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Posted: 10/15/20 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd be interested in hearing what the reservations are looking like.

I'm betting 70-90% of Canadian snowbirds will stay home and probably 20-50% of US snowbirds...but so far haven't been able to find anything.

It would seem like a survey of the popular snowbird parks would be able to generate a good estimate pretty quickly.


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Those with houses, condos or RV’s that are down there will have the option to just fly down there and just rent a car if they need one. We know lots of people in that situation that could technically do that. Most we have talked to are still not going due to the high mortality rate of the virus in the US. Many are waiting till the new year to reassess.

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silversand wrote:

...we were bringing our RV down to Florida (in 6 weeks), and renting the condo we normally rent (for the past 7 years). So, condo and RV. Pretty sweet... I checked the reservations 2 days ago that we vacated....and they were completely booked solid again, probably by US snowbirds.
We do the same and rent a cottage on a small oceanfront tract. Moving to a "better" cottage location is seniority-based. This year we are one of the two oceanfronts for 3 weeks of our 6 week stay then we move to second back so some Canadians can have their regular spot in the oceanfront. Last winter their kids made them go home a few days after they arrived. This year if they don't show we get to stay in the oceanfront the whole time.

The manager, who happens to be Canadian, is "calling Covid rules", so if the Canadians don't come this year they still have dibs on their time next year instead of losing it as they normally would. Seems fair to me.

Question - did the Canadian travel health insurance get sorted out or is that still a concern? I would think that has a big impact on those who might fly.

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magicbus wrote:

silversand wrote:

...we were bringing our RV down to Florida (in 6 weeks), and renting the condo we normally rent (for the past 7 years). So, condo and RV. Pretty sweet... I checked the reservations 2 days ago that we vacated....and they were completely booked solid again, probably by US snowbirds.
We do the same and rent a cottage on a small oceanfront tract. Moving to a "better" cottage location is seniority-based. This year we are one of the two oceanfronts for 3 weeks of our 6 week stay then we move to second back so some Canadians can have their regular spot in the oceanfront. Last winter their kids made them go home a few days after they arrived. This year if they don't show we get to stay in the oceanfront the whole time.

The manager, who happens to be Canadian, is "calling Covid rules", so if the Canadians don't come this year they still have dibs on their time next year instead of losing it as they normally would. Seems fair to me.

Question - did the Canadian travel health insurance get sorted out or is that still a concern? I would think that has a big impact on those who might fly.

Dave


Yes. Canadians can purchase out of country travel health insurance as per normal through various companies. Our insurer (Medipac) contacted us on schedule with their offer. We are RVers so we passed as the US border is still closed and at this point we are also concerned with the spread rate and high mortality rate in the US. About 5000 Americans per week are dieing right now. We’ll look at it again in the new year.

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And yet there is a car with Alberta plates that just arrive on Monday on our street.


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magicbus wrote:

Question - did the Canadian travel health insurance get sorted out or is that still a concern? I would think that has a big impact on those who might fly.


....our long-time travel health insurance co. did contact us (not Medipac), and they were offering covid-related insurance. If we were to go south this winter, it would be after a good assessment of the hospital situation at our 2 overnights heading to Florida, and an in depth assessment of the fabulous health-care we would (or, may not) have ready access to at our destination. It wouldn't be till February to reconsider...


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....I just checked the covid stats for the County in Florida where we snowbird. Almost the same population as our Quebec County (Canton), just over 200,000. Total cumulative deaths in Florida County: 77. Our Quebec County: 44. Present 14 day test positive cases in our Florida County: 430-ish; and in our Quebec County: 342-ish.

Plenty of beds and ICU capacity and low wait times at our Florida regional hospital. At our Quebec hospital: 23 to 46 hour wait times this week. And 5 to 7 hour wait times for covid test, with 5 to 6 days for results. At our Florida locale, 6 testing centers, no wait times with appointment, and 2 day return results.

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silversand wrote:

....I just checked the covid stats for the County in Florida where we snowbird. Almost the same population as our Quebec County (Canton), just over 200,000. Total cumulative deaths in Florida County: 77. Our Quebec County: 44. Present 14 day test positive cases in our Florida County: 430-ish; and in our Quebec County: 342-ish.

Plenty of beds and ICU capacity and low wait times at our Florida regional hospital. At our Quebec hospital: 23 to 46 hour wait times this week. And 5 to 7 hour wait times for covid test, with 5 to 6 days for results. At our Florida locale, 6 testing centers, no wait times with appointment, and 2 day return results.


You guys are getting hard there. Hope it improves soon. Chin up. In BC still in good shape for cases, tests, wait times etc. Fingers crossed.

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BarbaraOK, just had an Alberta plated vehicle come into an RV park here in Yuma where a friend of ours stays. They store the car here in the summer and just flew down. A little earlier than usual but the reason being the greedy airlines are quickly raising their flight prices. I think we will see more of this as the "season" gets here.

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Posted: 10/15/20 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Alberta car might be stored in the usa. Or the owner may have dual citizenship.

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