Cheap Flights from Ontario to Canadian Cities : Spring, Summer, Fall Travel


Canada

Due to intense competition from low cost carriers, flying within Canada has become significantly cheaper over the last few years.

It was not that long ago you would easily be paying a minimum of $500 roundtrip after taxes to fly from Ontario to Western Canada or vice versa. Those same routes are now routinely in the ballpark of $250 roundtrip or less.

Back then you had two choices, WestJet or Air Canada. Then Air Transat started flying certain domestic routes, which helped with prices between major cities, such as Toronto to Calgary/Vancouver. Then Flair entered the mix, starting with cheap flights from smaller Canadian airports, and gradually worked their way into the larger airports.

WestJet responded to this new upstart named Flair by creating Swoop to compete in the low cost carrier space.

And then there's Porter, who has been biding their time in Eastern Canada, but now appears poised to finally expand across Canada next year with their 80 new aircraft.

Not to mention Lynx Air (formerly Enerjet) who plans to fly between major Canadian cities starting in April 2022 using the low cost carrier model.

Yes, many routes within Canada are still dominated by 1 or 2 airlines, keeping prices high on those routes. Anywhere with less than 200,000 people is still going to have expensive domestic flights and limited choices.

But I think to say that Canada's domestic market has a real lack of competition is no longer true like it once was.

WestJet, Air Canada vs Flair, Swoop, Lynx

When it comes to comparing prices between WestJet / Air Canada versus Flair / Swoop, if you have intention of bringing *any* luggage (checked OR carry-on), you should probably add about $100-$120 to Flair and Swoop's roundtrip prices, to give you a fair comparison.

Flair and Swoop's base prices will buy you just a seat on the plane, so don't be fooled by the first price you see on search engines. They're not telling you the whole story.

As a general rule, somewhere around $250 CAD roundtrip including taxes and fees has been the rock bottom price you'll find for non-stop flights between Ontario and B.C./Alberta with WestJet or Air Canada. (Update: Currently available in the neighbourhood of $150 roundtrip or less!)

And with Flair or Swoop, the bottom price will be around $100-$125 CAD roundtrip *before* adding any luggage, and not by coincidence, around $220-$250 CAD roundtrip with checked luggage or carry-on.

So at the end of the day, if your grand total price is in the ballpark of $250 CAD roundtrip per passenger, you're doing very well. It's still a lot better than the $500-$600 roundtrip that Canadians have traditionally paid for summer travel within our own country over the years.

Exploring for cheap flights

If you click on the links below, it will take you to an example Google Flights search you can start with.

When you get to Google Flights, you can click on the departure date box to open the calendar view and browse for the cheapest dates to fly.

If you open the calendar view on Google Flights you can adjust the trip length at the bottom.

British Columbia - Vancouver (YVR) or Abbotsford (YXX)



Abbotsford is east of Vancouver, and about a 45-60 minute drive into downtown Vancouver (depending on how bad traffic is).

Toronto to Vancouver

$165 roundtrip on WestJet, Air Canada, Air Transat (March to June, September, October - Jul/Aug for $210)

Toronto to Vancouver

$139 roundtrip on Flair (March to November)

Toronto to Vancouver

$162 roundtrip on Lynx Air (April to October)

Kitchener-Waterloo to Vancouver

$108 roundtrip on Flair (March to October)

Toronto to Abbotsford

$112 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (March to October)

Hamilton to Abbotsford

$110 roundtrip on Swoop (May to October)

British Columbia - Victoria (YYJ)



Toronto to Victoria

$119 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (September, October)

Toronto to Victoria

$216 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet (** not currently available **)

Kitchener-Waterloo to Victoria

not available

British Columbia - Kelowna (YLW) & Penticton (YYF)



Toronto to Kelowna

on Air Canada, WestJet (not currently cheap)

Toronto to Kelowna

$176 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (May to October)

Toronto to Kelowna

$149 roundtrip on WestJet (1 stop flights in May, June)
^^ Explore prices on Google Flights. Look for dates in the $500s roundtrip. Try the same dates on FlightHub to book them for $149 roundtrip.


Kitchener-Waterloo to Kelowna

$118 roundtrip on Flair (May to October)

Toronto to Penticton

$235 roundtrip on Air Canada (not currently cheap), 1 stop


Alberta - Calgary (YYC) / Banff



Toronto to Calgary

$118 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat (March to June, and September, October - Jul/Aug for $163)

Toronto to Calgary

$97 roundtrip on Flair (April to June, September, October)

Toronto to Calgary

$131 roundtrip on Lynx Air (April to October)


Kitchener-Waterloo to Calgary

$101 roundtrip on WestJet (September, October)

Kitchener-Waterloo to Calgary

$88 roundtrip on Flair (September, October)

Hamilton to Calgary

$228 roundtrip on WestJet (April to June, September, October)
^^ note: the Calgary flights have an issue with the price jumping when you click through to the WestJet website. Try the same dates on FlightHub to book them for $109.


Alberta - Edmonton (YEG) / Jasper



Toronto to Edmonton

$138 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet (March to June, September, October, Jul/Aug for $183)

Toronto to Edmonton

$118 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (March to October)

Kitchener-Waterloo to Edmonton

$85 roundtrip on Flair (not currently cheap)

Hamilton to Edmonton

$118 roundtrip on Swoop (March to October)

London to Edmonton

$98 roundtrip on Swoop (June to October)


Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown (YYG)



Toronto to Charlottetown

$115 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet (late April, May, September, October)

Toronto to Charlottetown

$96 roundtrip on Flair (March to October)

Hamilton to Charlottetown

$96 roundtrip on Swoop (May to October)


Nova Scotia - Halifax (YHZ)



Toronto to Halifax

$116 roundtrip on WestJet (May, September, October)

Toronto to Halifax

$96 roundtrip on Flair (May to October)

Kitchener-Waterloo to Halifax

$96 roundtrip on Flair (September, October)

Hamilton to Halifax

$116 roundtrip on Swoop (March to June, and September, October)


Newfoundland - Deer Lake or St. John's



Kitchener to Deer Lake

$96-$116 roundtrip on Flair (late August, September, October)

Hamilton to Deer Lake

$118 roundtrip on Swoop (May to October)

Hamilton to St. John's

$198 roundtrip on Swoop (June to October)



New Brunswick - Moncton or Saint John



Toronto to Saint John

$106 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (March to October)

Toronto to Saint John

$229 roundtrip on Air Canada (April, May, June)


Hamilton to Moncton

$155 roundtrip on Swoop (May to October)

Ontario - Thunder Bay (YQT)



Toronto to Thunder Bay

$102 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet (April to June, September, October)

Toronto to Thunder Bay

$86 roundtrip on Flair (March to October)


Manitoba - Winnipeg (YWG)



Toronto to Winnipeg

$102 roundtrip on Air Canada, WestJet (June, September, October)

Toronto to Winnipeg

$138 roundtrip on Flair, Swoop (March to October)


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8 Responses to "Cheap Flights from Ontario to Canadian Cities : Spring, Summer, Fall Travel"


    Has Kelty been here?
       Kelty on February 4th, 2022

    Hi Chris, Is the $231 Toronto to Victoria (westjet or aircanada) deal still active? Thanks!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 4th, 2022

    Hi Kelty, I just updated the link in the blog post with some working dates. June 18 to 25 is available with Air Canada for $216 roundtrip. That route usually doesn't have very many dates available in the $200s roundtrip. It seems like AC usually just offers a couple of really cheap ones in May or June.

    Has Philip been here?
       Philip on February 8th, 2022

    Hi Chris. I've been watching for something YYZ to YYT for 3 weeks in early August and nothing changes. It's still about $1000 for econ comfort (just so I can get a refund if I cancel due to covid). What gives with this high price? Thanks!

    Has momirlan been here?
       momirlan on February 9th, 2022

    Hi Chris,

    Been a follower for many years, you rock bro !

    Wondering what this means "There have never been any special requirements, such as having a covid test result", since I am not vaccinated.

    Is there also no proof of vaccination requirement, and does that include airlines and airports ?

    I am asking because I applied for a contract at Air Canada (remote IT work) and they asked for proof of vaccination - even though they will never be less than 100 miles from my face. Totally unrelated I know, but this is the spirit so I expect anything to frustrate unvaccinated people from Air Canada.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 9th, 2022

    Thanks momirlan! That paragraph needed an update. It was originally intended for those that might think there are test requirements for flying within Canada (it can be confusing, as there are test requirements in order to enter Canada from a foreign country). It is true that one does not need a test result in order to fly within Canada, and that it's pretty much identical to flying in pre-pandemic times. However, the federal government did start requiring that a person be vaccinated in order to board a plane in Canada back in the fall of 2021.

    Has Gail been here?
       Gail on March 1st, 2022

    Hi Chris,
    Firstly thank you for your fabulous work! It’s appreciated.
    Secondly, is it possible for u to clue us in on Premium Economy and/or business class offerings?
    And I don’t mean airlines (like air Transat) that just reserve the middle seat as empty….
    Many thanks

    Has Tina been here?
       Tina on March 3rd, 2022

    Edmonton to Toronto on the main page says CA$89 (one way), then when I click on it, it bumps up to CA$239. So I *do* see the lower fare, it just doesn't stick (also when I go to Air Canada's website, it is the same).

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 3rd, 2022

    I'm seeing the same thing with Toronto-Calgary now. Toronto-Vancouver is still working.

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Cheap Flights from Ontario to Canadian Cities : Spring, Summer, Fall Travel