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5 ways to explore Canada this summer

You don’t have to leave the country to experience some of the world’s most unique and beautiful landscapes. From the majestic Rockies in the west to the picturesque coastal landscapes in the east, Canada is one of the most naturally diverse countries in the world. It’s no surprise that our own ‘True North’ consistently ranks high on ‘Most Beautiful Countries in the World’ lists.

Whether you want to hike through national parks, dine at some of the hottest new restaurants or take a road trip down the coast, we compiled some of our favourite ways to explore Canada.

View of the city of Vancouver at sunset
Traverse breathtaking coastal landscapes in Vancouver

Surrounded by the majestic mountains of Canada’s western coast in British Columbia and home to a world-class arts, dining and entertainment scene, bustling Vancouver combines the best of city life and outdoor adventure. From the trendy bars of English Bay and the chic boutiques of Yaletown to the pristine oceanfront at Stanley Park, a 400-acre natural park in the heart of the city, there’s always something to see in Vancouver. A short drive away from downtown, you’ll find Grouse Mountain which offers hiking trails and a cable car in the summer leading to a 4,100-foot-peak offering panoramic views. Further out, vacationers will find a variety of stunning national parks, mountains and lakes to explore.

Sunwing offers direct flights to Vancouver from Toronto daily from May 13th to September 4th and a weekly flight service every Thursday from September 5th to October 10th.

View of the buildings that make up the Toronto skyline
Discover a blend of world cultures in Toronto

Toronto is famous for its gourmet dining, world-class nightlife, summer festivals and unique blend of cultures from around the world. As one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada, those looking for culture and entertainment are sure to find it across a variety of neighbourhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Korea Town, Little Portugal and more. Wander through the city’s vibrant streets to sample delicious cuisine from around the world, from roti to moussaka and bubble tea. The city hosts many festivals throughout the summer, from the famous Pride Parade in July to the vibrant beats of Caribana, the largest Caribbean festival in North America.

Sunwing offers direct flights to Toronto from Vancouver daily from May 13th to September 4th and weekly flight service every Thursday from September 5th to October 10th.

Lake surrounded by forest and mountains at Gros Morne National Park
Hike through Gros Morne National Park in Stephenville

The most eastern province in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is home to an abundance of natural landscapes and diverse wildlife including four national parks. Fly into Stephenville, a town on the province’s west coast, and hike through the picturesque Long Range Mountains in Gros Morne National Park where you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into an episode of Game of Thrones. Dating back over 1.2 billion years, the mountains are the highest point in the province and the trails make for a breathtaking wilderness trek for experienced hikers. Choose from several trails of different experience levels and lengths, and stop to camp along the way at sites overlooking forested mountains peaks, glassy lakes and winding rivers. The mystical landscapes of this national treasure will take your breath away!

Sunwing offers direct flights to Stephenville in Newfoundland and Labrador from Toronto weekly every Wednesday from June 12th to September 4th.

Whale breaching through the water off the coast of St. John’s
Go whale watching off the coast in St. John’s

Every year between May and September, the largest population of humpback whales in the world migrates to the waters off the coast of St. John’s. The ocean is home to an abundance of capelin, krill and squid – some of the humpback whales’ favourite snacks! – making the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador one of the best spots for whale watching in the world. You can see these magnificent mammals swimming through the waters on a guided boat tour off the coast, where experienced captains and crew will take you to some of the best spots for whale watching. Make sure to keep an eye out for other marine species that frequent the area including dolphins, blue whales and orca whales.

Sunwing offers direct flights to St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador from Toronto five times a week (Monday to Friday) from June 12th to September 4th.

Beautiful cove along the Kittiwake Coast
Take a road trip down the Kittiwake Coast in Gander

Make incredible vacation memories on a road trip down the coast! You can drive by beautiful beaches, picturesque islands and magnificent icebergs all in the same day when you plan your road trip down the Kittiwake Coast in central Newfoundland. The Kittiwake Coast is categorized by locals and tourists alike in four different sections: The Road to the Isles, The Islands Experience, The Road to the Shore and The Road to the Beaches. One of the most popular routes, The Road to the Shore, begins in Gander and winds along the forested coast past crystal-clear lakes, beautiful coves, sandy beaches and even icebergs.

Sunwing offers direct flights to Gander in Newfoundland and Labrador from Toronto twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 18th to September 4th.

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