Canadian travelers want domestic getaways more than international ones, data shows

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There is a travel trend that has remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with Canadians planning trips closer to home.

According to Expediadomestic travel demand remains the strongest, even as international travel demand continues to grow.

KAYAK Domestic and International Flight Searches

Consult the data of the online platform Kayak, while the number of Canadians searching for international flights has been growing fairly steadily since the end of 2021, searches for domestic flights still dominate. Searches for domestic flights on April 9, for example, were 62% higher than the same day three years ago.

Muir Halifax Hotel Room

Muir Halifax Hotel Room

Building on Canadian traditions

the Muir Hotel Halifaxwhich opened during the pandemic last year, really emphasizes that its customers can really lean into this Maritime experience.

“Every detail you look at, from the building to the furnishings to the materials used, is meant to be inspired by the true traditions of Nova Scotia,” said Eugenie Jason, General Manager of Muir Halifax. Yahoo Canada.

“We have a lot of artists that are in the hotel… In every room we have a Nova Scotia painting, done by a Nova Scotian artist, 14 painters in total… Even the food that’s served in our restaurants, curated by Chef [Anthony] Walsh, he managed to create a contemporary take on some traditional Nova Scotia dishes.

Drift Restaurant at the Muir Halifax Hotel

The Drift Restaurant at the Muir Halifax Hotel

Located in Queen’s Marque, Halifax’s downtown waterfront neighborhood, Jason describes it as an “urban resort,” where this summer guests can tackle the city by bike, kayak, paddle board, high speed motorboat and even a 36ft Morris yacht right on the waterfront, yet close to downtown.

Jason herself didn’t know much about the city of Halifax before moving there for the hotel’s opening last year, so she understands the trend of exploring all that Canada has to offer from first hand.

“I think when you look at the destination itself, it’s a beautiful coastal town,” she said. “It has a lot to offer in that you have a bustling downtown area,…you also have some very nice historic little streets, anytime you turn around and [you feel like] you are either in Europe or in Old Montreal, for example.

While COVID-19 may have put some travelers on high alert for measures that help them feel comfortable and safe, for Jason it’s all about “reassuring” hotel guests .

“Hygiene is key, no matter what level of service you provide to your customers, cleaning shouldn’t be tied to the price you pay, but we’ve improved some of our customer amenities to just put your mind at ease “, she said. mentioned. “It would be safe to say that in many hotels we have maintained these practices to protect both guests and colleagues from harm.”

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada - September 25, 2021: Moraine Lake Cafe in Banff National Park with snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies in the background and kayaks in the foreground.

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada – September 25, 2021: Moraine Lake Cafe in Banff National Park with snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies in the background and kayaks in the foreground.

Vacation rentals in Canada in high demand

If hotels aren’t for you and you’re looking for a vacation rental experience in Canada, new data from Vrbo reveals that people looking for a Canadian getaway need to plan quickly, as rentals book up quickly across Canada.

Request Vrbo properties this summer exceed last summer by about 25% and popular summer vacation destinations like Huntsville and Prince Edward County in Ontario, and Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, have less 30% of properties available for booking for July.

“When demand for summer vacation homes peaked earlier than usual in 2021, it was no huge surprise as people were craving private, whole homes that allowed them to be separated from others” , said Mary Zajac, Vrbo reads the spokesperson. “As restrictions ease across Canada, it turns out families are continuing to book even earlier, and that trend shows no signs of stopping in 2022 or beyond.”

If you haven’t decided on a place to stay for the summer yet and are looking for a vacation rental for July, here are some of your top picks:

Banff is one of the most iconic and scenic destinations you can explore in Canada, whether on foot, by bike, or in the water by canoe or kayak. Don’t forget to stop at the famous Banff Upper Hot Springsa truly unforgettable experience with incredible views while you bathe in the mineral water pool.

Another great mountain destination, Canmore is located just an hour’s drive from the Calgary airport. During the summer in particular, you can bring the whole family to live the experience Canmore Rafting Tours. If you want the ultimate sightseeing experience, a tour with Alpine helicopters will give a true bird’s eye view of the destination.

Aerial view of Whistler Village in summer.  The main tourist destinations of Canada.  The best ski resorts to visit in summer.

Aerial view of Whistler Village in summer. The main tourist destinations of Canada. The best ski resorts to visit in summer.

Niagara Falls is often synonymous with travel in Ontario. Thrilling adventures like WildPlay Zipline and Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on the Niagara River, exploring the Niagara Glen Nature Preserve, or the Waves Indoor Water Park and Fallsview Indoor Waterparkthere is always something to do in Niagara Falls.

Located between the Kicking Horse River and the Columbia River, Golden is the ideal place for canoeing and kayaking. If you’re looking to experience Golden from new heights, skydiving, paragliding or hang gliding are more exciting choices when traveling in the area.

While many think of snow activities when they think of whistler, there is plenty to do in the area when the weather warms up. Enjoy the unique opportunity to see black bears in their natural habitat with Whistler Bear Viewing Toursrelax in the sun or catch paddle boards on Whistler’s lakes and beaches, or take the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to access the alpine trails of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

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