Having affordable travel can make a positive impact. You can take a break from the daily routine and have some fun or relax. Plus, if you can do all this without spending much on holiday, it is an added advantage. There are multiple ways to ensure that you have a budget holiday, and to do so; you can coupon sites, make bookings in advance, try to go during festivals or enjoy street food. But some cities are quite affordable.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Located in the Bay of Fundy, this port city is one of the oldest incorporated cities. Historically significant, this city has always been close to maritime activities. It has a mix of British, French and Irish heritage and has a great music scene. The cheapest time to visit is the Month of May, and hotels can be as low as $123. If you want to save on your trip, then spend time discovering the natural attractions that are the parks. See the seals near the Irving Nature Park or watch the tides in the Bay of Fundy.
Enjoy the farmer’s experience in the Saint John City Market or try free samples in the Poutine Challenge at Market Square. If you visit during the east Coast games, you can see those as well. Experience National Multiculturalism Day or Buskers on the Bay Festival without thinking about money. These were some free or less expensive things to see or do. But on a limited budget, you could also decide on checking out unique attractions like Reversing Falls or Skywalk Saint John. See the historical part of Saint John and do try the Fundy Trail Parkway – a scenic drive.
The City of Calgary is unique as it sits at the confluence of two rivers – Elbow and Bow. It is in a transition zone between the prairies and the mountains, allowing fantastic views. It is known as one of the cultural capitals of Canada, making it an excellent place for a budget holiday.
November is when you will find that it is the cheapest to visit. The average cost of hotels is $130, lower than in some other cities. It has plenty of parks and attractions with a massive list of free activities. You can see the city by walking with Calgary Greeters – a group of volunteers who are passionate about their city. This s a great way to learn more about Calgary.
See St. Patrick’s Island – a park with the Bow River meandering between two neighbourhoods. There is a natural play area and walking trails. Also, if you visit during summer, you can wade through the river channel or go tobogganing from The Rise. The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park, Shaw Millennium Park, Devonian Gardens, Reader Rock Garden and Lion’s Festival of Lights are things that can be seen for free.
Do not miss the Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfasts or Calgary Stampede Value Days Free Admission for the best rates on attractions. Other attractions that one can see for under $20 are – Glenbow museum, Calgary tower, Loose Moose, Heritage Park Historical Village, Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and Fort Calgary. The best thing about this place is the numerous wading pools scattered across the city to cool off in the sun.
Situated near the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is an essential economic and cultural hub. Because of the river nearby, there are widespread areas on the riverbank. The best month for a cheap holiday is July. The average hotel cost would be $117, the most affordable on our list.
Eclectic cafes and walking trails will bring you closer to understanding the city. If you want to do or see things for free, check out the farmers market, go outdoor ice skating in winter or visit an art gallery. Other budget options include taking a splash in paddling pools, free performances on Shakespeare in Saskatchewan, and accessible and budget options in Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park.
Try theMeewasin Valley Trail, Beaver Creek or Cranberry Flats. If you can see the Fringe Festival too, then nothing like it.
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City also lies near a river – the Saint Lawrence, and also is one of the oldest European cities in North America. The best budget month is April, and the average cost of a hotel is around $152.If you wish to see Europe on a budget, head to Quebec City. It is for family and couples alike. To explore the central city, one can go on foot or ride the Funiculaire for $3. If you want to visit someplace at a distance, try public transport. There are multiple parks in the city with free entry, and you can always catch parades during the festivals for zero cost. Visit museums, ride the ferry, walk through the old town and check out the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site. Surrounded by the breathtaking landscape, Quebec City is a fantastic holiday experience!
Canada has a lot of natural beauty that you can explore on your holidays. To top that off, most cities and towns have parks and pools open for the public to enjoy for free.