Summer officially began this week in Canada. Summer means long bright days, trips, and holidays and with the COVID-19 restrictions slowly lifting off it is time to get out without the fear of the weather or the virus.
If you are a new immigrant, now is the time to see Canada, that is as vast as it is and different from one coast to another. Whether you travel across the country or not, take advantage of the great weather and long days to see beyond your vicinity.
Two provinces are lifting almost all restrictions in the coming weeks. Alberta announced that it has passed the threshold of having 70 percent of the population at least partially vaccinated clearing the way for indoor and outdoor gatherings of all sizes including resumption of retail, gyms and restaurants opening in full capacity. Saskatchewan also announced that the restrictions will ease by July 11 owing to meeting the vaccination goal. More provinces will likely follow suit.
If you are a new immigrant, now is the time to see Canada, that is as vast as it is and different from one coast to another. Whether you travel across the country or not, take advantage of the great weather and long days to see beyond your vicinity. However, it is important that you and all your eligible family members and friends are vaccinated, remain vigilant and adhere to public health guidance provided by the authorities given that the virus variants are still making the rounds.
You can choose to travel by air, with airlines coming back in business they will likely make good offers. You can plan a road trip. Or you can choose to take the train which promises to show you the best of Canada.
The Immigrant Life, your partner through your immigration and integration journey is sharing some ideas for you to explore, expand your horizon and embrace Canada.
Try the train experiences. Traveling in train is unlike any other transport. The goal is not to get from one place to another but to experience the journey along the way with the pace of the train, with the amenities available on-board while looking out the window and watching the world go by.
Did you know? VIA Rail, Canada’s national train network, operates 494 trains per week in eight Canadian provinces over a network of 7,800 miles of track.
Other train options are:
Visit historic sites: Located in every province and territory, national historic sites can be found in almost any setting, from rural and urban to wilderness. These sites allow us to learn more about Canadian history, including the diverse cultural communities who make up Canada, and the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. They may be sacred spaces, archaeological sites, battlefields, heritage houses, historic districts, places of scientific discovery, and much more.
Here’s a lineup of some great travel blogs that can guide your summer plans.