You might have caught wind of something called “City Friends with Benefits,” or maybe this is the first you’re hearing of it. Either way, you’ve probably got questions. What is it, and why should I care? Well, this is the place to find out. Sit back and let us give you the low down on the City Friends with Benefits program, as well as why you should take advantage of it.
What is City Friends with Benefits?
The cheekily named City Friends with Benefits project is a joint venture between three of Canada’s liveliest cities: Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. The tourism boards of each city—Destination Toronto, Ottawa Tourism, and Tourisme Montréal, respectively—are working in tandem on the campaign, marking the first time the three organizations have collaborated. The goal: to engage tourists not only from the constituent cities, but from all across Canada.
City Friends with Benefits has a simple premise; the three cities have joined together to attract tourists, and wash the taste of isolation out of everyone’s mouths. From the European charm of Montreal’s architecture, to the hustle and bustle of Toronto’s busy nightlife, there’s something for every type of tourist to enjoy. To boot, the tourism boards have partnered with VIA Rail and Air Canada, who are offering a 20% discount on trips between the participating cities.
The program is centered around, as the site describes it, “Canada’s favorite threesome.” The tongue-in-cheek phrase refers to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto – a trio of metropolises tailor made to take your breath away. If you live nearby, consider paying them a visit. If you don’t, amazement is only a train or plane ticket away.
Participate in City Friends with Benefits
It’s no secret: COVID brought the whole world to a halt. As the pandemic winds down, few businesses have emerged unscathed. That said, the tourism sector was hit particularly hard. Between lockdowns limiting domestic travel, and travel restrictions barring visitors from abroad, there was little hope of drumming up business. City Friends with Benefits aims to make up for lost time. Moreover, it promises an escape for all of us who’ve been cooped up inside for far too long.
Participation is as easy as visiting the city of your choosing. In exchange for your business, you’ll be met with all the splendors your destination has to offer, from top quality eateries to landmark buildings. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about researching where you’re headed; everything you need to know about the trio, including flights and hotel bookings, can be found on the City Friends with Benefits website. Simply put, this is a golden opportunity to embark on that vacation you’re well overdue for.
Feature Image: Old Port of Montréal, Walid Amghar, Unsplash