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Montreal to Nova Scotia, Vancouver, or Calgary / Banff - $192-$280 roundtrip [nonstop flights]

Cheap flights Canada fall and winter travel

Most of the great July and August prices for domestic travel within Canada are now gone. (Update: August dates are available from Montreal to Halifax for $88 CAD roundtrip.)

The focus now is on September and beyond, where the intense competition between 4 of Canada's airlines is still resulting in some very cheap prices throughout the rest of 2021, and as far away as March 2022.

The most interesting prices are the ones between Montreal and Western Canada (Vancouver or Calgary / Banff) where roundtrip flights can be found in the mid-$200s after taxes.

Sadly, September or October is usually the last chance of the year for a vacation within Canada with decent weather.

WestJet, Air Canada vs Flair, Swoop

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 B.C./Alberta and Ontario/Quebec with WestJet or Air Canada.

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 $400-$600 roundtrip that Canadians have traditionally paid for travel within our own country over the years.

Are there any requirements such as a negative covid test result for flying within Canada?

There have never been any special requirements, such as having a covid test result, when flying between any combination of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.

Flying between these 4 provinces is essentially identical to pre-pandemic times, and always has been.

Most of the new rules you've heard about are in regards to international travel and entry into Canada.

Vice versa flights also work

Similar prices can be found on the reverse routes (Vancouver to Montreal for example).

Availability for travel

September, October, November, December 2021

January, February, March 2022

One way flights

Yes, you can also find one way flights for approximately 50% of the round trip price.

Just change it from Roundtrip to One Way when you get to the Google Flights links below.

Finding the deals

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.

Once you've opened the calendar view, try adjusting 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).

British Columbia is back open and welcoming out of province visitors again.

Montreal to Vancouver $259 roundtrip on Air Transat, Air Canada, WestJet

Montreal to Vancouver $112-$175 roundtrip on Flair

Montreal to Abbotsford $112 to $172 roundtrip on Flair (September, October)

Alberta - Calgary (YYC) / Banff

Alberta is back open and welcoming out of province visitors again.

Montreal to Calgary $287 roundtrip on Air Transat, Air Canada, or WestJet (September, October)

Nova Scotia - Halifax (YHZ)

Phase 4 (of 5) for Nova Scotia's re-opening plan started on July 15th, 2021 (well ahead of previous estimates). Visitors from across Canada are now welcome to visit again. Fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to isolate. Travellers to Nova Scotia also need to fill out a self-declaration form.

Montreal to Halifax $192 roundtrip on Air Canada (September, October)

Montreal to Halifax $88 to $115 roundtrip on Flair (August, September, October)

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4 Responses to "Montreal to Nova Scotia, Vancouver, or Calgary / Banff - $192-$280 roundtrip [nonstop flights]"

    Has Annika been here?
       Annika on July 16th, 2021

    You should mention that for Nova Scotia they are currently requiring the pre-filling out of an online entry form for those travelling from outside of Atlantic Canada even if fully vaccinated. This may change but worth mentioning so no one gets caught out!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 17th, 2021

    Thanks Annika, I added that info!

    Has Curvenut been here?
       Curvenut on August 12th, 2021


    What is the current rules related to COVID for travelling within canada ? Do the passengers have to be fully vaccinated ?


    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on August 12th, 2021

    Hi Curvenut,

    Flying domestically within Canada is pretty much identical to pre-pandemic times. Vaccination status is not checked and there are no test result requirements.

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