Canadians Heading South For Can-Am Days Will Find Sun And Fun In Coastal Carolina Destinations

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Canadians planning to attend the Can-Am 50th celebration will find lots of exciting new entertainment options In Myrtle Beach, S.C. and some great places to visit along the way.

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Canadians will soon be preparing to leave frigid temperatures behind and venture south to warmer weather. Many of them will be heading to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the 50th anniversary of Can-Am Days, a popular spring celebration. When they arrive, they'll find lots of fun to have in the sun.

Best known for its 60 mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, Myrtle Beach is also America's golf Mecca with championship caliber courses that are kept green and manicured all year round.

Some of the top courses are managed by The Glens Golf Group. Four award-winning courses are in this pack: Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Possum Trot, and the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association's “2009 Golf Course of the Year,” Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club.

Off the golf course, there are attractions like Legends in Concert and WonderWorks. Both are located at Broadway At The Beach, South Carolina's premiere festival entertainment complex. The complex is literally Myrtle Beach's center of fun and it annually attracts more than 14 million visitors.

Legends in Concert has moved into a new home at Broadway and will start up 2011 performances on March 17. This live musical show features the world's greatest celebrity tribute artists. With a fabulous show and its new theater located right next to Planet Hollywood, Legends is positioned to be the town's headline entertainment attraction. For additional information about Legends in Concert, a look at the spring-time entertainers, and ticket availability, visit

Another much-anticipated indoor attraction is WonderWorks, an interactive attraction for the mind. Slated to open in late spring, WonderWorks,will feature more than 100 interactive exhibits that use some of the most sophisticated graphic and audio presentation techniques available. Exhibits are both mentally and physically stimulating—including a hurricane shack and a bed of nails—and are designed to appeal to all ages. To learn more about WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach, visit

If not flying into Myrtle Beach, Canadians may want to break up the long drive down from Canada with a short stay in the quiet North Carolina coastal towns of Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach is an ideal place for surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing and deep sea fishing, due to its location at the convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Open to the public, the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is a great place to drop a line and visit the tackle shop, grill, and arcade.

A short drive south lands visitors in Kure Beach, an area rich in excellent fishing; state, civil war and military history museums; the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher; and beautiful beaches at Fort Fisher State Recreation Center (home of nesting loggerhead sea turtles). In fact, the Kure Beach pier enjoys an international reputation among fishermen as one of the best places to pier fish for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, and blues.

Just 10 miles east of Wilmington, N.C., the town of Wrightsville Beach offers excellent saltwater and sport fishing and charming restaurants with award-winning seafood dishes. Steeped in history, the area offers numerous historic buildings and museums, as well as other unique attractions.

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Those cruising down from Canada via RV will want to make a reservation to stay at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, the largest campground on the East Coast. It's the National “RV Park of the Year” and offers 3,447 sites, 893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. To find out more information regarding Ocean Lakes, visit

The welcome mat is out this spring for Canadians! From quiet fishing villages to championship golf, to exciting attractions, shopping and a live music show with Vegas production values, the coastal Carolinas have it all.


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