150 Travelzoo Tips: #11-20
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips -- one per day until July 1 -- to help you explore and enjoy this great land.
Tip 11: All the sand dunes, none of the sharks at Ontario’s Sandbanks Provincial Park
"Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the many great travel sites in Prince Edward County, Ontario. You’ll find great beaches with hiking trails and camping grounds -- and wineries, resorts and entertainment are a short drive away. It’s like being at a freshwater ocean park with no sharks :-)!" -- Travelzoo member Greg
Tip 12: Experience the surf scene in Tofino, B.C.
“Surfers, locals and hippies are all just the most awesome. Be sure to walk the Wickaninnish Beach and enjoy a cinnamon bun at the Common Loaf Bake Shop.” -- expat Jo
Tip 13: "Romantic Canadian Destinations," a guest blog by One Modern Couple. Read it here!
Tip 14: See Quebec’s native species at the Zoo Economuseum in Montreal
"It's home to many different animals of this region -- small and large, from fish to birds. It's inexpensive and the site is also a great walking park with places for an enjoyable family picnic."
Tip 15: Straddle the Canada-U.S. border in Surrey, B.C.
"In Peace Arch Park in Surrey, B.C., you can stand at the Peace Arch with one foot in the U.S. and one foot in Canada. It’s a nice walk with beautiful gardens. While the monument is located at the border crossing between Blaine, Wash., and Douglas, B.C., you don’t need a passport as long as you stay within the park.” — Travelzoo member Mari Anne
Tip 16: Try the sophisticated evening offerings at Toronto’s museums
Travelzoo deal expert Amanda Blake suggests avoiding the busloads of schoolkids and checking out the special evening events at these popular Toronto attractions.
ROM: Friday Night Live at the ROM is a great way to see the museum, taste local Toronto cuisine and enjoy local musical talent. There are two seasons per year, fall and spring, with additional off-season events. It is a 19+ event. Early bird tickets are $15 — or become a ROM member and only pay $5. I think as an adult, this is the only way to visit the museum. Ripley’s Aquarium: Friday Night Jazz happens the second Friday of every month from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. There’s live music and cash bars located throughout the aquarium. Friday Night Jazz is included with Sharks After Dark or Express Anytime general admission or you can buy a Jazz Night only ticket; prices vary by age and ticket type. Bonus tip: If you buy an Express Anytime Aquarium ticket, you will also receive 25% off the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Niagara Falls. AGO: Held the first Thursday night of every month, AGO First Thursdays are a 19+ event with a cash bar and live music. Check out the latest exhibition, then join the party! Admission and party tickets start at $23 for non-members; party-only tickets are $13. Tickets sell out fast so book in advance. Bonus tip: The AGO is free to visit every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm.
Tip 17: Stay in a yurt in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba
Tip 18: Climb Sugarloaf Mountain in Campbellton, New Brunswick
"The views are awesome," says member Marie.
Tip 19: Call up some history at the Bell Homestead in Brantford, Ontario
“It’s where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone -- possibly the most important invention in history. The tour is worth the visit, but they also offer lunches and dinners at certain times.” -- Travelzoo member Christopher
Tip 20: Go flightseeing in Kluane National Park
Leigh McAdams of HikeBikeDrive wrote a guest blog about this sensational Yukon experience. Read it here!