Looking ahead in your travel plans next year? We’ve put together these top destinations for Thanksgiving weekend getaways for Canadians to visit, plus you’ll find some great flight deals below that are hard to pass up!
Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada
Next year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 12, 2020. Looking ahead to take a little getaway for the long weekend and get there without going broke? Well, you have come to the right place! We have already found flight deals and Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways just for you below. These flights are round-trip and coincide with the long weekend. Fly from Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax.
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Top Destinations for Canadians to Visit on a Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway
1. Halifax, Nova Scotia
A major stop in the Maritimes, the seaside city of Halifax has a fascinating history with lots to see and do throughout the year. The refurbished waterfront features a great boardwalk with lively restaurants, children’s playgrounds and boats offering tours of the picturesque harbour. Don’t forget to indulge in a world-famous Halifax Donair!
Some spots not to be missed in Halifax are of course Peggy’s Cove, the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, the Maritime Museum and the Halifax Citadel. For some outdoor exploring, check out Point Pleasant Park or the Halifax Public Gardens The Halifax Public Gardens are the oldest public gardens in all of Canada and was built in 1836 by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society. Places to stay include the lovely Westin Nova Scotian on the waterfront and Cambridge Suites, where you’ll have plenty of room. Halifax is an ideal destinations for Thanksgiving weekend getaways.
2. Muskoka, Ontario
Get out to explore the heartland of southern Ontario and you’ll find yourself in breathtaking Muskoka. The lakes just a few hours north of Toronto are ideal spots for viewing fall colours around Thanksgiving, with open waters that reflect canopies of crimson red, burnt orange and deep yellow coloured leaves. Be sure to check out the Dorset Lookout Tower, which sits on a hill high above Lake of Bays, and take in all that Canadian fall foliage. If you’re up you have an extra day or so, try the free view at Lion’s Lookout in the fun and lively town of Huntsville and lace up some good walking shoes and go for a hike in the nearby Arrowhead Provincial Park.
Looking to do a tour? The Lady Muskoka offers top-rated boat cruises of the Muskoka Lake and River. Sleeping options include the spacious Marriott Residence Inn in Gravenhurst and Taboo Resort on Lake Muskoka. JW Marriott The Rosseau offers stunning décor and a gorgeous setting on Lake Rosseau, just north of Lake Muskoka. Take a trip here and you’ll soon discover why Muskoka is one of the top places in Canada for Thanksgiving weekend getaways.
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3. Canmore, Alberta
Major Canadian destinations like Banff and Lake Louise, not to mention Jasper, get most of the attention in the tourist brochures when it comes to Thanksgiving weekend getaways. Take things a little further this Thanksgiving and head to the town of Canmore. Just a short drive from Banff, you’ll be amazed by Rocky Mountain views that are just as spectacular here in Canmore. With some chill vibes, good shopping, and great food thrown in for good measure–try Canmore for your next Thanksgiving getaway out West!
Relax for a few days here and get back to nature and enjoy some of Canmore’s tasty food. Crazy Weed Kitchen, a local Canmore favourite, offers up some delicious international eats prepared by award-winning chefs. Or relax with a pint and a burger at the Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Company.
Great accommodation options in Canmore include Solara Resort & Spa, which is great for families, and the adorable Paintbox Lodge.
4. Eastern Townships, Quebec
This is a tranquil area an hour or so south of Montreal, with lovely lakes, rolling hills, and beautiful inns. Stop at the Leon Courville winery for good wine and great conversation. The town of North Hatley is one of the prettiest in Canada, set on the north shore of Lake Massawippi with a lovely pier, waterfront park and adorable shops.
This region of southern Quebec is filled with remarkable places to stay and great food choices. Check out Auberge West Brome, which offers lovely rooms in sunny yellow buildings in a pretty valley, complete with an excellent restaurant. Set on the shores of Lake Massawippi, Ripplecove Resort and Spa is one of the many cozy hotels you can stay at in the region.
Spa Eastman is one of Canada’s top spa resorts, with lovely pools and treatment rooms in a restful setting near Mont-Orford. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving getaway for folks in Quebec or eastern Ontario, not to mention Americans in the New England states.
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5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Why not hit the beach and get some southern sun on your skin for a Thanksgiving weekend getaway? After playing in the water, you’ll find that this South Carolina playground also has great seafood, lovely resorts and spas and great ‘full-size golf’, including Pine Lakes Country Club.
Get outside and try a kayaking trip on the beautiful Black River, or stroll the lush landscapes at Brookgreen Gardens. There’s great stand-up paddle-boarding down at Murrells Inlet, a fun spot with a boardwalk and restaurants lining a pretty bay.
This sprawling, diverse, and bustling midwestern metropolis offers so much to see and do. Chicago is where the skyscraper was born, and where architectural fiends will find such treasures as the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building. There’s no better place to see some live comedy than in Chicago, the birthplace of improv comedy. There various weekly improv shows at the famous Second City or the iO Theater.
For some of the best city views, book a ride on the Chicago River with architectural tours, or try your hand at a kayak on the river. The rest of the lakefront is parkland and glorious open space fronting Lake Michigan. Hop on the Chicago subway and get exploring outside of the downtown core to places like Logan Square, a trendy neighbourhood with fun bars and restaurants. Take a walk on The 606, an abandoned rail line, is also in the area.
Chicago is the perfect weekend getaway place for Thanksgiving. Looking for a recommended hotel in the city? The InterContinental Magnificent Mile is an historic hotel in the city centre, within walking distance to numerous attractions.
7. San Diego
This southern California city sees over 300 days of sunshine a year and definitely deserves a spot on our list of perfect Thanksgiving weekend getaways. While it’s less popular than the other California cities to the north like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s hard not to fall in love with San Diego.
With some of the best views along the gorgeous California coastline, beaches like Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla offer outdoor adventures from surfing to hiking, to sunbathing and taking in the laid-back southern California vibes. You’ll also find what might be the best craft beer scene in the U.S. The La Jolla Playhouse offers top-notch entertainment, and you can do some great hang-gliding trips off the chalky cliffs that line the coast.
The food scene in San Diego is growing stronger every year, and there are fantastic scenery and lovely driving trips to be found in the hills and mountains east of the city. Did you know that San Diego has some of the best craft beer scenes in the U.S.? The Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen is a wonderful craft beer spot with a cool vibe and great food. For a place to stay, try the Omni San Diego or the historic Hotel Del Coronado, an iconic spot by the Pacific Ocean with plenty to do for families and couples alike.
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