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Celebrate Canada Day by Exploring Some of the Country’s Hidden Gems

June 12, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

With Canada Day and the official Summer season just around the corner, Marriott International is encouraging travelers to consider summer excursions to destinations across Canada. From May 1 to July 1, travelers can take advantage of Marriott International’s first-ever Canada Summer Escapes Sale, offering savings of up to 10 percent on the best available travel rates through to July 31. Marriott Rewards® Members save up to an additional 5 percent.

“We are thrilled to be offering travelers additional savings and the opportunity to explore this great country during the summer season,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International in Canada. “With 212 participating hotels across a variety of brands from Courtyard by Marriott, to Westin and Aloft, there is no shortage of destinations and we encourage customers to explore some of the lesser known Canadian towns and cities.”

Some under-the-radar locations to inspire your summer travel plans:

Okanagan Valley, BC
The Okanagan Valley, nearly 400-kilometres inland from Vancouver is a popular destination for sun-seekers with a triple reputation for its wines, excellent mountain biking and arid summer climate. Its scenery of lake, mountain and desert landscapes are gorgeous and only added to by vineyards, fruit orchards and lavender fields. Whether you’re a wine and restaurant enthusiast, outdoor-type or simple scenery gazer, this unusual corner of British Columbia will surely satisfy.

Stay at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort, located in downtown Kelowna the luxurious setting of Okanagan Lake, with incredible regional dining options at OAK & CRU Social Kitchen and Wine Bar, an outdoor pool, and spa services on site.

Saint Hyacinthe‎, Quebec
Located less than an hours-drive from bustling Montreal, Saint Hyacinthe offers visitors calming, rolling green hills and the comforts of a small town. Visitors enjoy the daily farmer’s markets, and quaint local shops as well as the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, a beautiful greenspace that also includes a ‘learners garden’ and free education programs as well as the largest collection of annuals in Quebec.

Stay at the newly opened Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel offering guests the beautiful new spa – Eveil des sens Spa Urbain. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, and spacious state of the art rooms and amenities.

Kananaskis, Alberta
Whether it is your first time to the Canadian Rockies, or a place you come on a regular basis, Kananaskis Country is a must-see destination, often kept as a secret mountain sanctuary for locals, away from the masses that visit the neighbouring Banff National Park. This pristine corner of the earth also offers endless summer activities including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, guided hiking tours and fishing excursions.

Stay at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, An Autograph Collection Hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The resort offers a luxurious retreat nestled in the mountains with newly renovated guest rooms that seamlessly weave best in class amenities with nature.

St. Jacobs, Ontario:
The small town of St. Jacobs, Ontario offers travelers a taste of simpler times. Known for their farmers market and maple syrup production, the town is also home to a close-knit Mennonite community, offering up a world of new experiences.

Each year, The Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St Jacobs offers an Explore Mennonite Package, which provides a tour of Mennonite country with farms that are still tended to by horse drawn plows.

Regina, Saskatchewan:
Home to North America’s second-longest running theater production (now in its 45th year), the Trial of Louis Riel, as well as Regina’s RCMP Depot, the Mountie training facility since 1885 and the RCMP Heritage Centre, Regina offers visitors an authentic look at Canadian culture. The city is also home to Milky Way ice cream, quaint Cathedral District cafes/shops and the Warehouse District bars, which are must-do when visiting.

Located in an immaculately preserved early 20th century building, Hotel Saskatchewan, an Autograph Collection Hotel, greets guests with historic charm and unmatched sophistication. The hotel was originally built as a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel with construction completed in 1927. The property has since been designated a municipal heritage site, and to this day remains a significant landmark in the Regina skyline.

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