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Reasons A Vacation In Your Own City Is Better Than A Trip Anywhere Else

Nine reasons we’re opting for a Canadian excursion instead of a foreign adventure this year.

You don't need to travel far to recharge. With over 9 million square kilometres to explore, Canada is a prime vacation destination. In partnership with Hilton, we list nine reasons we're opting for a Canadian excursion instead of a foreign adventure this year.

Less Clicking, More Living

Forget passport lines, vaccinations and visa hassles. Reclaim the hours of your life by planning a staycation. A holiday in our home and native land means you spend less time wrestling with paperwork and research and more time relaxing. Book a hotel room and escape for a weekend.

World-Class Mountains

Sure, you could ski Vail or St. Moritz. But why would you, when Whistler—ranked North America's best ski resort by SKI Magazine—is in our backyard? And that famous British Columbian brag about being able to ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon? It's 100 per cent true.

Fascinating Cultures, No Jet Lag

Craving dim sum, congee or teriyaki? There's no need to fly to Asia when you can stroll down the street and pick up some grub at the corner store. In Richmond, B.C. and Markham, Ont.—two of Canada's most diverse cities—summer night markets are rich with aromas wafting from sizzling woks.

Wonderful Waterfalls

By volume, Niagara Falls is one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. Others are higher, some are wider, but how many others come with a casino, wax museums and wineries? We rest our case.

More For Your Dollar...And Less Math

Ever paid for a souvenir keychain and then suddenly realized it cost more than your car? Stay in Canada and you can put away that calculator and stop worrying about exchange rates.

Captivating Coastlines

The Atlantic provinces have enough coastline to satisfy any beach fan. See the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, build sandcastles in Prince Edward Island National Park, drive the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia or marvel at the fjords in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park.

Magnificent Museums

Fascinating institutions such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC stand ready to illuminate the past for you.

Natural Splendor

From kayaking and hiking to snowboarding and bungee jumping, you can do it all in Canada's wide-open spaces. Truly a breath of fresh air for any vacationer.

The Universe Is Yours

Travel to the stars without leaving Canada at the Cosmodome, an interactive museum of space exploration in Laval, QC. Choose from one of three virtual 60-minute "missions" and blast off!

Why book a vacation overseas when you can have a vacation in your own city. Doing just that got easier with the Hilton Honors App. As a Hilton Honors member, with a few clicks on your smartphone, you have the ability to plan your next staycation, book your perfect stay and choose your room.

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