The long weekend commences in just a few short hours and to say I'm excited to ditch work and jump into my bathing suit would be an understatement.
The long weekend calls for three days of relaxing, having fun, and (in regular Canadian fashion) celebrating Canada's big day!! From big events to small intimate festivities, if you're last minute scrambling to spice up your long weekend, we've got you covered.
Here are our top long weekend ideas that will have you bragging to your co-workers all week long:
Airbnb a Cottage
Cottages are the go-to for any summer long weekend. I mean what better way to spend an extra day off of work than lounging around by a lake without any distractions of the city life?
Cottages are the ultimate escape and thanks to Airbnb, they're super affordable and easy to book. Whether you decide you want to venture a short distance to Collingwood or a long distance to Muskoka, all you have to do is pack your bathing suit, fuel up your car, and brace yourself for a weekend full of campfires and waking up at 12 pm!
And if you're thinking about snacks and fuel for the road trip up (as we all do) Air Miles Canada has made it easy to save - because let's face it, spending money on a cottage isn't cheap. With Shell Summer Days promotions, you can opt into AIR MILES Cash Rewards and get 3 bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles on in-store purchases on $5.00 minimum purchases as well as savings on fuel at Shell and 3 X AIR MILES at the pump to make your long weekend road trips more manageable*! Talk about an easy way to have fun and get rewarded your weekend getaway.
Visit an Amusement Park/Water Park
Long weekends are the perfect time to get the family together and head on over to an amusement or water park (especially with the heat wave in effect!)
Whether you want to cool down in a wave pool or feel the thrill of a Canada's Wonderland rollercoaster, heading to an amusement park is a way to keep your entire family entertained all day long - not to mention, this year using your Air Miles Canada card you can receive 15% off admission to Niagara Falls and Canada’s Wonderland tickets under $50.00! As well, you can get 10% off CN Tower General Admission, 40% off admission to Medieval Times, and 20% off admission to Ripley’s Aquarium. With so many options, it's literally impossible to be bored this long weekend.
Road Trip To Ottawa
What better time is there to visit our nation's capital than on Canada Day?
If you're looking for an all-day party with streets flooded in red and white, Ottawa is your destination. This long weekend Ottawa will be holding it's 151st anniversary on Parliament Hill hosting a ton of live music, great food, and light shows! So pack your bags - and don't forget you're AIR MILES card so you can save on fuel by using your Cashback at the pump at Shell stations - with 95 Miles you can get $10.00 off your gas bill!
Have a Spa Getaway
This long weekend, take the time to pamper yourself - because you deserve it! Spend a couple of hours, or stay overnight at one of GTA's relaxing spa getaways that will have you feeling like you'll never return to work.
Some of our favourites in the GTA include: Scandinave Spa, The Milcroft Spa, The Spa At Four Seasons, and of course the coveted Elmwood Spa - where you can use your Air Miles for a well-deserved day of pampering.
Have a Beach Day EVERYDAY
If it's all too last minute for you or you feel like you might need something a little more laid back, there's no shame in hitting the nearest beach by you! Grab your friends and spend all day - every day in the sun, because in the GTA you're never far from a beach.
Whether you keep it low key this weekend or plan a last minute trip up north, remember to be safe this long weekend and enjoy the sun!
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*in the following provinces: PE, NB, NS, NL