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7 of the most scenic destinations in Canada to cool off

DH Calgary Staff Aug 30, 2016 1:51 am

We haven’t gotten much of a summer, but when we get hot days you can bet we’re not wasting them indoors.

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy our few days of heat, what better excuse to go on your last summer getaway than a sunny day by the water.

Well, we asked our friends at, the global leader in connecting travellers with incredible places to stay, for their list of the most scenic places in Canada that you can take one last summer dip to cool off.

Osoyoos, British Columbia

Canadian destinations to cool off

Attention winos, this one’s for you. Situated south of Okanagan Valley, you’ll find Osoyoos, a tiny town, which happens to be right in wine country and home to famed vineyards like Jackson Triggs and SunRock. What better way to beat the heat than with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc? Stay at the Spirit Ridge Resort complete with a private beach overlooking the crystal clear lake and scenic mountain views. Once you’re done with the adult activates, consider unleashing your inner child and head straight to the resort’s waterslide to make a splash.

Dwight, Ontario

Canadian destinations to cool off

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to cool off this summer then Dwight, Ontario is the place to be. Surrounded by only the sounds of nature and your heartbeat, this remote lake will take your breath away. Set along the serene Lake of Bays, you’ll find Logging Chain Lodge Cottage Resort offering both tranquility and fun. With access to canoes and kayaks, you’ll be tipping over your ride in no time to cool off.

Whistler, British Columbia

Canadian destinations to cool off

The area’s mountain ski range makes for an ideal outdoor adventure paradise during the warmer months. Encircled by lakes and rivers, spend the last of your warm summer days working on your tan. When you’re finally ready to escape the sun, the clear mountain lake will be too difficult to resist under the bright blue skies.  Located in Whistler’s Upper Village, the Four Seasons Resort is ideal for the swimming enthusiast, as it features an amazing outdoor pool and three hot tubs overlooking the majestic peaks.

Banff, Alberta

Canadian destinations to cool off

In need of a romantic summer escape with bae? Head out west to the city of emerald lakes where romance is sure to flourish and you’ll find cooler temperatures. You’ll soon realize that Banff offers the privacy and alone time you’ve been craving all summer long. To help ignite the passion, stay at the dreamy Hidden Ridge Resort nestled on a private area of Tunnel Mountain. This apartment-style property offers luxury lofts with private balcony Jacuzzis overlooking the spectacular Rockies. If you’re looking to really heat things up, check out the Banff Upper Hot Springs, which are surprisingly just the right temperature this time of year.

Muskoka, Ontario

Canadian destinations to cool off

Muskoka is definitely Canada’s version of the Hamptons. There’s no doubt that this adult playground attracts the rich and fabulous over the summer months. Martin Short, Jim Carrey and Goldie Hawn are just some of the A-listers who frequently vacation here. Many of the cottages span over 10 acres complete with tennis courts, water planes, luxury boats and of course endless water fun like tubing, jet skiing and fishing. If you’re looking to beat the heat and want an ultra-lux experience, stay at the JW Marriot Rosseau, located right by the gorgeous Rosseau Lake. The property boasts a full-service spa and a swim-through indoor/outdoor pool with stunning views of this elite cottage country.

Montreal, Quebec

Canadian destinations to cool off

Montreal’s summer is known for two things – its endless culture and hot temperatures. No matter what you choose to do, whether it’s relaxing with a cold beer at Piknic Electronik or enjoying the beach in Old Port, the city comes alive when the sun is out. Thankfully, Hotel Le Crystal, situated just moments away from Montreal’s biggest sports and music venue, offers a saltwater pool ideal for cooling off after a sweaty afternoon exploring the city.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Canadian destinations to cool off

Vancouver Island needs no introduction. From beautiful coastal cities to amazing outdoor adventures, this destination should be on the top of your list. If you’re looking for an intimate getaway, stay at the Middle Beach Lodge, which offers access to a private pool and stunning ocean views. Beat the heat by taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean but don’t go too far out – it’s whale season. If you’re lucky enough, you might just catch a pod of Orcas as the sun begins to set!

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