Labour Day Getaway Ideasby Vicki Karigiannis
published August 18, 2011
Where to go during the long weekend
Where has the summer gone? Days at the beach, soaking up the sun, are almost up, and soon we will be bundling ourselves up with warmer seasonal wear! Labour Day weekend is everyone’s one last chance to enjoy summer’s final days, so be sure to enjoy it somewhere different. From West to East, we’ve got five suggestions in Canada and south of the border in the United States to help you give summer one final goodbye!
British Columbia – You and the girls
A weekend getaway with the girls is calling your name? Beautiful BC is a great Labour Day weekend idea. A stint in Vancouver: definitely, but be sure to also head north to the resort town of Whistler.
To do: Sure, Whistler is an ideal vacation destination in winter, but the same can be said for summer. Great dining, shopping and spas await you and the gals in Whistler Village. And if you’re feeling adventurous, zip-lining is always a rush… and will provide for awesome views as you zip through the trees!
For more, go to: hellobc.com
California – A foodie’s delight
Spending the final days of summer in California: is that not the dream? From lounging on the beach to partaking in water sports to hitting the bike trails, the state’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe area is especially a must.
To do: In Lake Tahoe’s southern shore, the Sample the Sierra festival allows you to sample local food and wine, as well as great art and music.
For more, go to: visitcalifornia.com
Ontario – Perfect for two
Long weekends are ideal for a romantic getaway with your sweetie, and nothing spells romance like a quaint cottage or inn, nearby lakes for fishing or kayaking à deux, and watching the sunset together, vino in hand.
To do: TheMuskoka region is a particularly popular place for tourists, but it certainly does not take away from its charm! Gorgeous scenery is all around you whether you are on the water or partaking in a bit of hiking.
For more, go to: resortsofontario.com
Maine – Family fun
Bordering Quebec and New Brunswick, the state of Maine is the perfect place for any Canadian to take a well-earned getaway. From Portland’s historic Old Port district to Cape Elizabeth overlooking Casco Bay, you’ll get a taste of this breathtaking New England state.
To do: While sampling Maine’s fresh seafood should be a top priority, taking a tour of one (or more) of the many lighthouses is a must. (They don’t call it “The Lighthouse State” for nothing!) In fact, if you’re visiting beyond Labour Day, Open Lighthouse Day takes place on September 17 this year. It’ll be a treat for both you and the kids!
For more, go to: visitmaine.com
Prince Edward Island – Hitting the trails
Lush greenery, great beaches, awesome golf courses, there is an unlimited amount of things to see and do in Prince Edward Island. If you are a Canadian and never headed to our nation’s far east, it is a vacation you’ll never forget.
To do: If you are the more active type, an outdoor adventure awaits you! Biking along the island’s shores, you’ll be privy to its gorgeous sites, particularly the stunning red cliffs.
For more, go to: tourismpei.com