Some say that Canadians don’t like to travel their own country, but it seems as though that old adage is going out the window this weekend when our home and native land turns 150.
According to a recent study by Kayak (the travel search aggregator that lets you search hundreds of sites at once), not only is Canada Day the busiest weekend of the whole summer to travel, but it seems as though most Canadians are actually looking to stay within the country. In fact, while many people were busy looking up popular spots like Toronto and Vancouver, the site saw a whopping 51 per cent increase compared to last summer when it came to car rental searches in Canada. No wonder the company also found that hotel prices for this weekend jumped roughly 21 per cent from the same time last year.
In addition, Kayak broke down where people in each province seemed most likely to travel for their long weekend. Here’s what they found.
Although this province is still “yours to discover,” Ontarians were most interested in visiting Vancouver for the long weekend. New York and Calgary rounded out the top three.
Okay, so people from la belle province actually didn’t want to stay in Canada since the top search from there happened to be for Paris. Fort Lauderdale and Spain randomly also topped the list.
Those out west are looking east for their holiday plans, with Toronto being the most searched place to travel. Vancouver came in second, with Los Angeles trailing behind closely in the search engine’s stats.
Toronto also seemed to be a popular destination for this province’s residents, although our nation’s capital, Ottawa, finally cracked the list here by coming in second. Again, Los Angeles rounded out the list.
Residents of Manitoba favoured travelling to Toronto too, but residents were also looking to either gamble the weekend away in Las Vegas or head over to Calgary.
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Sin City was the most popular escape for people living in New Brunswick. Toronto and Ottawa, however, topped the list as well, giving us a little bit of national pride to work with.
Prince Edward Island
Residents were really looking to blow dodge here, and as such, they planned to travel far and wide — Las Vegas, Portugal and Venice, Italy topped their lists.
The nation’s capital was the most popular destination of choice for people living in Nova Scotia, followed by Toronto and then Montreal. Interesting enough, this is the only time Montreal made the top three.
In Newfoundland, people sought out a trip to Halifax, although New York and Fort McMurray were also popular destinations. Eclectic selections, to say the least.
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Last but not least, it seemed as though those in B.C. were looking to blow dodge too, with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and London, England coming in as the top searched destinations. Well, we suppose we do still have those ties to Britain, so that’s got to count for something, right?
Happy Canada Day to those travelling near, far and anywhere in between!