New Adventures for May Long Weekend in BC
If you’re like us, you’re missing travel. And now that it’s the May long weekend, that yearning is even stronger - but you also want to keep your friends and family safe. Whether it’s the sparkling waters of the Shuswap or rolling hills of the Okanagan, there are many parts of BC that are calling your name. But as we stay safely home and continue to follow the advice of, we can still dream about future travel and find other ways to spend the long weekend. If you’re unsure of what to do this weekend, here are some safe and fun ideas for you and your family.
Camp out in your backyard
You can still go camping from the comfort and safety of your own home! Grab all your camping materials like you normally would but. If you don’t have a backyard, consider living room camping! It’s a fun and creative way for you and the kids to transform the home environment into a May long weekend camping theme.
Host a virtual BBQ
Do you like to invite your friends and family over for long weekend BBQs? Host a virtual BBQ this weekend instead! Encourage your loved ones to buy the same items as you (whether that’s safely going to the store or ordering grocery delivery online), so you can all BBQ together! Although it’s certainly not the same as seeing them in person, it will create a bonding experience through the love of food. And don’t forget to share your favourite recipes with them beforehand, or if you’re all feeling brave, try new!
Plant a garden
Now is the perfect time to start your summer garden with this warm BC weather! Especially during the COVID pandemic, it’s even more reassuring to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Whether you already have a green thumb or not, planting a garden and growing your own food is an extremely rewarding task. Plus, it can be very time consuming and tedious, which is perfect for quarantine!
Dream now, visit later
Like our fellow leaders in the travel industry, we’re also encouraging you to explore BC, but in a virtual way. Where are you looking forward to travelling to? Where were you supposed to go this May long weekend? Do you miss a place so much you can’t wait to visit again? It’s possible to satisfy your travel craving if you #DreamNow and #VisitLater.
And why not plan future trips, too? This doesn’t necessarily mean booking anything or committing to a trip during these unknown times. Simply researching and planning a vacation is exciting - letting your mind wander from the comfort of your home. Research the refreshing wine tours of the Okanagan or the rustic waters of Vernon.
You could also plan to visit those places you miss so dearly. Although it’s hard to stay away, those wonderful places will still be there post-quarantine, so try to stay positive and be patient. Is there something you can do at home to connect you to that place? If you’re unable to visit your hometown now, is there a photo album or year book you can go through to make you feel connected to that place? You may have taken travel for granted before but think of how much more of an appreciation you will have for it moving forward.
Know before you go
Some provincial parks and recreation areas are, so if you decide to leave your home, know before you go! This means being prepared for the safety of yourself and the community around you, and also knowing the difference between essential and non-essential travel. Check out our message to help you make the safest and most informed decisions. If you decide to go on a day trip, remember to social distance and follow the other public health safety measures for COVID-19.
We hope this blog gives you and your loved ones some inspiration for this weekend! Regardless of what you decide to do, remember to enjoy the time with yourself and those around you. As, we’re also working hard on our safe relaunch strategy. We look forward to seeing you soon and wish you a safe and fulfilling May long!
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