With Canada’s 150th anniversary around the corner, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Canada is a great place for amazing getaways. No matter what you’re into, you’re bound to find something you love about the great white north. You might be flying in or taking a road trip, but there are places all over Canada that make for excellent destinations. This year especially will see an influx of visitors, clamoring to celebrate alongside Canadians to celebrate Canada 150.  Here are just a few of the best Canadian getaways for Canada Day and beyond!

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg will definitely be home to some pretty amazing celebrations including fireworks, live performances and more – but also a great art installation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Three shipping containers will be transformed into mobile art studios that will travel the country and feature collaborative art creation and projects about Canada. A 4th makeshift studio will stay in Winnipeg, and you’ll be able to see all the artwork in July.

Montreal, QC

Canada 150 might be celebrating 150 years, but Montreal has been around a little longer than that – with Montreal 375 this year in the city as well. There will be lit up bridges, circus street performers, plenty of history and concerts throughout the summer to celebrate. You can expect some particularly extravagant

Toronto, ON

What list would be complete without Canada’s largest and most populous city? Toronto will be home to some extravagant Canada Day and Canada 150 celebrations that you won’t want to miss. This is in addition to the tons of tourist attractions open to the public every other day of the year. From art galleries to sporting events to a bustling nightlife, there’s no reason why Toronto isn’t on your go-to list for Canada Day and any other time of the year.  One of those popular events is the Toronto International Film Festival. It may be later in the year than Canada Day, but you can still enjoy films from Canada as well as all over the world in one of the largest film festivals on the planet.

Ottawa, ON

Particularly this year during the country’s 150th-anniversary celebrations, the capital is a great place to be for a number of reasons. Not only will you get some of the best fireworks in the entire nation, but there are also an array of live shows, events and concerts open to the public to enjoy. Ottawa has so much of Canada’s political history in its streets, it’s one of the best places to go if an educational angle is the one you want your trip to take. In Ottawa, you can also see the work of artist Tim Van Horn, a photographer who has snapped shots of over 54,000 from across the country to show the diversity of the country as part of his Canadian Mosaic project. On July 1st, some of the portraits will be used in order to create a giant maple leaf flag to be unveiled during celebrations.

Charlottetown, PEI

Head to Prince Edward Island in July to take advantage of one of the many beaches with plenty of activities going on at each one. Visit Cedar Dunes Provincial Park Beach to check out Canada’s only lighthouse inn and so much more. You can also head there in the fall during the Fall Flavours Festivals, where you’ll find a wide variety of cooking-related events featuring some of North America’s best culinary personalities

Victoria, BC

In one of British Columbia’s largest cities, you’ll find this 11-day festival that will include performances, artwork, music, and plenty of food. As expected, there will be a pretty incredible fireworks display on July 1st to end things with a bang!

Whitehorse, Yukon

In the Yukon, you’ll be able to partake in many celebrations that highlight First Nations culture in celebration of Canada 150, include the Akäda Festival. A celebration of arts and culture, it features the work of over 150 artists. Not only that, but the view of the Northern Lights in the Yukon is incredible, and a great way to spend your Canada Day.

No matter where you go for Canada Day, it will be important to bring along with you a great luggage system like Rise Gear. Your clothes will thank you. Happy Travels!

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