Toronto Tops List as Hottest Canadian Destination for Summer of 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 /CNW/ -- Hotwire.com(R), a leading discount travel
site, today announced the top summer travel destinations for Canadians this
year. After the long and cold winter, what better way to celebrate the summer
holidays and the longer daylight hours than hit the road? You'll be able to
stretch your travel loonie while taking advantage of all summer has to offer,
like viewing fireworks, dancing at outdoor music festivals or visiting city
Travelers hitting the road can make their vacation dollar go further this
summer with Hotwire(R). Hotwire works closely with brand-name hotels in top
destinations to help fill unsold rooms, so customers get them at prices lower
than any other travel site. Guaranteed(*).
Based on bookings by Canadian customers for the summer travel season of
2009, six Canadian destinations, including the biggest cities of the country,
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, top the list. United States destinations,
including two in New York--New York City and Niagara Falls--round out the
"This summer travelers can find great deals across North America and
better yet, closer to home," said Clem Bason, President of the Hotwire Group.
"We're seeing hotel prices dropping like never before in local destinations
across Canada and the U.S., making it easy to stretch your travel dollar this
The top 10 markets are:
1. Toronto: Marvel at the Festival of Fire international on-water
fireworks competition, or sample over 250 beers at the Festival of Beer. Music
lovers can check out the Waterfront Blues. And no visit would be complete
without stopping by some of Toronto's top cultural attractions including the
Royal Ontario Museum or head to the top of the landmark CN Tower and take in
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $53 USD/$59 CAD a night for 4-star in Downtown
2. Montreal: Feel the rhythm at the International Jazz Festival. For the
more reflective, stop and smell the roses -- and other flowers -- at the
Botanical Garden or spend a quiet moment in the Basilique
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $83 USD/$93 CAD a night for a 3.5-star in Downtown
3. Vancouver: Stroll through the beautifully maintained grounds of Queen
Elizabeth Park. Indulge a love of theater outdoors with Bard on the Beach. Be
blown away by Vancouver's Celebration of Light, the largest firework
competition in the world.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $101 USD/$113 CAD a night for a 4-star in Downtown
4. New York City: With an endless amount of landmarks and famous cultural
attractions, New York makes for a great summer trip. Catch a Broadway show,
witness Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition in Coney Island, or taste all of
the other flavors New York has to offer during Summer Restaurant Week.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $105 USD/$118 CAD a night for 4-star in Downtown -
5. Ottawa: Witness the pomp and circumstance on historical Parliament
Hill. Cycling enthusiasts can criss-cross pathways and trails throughout the
city. Train nuts can enjoy climbing the Gatineau hills in one of Canada's last
remaining authentic steam-trains.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: 3.5-star hotel in Downtown
6. Seattle: Don't just visit the landmarks of the Space Needle and Pike
Place Market. During summer, Seattle's Seafair is one of America's biggest
community festivals, filling the streets, skies and waters with parades,
planes and a whole fleet of objects, including The Milk Carton Derby and the
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $79 USD/$88 CAD a night for a 4-star hotel in
Downtown - Pike Place
7. Niagara Falls: See the splendor of Niagara Falls. Get in touch with
nature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Get "jiggy" with it
at the Irish Festival.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $49 USD/$55 CAD a night for a 3-star in Downtown
8. Chicago: Chicago offers something for every visitor. Catch a game at
the historic Wrigley Field, visit Navy Pier or one of Chicago's many museums.
And the music never stops in Chicago. You can choose whichever style suits
your fancy at events like the Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Folk and Roots
Festival or Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $84 USD/$94 CAD a night for a 4.5-star in
Magnificent Mile Area - Streeterville
9. Boston: Experience Harborfest. Over 200 events, most of which are
free, take place during the week-long, family-oriented festival, designed to
celebrate both the city's rich maritime heritage and historical significance.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $92 USD/$103 CAD a night for 3.5-star hotel in
Bay - Copley Square
10. Calgary: Explore the heritage of the Canadian West at Fort Calgary or
Heritage Park Historical Village. The city's Elliston Park is also the setting
for GlobalFest, a multi-cultural festival and international fireworks
competition featuring pyro-musical presentations.
-- Hotwire Hotel Deal: $106 USD/$119 a night for 4-star hotel in Downtown
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