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Top Canadian Holiday Deal Destinations

12/18/2014 05:59 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST
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It's hard not to love the holiday season. It's the perfect time of year to come together with friends and family and take some time away from work. While the holidays are a joyous time of year that are meant to bring family and friends together to celebrate, the holiday season marks one of the most costly times of year for travel and hotel bookings. These high travel prices can hinder the ability to really enjoy yourself and a lot of people wonder if there is a way to take a holiday vacation or visit family without completely breaking the bank. Is it really possible to find a good deal on a holiday getaway?

Absolutely! I've put together a list of local cities that are seeing the steepest hotel price drops this holiday season, to help you find the best deals. Whether you're visiting family or taking a well-earned vacation, use this as a guide to find the best deals and deepest savings.

Whistler

Whistler, known as a local premiere ski destinations, offers visitors crisp air, fresh powder, and stunning views. If you're looking to enjoy the outdoors this holiday season, you're in luck! This British Columbian ski and snowboarding haven is seeing our steepest price drop, compared to 2013. Those looking to travel to Whistler can expect to see up to a 20 per cent hotel price drop, so grab your skis and some hot coco and head over to this snowy escape. While you're there, check out Whistler's famous "Fire & Ice" show, held every Sunday starting December 14, where athletes flip and twist through a burning ring of fire and finish off the show with a spectacular fireworks display.

Mont-Tremblant

Located in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Mont-Tremblant is the perfect mountain resort town for those traveling to the Eastern part of Canada. The city is known for its extravagant mountain resorts, luxurious restaurants, and endless beauty. Sounds like it might be out of your price range? That's where you're wrong! Mont-Tremblant is also experiencing a 20 per cent year over year hotel price drop, making this opulent resort town perfectly accessibly for a holiday get away with family or friends. If you happen to find yourself in Mont-Tremblant for New Year's Eve, stop by the base of the mountain's South Side to watch the torchlight descent, followed by the eye-popping snow show presented by the Tremblant Ski School and Mont-Tremblant Ski Club.

Quebec City

This year, Santa Claus is giving the gift of savings! If you're looking to become one of Santa's little helpers this Christmas season, but don't feel like travelling all the way to the North Pole, look no further than Quebec, which is showing an 11 per cent drop in hotel prices compared to 2013. Starting in early December, Old Québec is transformed into a real-life Christmas village, a scene straight out of A Christmas Carol. Take a stroll around to take in the enchanting lights and decorations, or do some holidays shopping at the Christmas Market at the Old Port. With all of this holiday cheer, it's no surprise that Québec City has been ranked among the world's top 10 destinations for celebrating the Holidays.

Winnipeg

Whether you're visiting family or are looking for a festive getaway, Winnipeg offers a multitude of different activities to celebrate the holidays. The city is experiencing a 10 per cent hotel price drop compared to 2013, so it's easy to score a great rate on a hotel room this season. For a light show to last a lifetime, the Canad Inn's Winter Wonderland, a Winnipeg family tradition, offers visitors a festive seasonal drive-through light display each December and January featuring more than one million lights and over 26 different themed areas along a 2.5 km route.

Banff

Who doesn't want to wake up on Christmas morning and see snowflakes falling outside of their window? If you're looking for the magical white Christmas we all wish we could have, Banff is the place for you. This quiet mountain town, which is nestled in the Canadian Rockies, is experiencing a 9 per cent hotel price drop from last year, making it a great getaway destination if you're looking to relax. Banff is not only known for its mountainous surroundings, but is also famous for its hot springs. Take a dip then go for some shopping at the Banff Christmas Market for beautiful handcrafted gifts along with live entertainment and delicious food.

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