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Pining for a weekend in nature or dreaming of exploring a new city? These recommendations for trips where you can do and see a lot in a short amount of time will nudge you to get travelling before winter rolls around

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Why you should go

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Take that extra day: the case for making the most of long weekends

That additional vacation day can make a world of difference for your trip. And it can save you from the hassle of planning a longer holiday.

How far do you have to go to get away?

Travel editor Domini Clark has a rule – three hours by car is the perfect escape. And if you’re short on time and need to squeeze everything into a single day, you can.

How to plan

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Five tips for finding the perfect campsite

For car camping, take a good look at the online campground map – are you in a convenient spot for what you are interested in doing? Read more tips for car and back country camping.

Five things to pack for your glamping adventure

These five small luxuries will be invaluable for getting a good night’s rest and enjoying your days spent exploring.

How to get the most out of your National Park visit

If you didn’t plan early, check the reservation systems online – it’s still possible to make last-minute reservations as there could be cancellations. Get more advice here.

Five tips for the perfect road trip

Safety first! So check your car before starting out on a long drive. Read more tips, like what to pack for the kids, here.

Where to go

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Head out on the highway for a classic Canadian road trip

The hardest part of planning a road trip is deciding which route to take. Consider one of these five worthy options.

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Why ski paradise Revelstoke is B.C.’s new summer playground

Best known as a ski destination, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is embracing its four-season possibilities, including the longest alpine roller coaster in Canada.

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Edmonton’s ICE District heats up

The newly built ICE District, a neighbourhood within a neighbourhood, has popped up where once there was nothing but parking lots.

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Think Saskatchewan is flat and dull? These four spots will change your mind

If you only know Saskatchewan as the “wheat province,” you have a lot to learn – and experience. Here are four spots that take you beyond the fields and silos.

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Kitchener 2.0: Make a trip to Ontario’s tech hub

The perception of Kitchener as solely a geeky tech hub has been upended. Farmers’ markets, art galleries, independent shops, concerts, literary galas, vegan festivals and other lively pursuits make it a worthy destination for curious day-trippers.

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Why Elora is the perfect fall escape

Elora’s picture-perfect centre is dotted with preserved 19th-century limestone buildings, art galleries and places to eat. Plus, if you’re looking for activity, you can hike the Conservation Area, tube down the Elora Gorge or take a raft ride.

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Yes, Hamilton is well worth a visit

Hamilton isn’t perfect, but it’s changed a lot – for the better. Good eats, scenic beauty and a castle await you.

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Unplug in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

You could spend all your time eating and drinking, or explore an interactive multimedia outdoor experience that’s great for kids, but also cool for adults.

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See a new side of Quebec City

Go beyond the usual suspects with a visit to Limoilou, just across the Saint-Charles River, with its robust start-up community, new indie boutiques and sophisticated food scene.

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See toys, trees, castles and more in New York’s Finger Lakes

This region of New York State is only three and half hours away from Toronto, but is rich with tourist spots perfect for a couples retreat or family vacation.

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Provincetown, the gayest city in the U.S., welcomes tourists of all stripes

You will feel welcomed to this warm, inclusive city that also boasts fabulous home décor shopping, fantastic restaurants and nightlife and a renowned drag scene.

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