Good news for Ruth & me. Canada is opening up. We live close to the border and are used to traveling to Canada about twice a year. We are looking forward to reconnecting. About 15 million Americans visited Canada as recently as 2019, or pre-COVID. The rate for 2 doses of vaccine there is higher than 50%, so it is opening up to vaccinated US citizens on August 9, 2021. Take proof of vaccination with you.
Our last trip to Vancouver was one of our best. Before heading for this great city and our favorite restaurants in the world, we went to the Gulf Islands and fell in love with them and a particular resort near the town of Ganges. We want to return there and then explores a couple of the other islands in this group. Some of them like Salt Spring where Ganges is are easily accessible, but Mayne, which has a reputation for history, and Galiano, said to be the best for hiking, remain unknowns. Both are harder to get to than Salt Spring or Pender. I also long to return to the scenic Canadian Okanagan and revisit Mount Revelstoke National Park. US National Parks are currently overcrowded but Canadian ones are less so for day trippers and offer a number of excellent options. Wildflowers bloom in August on the lower trails of Revelstoke and I hope to see some of them. The town of Revelstoke is a treat too. The new Fine Art Gallery in Vancouver just received a substantial gift from a Canadian art dealer, so plans for this delayed but very innovative building are now moving forward again.
Canada will again welcome visitors from the rest of the world on September 7, but Americans who are fully vaccinated can cross the border for nonessential travel as of August 9. The 14 day waiting period will be waived for them beginning that day. The only possible hangup now is a large increase in cases of COVID among the unvaccinated in places like California and the American Midwest, where many have chosen not to get the vaccine and cases of the pandemic are again on the rise.
We plan to reconnect with Ruth’s relatives in late August. We will get together with them in St. Louis. We have been to Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and British Columbia with them. It has been fun to introduce Canada to Bob and Kay and and Margie and Tom.