month to book flights from Toronto to Dublin is in November.
Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 3% ($18) on your return fare by flying on a Tuesday instead of a Friday (from Toronto).


#10 Vancouver

Vancouver has some of the mildest weather in the country, making it one of Canada’s top vacation destinations year-round. Vancouver is the perfect city for a ton of outdoor adventures filled with hiking, biking, and watersports, but it also boasts fine dining, five-star shopping, and top-notch entertainment for a classic urban getaway.

Its mountainous backdrop and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes Vancouver a natural playground.

Most popular: June – August for summer vacations and January-February for skiing
Most affordable: March-May and September – November
Least crowded: November

Deep Cove and the surrounding area is a place of sublime beauty, located just across the harbour from downtown Vancouver. Make the most of it with a guided kayak tour (April – October).

– Take the Aquabus Ferry to Granville Island for a day of eating and shopping

– Rent a bike and cycle around Stanley Park

– Don’t miss a walk around Gastown and a cold beer at the Steamworks Brewing Company

Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 39% ($185) on your return fare by booking your flight 21 weeks prior to departure from Montreal.
Best day to fly: There’s potential to save up to 13% ($69) on your return fare by flying (from Montreal) on a Tuesday instead of a Friday.

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