Canadian Graduation Trip Destinations For Summer 2015


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If you’re a fresh graduate who is craving a much-needed breather in between graduation day and the first day at your dream job, a short getaway can help you clear your mind and prepare for a new journey. While it may be too late to plan the ultimate backpacking trip across Europe, you can still explore Canada this summer. From the famous nightlife of Montreal to a blissful retreat on Cape Breton Island, here are a few last minute Canadian grad trip ideas.

1) Montreal, Quebec: Known as Canada’s fashion capital and party destination, no trip to Montreal is complete without a night out and an impulsive shopping spree. If you need to update your wardrobe from your usual collegiate jeans and hoodies, hit the shops on Saint Catherine Street. Adventure junkies can visit the city’s Vieux (Old) Port for jet boating, ziplining, or a Segway tour. To finish off your celebratory trip, dance the night away at Stereo Nightclub or Muzique.

2) Niagara Falls, Ontario: As an approximately two hour drive from Toronto; Niagara Falls is an ideal go-to stop for a weekend getaway. Other than the majestic waterfalls, botanical gardens and local Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls also offers two casinos (Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort). To keep the party going well into the night, visit the Clifton Hill tourist area for nightlife, gift shops, haunted houses and attractions like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum.

3) Victoria, British Columbia: Located off the Pacific Coast, British Columbia’s capital city just may be an ideal destination for a cross country graduation train trip. For the daring grad who wants an adventurous journey that is different from the usual weekend of partying, Victoria offers harbour ferry tours and dolphin and whale watching. If you’re in town on a road trip, travel down the Scenic Marine Route for an eye-catching drive. Adventure seekers can try ziplining or kayaking, while history buffs can visit Craigdarroch Castle, a local landmark that was first built in 1890.

4) Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: For a stress-busting, affordable graduation getaway, Cape Breton Island is a picturesque camping destination. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located on the Cabot Trail roadway, with a mix of front country, back country and group campgrounds. The island itself also offers activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayak tours and sailing. If recent graduate life has left you craving a break from the hustle and bustle of a packed schedule, Cape Breton may be a change of pace.

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