So, you’re a Canadian looking for COVID-safe travel opportunities within the country? Search no more! Actually, you can travel throughout Canada right now! However, you must follow all guidelines set by each individual province. First, make note of any safety restrictions that you should follow. Secondly, consider a quick road-trip or weekend getaway that doesn’t put anyone at risk. Here are some COVID-safe trip destinations.
If you live in the Maritimes
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. opened their provincial borders to one another in July 2020. Maritimers can now safely visit other Maritimers. Plus, no 2-week quarantine required. If you count yourself amongst this population, try:
- Gros Morne National Park.
- Twillingate for some iceberg viewing.
- Peggy’s Cove to see the oft-photographed lighthouse.
- Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
- Saint John scavenger hunt.
- Bay of Fundy park.
- P.E.I.’s L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site.
- P.E.I.’s Cavendish Dunelands Trail.
If you live in Quebec or Ontario
Both provinces have reopened travel to most of the other provinces. However, you should always double-check that this is still the case before making plans. If you live in Quebec, its safest to travel within Quebec. Similarily, the same goes for Ontarians across Ontario. Here are a few travel spots:
- Visit Niagara Falls (duh).
- See Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens, the HMCS Haida National Historic Site, and Dunduen Castle.
- Tour the limestone historic buildings. For intance, Hendry House, Westbourne Terrace, and Parkview House in Kingston.
- Visit Casa Loma, a historic castle dating back to the Edwardian era in Toronto.
- Sightsee around Montmorency Falls.
- Hike trails in Jacques-Cartier National Park.
- Visit the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine and “leave your prayers” at the foot of the statue of Saint Anne.
- Guided Tour of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City.
If you live in Western Canada from Manitoba onward
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. have flexible travel policies for anyone in the “Western bubble.” Self-isolating is not required. However, safety precautions like masks and social distancing are a must!
- Sightsee along the Red River and Assiniboine River in the Winnipeg Forks.
- Snap some pics of the Bison at Riding Mountain National Park.
- Picnic at the Prince Albert National Park.
- Tour the historic Batoche National Historic Site, where Louis Riel once resided.
- Tour the natural sites of Banff National Park and (safely) peruse their tourist-centric Mainstreet.
- Learn to Cross Country Ski in Lake Louise.
- Visit the beaches and nature hotspots across Vancouver Island.
- Stay in Kelowna & go skiing at Big White Mountain Resort.
If you live in Nunavut or Northwest Territories
Nunavut and NWT are currently only allowing travel between the two provinces. So, if you reside in Nunavut, you can take a trip safely to NWT. You can also choose to stay close-to-home. For instance, you can also tour your own province and travel Canada “in your backyard”:
- Quttinirpaaq National Park.
- Visit Baffin Island.
- Auyuittuq National Park.
- Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.
- Check out Nahanni National Park Reserve.
- View Wood Buffalo National Park.
- Hike/visit Cameron Falls Trail.
- Go on a Northern Light’s tour.
If you live in the Yukon
As of July 1, 2020, Yukon has only allowed travel between itself and B.C. As a result, most other travel is restricted. If you are in the Yukon or B.C., you can try:
- Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
- Miles Canyon (see what the gold-seekers saw).
- Self-tour the famous steamship, the S. S. Klondike (can you find the geocache onboard?).
- See Emerald Lake, one of the most photographed lakes around.
- Add to the sign-post forest in Watson Lake, Yukon.
The safety rules above are subject to change. Make sure to do a quick Google search before you book or buy anything. And, of course, if you feel ill at all, don’t travel for at least 14 days. Let’s tavel safe and #TravelCanada.
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