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Advent calendar

It’s just a few weeks to go now until the end of 2020. And what a year it has been! The year now drawing to a close has been dominated by the pandemic, which not even Canada has escaped unscathed. The country has shut its borders, and tourist travel has been and is still not possible. Even now, it too early to say when normality will return again in the new year.

Before the end of the year, though, we have Christmas to celebrate. To bridge that period until Christmas, to enable us to take stock, enjoy the moment and look forward to the future, we have created a Canada advent calendar right in time for the first day of Advent. We hope that a new photograph every day, accompanied by a brief description, will bring the dream landscape of Canada a little closer to you and help to while away the time until Christmas.

Enjoy it – and stay healthy!

More important than border closures

- a personal word -

Yes, we were unable to embark on our trip to Newfoundland in 2020. The borders were closed to tourists because the Canadian government wanted to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. Of course we had been looking forward, had been so excited about discovering what, for us, would have been a new part of Canada. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. Were we sad about that? No, we were not.

We were sad because of the situation and the suffering of the people that this pandemic brought about. Compared with the huge challenges facing governments and their citizens, for the sick, for the deceased and their relatives, for children, their education and recreational activities, for businesses and their workers, for people in the health sector and all those others who were and are existentially affected by the pandemic, having to give up a trip to Canada is completely insignificant.

And something else is happening parallel to the closure of the borders to tourists: Canada’s stunning nature has been able to recover a little. Millions of people did not use an aircraft, did not drive along the Icefields Parkway, did not climb the Athabasca Glacier and did not cause tailbacks on the road to Maligne Lake.

The realisation of this has once again brought home to us just how widely and deeply tourism affects developments on our earth. And once more we have been made aware that we are part of it. In many respects coronavirus has caused us to reflect more – and that applies for our trips to Canada as well. The answers are not yet clear to us, and certainly far from simple.

We hope that 2021 will bring a vaccine that simplifies life with the virus. That we find a balance between our travel and our responsibility for the environment. That our hosts in Canada – those who provide the infrastructure for our travel (airlines, motorhome hire companies, tourist information offices, lodges, restaurants, …) stay healthy and survive the crisis economically.

We’re certainly crossing our fingers for that. To all those who have played their part in helping us live our dreams, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas, health and happiness and a great start to the new year!

Karl-Hans and Yolanda