Family Getaways

Seize the Sun: Places to Go and Things to Do this Summer

By , April 21st, 2018

Step 1: When is the Last Day of School in 2018?

The days are getting longer and students (and teachers alike) are itching for their two months of sunny freedom. Here, we break down “when is the last day of school in 2018” province by province…

Last Day of School 2018 in British Columbia

  • Vancouver School Board, Richmond School District, Surrey Schools, and most BC school boards have their last day of school on Thursday, June 28th

Last Day of School 2018 in Alberta

  • Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools take off on summer vacation as of Thursday, June 28th

Last Day of School 2018 in Saskatchewan

  • Saskatoon Public Schools will have its last day of school on Wednesday, June 27th
  • Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Regina Public Schools and Regina Catholic Schools will be done on Thursday, June 28th

Last Day of School 2018 in Manitoba

Last Day of School 2018 in Ontario

  • The standard last day of school across Ontario is Thursday, June 28th given a PA Day on the Friday. This includes the TDSB, TCDSB, Peel Schools, and York Region schools.

Last Day of School 2018 in Quebec

  • Most school boards across Quebec have designated Friday, June 22nd as the last day of school ahead of St-Jean on the following Monday.

Last Day of School 2018 in New Brunswick

  • All New Brunswick schools will have their last day of classes on Friday, June 22nd.

Last Day of School 2018 in Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia schools will be done for the school year on Friday, June 29th.

Last Day of School 2018 in Prince Edward Island

  • Students at PEI schools will be out of class as of Wednesday, June 27th.

Last Day of School 2018 in Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Schools across Newfoundland & Labrador will be wrapped up on Thursday, June 28th.

Last Day of School 2018 in the Yukon

Last Day of School 2018 in the Northwest Territories

  • Yellowknife schools will be on summer vacation as of Thursday, June 28th while the last day of school at rural schools in the NWT may differ

Last Day of School 2018 in Nunavut

  • The last day of class at Nunavut schools varies greatly over the course of June by school and community


The dates given above are for quick reference. Double-check with your local school district before booking in your Summer 2018 vacations.

Step 2: The Places to Go and Things to Do This Summer

If a frantic Google search for “Things to do this summer” has led you here, you won’t be disappointed with these travel destinations both close to home and further away that shine by summer.


Things to do in Edmonton hotels West Edmonton Mall WEM pool

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Edmonton comes alive in the summer and this is one for a family road trip. Take on the River Valley by foot or segway, tuck into Alberta flank steak tacos — and no summer visit would be complete without an afternoon of barrelling down the waterslides at West Edmonton Mall.


Southern Quebec from the Ottawa Valley to the Eastern Townships

Cheap Hotels near Ottawa Montreal Quebec Mont Tremblant Condo Versant nord Bord de l'eau kayak river

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Outdoor families, take note! Pop over to Quebec for your next holiday where your list of “Things to do this Summer” will undoubtedly include hiking to the top of Mont Sutton, waterskiing in Tremblant and a refreshing lake swim — all matched to an affordable luxury stay.



Fairmon Empress Victoria high tea

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For a family-friendly weekend in Victoria, look no further than this Mom Tested, Family Approved Guide to British Columbia’s most regal city. An evening light show, a bug zoo and a “Prince and Princess” afternoon tea await!


Southern Ontario by the Water

Muskoka Lake Rosseau JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort outdoor pool

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When Toronto starts to get a little too sticky for comfort, it’s time to get to Southern Ontario’s best lakes, waterslides and pools. Take the edge off the stifling summer humidity by whisking the family out of the city with Ontario’s best freshwater escapes.



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See Van City through blue-coloured glasses by taking to the water. We’ve got a different water activity for ocean lovers to cover every day of the week: from a Monday half-price kayak rental around English Bay to a Sunday sunset paddling Kitsilano Beach.



Venice Hotels Cannaregio Grand Canal

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Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that the learning needs to stop for all of July and August. This summer, you’re finally heading to Venice to delve into the city’s past as a storied empire — though we don’t blame you if there are a few gelato breaks in between. Our Italian editor has also added a handful of boutique hotel picks that guarantee your stay will be filled with history from the moment you wake up.



Hotels Tulum All Inclusives nomadarte bicycle rental

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Things to do this summer ought to include more Mayan ruin explorations, water tricycles and tortilla dishes covered in mole — where to? That’ll have to be an all-inclusive outside of Cancun in lovely Tulum!


Are you ready for your Summer Vacation 2018? Tell us where you’ll be off to!

Deal prices were taken at the time of publishing from for hotels with a tRI rating of 7.5/10 or over. Feature photo by Nick Lau CC-BY