While the weather's warm, don't miss out on the last gasp of summer in "la belle province". Head to the big city of Montreal or enjoy a countryside or seaside getaway before everyone heads back to school and back to work. Great deals abound at this time of year as the crowds lessen.
Just a few weeks ago, I took advantage of a Local Getaway deal in Montreal and spent a weekend in the vibrant city. Take advantage of this $99 deal at a downtown Montreal hotel.
On my trip, I indulged in the city's unique and delicious offerings. To name a few: Schwartz's world-famous smoked meat sandwiches; the freshest fruits, vegetables, cheese and gelato at the Jean-Talon public market; French bistro food; world-famous Montreal bagels and more.
If you hunger for more than just delicious meals, be sure to check out the city's cultural offerings. Fashionistas and wannabes alike shouldn't miss the Jean-Paul Gaultier retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, featuring more than 140 looks and artifacts -- it's sure to amuse, shock and delight -- and it's on until Oct. 2.
Take a walk along the shoreline at the Old Port, complete with cobblestone streets and charming shops -- or check out the many nightclubs and bars along Boulevard St-Laurent.
If country relaxation is more your thing, be sure to check out this $149 seaside getaway along the St. Lawrence River, which includes a $100 dinner credit and the chance to save on a whale-watching tour. Or, escape to the charming Eastern Townships for a mountain retreat complete with entrance to outdoor heated Scandinavian baths for $129 per night.