Canadian Geographic Adventures will help CanGeo readers discover the world

With a mission on making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is collaborating with  Canadian and international travel partners to draw readers off the pages of Canadian Geographic magazine and into the field through immersive travel.

The Society launched a new venture Tuesday called Canadian Geographic Adventures which features a selection of curated travel experiences that it calls its Designated Travel Collection.

The small-group tours that make up the Designated Travel Collection include multi-day, locally-guided,  experiences in each of Canada’s province and territories and around the world with a strong focus on sustainability and the celebration of people and place.

Each trip hosts a notable RCGS Ambassador, adding incredible insight into the Society and Canadian Geographic, and each travel operator within the Designated Travel Collection supports RCGS programming with a contribution from every booking.

“Geography is a vast, interesting and inclusive paradigm that explores the connections between people and place,” said John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS, in a release. “We aim to further that connection by giving Canadians a chance to experience first-hand the incredible stories we cover in Canadian Geographic magazine through guided multi-day adventures hosted by an RCGS Ambassador and partnered with exceptional operators across the country. This robust offering will form the Designated Travel Collection.”

A selection of experiences from Canadian Geographic Adventures and its Designated Travel Collection include:

More information about Canadian Geographic Adventures can be found at cangeotravel.ca/cangeoadventures.

 

Canada dropping pre-entry COVID testing, but only for fully vaccinated travellers

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It’s not an April Fool’s Day joke, the Government of Canada will remove pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers arriving by land, sea or air as of April 1.

“Adjustments to Canada’s border measures are made possible by a number of factors, including Canada’s high vaccination rate, the increasing availability and use of rapid tests to detect infection, decreasing hospitalizations and growing domestic availability of treatments for COVID-19,” said Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos in a government press release.

Unless otherwise exempt, all travellers eligible to enter Canada who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will continue to be tested with COVID-19 molecular tests on arrival and on Day 8, while they quarantine for 14 days.

Unless otherwise exempt, all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers 5 years of age or older must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result before arrival.

This means they must produce a valid, negative antigen test, administered or observed by an accredited lab or testing provider, taken outside of Canada no more than one day before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry.

Also acceptable is a valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry.

Unvaccinated travellers can also enter if they have had a previous positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry. It is important to note that positive antigen test results will not be accepted.

All travellers continue to be required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) before their arrival in Canada. Travellers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may have to test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers taking a cruise or a plane must submit their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before boarding.

Lifting the pre-entry testing requirements for travellers to Canada will make it easier for Canadians to safely take advantage of emerging opportunities for personal and business travel, as Canada’s transportation system recovers from the pandemic, ” added Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.

Federal health officials encourage Canadians to continue to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and boosted, using masks where appropriate, self-isolating if they have symptoms and self-testing if they can.

 

Travel Trivia Quiz #12: Oh, Canada!

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How much do you know Canada? Here’s a travel quiz that asks 10 questions about the Great White North. I’ve put in a few easy ones for you, but I’m sure there are a few that will stump you!

Welcome to your Travel Trivia Quiz #12 - Oh, Canada!

What do the most northern, southern, eastern and western points in Canada all have in common?
British Columbia is home to Canada's three tallest waterfalls. At 840m in height, which is the tallest?
Which Canadian hotel is said to the most photographed in the world?
In which western Canadian city do all RCMP officers undergo their basic training?
Five of Canada's 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are concentrated in one province. Which is it?
Which province is home to the only verified Viking settlement in North America?
The Bluenose schooner is immortalized on the Canadian dime. Which Nova Scotia city is the home port to the Bluenose II?
Where did the beloved fictional character of Anne of Green Gables grow up?
Only two other Canadian cities outside of Ottawa are home to national museums. Which of these three does not have one?
Which province is named after one of Queen Victoria's children?

Explore Canadian filming locations on the “Netflix in Your Neighbourhood” website

Netflix in Your Neighbourhood is a new website that makes it easier for fans both local and from around the world to find and explore Netflix filming locations that all have one thing in common: Canada.

Netflix in Your Neighbourhood provides a window into the Canadian cities and towns that have been featured in the streaming service’s films and series. Visitors to the site can search filming locations by a film or series title, or by province. Fans can also access directions to these destinations, and see how they’ve been featured on Netflix.

Netflix says it has filmed hundreds of productions across Canada and the site will feature some current highlights, as well as select new titles, once they are released.

In a press release announcing the new website, Netflix cited a recent study that shows that Netflix audiences are 1.8 times more likely to have seen Canadian content than those who don’t watch Netflix. And people who have watched Canadian content are 2.1 times more likely to say Canada is their #1 travel destination. It gave the example of a show like Somebody Feed Phil which has an episode dedicated to Montreal; members who have viewed that episode were 79 per cent more interested in Canada’s food and drink and 76 per cent more interested in Canadian cities.

Whether you are from Paris, Ontario, or Paris, France, Netflix says it wants to help people fall in love with Canada.

https://www.netflixinyourneighbourhood.ca

Canada reopening its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers

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Despite evidence that a fourth wave of COVID infections is gathering steam in Canada , the country is going ahead with plans to allow fully vaccinated international travellers to enter the country for non-essential reasons, such as tourism, as of September 7, 2021.

The federal government says the decision to ease entry requirements is based on the latest available data, scientific evidence and epidemiological situation both in Canada and internationally.

According to a statement from the Canada Border Services Agency, as the volume of travellers has increased in recent months, the border test positivity rate has remained low. Between August 9 and 26, the positivity rate for fully vaccinated travellers randomly selected for testing at the border was 0.19% (112 positive tests out of 58,878 completed).

While cases are currently increasing in Canada, the CBSA noted that illness severity and hospitalization rates remain manageable as Canada’s vaccination rates continue to rise.  This data along with continued adherence to public health measures by Canadians and incoming travellers, means that Canada is better able to prevent outbreaks of infection and can now allow more incoming fully vaccinated travellers without increasing the risk to the health and safety of Canadians.

The new rules will apply as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 7, 2021 and airports like Toronto’s Pearson are warning travellers to expect delays as they cope with the expected influx of visitors.

“We do expect to see an increase in international travellers as a result of this change, and we’ll continue working with our agency partners and airlines to best manage the flow of passengers,” the Greater Toronto Airport Authority told CTV News.

The GTAA said that  international travellers arriving at Pearson should prepare for the arrivals process to take one to three hours, or even longer, due to new COVID-19 screening measures that involves clearing the Canada Border Services Agency and Public Health Agency of Canada screening process.

According to the CBSA, fully vaccinated foreign nationals won’t need to submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival or enter quarantine, but they must meet these criteria in order to enter Canada:

  • Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada.  Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted
  • Be asymptomatic
  • Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan
  • Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be willing to take a COVID-19 test on arrival, if selected

While Canada will welcome foreign tourists as of Sept. 7, Ottawa continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of the country because international travel increases a person’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others.

For fully vaccinated parents or guardians travelling with unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, the children are exempt from quarantine, but must follow enhanced public health measures, which includes not attending daycare or school for 14 days.

Unvaccinated children between the ages of 12-17 and dependent children 18 or older (due to a mental or physical condition) are permitted to enter Canada, but are subject to the 14-day quarantine.

All unvaccinated children (except those under 5 years of age) will remain subject to day 1 and day 8 testing requirements. Provinces and territories may have more stringent rules for people who have recently returned from travel.

For those who are not vaccinated, there are no changes to testing and quarantine requirements. Only those who are eligible to enter Canada such as those entering by right – Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act, can cross the border, but they remain subject to quarantine, all testing requirements (pre-arrival, upon arrival/day 1 and on day 8) and the mandatory submission of travel, contact and quarantine information via ArriveCAN.

Direct commercial and private passenger flights from India and Morocco are temporarily suspended.