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Yup, just when ya think the US is over the top with restrictions, along comes Canadia....”Hold my beer, eh....”


We just don't want to share our good beer! [emoticon]

Things are getting better so I think restrictions will start lifting soon. Most campgrounds are booked solid, though, so good luck getting in anywhere. [emoticon]


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Ontario Provincial Parks are presently closed. If you did not book anything already for July and August you are probably pooched. At least for the big popular parks. If you don't mind driving up North of North Bay you MIGHT get something.


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Ontario Provincial Parks are presently closed. If you did not book anything already for July and August you are probably pooched. At least for the big popular parks. If you don't mind driving up North of North Bay you MIGHT get something.


Wow. They are all open in BC...and mostly packed.

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The issue for Alaska is the loss of cruise ships that, because of foreign registry, stop in Canada before entering Alaska from another U.S. port.

The loss of RV traffic through Canada will obviously have some impact, but the big "tourist" dollars come from cruise ships and their leveraging effect, not RV travel. When a ship of 1500 pax makes 4 stops in a SE Alaska circuit, the $$ loss is significant if that ship simply cancels it's Alaska trips.

The "not-reliant-on-cruise-ship" tourist businesses are doing well. A couple of remote lodge clients of mine are fully booked for the year; BIL who has an air taxi operation got all of his planes ready this year based on confirmed reservations; some local sightseeing flights and boats are booked at least 45 days in advance (although admittedly some still operating at reduced capacity).


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Ontario Provincial Parks are presently closed. If you did not book anything already for July and August you are probably pooched. At least for the big popular parks. If you don't mind driving up North of North Bay you MIGHT get something.


Wow. They are all open in BC...and mostly packed.


So would they be here if they where open. Think about it, the Province saves money when they are closed. Ontario Parks only recoup around 80% of the money it cost to service a site through reservation's. If there is no one there no staff is required and they do no maintenance. Win, win.

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If there is no one there no staff is required and they do no maintenance. Win, win


Only if they lay off the staff, not the practice in the US other than volunteers/temps.


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The outlook has greatly improved since 2/1/2021 but we are not there yet.. IF things go well we might get there by August (Id love to see July) but not holding beath.. Christmas is about the soonest I think .


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Just give it up. Take what you can have. I rented a truck camper in Alaska for several weeks. We will fly up. Flights are still reasonable, no problem booking what we wanted in Denali. I did this at the end of April. If an outfitter could have slid a spring griz hunt 2 days I would have followed up the camping trip with a hunt. This was due to a South African client having to cancel. A big discount was left on the table, but somebody will get lucky.

I urge you fellow campers to go. Look for discounts and specials, the folks in Alaska seem willing to work with us, and some income will help them greatly. If we do not support our vendors in Alaska, will they be open in 2022?

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PA12DRVR is talking about the cursed Jones Act. A ship must be US registered and crewed, to sail from one US port to another, without stopping in another country. This prevents a cruise ship from sailing from Washington State direct to Alaska, and thus avoiding Canadian Covid restrictions.

It also prevents shipping US liquified natural gas from Texas to Boston. So Boston imports LNG from around the world, including with a waiver from Russia. This is also why stuff is very expensive in Hawaii. I wish we could repeal this POS law. OK, rant off.

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