Escape (or embrace) the snow with these travel deals for Canadians


There are plenty of reasons to travel in February. Whether you have kids out of school for four days over the Family Day long weekend, will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone special, or just want a mid-winter escape from work or everyday life, these travel deals and packages are sure to inspire you to start planning your next trip.

Marvel at the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories. (Northwest Territories Tourism/Facebook)
Marvel at the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories. (Northwest Territories Tourism/Facebook)

The Deal: Aurora By Snowmobile – Yellowknife, North West Territories

Savings: Savings depends on which of these activities you would do separately and where you would stay in Yellowknife, however it’s more economical to book this Aurora tour as a whole package.

The Details: This package is available until April 5, 2018 and includes three nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy; three days of winter clothing rental including helmet; Yellowknife city tour; ice road tour and gallery tour; and two Aurora Viewing tours by snowmobile.

Reasons To Go: Winter is well underway so if you want to see the Aurora Borealis this season you need to start planning. Since Yellowknife is the Aurora Capital of the World you are sure to experience the trip of a lifetime, especially if you love winter and nature. This package from Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures includes driving by snowmobile along the famous and icy Great Slave Lake towards their wilderness cabin where you can watch this magnificent natural light show.

Villas Playa Samara Beach Front All Inclusive Resort, one of the destinations you could visit on this deal. (Air Canada Vacations/Facebook)
Villas Playa Samara Beach Front All Inclusive Resort, one of the destinations you could visit on this deal. (Air Canada Vacations/Facebook)

The Deal: Sweet Valentine’s Deals – Air Canada Vacations – Mexico/Caribbean

Savings: Savings vary per deal and include buy one package get one at 50 per cent off.

The Details: Book these deals between January 29 and February 18, 2018. The deals include last minute romantic getaways to warm and sunny hot spots for departures in February and March 2018; as well as packages in May and June that are buy one and get the second at 50 per cent off. Both deals include Mexico and the Caribbean. The 50 per cent off for the second passenger is reflected in the price online and distributed by 25 per cent off per guest and based on two adults sharing accommodations.

Reasons To Go: If you want to escape the chilly winter with a loved one there are lots of hot destinations to choose from on this list. These sweet Valentine’s offers include stays at Starfish Varadero in Cuba; Luxury Bahia Principe in Samana, Dominican Republic; and Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Time to pack a bathing suit, sunscreen, and a good book to read on the beach.

Parc Jean-Drapeau is just one of the fun places you can check out while in Montreal during Fête des neiges. (Visit Montreal/Facebook)
Parc Jean-Drapeau is just one of the fun places you can check out while in Montreal during Fête des neiges. (Visit Montreal/Facebook)

The Deal: Winter Sweet Deal – Montreal, Quebec

Savings: Receive 50 per cent off your second hotel night and a coupon booklet worth $485 when you check in.

The Details: Rates at the select hotels start at $110 and are per room, per night, and based on double occupancy. Should you want to splurge with a luxurious stay at the Ritz Carlton, it’s also on the list for a considerably higher rate. This offer is valid from now until May 15, 2018 and requires a minimum two nights stay. The money saving coupon booklet includes discounts to popular Montreal attractions and activities including zip lining, museums, historical sites, merchandise, and food.

Reasons To Go: Time to brush up on your French and explore all that Montreal has to offer. If traveling in February don’t forget to pack warm clothing and winter boots. Happening on weekends until February 11 is an annual free event called Fete des Neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This family-friendly festival celebrating the joys of winter features skating, snowshoeing, skiing, live music, and boot hockey in the park – all the with the St. Lawrence River in the distance.

Lake of neuchâtel, Jura & Trois-Lacs (Switzerland. get natural./Facebook)
Lake of neuchâtel, Jura & Trois-Lacs (Switzerland. get natural./Facebook)

The Deal: Winter Holiday Package Deal – Switzerland

Savings: This “Switch off and enjoy” package saves you $112 dollars.

The Details: This deal is valid from now until February 28, 2018 and based on two nights in a double room. It includes entry to a unique and relaxing mineral bath for each person, free access to the mountain rail (ski pass not included) and two nights in a hotel of your choosing from the list of five provided. Book each respective hotel directly.

Reasons To Go: If you are traveling in this part of the world in February why not extend your trip two nights with a visit to the Lake Lucerne region in Switzerland? This stunning area is perfect for a crisp winter hike with the beauty of nature of all around you. Enjoy the mountain views from your cozy resort or explore all that Mount Rigi has to offer by bundling up and discovering outdoor life in Switzerland.

The Venetian resort is shown in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., August 25, 2016. (Reuters)
The Venetian resort is shown in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., August 25, 2016. (Reuters)

The Deal: WestJet Vacations – The Venetian Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

Savings: Save 25 per cent on each night on a four-night hotel stay.

The Details: Book by March 30, 2018 and travel from now until December 28, 2018. The discounted package price is automatically adjusted.

Reasons To Go: What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a gondola ride on the Grand Canal? If a trip to Italy isn’t in the cards this month perhaps a visit to The Venetian in Las Vegas is. This premier resort has old world charm and famous chefs to whip you up a romantic dinner. Check out the spa after hitting the slots or go for a swim in their year-round pool. An alternate hotel with this WestJet deal is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on Las Vegas Blvd.

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