Summer fun on a budget

Want a vacation, but on a budget? Check out these fun staycation ideas.

As the weather is getting warmer, I start thinking about summer — my favourite season.

I feel like the world is a little more laid-back in the summer. Maybe it’s because of the heat. It’s a great time to connect with family and friends since the kids are out of school and the adults take time off work.

A lot of people take the opportunity to vacation during this time. However, if going abroad is not in your budget this summer, a staycation can be a lot of fun, too.

Some staycation ideas to consider

Check out your provincial parks

We have a beautiful country and each province has picturesque camps that are reasonably priced. Enjoy nature, while connecting with family and friends and building memories that will last a lifetime. If you want beautiful sandy beaches, check out Sandbanks Provincial Park in Ontario, Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon in Quebec or Cavendish Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island. If you would like to surf, you may want to head out to Green Point Campground on Long Beach at Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia

Libraries can be fun

No, I am not talking about borrowing a book for some fun reading over the summer. Although, that can be a great way to enjoy the warmth, with a cold drink in the shade. I am talking about free passes to local attractions. Did you know that you can borrow a pass for you and your family (two adults and up to five children) at any Toronto Public Library branch to check out the best of Toronto's arts and cultural treasures for free? There are number of participating venues: Toronto Zoo, Art Gallery of Ontario and Ontario Science Centre are just a few that are included. Libraries in Quebec City and Gatineau also have similar offerings. Quantities are limited and rules and conditions apply. And this is not all. Libraries are fun nowadays and offer free workshops, story time and various activities for kids. Visit your local library for more details.

Free events organized by your municipality

Many Canadian municipalities offer free local events for their residents, which are listed on their websites. For example, the City of Edmonton has an events calendar on its website that lists all festivals and events in the area. Many of these events are free. Check out your municipality’s website, as well as a local newspaper, for a list of free events.

Keep the conversation going

Do you have any fun staycation ideas? Post a comment below.


The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of CPA Canada.

About the Author

Maya Kuc Corbic, CPA, CA

Dinarii Financial Education Academy
Maya is a passionate advocate of financial literacy and is the founder of Dinarii Financial Education Academy. The academy’s mission is to teach children and youth financial literacy skills in a fun and engaging way, and give tools to parents to continue teaching personal finance at home. Dinarii offers student and parent workshops that qualify for the Parents Reaching Out Grant.