Canadians certainly do like to travel. Though many like to staycation, those that do go abroad like to go far! In the winter, the beaches of the Caribbean call with many residents leaving the cold north for the warmer climes of, for instance, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. In the summer months, Canadians like to go on holiday abroad to the United Kingdom and European hotspots, for instance, France and Italy.
Where do Canadians go on holiday abroad?
Cancun in Mexico is a popular choice with Canadians, especially in the winter months. Cancun is divided into two parts: the hotel zone with its beaches and a bustling party scene, and the city which is full of cultural hotspots. The resort town of Puerto Vallarta, which is on the west coast of Mexico, is also a top holiday spot for Canadians.
Cuba is another popular choice with Canadians fleeing the cold winter. Colourful, chaotic Cuba is a country rich in heritage, culture and traditions. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the Caribbean for its stunning beaches – it has over 200 bays and 250 beaches along its 5,600 miles of coastline. Its pulsating music scene also draws the crowds.
3. The United Kingdom
More than 1.1 million Canadians visit the UK annually. Lots of Canadians holiday in the United Kingdom and tie the trip in with visiting friends and family. Canadians love the UK for its rich history, heritage and sporting traditions. The English Premier League football tournament has a huge following in Canada and many soccer fans watch their favourite teams play in live matches whilst on holiday in England.
4. The Dominican Republic
Situated on the eastern half of the island Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is the most geographically diverse island in the Caribbean. It is home to tropical rainforests, mangroves, waterfalls, savannahs, and just about everything in between. It’s no wonder that the Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s most-visited island. Its five-star all-inclusive resorts are a big draw for many Canadian tourists, for example, the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana.
France is a big draw for many French-speaking Canadians. Paris is the number one destination for holidaymakers with the Louvre being a top attraction. The beaches on the Côte d’Azur lure in those who want to soak up the sun, sea and vibes, and in Bordeaux, vineyard tours are very popular. Lyon, with its history and architectural landmarks, attracts many Canadian visitors too.
Many Canadians who visit China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region do so to visit friends and relatives. China’s rich history and heritage appeal greatly to Canadian tourists as does the wonderful cuisine and culture. The Great Wall is the number one tourist attraction in the country and the Potala Palace and Forbidden City are also incredibly popular with visitors.
Italy has captured the imagination of tourists for centuries, and it is a popular destination with many nationalities, including Canadians. It is one of the most visited countries in the world racking up nearly 94 million international tourists annually. From ancient cities, for instance, Rome, Venice and Pompeii to breathtaking natural wonders like the Dolomites, Amalfi Coast and Blue Grotto, the country has something for everyone.