✔ Canada's national parks are gradually reopening to the public and it may be possible to camp or spend the day in your favourite park
✔ Whatever you plan to do, ensure that you are following the safety protocols in your area to limit the spread of coronavirus
Every year, a little more than half of all Canadians pack up for a summer vacation to get the most out of the long summer days and sunshine. However, 2020 has been anything but average or predictable.
The last three months have been trying for Canadians as every province in Canada closed businesses, canceled summer events, and mandated physical distancing measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. You may be wondering if it's safe to partake in your favourite summer activities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Although so many typical summer activities have been canceled, you still deserve to take a break this summer and get some rest. There are plenty of options for a summer getaway that are within COVID-19 safety protocols.
Plan summer events that allow for physical distance and good air flow
Most of the lowest-risk activities are those which allow you to be spread far apart from other people and are outdoors, where the air flow is good.
Go camping for your summer vacation
Camping at some Parks Canada places gradually began starting in June. Only camping services where health and safety risks can be managed are being opened. This means your visit will be different this year than in past years.
Read more about camping during COVID-19 here.
Camping is a great way to have a frugal family vacation. You’ll spend just $30-$40 per night instead of hundreds of dollars on a hotel, and you’ll be able to get back to nature and enjoy hiking.
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Take a day trip into the great outdoors
Can't get away for a weekend, but still need some R&R? Plan to spend a day with nature.
Outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, walking and cycling are considered low-risk to spreading the coronavirus because it's easy to keep at least one metre of distance from others and you will be in open air.
Find virtual summer activities
The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped our social lives. So many of our interactions with friends, family and workplace have gone virtual. Check if your favourite summer activities have moved online, too. In most major cities across Canada, 2020 Canada Day celebrations were hosted virtually.
Have a curbside or backyard visit
When it comes to meeting with friends and family, it's safest to keep your distance and remain outdoors. Put in a little bit of extra organization beforehand in order to keep your gathering as safe as possible. Here's what you should check off: