The 17th of March is coming up fast, and that means it’s time to dress in green for…St. Patrick’s Day. But, what exactly is this holiday and how did it get started. Well, the day itself is a celebration of the anniversary of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. Strict observers of the day will attend a church service, wear green, and indulge in a little eating and drinking. Across most of the English speaking world though, especially Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, it is simply a day to get out and have fun with your friends and family.
Where can you go?
If you’re looking for a great place to go for St. Patrick’s Day, I’d suggest Canada. The city of Montreal hosts the longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade in North America; they’ve held the parade every year since 1824. In Manitoba, a province in the centre of the country, they have a three day long festival running this year from Friday the 15th through to the Sunday the 17th. Out on the west coast, Vancouver also hosts parades, and a massive Celtic festival.
Where can you stay?
Canada has some excellent hotels, and there are a few that really stand out for me. I’ve got three to suggest, one in Montreal, one in Winnipeg, and one in Vancouver.
In Montreal, one place stands out as a great combination of quality at a very affordable price, the Holiday Inn Select in the Montreal city centre. The hotel sits right on the edge of Chinatown, and is a very short walk from the old city centre. You will be able to join in on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with ease if you stay here.
In Winnipeg, again one hotel stands out with the best combination of amenities and price, and that’s the Holiday Inn South. It is located on the south side of the city, outside the city centre, but Winnipeg is a small city – you are only 15 minutes from pretty much anywhere in Winnipeg when you stay here.
In Vancouver, the Century Plaza gives you great value for money. It is inexpensive and located right down town on Burrard Street. This puts you right in the middle of the action, and only a couple minutes’ walk from Sunset Beach and Granville Island.
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