Many Canadians planning summer road trip when restrictions ease

 

With Canadians having been told to stay inside for so long, many are looking forward to nothing more than to just get outside and enjoy nature.

A recent poll conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of Toyota Canada found that 76 per cent of Canadians have developed a new appreciation for the great outdoors, thanks in part to the pandemic, and 65 per cent are re-discovering the joy of traveling within Canada.

According to the findings, 73 per cent have had to adjust their summer plans this year, but 43 per cent are looking forward to exploring the country via a summer road trip.

Of those planning a trip, 67 per cent intend to go on a day trip--35 per cent said they intend to travel just four to six hours.

Additionally, when restrictions are lifted, 51 per cent are excited to get out and explore new cities and towns, while 43 per cent just want to spend quality time with their family and friends.

However, even when restrictions are lifted, many intend to continue taking precautions--75 per cent of those planning a road trip said they will be wearing a mask in crowded areas as an added safety measure, while 37 per cent will be seeking out more remote locations such as campsites.

“It’s not surprising that, over a year into the pandemic, Canadians are more eager than ever to get back behind the wheel and explore our beautiful country as soon as it's safe to do so,” Stephen Beatty, vice president at Corporate for Toyota Canada, said in a news release.

“We are so fortunate to live in a country that has so much to offer in terms of scenic drives and outdoor adventure, and it’s wonderful to see an increased appreciation for the outdoors," he continued.

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