Vacation – lost?

This summer, we were planning on a vacation that would have taken us to Eastern Canada. Just where, we hadn’t decided. One of our favourite television shows is Hudson and Rex and the shots of the background supposedly in and around St. John’s is spectacular.

On the other hand, at the Bring IT, Together Conference in Niagara Falls, I had a conversation with my friend Alana who gave me a virtual tour of Prince Edward Island and had me convinced that that would be an awesome destination instead.

Of course, we could do both.

But the reality is that we won’t be able to do either. And, we get that and have come to grips with it. I don’t think that I would welcome visitors during this time either.

So, what’s the alternative?

We’ve always had one kind of major trip for vacation but spend the rest of the summer enjoying a Staycation. Within minutes, there are fabulous things to do right here in Essex and Kent Counties.

The list, and it’s not inclusive, of things that we might normally enjoy:

  • Explore the Shore
  • Art in the Park
  • Art by the River
  • Art at the Marina
  • Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy
  • Harrow Fair
  • Comber Fair
  • Essex Fun Fest
  • Lasalle Strawberry Festival
  • Tecumseh Corn Festival
  • Ribfest
  • Ruthven Apple Festival
  • Point Pelee National Park
  • Fort Malden National Historic Site
  • Amherstburg Freedom Museum
  • Carousel of Nations
  • Anything that involves fireworks!
  • Canada Day Festival
  • Shows a Casino Windsor
  • Walks at the King’s Navy Yard, Cypher Systems Group Greenway, Colchester and Belle River Marinas, Sadler’s Pond, Erieau
  • Dresden Raceway
  • Leamington Raceway
  • Buxton Raceway
  • and probably much more…

We follow the Tourism Windsor-Essex website and when there’s something that looks interesting, we’ll see if we can swing it.

It’s so sad to take a look around and see the events that are either cancelled or postponed. It’s also inspirational that some of the events are still “on” and some like “Explore the Shore” you could make a modified version on your own.

The bottom line to all these things that might normally be an easy day/afternoon outing is the elephant in the room – will there be crowds and would you better off staying away? In a typical summer, it would be a matter of accommodating the dog and then heading out. I suspect a lot of Staycation will be chez Peterson.

What are your thoughts about the summer ahead? Do you have vacations that have been highjacked, cancelled, modified? What does a Staycation look like in your world?

5 thoughts on “Vacation – lost?

  1. We were all set to go to Galveston, Texas in the March Break and made the decision to cancel the night before. It was a bit of a heartbreak. We had and have no big plans for summer. This might be the summer where we stay home and finish some projects around the house, stay close, focus on friends and family. Enjoy the garden, the walks in the “hood”. In a way, there’s some freedom in the choices we’ll make this summer. There’s not really any “have tos” or social obligations like so and so’s annual party or a sporting event we “always” do. I feel like may it might be a little bit easier to unwind… but maybe that’s just me.


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