February is one of the most affordable months to travel, and for Canadians that means a welcome escape from the dreary grey winter days. While there are plenty of snowy wonderlands to enjoy in our backyard, sometimes you just have to get away.
So, if you’re lusting after a last-minute getaway, here are the top destinations outside of Canada to escape to in February 2023. Our list includes beach destinations where you’ll find balmy weather and outdoor adventures galore, plus the best international festivals taking place all around the world. Bon voyage!
Break out your most fashionable winter wear and prove that Emily isn't the only North American that can take Paris by storm.
Paris is a lovely spot to visit during the colder months because there are plenty of indoor activities to take in, from some of the world's finest dining like Kim Kardashian's favourite, Ferdi, to perusing the incredible arts and culture scene at the Louvre or D'Orsay.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
February is also the perfect time to visit Argentinian vineyards and sample a glass of Syrah or Malbec just in time for the season's harvest.
Castries, St. Lucia
Adventure seekers can enjoy any number of outdoor activities from ziplining above waterfalls to horseback riding along the beach.
Take a day trip to visit the active volcanoes in the Soufrière region or relax in the sulphuric springs.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Enjoy parades, countless parties where you can samba the night away and plenty of open-air performances from February 17-25 as the city is flooded with over two million festival goers.
February is the high season in Australia, where the beaches shine bright during the peak of summer. Visit St. Kilda's for a surf or take a bucket-list drive down Great Ocean Road for some jaw-dropping views.
Don't miss taking in dinner and a show in the birthplace of Flamenco dancing and marvel at the architecture of the Cathedral of Seville and the Archbishop's Palace.
Aspen offers ideal conditions for winter sporting during February. The slopes will be packed during the President's Day long weekend (February 20), so try a mid-week trip if you're looking for a quieter time.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Explore the grounds while enjoying the sunny and dry February weather. Take a tuk tuk tour around the area and make the descent up to Sigiriya Rock (AKA Lion Rock) to enjoy some must-see views.
Cape Town, South Africa
Like so many others on this list, the weather conditions are the best of the year with sunny skies and very little rainfall. From nature reserves to expansive beaches, you'll want to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty South Africa has to offer from Table Mountain to Lion's Head.
When in the city, visit craft markets to purchase local wares (Mojo Market is a particular favourite among the hip crowd).
From the 11th to the 21st of the month the Carnival of Venice will take place, which is the city's nod to Rio's massive festival. The fête is known for its elaborate Venetian masks (and no, not the N95 kind).