Do you ever land somewhere to catch a connecting flight and think, “I wish I had more time to check out this city.” We get it. Because, even if it’s only for a short amount of time, you’d rather get out and explore a new place than cool your jets at the airport.
Well, now WestJet has an option just in time for summer: You can choose to add a stopover stay on a connecting flight to or from Europe. That’s two vacations for the price of one. Plus, that’s just a nice way to travel.
While travelling with the family to exciting vacation places, a stopover in a new destination is a great way to give the kids a bit of a break, and for everyone to recharge their batteries. So, no matter which side of the pond you’re on, for connecting flights from Canadian destinations to Dublin, Glasgow or London Gatwick; or from Dublin, Glasgow or London Gatwick travelling to Canada, the following is a list of seven incredible Canadian WestJet destinations that we recommend you touch down and explore, for up to seven days.
St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador
You’ll feel at home the moment you land in St. John’s. You’ll see spectacular seascapes, incredible glacier-carved fjords, pristine wilderness and magnificent waterfalls. The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, is also the most easterly city in Canada, with a distinct history and natural beauty beyond compare.
Learn more about St. John’s on WestJet Magazine.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
In Halifax, history, shopping, fine dining, sightseeing, and so much more provide unique and entertaining attractions for all tastes.
Visit the expansive, natural Halifax Harbour, one of the busiest ports in Canada and second-largest in the world. Next, take a stroll through Halifax’s streets and get a glimpse of the city’s past through its stunning historic architecture.
Learn more about Halifax on WestJet Magazine.
Toronto is a fabulous destination for an exciting city getaway any time of the year. A bustling commerce centre and great place to explore and play, you’ll never run out of things to do in this diverse urban centre. Not to mention, four incredible professional sports offerings, and getting around the city is pretty easy, too.
Learn more about Toronto on WestJet Magazine.
In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, between the Prairies and world-renowned Banff National Park, you will find Calgary, Alberta. This is the nation’s fifth-largest city and home to the Calgary Stampede, Canada’s largest rodeo. Calgary is sure to please the tourist seeking big city entertainment, with a generous dose of small town appeal.
Learn more about Calgary on WestJet Magazine.
Vancouver, British Columbia
From running along the seawall in Stanley Park to yoga on the beach, and from an array of multicultural dining offerings to hikes just 30 minutes outside downtown, there’s so much to explore in and around Vancouver. Known for its picturesque mountain-capped skylines and inner-city beaches, this city is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in Canada, and for that matter, the world.
Learn more about Vancouver on WestJet Magazine.
Once, an important trading post for Canada’s First Nations peoples, Winnipeg – the capital of Manitoba – is enjoying the glow of a cultural renaissance. The city’s known for its innovative arts and entertainment scene, and in fact it boasts the most live music per night per capita in Canada.
Learn more about Winnipeg on WestJet Magazine.
Known as Canada’s Festival City, Edmonton hosts more than 30 established festivals each year, including internationally renowned folk, fringe and street performance fests. Edmonton is also home to numerous musical and theatrical productions, an annual July exhibition called Capital EX and the Canadian Finals Rodeo in November.
Learn more about Edmonton on WestJet Magazine.
There you have it, that’s quite the collection of great Canadian WestJet destinations for you to discover.
Save your bag tags
For the last leg of your stopover flight, you do not pay baggage fees a second time, but you must be able to provide your original baggage tags, so don’t remove them from your luggage when you land.
Here’s a quick heads up on some guidelines to make yourself aware of before you book a stopover option:
- only available for travel between Canada and Europe
- stopover flights can be booked at westjet.com
- not applicable on flights between Europe and the U.S.A.
- you can take advantage of the stopover option on connecting flights that have more than one stop:
- if you’re flying to Europe from Canada, the stopover city you choose must be the last touch point in Canada before your European destination
- when flying to Canada from Europe, your stopover city must be the first touch point in Canada
Here’s to two vacations for the price of one. Have a great summer, and as always, thanks for choosing WestJet.