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Canada's summer camps hope to reopen as provinces plan to lift restrictions

In this June 16, 2015, photo released by Camp Kiwanis, campers check where their arrows landed during an archery class at Camp Kiwanis in the Ocala National Forest near Ocala, Fla. Camp Kiwanis will not open this summer for the first time in 72 years due to concerns about spread of the novel coronavirus. Camps across the U.S. are scrambling to make a similar decision about summer 2020 and parents are getting a first wave of closure notices for some camps in harder-hit states. (Scott Mitchell/Camp Kiwanis via AP)

Summer camps are cautiously optimistic they will be able to operate this year as COVID-19 restrictions are expected to ease across Canada.

The Canadian Camping Association says it expects day camps will be allowed to operate across the country in some capacity.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says her province is looking into how overnight camps may reopen.

Quebec announced on May 7 that overnight camps will be allowed to operate in the province this summer.

Stephane Richard, the president of the Canadian Camping Association, says his membership is in regular communication with provincial governments about the logistics of reopening this summer.

He said that about a million Canadian children attend summer camp every year.

Overnight camps were closed in every province except for New Brunswick last summer due to the pandemic. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021.

The Canadian Press