While many people use the summer as their time to wander the world, the pandemic has put a halt to most international travel. Some borders may be opening up, but a lot of people are choosing to stay put, rather than risk getting on a plane. Staycations are on this rise this summer, as families still want to enjoy fun activities without venturing too far. There’s a lot of great things to do close to home, especially if it means putting your family’s health and safety first! Check out 4 outdoor family activities to do this summer!
1. Try Tree Top Trekking
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! If your family loves to spend time outdoors, tree top trekking could be the perfect activity for you! Surround yourself with nature and fresh air while exploring forests and taking part in a variety of fun activities. Climb, zip and swing through the forest and enjoy aerial courses that range from beginner to advanced. With locations around the GTA, including Brampton, Hamilton, Barrie and Stouffville, you can find the park that’s closest to you or try out different ones each time you go.
2. Head to the Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are absolutely incredible, offering lots to do and stunning views of the city. Although the Centreville amusement park and the petting zoo remain closed, you can still enjoy the beaches, parks, splash pads, Franklin Gardens and disc golf course. One of the best ways to see the islands is by bike. Bikes won’t be available to rent, so bring your own set of wheels if you want to get around this way! Keep in mind that due to Covid-19, the ferries over to the islands are operating at half capacity with a reduced summer schedule. Face coverings are mandatory to enter the ferry, so make sure to be prepared! Click here for the summer schedule and tickets to the islands.
Camping is now permitted in all of Ontario, but be sure to follow all social gathering size restrictions and social distancing rules at the time of your trip. With over 440 campgrounds in Ontario, the options are pretty much endless! Whether you want to venture to Muskoka or Algonquin Park, or stay closer to home, camping allows you to get in touch with nature, enjoy water activities and connect with your family without technology and other distractions.
4. Cross Country Road Trip
While flying may be out of the question for your family right now, you may consider a cross country road trip to explore a few of Canada’s other provinces. Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia currently have no self-isolation rules if you enter the province from another part of Canada.
Provinces including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have created an Atlantic travel bubble, allowing residents to move freely without isolation. However, if you enter one of these provinces from outside the bubble, you’re required to self-isolate for 14 days. The three Canadian territories also have a 14-day self-isolation period for Canadian travellers.
There is plenty to do this summer, even without leaving the country. Enjoy these outdoor family activities and take advantage of exploring your own home!