Canadians’ ideal holiday length: three-plus days

TORONTO — According to a recent survey conducted by InterContinental Hotels Group, when it comes to taking vacations, Canadians said their ideal holiday should last more than three days.

TORONTO — According to a recent survey conducted by InterContinental Hotels Group, when it comes to taking vacations, Canadians said their ideal holiday should last more than three days. 

The majority (78 per cent) of respondents don’t consider two days long enough to unwind, and this feeling was strongest amongst Alberta respondents (86 per cent) and British Columbia respondents (84 per cent). 

In addition, 38 per cent of respondents suggested they would most like to vacation with their partner – time to focus on each other. This was the top response in both B.C. (49 per cent) and Quebec (46 per cent), as well as with respondents 55 years of age and older (48 per cent). 

The survey results suggest that the top three ultimate summer vacation destinations in Canada according to Canadians are British Columbia (33 per cent), Ontario (18 per cent) and Quebec (15 per cent). 

Among the boomer generation (respondents 55 years of age and older), 81 per cent suggested a vacation should be three nights or longer 

Of all respondents, 6 per cent suggest they never take a vacation, with 10 per cent of respondents in Quebec suggesting they never take a vacation.

Between April 10 and April 11, an online survey was conducted among 1,005 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.