You’ve got an opening in your iCal, a travel bug and not a lot of time to plan. To get you started, we’ve rounded up our list of Best Last Minute Vacations For Canadians You Haven’t Thought Of.
Best spot to experience Indigenous Culture: Winnipeg
Get away from the hustle and bustle of it all and book a trip to the center of Canada, Winnipeg. It’s an easy and affordable last minute vacation thanks to lower cost airlines such as Swoop. Winnipeg is an incredible place to learn more about and experience Indigenous culture through food, art, historic sites, tours and more. Eat at Feast Café Bistro and enjoy modern dishes rooted in First Nations food, walk in the footsteps of Manitoba’s First Nations people at the Manitoba Museum or visit the Oodena Celebration Circle and take in the traditional tribal drumming, dancing and storytelling. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to take in the breathtaking Northern Lights. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South and enjoy the nature and serenity Winnipeg has to offer in the parks that surround the hotel.
Best spot for IG worthy-food: Los Angeles/Orange County
If you live on the west coast, LA/Orange County is a perfect last minute destination. Jump on a flight and in less than 3 hours from Vancouver, you’ll be enjoying some sun and fun and your IG feed will start filling up. Head up the coast to Malibu and stop by the Malibu Seafood for fresh catches set against an insta-worthy view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For more pretty eats (and one of the filming locations from the movie La La Land), check out Grand Central Market in downtown. This unique food hall can be reached by foot, rideshare, taxi and even funicular and features over 30+ food stalls carrying everything from James Beard nominated Filipino cuisine Sari Sari Store, to the best pupusas in town at Saritas, to vegan ramen that even meatlovers will start craving at Ramen Hood. For dessert walk off that savory meal and head to Little Damage for Charcoal Ice Cream and the perfect backdrop for an ice cream selfie. Insider Tip: For those traveling to Disneyland® Resort don’t miss the foodie scene in Anaheim. Anaheim Packing District serves up flavor all year long but check out their World Taste in November featuring mouth-watering menu items like hot dog waffles from Fanfare, Chinese BBQ pork buns from 18 Folds and a Thanksgiving grilled cheese from Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar. Let yourself drift off to La La Land at Hotel Maya in Long Beach and don’t forget to make reservations (and room in your photo album) for their Sunday brunch.
Best spot for check off something on your bucket list: Saint John
Seeing the highest tides in the world should be on your bucket list and the best place to do this is in Saint John, New Brunswick which is right along the Bay of Fundy. It’s not a difficult drive if you live on the East Coast and it’s a short flight if you’re in Ontario or Quebec which makes this a perfect last minute destination. Enjoy the slow pace and take in Canada’s oldest continuing farmers market, the Reversing Falls Rapids and the Saint John Skywalk. Saint John is also an incredible place to indulge in fresh seafood. Check out Steamers Lobster Company where you can enjoy a Maritime Atmosphere while indulging in a cookout by the sea – freshly steamed mussels and bacon wrapped scallops are just the start of it. Stay at Hilton Saint John and enjoy the views of the Bay of Fundy from your window.
Best spot to escape the cold: Fort Lauderdale or Miami
Nothing is worse than looking at the weather and seeing numbers below zero. When this happens, Fort Lauderdale and Miami make perfect last minute vacations, especially for those in Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto where you can get direct flights.
If you’re looking for a slower paced getaway without the scene, visit Fort Lauderdale. Hang out at Fort Lauderdale Beach, hit Sawgrass Mills (the largest outlet mall in the US) then grab dinner at one of the great restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard. We recommend enjoying your holiday beachside at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.
If you’re looking for more of an active getaway, Miami is for you and South Beach is where it’s at. Spend the day on the white sandy beach, rent some jet skis and take in the art-deco buildings that line Ocean Drive. If eco-adventure is more your style, head out to Key Biscayne to snorkel or ride a bike across the small island. For some authentic cuisine, venture into Little Havana where there is no shortage of a vibrant atmosphere and mouthwatering Cuban food. You must try the famed Cafe Versailles while in town, and we recommend staying at Hilton Miami Downtown.