Thunder Bay campsites filling quickly as pandemic continues

Thunder Bay campsites filling quickly as pandemic continues Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: April 21, 2021 06:19 PM
Created: April 21, 2021 06:18 PM

Campsites at Thunder Bay's city-run campgrounds are filling up quickly as a second pandemic summer approaches.

The city issued a news release Wednesday saying that people who want to camp at Trowbridge Falls or Chippewa Park this summer should act quickly because they are filling up.

The campgrounds were closed when the pandemic began last year. Compared with 2019, the number of reservations to date has doubled at Chippewa Park and quadrupled at Trowbridge Falls.

"As a result of the pandemic, we are seeing increased interest from people looking for recreational opportunities that are closer to home," said Cory Halvorsen, the City’s Manager of Parks and Open Spaces, said in a news release.

"Our campsite bookings are far ahead of where they usually are in mid-April, and the phone keeps ringing," Halvorsen said.

The city cautions that reservations are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. The city will give refunds if it is forced to cancel reservations under the province's COVID-19 framework.

The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel. Travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec is also restricted.



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