Top 4 Budget Summer Holiday Destinations in the Greater Toronto Area

Summer is coming to Canada! If you’re like us at Remitbee Online Money Transfer, you’ll be dying for a little sunshine after the cool Canadian winter/spring months. This summer holiday, it’s time to take your partner and kids on a proper holiday in Toronto.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to some beautiful (and affordable) destinations for you and your family, even as a new immigrants in Toronto. We’ve researched some of the best and cheapest for a family of 4.

The kids will be on school summer break from July to late August – resorts and hotels book up quickly for this time of year, so you’d best act fast!

Algonquin Provincial Park

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Visit the nearest large national park to Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park. July is the best time to go as it’s hot from morning to night with thick pine trees offering shade if needed. It can get a bit chilly morning and evening in August.

You have a variety of budget options here. The cheapest being camping at Rock Lake Campground (a great adventure for kids), followed by hotels (breakfast and WiFi included) and finally renting a cabin for your family.

Free activities to do:

  • Hiking trails
  • Cycling trails
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Canoeing

City Break in Toronto

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Living in the city and seeing the city as a tourist are completely different! If you’re tight on money this year, simply sleep at home and holiday in Toronto. Visit the free and fun things to do in the city.

With the money you save on these activities you could probably afford a nice hotel for a change of scenery.

Check out guesthouses before going to Holiday Inn or Super 8. They’re cheaper, friendlier and often include a homemade breakfast.

Free activities to do:

  • Harbourfront Centre (art exhibits and shows)
  • Yonge-Dundas Square (free movies, concerts and promos)
  • Riverdale Farm (see the animals for free)
  • Visit The Beaches (East End Toronto)

Turn Niagara Falls into A Full-Blown Holiday

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There’s more to Niagara Falls than just the waterfalls! If you’re staying for a week you can save money by getting an Adventure Pass for your whole family. This gives you access to a boat tour, the caves and tunnels inside the waterfall, the white water walk and discounts on restaurants, attractions and shops around the city.

Free activities to do:

  • Niagara Falls (viewing platform is always free and always open)
  • Botanical gardens
  • Hershey’s Chocolate World interactive retail experience

Beach Holiday Just 1.5 Hours from Toronto

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A beach that could rival Miami… Wasaga Beach is a long, white sandy beach with all the entertainment, arcades and accommodation you’d expect from a beach resort. Beach holidays are one of the cheapest. It doesn’t cost a cent to just relax on the beach. Free swimming in the sea, plenty of space for sandcastles and amenities just a few steps away.

Free activities to do (besides the beach):

  • Nancy Island Historic Site
  • Skull Island Mini Golf (win your next game for free)
  • Marl Lake (fishing, walking, wildlife)

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