Travel deals Canadians can get this July

Historical site Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is just one of the places kids in Ontario can get discount admission to this summer. ( Facebook )

School is out and kids across our great nation are rejoicing. If you have children living at home you are either doing a happy dance in anticipation of all the fun things you can do this summer or are frantically trying to come up with activities to keep your offspring busy. Regardless of what you have already planned, you will want to check out these hot deals available across Canada and the United States, and an international cruise of a lifetime.

The Deal: Fun Pass – Ontario

Savings: Over $340 dollars at select Ontario attractions

The Details: If you live in Ontario and have kids in grades one to eight make sure you search their backpacks from the last day of school for the Ontario attractions booklet. Alternatively, fill in a form online to generate your coupons. The package contains two free child admission tickets that are valid with one paid adult or senior ticket at 18 different participating attractions across Ontario.

Reasons To Go: Avoid boredom this summer by visiting top attractions in Ontario such as the Science Centre, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Old Fort Erie, Royal Botanical Gardens, Laura Second Homestead, Fort Henry National Historic Site, and Ontario Parks, just to name a few. The 2017 Fun Pass is guaranteed to have something fun your kids will love – and you will sneak in some summer learning in the process.

Dramatic view of Atlanta, Georgia from the Loews hotel. (Facebook)

The Deal: Loews Hotels – Atlanta

Savings: Varies depending on deal

The Details: Loews Atlanta has several summer deals including Summer Like A Local and Daily $25 Food Credit. Their Summer Like A Local deal is valid all summer until August 31st, 2017 and includes two tickets to the Botanical Gardens, two tickets to Sweetwater Brewery and complimentary valet parking. The food credit is good until the end of 2017 and guests will receive the daily food credit to spend on meals, snacks, or beverages for a maximum of seven nights.

Reasons To Go: Georgia’s capital city is a wonderful family destination especially in the summer, as you can walk along the Atlanta Beltline and explore new neighbourhoods. There are trails and walkways, parks, and Art on the Beltline – the Southeast’s biggest temporary public art project. Have lunch at a local café and experience original southern charm. If you are looking for discounted tickets to attractions, the Atlanta CityPASS will save you up to 40 per cent when you book five attractions. The booklets are valid for nine days from first use and include the CNN Studio Tour, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Collage Football Hall of Fame. There are also plenty of free attractions in Atlanta including The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Learn about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the underlying historical struggles that took place in the South. Loews Atlanta is conveniently located in the heart of midtown near Piedmont Park with easy access to attractions.

A VIA Rail train passes through Montreal. (Facebook)

The Deal: VIA Rail – Canada

Savings: Kids travel for $15 dollars this summer, savings vary per destination

The Details: The booking period is until August 31st, 2017, with the travel period ending on the same date. This offer is valid for travel on the VIA Rail network across Canada in economy class for kids between the ages of two to 11. (Children under 24 months are free). The fare will adjust automatically when an adult ticket is selected and up to five kids can travel for $15 dollars with the same adult, to the same destination. Check out their website for more details and specific train routes.

Reasons To Go: These discounted tickets make it more affordable for families to travel by train this summer and explore new regions of our country. With so many fun Canadian destinations to choose from you may want to take more than one trip. Traveling by train can be very relaxing and you don’t have to worry about traffic, filling up your car with gas, or stopping for breaks to stretch your legs – simply go for a walk down the train aisles.

A cable car filled with tourists passes over Niagara Falls. (Facebook)

 The Deal: GO Transit – Toronto to Niagara

Savings: Discounted train tickets, savings vary per package

The Details: From now until September 4th, 2017 travel round trip from downtown Toronto to Niagara with seasonal GO Train service for as low as $25 dollars per ticket. There is a shuttle bus connection to Niagara-on-the-Lake that can be added to this package as well as The Niagara Falls Adventure Pass for savings of 40 per cent off select attractions and over $100 in bonus coupons. Check out their website to see how you can customize your GO Train package.

Reasons To Go: If you are a parent and need a weekend off with your significant other or a friend consider dropping the kids off with the grandparents and take advantage of the Niagara-on-the-Lake deal for a taste of wine country. After a winery visit you can explore this cute historical town, have dinner, and watch a show. If you are traveling with kids on your GO Train adventures the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass contains tickets to visit up to four top Niagara Parks attractions including Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury. If you are visiting Toronto this summer from somewhere else in Canada consider adding on a few extra days to your vacation so you can see the magnificent Falls and travel by train.

View from the deck of a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel. (Facebook)

The Deal: Norwegian Cruise Line – Canada At Par

Savings: Approximately 30 per cent off your fare

The Details: If the Canadian loonie has got you down, check out this deal from Norwegian Cruise Lines because they have a special promotion just for Canadians. Book from now until July 31st and your Canadian dollars will be at par with U.S. dollars. To take advantage of this discounted voyage fare use program code “Exchange” in the manual selection online. For more details and full terms and conditions check out their website.

Reasons To Go: If your family loves extremely large boats and spiffy cruise wear, then it’s time to set sail. Choose from many exciting destinations such as the Caribbean, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. That’s right, their Canada at Par deal applies to destinations as far away as Sydney, Australia. Sail along on the Norwegian Jewel for an unbelievable 14-day adventure with cruise ports in Melbourne, Auckland and many others. Or hop aboard the Norwegian Gem and sail to the other Sydney in Nova Scotia. You will fly into New York for a 10-day Eastern Canada tour that includes several Canadian cruise ports so you can continue celebrating Canada’s birthday all summer long.

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