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Travel guide: Canadian influencers weigh in on their fave summer getaways


The summer is still young! It’s never too late to explore this beautiful country of ours, even if it’s just for a day or two. Are you ready to rev up your engine, crank up the stereo, and hit the road for a last-minute summer getaway? Do you need a bit of destination inspiration? We can help!

We’ve asked eight social influencers across the country to share their top-five, last-minute summer sojourns. Whether you adore the shore, crave camping, or pine for wine, they have some awesome recommendations that are just a hop, skip and a jump from your home base. And wherever summer takes you, TELUS has you covered with Canada’s most reliable mobile network so you can stay connected and share your #ConnectedMoments this summer.

Plan your Summer Getaway

  • Ontario with Gunnarolla, Nicole Wilson, and Andrew Dobson

Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s Ocean Playground and with good reason. Come summertime, Blare June’s favourite places to play include the Cabot Trail’s sleepy hideaway, Igonish; Alexander Graham Bell’s former stomping grounds, Baddeck; and harbour holiday town, Chester. She also recommends seeing the light (house) in Peggy’s Cove and the stunning scenery of Annapolis Valley.

Quebec

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La Belle Province gets even more beautiful in the summertime and Montreal’s Na’eem Adam knows the best way to take it all in. His top-five last-minute getaways include the peaks of Mont-Tremblant, the historic, riverside charms of Le Bic, and the rustic beauty of Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville. Still want more outdoors? Try hiking, canoeing, or biking in Parc national du Mont-Orford in the Eastern Townships or see the wetland wildlife of Parc marin du Saguenay–Saint-Laurent.

Ontario

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For inspiration, look no further than your front bumper: Ontario really is yours to discover this summer. Nicole Wilson recommends heading to Oro-Medonte for the WayHome Music & Arts Festival to see Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and a slew of other acts. Looking for something a bit quieter? Pitch your tent in Point Pelee National Park, go island hopping in Gananoque, or sample the vintages of Prince Edward County or Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This year, Andrew Gunadie a.k.a. Gunnarolla has his summer sights set high in Blue Mountain Village. He also suggests taking your vacation to the bank – Sandbanks Provincial Park that is – kicking back in a cottage in Tobermory or getting a rush in Niagara Falls.

As for Andrew Dobson, you can find him in a cottage in Muskoka, hiking Parliament Hill in Ottawa, doing the start-up stroll in Waterloo, or steel-ing a moment and checking out the burgeoning bohemian life in Hamilton.

Saskatchewan

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Sure, Saskatoon might be the Paris of the Prairies, but Saskatchewan has plenty of other places to explore this time of year. When we picked travel blogger Kenton de Jong’s brain for his top-five getaways, the Cypress Hills were high on the list. He also suggests doing the dunes in the Great Sand Hills; seeing the stunning sunsets on Christopher Lake; exploring Canada’s heritage in Ogema; and setting up shop in Batoche Provincial Park.

Alberta

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Mike Morrison of culture and travel blog, “Mike’s Bloggity Blog,” knows how to travelity travel (sorry, we can’t help it). His top-five summertime getaway destinations include a range of sites, from the prehistoric (Dinosaur Provincial Park) to the adventurous (River Valley) and everything in between (Canmore). Soak in the tranquility of Lac la Biche; mount up at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer; or seek some thrills on the iron road at Via Ferrata, Banff.

British Columbia

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“To Vogue or Bust’s” Alexandra Grant does everything in style – including summer getaways. This year, her top-five last-minute trips include the magisterial peaks of Whistler; the quiet island coolness of Victoria; and the fine wines and food finds of the Okanagan. Looking for something a bit wilder? Hop a ferry and explore the sprawling landscapes of Tofino or soak in the rays on the Sunshine Coast.

Share your Canadian summer adventures with the #ConnectedMoments hashtag and let us know how the TELUS mobile network helps you stay connected with the world as you soak in these special Canadian moments.