Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ontario
Why it’s awesome:
If you’re from Toronto, there’s nothing like staying in town for a real staycation deal. And if you’re not from Toronto, there’s way more to the city (and its outskirts) than the CN Tower and Kensington Market. Including the GTA, Toronto is huge and infinitely diverse, and most city-dwellers have never peeked into its far-flung corners.
What to do:
Pick a neighborhood you rarely frequent, and ask a friend from the area to give you a personalized tour. Head west to the Junction for their Saturday flea market, east to Scarborough for the best five for $1 samosas, or southeast to the Beaches for Afrofest. If you can’t pick a neighborhood or can’t find a local to guide you, Jane’s Walks, annual citizen-led walking tours of Toronto communities, are a great place to start.
When to go:
Afrofest — a celebration of African music, heritage and culture — happens on July 9 and 10 this year. Summerlicious is when some of Toronto's best restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus, running from July 4 to 24.