Canadians Are Ready to Camp, Reports KOA
Pandemic-related restrictions are easing across the country as a large portion of Canadians plan to camp.
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) found Canadians ready to return to camping as pandemic restrictions across the country ease. Two-thirds of Canadians surveyed said they want to camp immediately or very soon. That’s 3.1 million households, with half-million camping for the first time, as reported by RV News.
According to the special Canada Edition of KOA’s Monthly Research Report, more than half of Canadian campers (51%) plan to camp this summer. Two-thirds surveyed said pandemic restrictions should have loosened to allow for camping. The pandemic changed 78% of camping plans by Canadians surveyed.
“Among the many barriers to travel last year, it is encouraging to see that campers are eager to get out and start camping again and even plan to make up for missed camping trips after a very trying year,” KOA President and CEO Toby O’Rourke said. “We know through our annual research that camping does not just allow campers to escape the stress of everyday life, but contributes to emotional wellbeing through the ability to connect with nature, themselves and others.”
Further, more than half of Canadian campers said pandemic restrictions limited camping trips between March and mid-June 2021. Campers consider camping a safer alternative compared with other forms of travel.
KOA operates 33 campgrounds throughout Canada, including properties near national parks and metro areas.