This article was published on August 10th, 2021
As of the first week of August Canada has surpassed 82% on the first dose, 63% of second dose vaccinations for the eligible population of those 12 years and up. This is news for the citizens of Canada to rejoice as the efforts continue to reduce the threat of COVID-19 infections by the end of August. COVID-19 cases have generally remained low over the summer as restrictions across the country eased, with hospitalizations, ICUs, and death rates remaining low – all signs that Canada’s aggressive vaccination and restrictions campaign against the pandemic has been extremely effective.
As of August 9, 2021, the federal government of Canada eased border restrictions on entry into the country for fully vaccinated Americans through one of the nine airports and at various land crossings. Americans need to provide proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry. There will not be a mandated 14 days in a government approved hotel. This is yet another step towards a return to normalcy for Canada, which has had 17 months of closed borders and severe restrictions.
With the summer season in full swing, many people are looking to travel, and Canada has many great destinations to offer. Fully vaccinated Americans that are interested in visiting Canada in the coming months have a huge line-up gay Pride events and festivals they can attend across the country, including:
|Montreal Pride||August 9 – 12, 2021||Montreal, Quebec|
|Halifax Pride||August 12 – 22, 2021||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Capital Pride||August 22 – 29, 2021||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Kamloops Pride (virtual)||August 26 – 29, 2021||Kamloops, British Columbia|
|Calgary Pride||August 27 – September 6, 2021||Calgary, Alberta|
|Quebec City Pride||September 2 – 19, 2021||Quebec City, Quebec|
|Winnipeg Pride||September 3 – 12, 2021||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Kelowna Pride||September 10 – 19, 2021||Kelowna, British Columbia|
|Kingston Pride||September 24 – 26, 2021||Kingstong, Ontario|
|Banff Pride||Dates TBD – October 2021||Banff, Alberta|
Canada is excited to welcome fully vaccinated Americans to these Pride events and queer-friendly destinations this summer. Make sure you are vaccinated and book your trip now to experience these great events, reconnect with your Canadian friends, and enjoy the friendly hospitality Canada is known for.