One of the few problems with living in a country the size of Canada is the cost and time required to travel within our own boundaries.
A one-way Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver costs $799 with the Latitude fare and takes 5 1/2 hours. A flight from Montreal to London, England is just 1 1/2 hours more.
It’s no surprise, then, that Canadians only visit an average of four provinces in their lifetimes, despite 8 of 10 Canucks telling Travelzoo Canada that seeing the True North coast-to-coast was important to them.
Travelzoo also discovered cost was a major hindrance to domestic travel, with 67% of Canadians saying it was sometimes more expensive to travel within Canada than to take a trip abroad.
“Travelling in Canada can be affordable, if you know where to find the deals,” Lara Barlow, country manager of Travelzoo Canada, said in a release. “We are coming into the prime Canadian travel season, so our travel deal experts are focusing on publishing deals that can help Canadians see more of their own country.”
The Travelzoo survey also found the Maritimes was the domestic destination of choice for 60% of Canadian travellers, while 53% of Quebecers wanted to travel their own province more.
The poll also revealed 75% of Canadians have visited Ontario, while 67% have visited Quebec and 57% have visited British Columbia. Northern Canada was the least visited area, with just 9% of Canadians having visited the territories.
I count myself among the 60% of Canadians who want to see the Maritimes more than any other spot. What is your dream Canadian destination?
- Nicole Feenstra