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Canadian Border

Canadian snowbirds, like Donna Call, from Calgary, and her dog J.J., are anxiously waiting in their RVs near the U.S. border to head south for the winter, in Milk River, Alta., (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Nearly two years of being caged in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic has some snowbirds anxiously waiting in their motorhomes and trailers in southern Alberta, according to the CBC.

The Eight Flags Campground in the small windswept town of Milk River, Alberta.,18 kilometers (11 miles) from the Canada-United States border crossing at Coutts, is full of shiny, large RVs.

It’s in anticipation of land and sea border crossings reopening Monday (Nov. 8) for fully vaccinated Canadians. Such crossings were closed to non-essential travel at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

“All of a sudden someone said the border’s opening and it just went nuts here,” said Helen Runka, who operates the campground.

“They said they’ve been waiting to go back to the U.S. for two years and they’re not going to miss out.”

The campground, which has 35 sites, has twice the number of bookings for this weekend. Some overflow parking is being offered near a baseball diamond in the town.

Runka said it’s surprising how long some of her guests have been waiting.

“The one over there on Site 3 will have been here 18 days by the time he goes over the border,” she said.

“The other ones from Saskatchewan and Ontario … they’re only here for 14 days.”

Donna Call and her husband from Calgary pulled into the campground on Oct. 21 on their way to Brenda, Ariz.

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