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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. As a second summer with COVID restrictions approaches, many Canadians have been on the hunt for available outdoor bookings — from camping in national parks to alternative trips like glamping. Back in February, Ontario Parks stated reservations for its campsites have nearly doubled since , with bookings made between Jan. In a statement to Global News, Parks Canada stated that it has experienced four consecutive years of record-setting demand for early reservations.
Anna Banerji, associate professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine in Toronto, emphasizes Canadians still need to remain vigilant. When it comes to camping, Banerji says it depends on the situation and type of camping. Being outdoors is much safer than being inside, she says, adding Canadians can also rely on safety precautions like physical distancing and masks.
The next question families would have to ask themselves is if their kids are vaccinated, she says, adding if kids have at least one dose, it drastically reduces the risk of a potential outbreak. : Future of Alberta summer camps up in the air as operators, families wait for word from the province.
She adds if parents are thinking of overnight camps, they should try to get their kids vaccinated before they go. When it comes to other outdoor activities for the summer, Banerji says everything from playing soccer outside to going to parks is possible as long as local public health measures allow , as long as people continue to be cautious. Outside of bookings in national parks, Canadians have also looked to other local getaways like glamping sites, as well as treehouse and RV stays. Ruben Martinez is the co-founder of Glamping Hub , a booking platform for glamping across North America.
Since starting the platform 12 years ago, Martinez says the interest in glamping has been growing at a ificant rate. : shaping up to be a busy year for Ontario campsites and parks. Martinez adds that many glamping operators are anywhere between 85 percent to per cent fully booked until October. On why glamping spots have become successful, Martinez says everything from location to biking and fishing spots as well as other accommodations like a kitchenette have been among the things that attract people.
Martinez adds other outdoor activities like secluded cabins, huts and RV stays continue to be popular alternatives year-round, including in winter when people can snowshoe or cross country ski. World Canada Local. Camping, glamping and the outdoors: What summer could look like. Full Menu Search Menu. Close Local your local region National. Search Submit search Quick Search. Comments Close comments menu.
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