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March 25, 2021 Update – Safe Access for American Seasonal Residents (hopefully by June)

GBA is renewing efforts to persuade the federal and Ontario governments to allow an exemption or variation from the rule banning non-essential travel for US citizens who own a seasonal property in Canada in time for the 2021 cottage season, when safe to do so, and with appropriate isolation, vaccination, and other conditions. Arguments include the very low risk to Canadians posed by our US friends and neighbours visiting their Georgian Bay homes due to widespread vaccination of Americans and public health protocols in place at the border.

See our letter to federal government ministers here.

As pressures mount on the US and Canadian governments to develop a cohesive plan to reopen the border, GBA has submitted this request to permit our American members to access their cottages, subject to conditions that will minimize the risk to Canadians.

On March 18 we reported that restrictions at our international borders were set to remain in place for another month. The United States has extended the restrictions on non-essential travel at land borders through to April 21, while ensuring continued flows of essential trade and travel.

GBA continues to closely monitor the situation and will follow up with the various levels of government on the issue of access for American seasonal residents as vaccination rates climb in both the US and Canada and travel restrictions are relaxed.


Click Below to see the latest COVID-19 communications from:

Government Advisories and Guidance

Local Municipalities

First Nations

If you need to access a First Nation territory or marina to get to your cottage please respect the restrictions that are in place. It is important to check with your local First nation community in advance and, if necessary, delay your trip to the cottage, or find an alternative means of access to your cottage.

Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA)


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