All Points East Campground

All Points East Campground in Souris is getting more reservations from Island residents this year. (Submitted by Tanya Calver)

Despite travel restrictions and rising COVID-19 cases, some campgrounds on Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) are still receiving calls from optimistic folks in Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. hoping to pitch their tents or park their campers on the Island this summer, according to the CBC.

The answer has generally been no, but they’re welcome to defer their booking until next year or when it’s safe to travel, said Darren Cousins, owner of Twin Shores Campground in Darnley.

“We’re getting a strange amount of calls from Ontario, Quebec and even the U.S. saying, well, ‘We’ve been vaccinated now, so they’re going to let us come.’ And it makes you wonder if these people ever see the news,” he said. “Unfortunately for them, to protect ourselves, we’re not accepting bookings for anything outside the Maritimes and we’re just crossing our fingers for the bubble.”

Cousins and other campground owners are bracing for another year of uncertainty as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Canada and the Maritimes.

Tanya Calver, one of the owners of All Points East Campground in Souris, said she is actually in a better position than last year at this time, mainly due to Islanders making reservations.

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“So far, we’re looking all right, but it has been interesting to just see Islanders booking as opposed to everyone from across Canada and around the world,” she said in an interview with Island Morning host Mitch Cormier

Calver said she will still hold a site for someone off-Island, but because of the uncertainty around travel in the months ahead, they may get bumped in favor of a guaranteed reservation from an Island resident.

Cousins said it’s doubtful he could fill all his spaces with Island residents and is hoping the Atlantic bubble will reopen at some point. In the meantime, he is offering deferrals to his regular customers from off-Island.

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