Names "Rising Star" Destinations Currently Spiking in Popularity With Canadians
TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Feb 23, 2016 -- Weak loonie or not, Canadians love to travel. And so the question becomes where will they head this year? Domestic travel is certain to be popular, so the travel experts at Cheapflights.ca, the champions of simple travel search, decided to take a look in Canada's own (almost 10-million-square-kilometre) backyard in search of destinations on the rise. By comparing flight searches to Canadian destinations on Cheapflights.ca in the first six weeks of 2016 versus the same window in 2015, the team compiled the report Rising stars: 5 domestic destinations trending with Canadians. While they are yet to top the charts as the most popular spots overall, these intriguing and largely off-the-beaten path locations are attracting more and more Canadian travellers.
With March Break around the corner and many Canadians starting to plan their summer travels, now is the time to start finding just the right spot for a getaway. Below are details on three destinations where Canadians are suddenly turning their travel interest.
- Kelowna, British Columbia - Just recently Kelowna
was named the fastest growing city in British Columbia and fifth
fastest growing city in Canada, proving that word continues to
spread about the charms of this lakefront destination. Dry and
sunny by Canadian standards, Kelowna and the surrounding Okanagan
Valley are a sprawl of blue water, rolling hills and big sky. The
city sits on the eastern shore of the 110-kilometre-long Okanagan
Lake, which has more than 30 beaches and water sport options to
suit every taste. The valley is also home to dozens of vineyards,
many with award-winning wines, and rich farmland that make fresh,
local food and farm-to-table dining a way of life. Finally, for the
snow lovers, sun and champagne powder are the standard winter
forecast for the valley. And, whether you want downhill,
heli-skiing, cross-country, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, there's a
resort waiting for you.
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - Admittedly,
Yellowknife is a bit extreme as a destination. This former gold
rush town is just a few hundred kilometres south of the Arctic
Circle. Yet, with nearly 24 hours of sun in the height of summer
and a sky full of northern lights in the winter, it draws visitors
year round with an upswing underway. Winter adventures include ice
fishing and dog sledding, while summertime is for hiking, birding,
canoeing and fishing. Remote and scenic, there is seemingly endless
backcountry for the hearty to explore and lakes and streams loaded
with pike, walleye, trout and more. The region has a storied
history centred around fur, gold and diamonds, as well as an
aboriginal culture that remains strong. This rich history and
heritage is on display throughout the Yellowknife area as well,
adding a cultural thread to any visit.
- Whitehorse, Yukon - Tucked into a valley in the
northwest corner of Canada, Whitehorse has long been the hub of the
Yukon. Stretched along the Yukon River and the Alaska Highway, the
city was a key transit point in the Klondike Gold Rush with
steamships, tramlines and, later, railroads serving stampeders. Now
the city is an increasingly popular jumping-off point for exploring
the largely untouched wilderness of the Yukon. With a number of
Canada's tallest mountains and massive ice fields, as well as a
rich population of moose, bears and salmon, there is plenty to
entertain any nature lover. Explore by raft, mountain bike, car or,
of course, foot. The surprisingly mild summers offer as much as 20
hours of daylight for seeing the sights, while the winter is a
wonderland of snow, with extensive cross-country skiing,
snowmobiling and dog sledding. And don't think the long winter
nights aren't filled with entertainment too. With the northern
lights, some amazing hot springs and a growing nightlife,
Whitehorse has you covered even when the sun doesn't shine.
The travel spots that round out our rising stars list are Nanaimo, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta. To get the details on these locales and see the complete Rising stars: 5 domestic destinations trending with Canadians, visit www.cheapflights.ca/news/5-trending-places-to-visit-in-canada-2016.
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