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With summer vacation around the corner, Canadians looking to take their getaway game to the next level might want to start looking south of the border. 

From the arts and culture of Chicago and Washington to the sun-soaked natural offerings of Portland and San Diego, the United States offer plenty to discover in and around its major cities.

Air Canada continues to launch a number of new transborder routes, including daily, non-stop service between Canada’s two largest hubs and seven main U.S. cities.


The new routes include:

Toronto – Washington, DC: May 2, 2016 (year-round) 

Toronto – Jacksonville: May 7, 2016 (year-round) 

Vancouver – San Jose: May 9, 2016 (year-round) 

Toronto – Portland: May 26, 2016 (seasonal) 

Toronto – Salt Lake City: May 27, 2016 (year-round)

Vancouver – San Diego: June 2, 2016 (seasonal) 

Vancouver – Chicago: June 4, 2016 (year-round)


Currently servicing 55 destinations throughout the U.S., Air Canada’s new non-stop, daily (and sometimes twice-daily) routes are connecting Canadians with easier travel options to destinations from coast to coast – and bringing those last-minute long weekend escapes well within reach.

Here are some summer highlights for U.S. cities being featured by the airline’s new services, so you can give your clients a few more reasons to take off for a couple of days.


Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Washington, DC

While it may be known for its monuments, memorials and museums, Washington, DC is also well-equipped for summer visitors with a calendar full of festivals, fireworks and free shows running all season long. Catch a classic ball game at Nationals Park, where its broad selection of specialty food stalls takes fan fare way beyond peanuts and cracker jacks, and the in-field entertainment is nothing less than major league. For culture-buffs, the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in July showcases artisans of all skills and trades to the National Mall for a week of music, art and cuisine. Of course, even non-Americans can enjoy the patriotic pageant that is the Fourth of July – and where better to experience a frenzy of fireworks, parades and tri-coloured celebrations than in the nation’s capital? (

On May 2, 2016, Air Canada launched service between Toronto and Washington’s Dulles International airport with three flights daily operated by Air Canada Express™. This new service complements the schedule of Air Canada codeshare flights operated four times daily on this route by Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.

Air Canada also serves two other airports in the Washington D.C area:

• Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) with four flights daily from Toronto as well as two flights daily from both Montreal and Ottawa.

• Baltimore/Washington International Airport from Toronto, three times daily during the week and twice daily on weekends.

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It’s hard to imagine a better place for a beach getaway than in Jacksonville, FL. Home to 22 miles of sand and surf, Florida’s youngest city has three beachside neighbourhoods to explore, and a nifty Beaches Trolley to help shuttle travellers along the way. In addition to its sunny shores, Jacksonville also enjoys an easygoing balance of culture, nature – and of course, golf – throughout the year. Energetic visitors will discover lots of ways to keep moving, from hiking its 80,000 acres of parks to shopping for antique treasures in Five Points, while sports enthusiasts can be a part of the action with its Jacksonville Suns, Sharks and Armada taking on their bitter rivals in baseball, football and soccer, respectively. (

Air Canada recently launched a new year-round service to Northeastern Florida with two weekly flights between Toronto-Jacksonville. The convenient schedule, operated by Air Canada Express™, offers non-stop flights every Saturday and Sunday with a choice of Business or Economy Class service. For more information, visit


San Jose
Credit: Eric Fredericks, Flickr

Santana Row - San Jose, CA

San Jose

As the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, San Jose is a city in the centre of innovation, offering an array of activities and attractions throughout June, July and August to suit anyone seeking something new. Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. is a particular must-do, with San Jose working its own emphasis on the importance of innovation in societal progress into the festivities (June 19). Fans of the cutting-edge will enjoy the three-day Sensors Expo and Conference in June, where leading experts in sensing technologies explore new ways to bring solutions of the future into the present day. (

Air Canada now offers year-round service Vancouver-San Jose with two flights daily, seven days a week. Flights are operated by Air Canada Express™ with a choice of Business or Economy Class service. For more information, visit




This eclectic mecca for everything vintage, eco-friendly and food truck-fresh is at its best in the warmer months, when the Oregon weather is fair and the festivals are in full bloom. Ranging from summer standards like the Portland International Beer Festival and Portland Pride in June, visitors can also expect the unexpected, such as: the annual World Naked Bike Ride (which is exactly as it sounds); the Big Float featuring a flotilla of inner tubes and swimmer-laden inflatables at Waterfront Park in July; and the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby – where the race track is an extinct volcano – in August. Add the city’s 70 craft breweries, 600 food carts and collection of mountainous, forested and coastal surroundings to the list of to-dos, and you may need a little more than a few days to get the full effect. (

Air Canada recently launched seasonal service between Toronto and Portland. Customers can choose Business or Economy Class service, seven days a week until Oct. 16, 2016. This new service complements Air Canada’s year round service between Vancouver-Portland, four times daily and between Calgary-Portland, twice daily. For more information, visit


Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City

A diverse metropolis nestled within an idyllic mountain setting, Salt Lake City is a dynamic and vibrant destination for travellers seeking deep lakes and green valleys with the bright lights and comforts of a big city. A favourite spot for cyclists, skiers and other Olympic-level sports fans, this high-altitude Utah destination has no shortage of outdoor activities, while its Family History Library and FamilySearch Centre lends it the unique title of Genealogy Capitol of the World. Visitors to Salt Lake can also look forward to a wide-ranging line-up of unique cultural events this summer, including the 41st annual Utah Pride Festival, the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA) Conference, and Slide the City, a family-focused favourite featuring a 1,000 foot slip n’ slide, three lanes located right in Salt Lake’s city streets. (

Air Canada recently launched non-stop service between Toronto and Salt Lake City. Customers can choose Business or Economy Class service on this year-round route. For more information, visit


San Diego

San Diego

A city which hardly needs an introduction, San Diego’s sunny Pacific coastline, inland desert landscapes and sweeping Laguna Mountain surroundings have created a destination that, while rich with history, is still ripe for discovery. Visitors can explore it all, from the downtown’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter to the sparkling coastal village of La Jolla; Coronado and Mission Bay’s widespread beachfront regions; the backcountry foothill trekking offered by East County all the way to South Bay, the southern-most community in the city and location of the Tijuana Estuary, shopping, and the Mexican border. From June to August, don’t miss the famous Comic-Con International and its thousands of attending artists, pop culture fans and celebrities, the two-day street heritage festival Fiesta del Sol, or the Fourth of July’s Big Bay Boom, boasting the largest fireworks display in the country. (

Air Canada has launched another new California route. This new seasonal non-stop service is operated daily by Air Canada Rouge™ until Oct. 16, 2016. Customers can choose from three comfort levels and Premium Rouge or Rouge service. For more information, visit



Cloud Gate, Chicago


A city which unabashedly self-identifies as offering the “world’s best” of many things, Chicago is a celebrated cultural epicenter for music, architecture, art and cuisine, and renews its reputation constantly with new and exciting additions to the cityscape each year. Its events calendar for this coming summer is one to be reckoned with, featuring some major events such as Chicago Summerdance, the largest outdoor dance festival in the U.S.; the NFL draft and outdoor fan festival; the world-famous Chicago Blues Festival, and more. Foodies can look forward to the city’s Ribfest, Brew to Be Wild, the Pilsen Food Truck Social and Rachael Ray’s Feedback Festival, while Art aficionados will enjoy the 57th Street Art Fair, Remix Chicago: Recycled Art Fair and the Millennium Art Festival. Meanwhile, visitors from all walks of life can appreciate the aptly-named Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party. (

Air Canada just launched daily non-stop service between Vancouver and Chicago. Business and Economy Class are offered on this new year-round route. This service complements three Air Canada codeshare flights, operated on this route by Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. Air Canada and codeshare partner, United Airlines also offer frequent non-stop service between Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Chicago as well as daily codeshare service Edmonton-Chicago. For more information, visit



With Air Canada:

• Frequent travellers can take advantage of Air Canada’s Flight Pass Products offering a convenient and economical option for many travel zones and fare options

• Eligible customers can enjoy access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges in all Canadian gateways

• In-flight entertainment at each seat with up to 600 hours of on-demand programming, in-seat power for laptops, USB ports for recharging personal electronic devices

• Customers can take advantage Wi-Fi connectivity across the entire fleet of narrow-body aircraft

• Customers can earn Air Canada Altitude™ Qualifying Miles with Aeroplan®



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