June 18, 2013 7:33 am

Toronto, Vancouver top list of best cities for Canada Day weekend

According to travel site Hotwire.com, Toronto is the most popular destination in North America to celebrate the July 1st weekend while Vancouver ranks second.

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Are you planning to get away for Canada Day? You might want to consider travelling to Vancouver or Toronto.

According to travel site Hotwire.com, Toronto is the most popular destination in North America to celebrate the July 1st weekend while Vancouver ranks second.

Toronto’s numbers are boosted by its annual Pride celebrations, which draw thousands of people to the city on the holiday weekend.

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The survey, based on volume of hotel bookings, shows the majority of Canadians who plan to get away for the long weekend are staying north of the border, as four of the top five cities are Canadian.

“While some travellers are hopping over the border to visit big U.S. cities, the majority of them are taking advantage of low prices domestically to celebrate Canadian patriotism,” said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, Vice President of the Hotwire Group, in a press release.

While Toronto remains on top of the annual survey, Vancouver jumped up the list from fifth most popular city in 2012, thanks to a surplus of cheap rooms following the the Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, the nation’s capital holds steady in third place as many travellers pack Parliament Hill to celebrate their national pride, while Montreal takes the number four spot.

New York City remains a popular destination for Canucks, rounding off the top five spots, while Boston makes its debut on the annual rankings.

Top 10 most booked destinations for Canada Day

1. Toronto
2. Vancouver
3. Ottawa
4. Montreal
5. New York City
6. Boston
7. Chicago
8. Niagara Falls
9. Calgary
10. Halifax

© Shaw Media, 2013

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