Summer's here, so why not take a staycation? Here, three destinations that will have you saying "Go Canada!"

1. Ride the ocean to Halifax

If your ancestors crossed the Atlantic, you'll likely find a piece of family history at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax (www.pier21.ca).

Start in Montreal, where Via Rail's Ocean train departs. Book a sleeper-plus class car that accommodates two, check in at the station and, after you board, toast your journey in the Renaissance lounge.

The two-day trip follows the shore of the St. Lawrence; the glass-domed Park car allows for panoramas as you near the ocean; on-board dining and entertainment help speed the journey.

Make it easier upon arrival: just roll the luggage down the hall to the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel (www.thewestinnovascotian.com), adjacent to the Halifax train station, then hoof the 10-minute walk to Pier 21. Right off the boat will take on a whole new meaning after you spy the photos of the ship Granddad came in on. www.viarail.ca

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