A new long weekend adventure is only a short flight away. These destinations below all offer cheap weekend flights from Canada.
Use one (or all!) of these long weekends to take a quick and cheap trip to a new city from anywhere in Canada. These Canadian holidays might just be the perfect opportunity for your next adventure, at home or abroad.
Long Weekends in Canada
Canadian Statutory holidays
- Victoria Day: Monday, May 20th, 2019
- Canada Day: Monday, July 1, 2019
- Civic Holiday: Monday, August 5th, 2019
- Labour Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
- Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 14, 2019
- Remembrance Day: Monday, November 11, 2019
Whether you’re itching to explore a new Canadian city or take an international vacation to the U.S., we have six cheap weekend flights and perfect getaways from anywhere in Canada.
Cheap Getaways to the U.S. from Canada
1. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Catch some sun at the beach in Fort Lauderdale
Why visit Fort Lauderdale?
If you’re craving a beach vacation, then Fort Lauderdale is the cheap weekend flight from Canada for you. Whether you want to catch some sun, explore the local art scene or grab a delicious bite, there’s something here for everyone.
What to do in Fort Lauderdale
What kind of traveller are you? Regardless of the answer, Fort Lauderdale has something to keep your travelling heart happy. If you enjoy taking in art the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a great place to stop and explore. Fancy taking in some live theatre instead? The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is highly rated. And finally, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, take a ride on the Jungle Queen Riverboat.
Places to eat in Fort Lauderdale
One block away from the beach in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find Coconuts where you can get great food in a laid-back atmosphere. Another beachside restaurant is the Casablanca Cafe where you can have a romantic meal in the outdoor section. Or get some late-night eats at Primanti Brothers.
Getting around Fort Lauderdale
There are a few ways to get around Fort Lauderdale on your quick weekend getaway. For touristy destinations around the city, you can jump on the Sun Trolley Hop-on Bus. Another popular option is to take a water taxi, which has 10 stops throughout Fort Lauderdale. Grab an all-day pass and you can hop on and off from morning to night. And if you’re looking to get a little exercise, you can rent a bike!
2. Chicago, IL
Explore world-class museums, delicious food and beautiful views in Chicago
Why visit Chicago?
Chicago is an excellent choice for a cheap weekend getaway from Canada. It has beautiful views, world-class museums, delicious eats, and famous sports teams. Whatever kind of traveller you are, there’ll be something exciting for you to find in Chicago!
What to do in Chicago
Ready for some fun? Chicago has your back. For those fascinated with space, you can visit the Adler Planetarium. If you’re up for an afternoon of art exploration, the Art Institute of Chicago has your name written on it (figuratively speaking, of course). And if you’re itching to see some underwater life, check out the Shedd Aquarium.
Places to eat in Chicago
Perhaps food is more your game, Chicago has you covered! Grab some cheap eats at Portillo’s or indulge in some of Chicago’s world-famous deep-dish pizza at Pequods Pizza. Or enjoy some vegetarian-friendly food at Lula Cafe.
Getting around Chicago
Chicago has an excellent metro rail system that’s easy to navigate. At $2.50 for a one-way ticket, you can get from the popular Chicago neighbourhoods to the city centre easily. Check the CTA website for more details. If you’re staying in downtown Chicago, then the tourist spots like the Millenium Mile and downtown parks and museums are all within walking distance. It’s relatively safe to walk around these main parts of downtown Chicago, especially during the day.
Celebrate music, arts, and food in the affordable (and sun-soaked) Tennessee!
Itching to explore the American South? There are cheap weekend flights from Canada to Nashville popping up, making this soulful city a trendy destination for a fun long weekend vacation. Whether you’re delighted by music, thrilled by history, driven by epic scenery or simply want a laid-back vacation, Nashville will deliver. It’s a big city with a small-town heart, and you’ll find yourself faced with great eats, beautiful art, and even better people!
What to do in Nashville
Calling all country music fans, the Country Music Hall of Fame should definitely be at the top of your list, likewise, the Grand Ole Opry is known as the “birthplace of country music.” This top Nashville attraction is definitely worthy of the term “iconic”. History buffs should check out Centennial Park and the Parthenon. And sports fans should definitely catch a game at Nissan Stadium.
Places to eat in Nashville
Nashville is known for having amazing food, but which places should you check out? Cheap eats can be found at the famous The Bluebird Cafe and The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden. Enjoy delicious tacos at Mas Tacos Por Favor, and delicious soul food at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.
Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority has regular service in the downtown area, plus a rail runs in some of the popular tourist areas in the city. Companies like Lyft and Uber operate in the city, plus you can grab a regular taxi. If you want to get outside of the city and exploring the beautiful Tennessee countryside, consider renting a car.
Cheap Weekend Flights in Canada
1. Halifax, NS
Take a cheap weekend flight and experience Canadian history in adorable and friendly Halifax
Why visit Halifax?
Why visit Halifax for a long weekend getaway, you ask? Why not! This historic city has been around since before Canada was Canada, so there’s so much to see, experience and learn right in our own backyard. Whatever kind of tourist you are, (but especially if you’re a history buff), there is something in Halifax for you.
What to do in Halifax
There are a ton of amazing things to do in the beautiful city of Halifax. Learn about the maritime history at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Want to learn more about Canada’s most popular IPA? Take Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour and taste some local beer while touring a historic facility. Or take a walk through Point Pleasant Park.
Places to eat in Halifax
There is plenty of delicious food to have in Halifax. You can grab some cheap eats at Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria. Grab a bite at one of Halifax’s upscale waterfront joints, The Bicycle Thief. And get some scrumptious donuts at Vandal Doughnuts.
Getting around in Halifax
Halifax is a walkable city, but there are obviously some places that you’ll need to use an alternative way to get around. In that case, there is a bus option or a taxi.
Epic and unforgettable outdoor experiences and incomparable beauty
Why visit Yellowknife?
While there are a ton of things to do in Yellowknife, but the biggest reason why most people visit is because of the natural beauty. It’s sparsely populated with once-in-a-lifetime of views, including waterfalls, hiking trails, and the Northern Lights. Not to mention the amazing local art and culture in this remote part of Canada.
What to do
If you’re an outdoor tourist, you’re in luck when it comes to Yellowknife. Book a Northern Lights experience, or check out the Cameron River Falls Tour and Frame Lake Tour. And then there’s the Down to Earth Gallery for some unforgettable art.
Places to eat
If you love good food on your vacation, Yellowknife has you covered. Looking for cheap eats? Check out the Gold Range Bistro or Bruno’s Pizza. Local favourites include Traders Grill and Dancing Moose Cafe. While there are fewer restaurants than some other tourist hot spots, the ones that are there have some pretty good eats.
Getting around Yellowknife
If you’re headed to Yellowknife for a summer vacation, then you’ll find free bikes to explore the city. They also have public transit which you can use to get around during the day. But the best way to get around this remote northern Canadian city is via car or taxi.
3. Nanaimo, British Columbia
Spend a long weekend exploring the laid-back island beauty in Nanaimo
Why visit Nanaimo?
As the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo has a lot to offer its weekend visitors. From beautiful views to a rich cultural heritage, and even an oddly entertaining sport: Bathtub racing (no, this is not a joke!), there is something for everyone to experience. There are cheap flights from Vancouver or elsewhere in Canada to Nanaimo if you’re looking for a quiet change of pace from big city life.
What to do in Nanaimo
Start your weekend in Nanaimo by taking a hike around MacMillan Provincial Park or Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park. If you have the kids in tow or you simply want to have a little classic amusement park fun, then WildPlay Element Parks Nanaimo should definitely be on your to-do list. If you’re into golf, Cottonwood Golf Course is one of the best on Vancouver Island, offering beautiful greens to play on for every level of golfer.
Places to eat in Nanaimo
There are a ton of great food choices in Nanaimo, depending on your tastes. You’ll find the best sushi at Firehouse Grill. Gabriel’s Gourmet Café is home to some good vegetarian options. Penny’s Palapa specializes in seafood and Mexican dishes with a west coast twist. This Nanaimo hot-spot was recently featured on Amazing Race Canada! And people rave about the service and experience at Mahle House Restaurant, which serves quality and farm-fresh food.
Getting around Nanaimo
Nanaimo isn’t a major urban centre, so transportation options are limited. However, you can take Nanaimo Regional Transit Buses to get around or grab a good ol’ fashioned cab!
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