Myrtle Beach Welcomes Canadians

Myrtle Beach Celebrates 49th Annual Canadian-American Days

Festival Features Events, Concerts and Discounts throughout the Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach

February, 2010 – MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Once again the Myrtle Beach area is rolling out the red carpet for its visitors to the north during the destination’s annual Canadian-American Days. This year, from March 13-21, the Myrtle Beach area will welcome Canadian and American visitors with a lineup of fun events, giveaways, discounts and concerts taking place throughout the Grand Strand.

The 49th Annual Canadian-American Days arrive hot on the heels of the new non-stop service on Porter Airlines from Toronto to Myrtle Beach, making it easier than ever for Canadians to escape to the 60 plus miles of sandy beaches. Canadians also have non-stop service access with Direct Air from such hubs as Niagara Fall and Plattsburgh, New York.  The festival draws as many as 100,000 Canadian visitors each year and is regarded as the first international festival organized in South Carolina.

“Can-Am Days celebrate our snowbird visitors who escape the cold and snow for the moderate climate and wealth of attractions of the Myrtle Beach area,” said Brad Dean, MBACC/CVB president and CEO. “Many of these visitors have been traveling to our destination for decades and we strive to create new memories for each generation through our festivals.”

The festival will feature a variety of events, along with discounts and special offers available to Canadian visitors for area attractions, restaurants, golf and services. Event highlights include:

  • 2010 RBC Bank Presents the 282nd Army Band, 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.) March 15 – Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy., Myrtle Beach. Free but tickets are required. Tickets available 8:30 a.m. March 8 at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce visitor centers at 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, and 3401 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet.

§         2010 RBC Bank Canadian-American Days Kickoff Celebration Expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16 This expo officially kicks off Can-Am Days and features exhibitors, musical entertainment, prizes, giveaways and refreshments. Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, Myrtle Beach. Free to the public.

§         16th Annual South Strand Wildlife and History Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17 – Enjoy family friendly entertainment, exhibits and activities. The Taste of Murrells Inlet, a culinary extension of the event, will boast specialties from some of the finest restaurants in the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Huntington Beach State Park, 16148 Ocean Hwy., Murrells Inlet. Free for Canadians with valid ID. Adults: $5, S.C. senior citizens: $3.25, children 6-15: $3 and children 5 and under: free. SouthCarolinaParks.com/(843) 235-8755

§         2010 Battle at the Beach presented by RBC Bank, 11 a.m. March 18 (register by March 11) Second annual Canada vs. U.S.A. Friendly Competition for the RBC Cup, four-person scramble format. Greens fee, cart fee and prizes included. All tournament profits will be donated to Myrtle Beach Haven. Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Dr., Myrtle Beach. Fee $125 per person, $400 per foursome. CanAmDays.com for registration form and more information.

§         2010 RBC Bank Presents the 208th Army Reserve Band, 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.) March 19 – Christ United Methodist Church, 2901 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach. Free but tickets are required. Tickets available 10 a.m. March 16 at the 2010 RBC Bank Canadian-American Days Kickoff Celebration Expo, Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

§         2010 RBC Bank Presents the U.S. Navy Band, 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.) March 20 – Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy., Myrtle Beach. Free but tickets are required. Tickets available 10 a.m. March 16 at the 2010 RBC Bank Canadian-American Days Kickoff Celebration Expo, Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

For more information, call (843) 626-7444/(800) 356-3016 or visit CanAmDays.com.

The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities along the South Carolina coast. Home to world-class golf, 100 Kilometres miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and Southern hospitality, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience.

For additional information on the Myrtle Beach area, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or call (888) Myrtle-1.