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Make the most of your Canadian summer

July 1, 2021

Activities and ideas for a fun and safe summer as we approach the hopeful end to the pandemic restrictions
Come summer when the sun’s out and the temperature rises, folks in Canada like to take advantage of the country’s all-too short summer and engage in lots of fun activities.

While the country is starting to slowly open up and there are still a number of restrictions in place, unlike last summer, it feels like the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. The majority of people in Canada have received their first vaccine shot and, according to current updates from the government, most Canadians will be fully vaccinated by September this year.

But until then, with a number of restrictions still in place, we have to find COVID-safe ways to have fun in the months ahead. Keep on reading for ideas on how you can make the most of your Canadian summer!

Get outside
We know that COVID-19 has a harder time spreading outdoors than it does indoors. Plus, with the great weather from June to August and the many outdoor activities that exist in Canada, all signs are pointing to the great outdoors!

Hiking in Canada is unlike hiking in any other country. We have the Pacific Ocean and famous mountainous trails on the west coast; the Atlantic Ocean and interesting historical sites on the east; and beautiful forested valley and lake hikes in between—did you know that Hamilton, Ontario is the waterfall capital of the world? Wherever you are in Canada, there’s no shortage of treks to go on.

If you’re up for something a little more adventurous than hiking, you’d be happy to know that Canada has countless other outdoor activities, including rock climbing in the Rockies, whale watching on both coasts, and surprisingly, surfing in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and even on the Great Lakes.

Not a super outdoorsy person? Cottaging, where you take a break from your routine by escaping to somewhere with a little more wilderness, is a hugely popular summer activity in Canada that offers a hybrid of indoor/outdoor fun. Ask your friends or colleagues with cottages if you can use it for a weekend or look online for cottages to rent.

Enjoy culinary delights

Thanks to the various cultures and communities that have made Canada home, the country offers diverse and delicious cuisines. While COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the restaurant industry, this summer, you can still support local restaurants by doing takeout and enjoying your meal in the sunshine with family and friends—whether it is on a picnic table at a park, at the beach or in your own backyard.

While many of Canada’s famous summer food festivals are cancelled this year due to COVID—like the seafood festivals along the coasts and
countless cultural festivals in Toronto and Vancouver—there are some, like food truck festivals, that are inching back toward pre-pandemic life.

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