By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Is it worth going to Virginia Beach?

A: That depends on what your preferences are. If you’re like most Canadians, then you’ll be a beach lover. Just before the kids go back to school or perhaps when you feel like taking a few extra days off in September, you might wish to consider rubbing suntan lotion and flopping out in a deck chair along Virginia Beach’s sandy shoreline. The folks who rep this part of the US swear summer lasts longer here.

During select weeks in August and September, Virginia Beach features “Canada Weeks” inviting us to experience the beach like a local while enjoying one extra night free in Virginia Beach. All you have to do is book a six-night stay at a participating hotel during August 10-28 and September 1-25 and you’ll receive an additional night free.

For a list of Virginia Beach hotels participating in Canada Weeks visit

Also once you’re down there, be sure to spot hotels displaying the Canadian flags at the front desk along with hotel staff wearing Canada/US lapel pins. There will also be some other surprises. The destination reps tell me a goody bag filled with Virginia Beach goodies and a list of participating restaurants, and attractions offering discounts during this special program will be included.

Just picture frolicking bottlenose dolphins as your kayak rides the ocean waves or try some fresh seafood prepared by local chefs. Situated in the southeastern corner of the state where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach has plenty to offer.

For visitor information, call 1-800-VA-BEACH (800/822-3224) or visit the Web site


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