With pandemic-related restrictions easing, many Canadians starting to schedule summer camping trips

 

According to a recent report, many Canadians are eager to escape city life and spend some time in nature.

Based on the findings, 67 per cent of Canadians reported a desire to go camping immediately or very soon, while 3.1 million households intend to go camping this year, and 500,000 expressed a desire to do so for the first time.

Additionally, as restrictions begin to ease, 51 per cent of Canadians said they intend to go camping this summer, and 77 per cent said they intend to make up for lost time by scheduling more camping trips throughout the summer and into the fall.

Further, 78 per cent said they had to adjust their camping plans due to COVID-19-related restrictions, and 67 per cent believe the government should have loosened restrictions to allow for camping during the pandemic.

“Among the many barriers to travel last year, it’s encouraging to see that campers are eager to get out and start camping again, and even plan to make up for missed camping trips after a very trying year,” Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America, said in a news release.

“We know through our annual research that camping doesn’t just allow campers to escape the stress of everyday life, but contributes to emotional wellbeing through the ability to connect with nature, themselves and others. We believe this is more essential than ever and our campgrounds, owners and staff are ready to help people connect to the outdoors and each other through camping.," he continued.

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