• Inviting crystal clear waters, including this grotto in Bruce Peninsula NP.
    Inviting crystal clear waters, including this grotto in Bruce Peninsula NP.
  • Hole In The Wall, West Coast Trail.
    Hole In The Wall, West Coast Trail.
  • Endless cliff top viewpoints on the walk on the Bruce Trail peninsula.
    Endless cliff top viewpoints on the walk on the Bruce Trail peninsula.
  • Resting on the Bruce Trail.
    Resting on the Bruce Trail.
  • 'Break for lunch at a glacier', Josie Bennett.
    'Break for lunch at a glacier', Josie Bennett.
  • Bruce Peninsula shoreline.
    Bruce Peninsula shoreline.
  • The West Coast Trail.
    The West Coast Trail.
  • Walk through magical forests on the Bruce Trail peninsula.
    Walk through magical forests on the Bruce Trail peninsula.
  • Tsusiat Falls, West Coast Trail.
    Tsusiat Falls, West Coast Trail.
  • A Plain Bison Bull in Elk Island NP, Canada. Photo: ceasol CC Wikimedia.
    A Plain Bison Bull in Elk Island NP, Canada. Photo: ceasol CC Wikimedia.
  • It's nice to take the pack off your back.
    It's nice to take the pack off your back.
  • This is one walk where you'll not meet many others.
    This is one walk where you'll not meet many others.
  • Beware the trail can be slippery!
    Beware the trail can be slippery!
  • River washed stones make for a lovely image.
    River washed stones make for a lovely image.
  • A traditonal canoe of the First Nations People moored in the Cheewat River.
    A traditonal canoe of the First Nations People moored in the Cheewat River.
  • Time for a spot of lunch.
    Time for a spot of lunch.
  • Rock formations in tidal flats.
    Rock formations in tidal flats.
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On August 9, Canada will finally reopen its borders, allowing vaccinated travellers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States to enter for the first time since the country put a Covid-motivated closure in place almost 16 months ago.

For those who live along the world’s largest international border — not to mention hikers who have postponed trips over the past year - it’s a step towards normalcy.

First off the bat, vistors need to be vaccinated. Anyone entering Canada from the US needs to be at least 14 days out from either the second dose of their 2-shot vaccine or Johnson & Johnson’s one-and-done shot.

Besides J&J, the Canadian government will accept Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca; other varieties won’t get you in.

No vax? No visit. The only exceptions are kids under 12 years old travelling with a fully-vaccinated adult and travellers who qualify for an exemption because they’re medically unable to get the vaccine; the latter will have to undergo a quarantine upon entering the country.

Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers will have to present a pre-departure negative Covid test and a quarantine plan in case they become symptomatic.

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