Save tourism with a staycation

The clouds have disappeared after the heavy overnight rains. As I look out, the flag is drooping around the pole.
The winds are from the southeast today and we are on the leeward side of the island. I look out to the northwest and can see waves climbing over the rocks of islands.
Sparkling diamonds of water cling to the end of the Norway and white pine needles. The branches of the cedar and balsam trees are drooping from the water being held by their needles.
White blueberry flowers have suddenly sprung forth indicating the potential of a bumper crop of berries this summer.
The radio is tuned to CBC and they have just reviewed the northwest report on new cases in Thunder Bay and Kenora. We remain semi-isolated on the island, just leaving to go to town for laundry and groceries. Without television, we are relying on cell phones for news and video of happenings in the world.
The province announced on Friday that camps can reopen and welcome guests to their lodges. So reliant on U.S. guests, the opening of camps in the northwest to Canadian only guests will not make the resorts profitable in the remains of the season without local support.
Both the province and the federal government are encouraging Canadians to discover their home area.
What better way than to book a family vacation at a northwestern Ontario resort to enjoy our unspoiled beautiful lakes, rivers and beaches while being in semi-isolation.
The geese in the bay around the corner have hatched their goslings. A wood duck has a nest in the white pine over hanging the bay. We hear loons in the evening. A pair of eagles with a juvenile cleaned the fish guts that we put on the point. A group of otters often show up in the evening and play around the rocks. Sitting on the deck we get to marvel at the wildlife that surrounds us. Each day is a vacation.
Camps in the northwest and in the district offer all these attractions and sights and much more. We often forget that people from across North America plan for a whole year to experience our outdoors.
Maybe we take our lakes for granted. We can all experience our great outdoors and support the tourist industry that provides hundreds of jobs across the district and puts millions of dollars into the local economy by booking a family vacation at one of the hundreds of resorts in northwestern Ontario.

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