These Ontario Cities Will Pay You To Visit And Stay Overnight

A handful of cities and towns across Ontario will open their pockets for you to visit overnight this summer, offering discounts on payment and stay for travellers.

Local tourism is having a moment right now, so if you’re traveling to the province this summer, you might want to check out these programs for discounts and freebies.

Book a stay of two nights or more at any participating hotel in Mississauga through September 5 and the the city’s tourist office will offer each visitor a $100 prepaid VISA and a $20 Square One Shopping Center gift card.

Use the Square One card to explore the mall’s many restaurants and cafes, like Alaia Cafe & Donuts, a new bakery all covered in pink.

The nearby city of Guelph will also offer you a $100 VISA for a minimum stay of two nights in the six participating partner hotels, from April 27 to October 10.

Same in Londona consecutive two-night stay at any participating hotel will also earn you a $100 prepaid VISA card.

Head to the nation’s capital for (at least) a three-night trip and the The Ottawa Tourism Board will cover your third hotel stay. A minimum rate of $99 per night is required for room and taxes to be covered, while trips must be booked between June 1 and October 10.

Terms and conditions apply to each program.

Savings schemes like these have sprung up more often as the province’s tourism sector tries to recover from lockdown-related losses.

Ontarians can save even more by claiming the 2022 Provincial Staycation Tax Credit, which will save travelers up to $1,000 on individual trips or $2,000 for group trips on accommodations or local destinations.