With the first official long weekend of summer around the corner, Canadians are looking forward to getting behind the wheel, hitting the open road and exploring our country’s many hidden treasures. And, while road trips have long been a Canadian summer staple, this year’s family vacation may look a little different. With a desire to stay a bit closer to home, the day trip has emerged as this summer’s new preferred getaway, according to a national survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada.
While only a quarter (24%) of Canadians saying they’d feel comfortable taking a plane at the moment, the majority (70%) feel comfortable travelling by car outside of their city or town, and almost half (49%) are planning at least one day trip over the next two months.
This year, though, Canadians are looking for closer-to-home destinations to explore, with less than half (42%) comfortable venturing out of their own province. Of those planning to hit the road this summer, most are opting to stay within a 100km radius of home, making day trips the new preferred excursion.
But so many Canadians aching to get out of the house, places like Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Lunenburg are bound to be overrun by tourists over the next few months.
The good news? Even if avoiding crowds is a priority for you this summer, there are still a number of less crowded places to visit across the country.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up the vehicle and avoid the crowds at these lesser-known, but packed-with-fun day trip destinations!
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