This is a very difficult time for our tourism industry and travellers, and COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone globally. Northeastern Ontario Tourism is here to support you and is doing everything we can in partnership with our communities, provincial and federal governments, industry partners, and Health Authorities to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on our tourism industry in Northeastern Ontario.
What our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow is uncertain; we want to assure you that we are all working together. We have reached out to our partners to leverage our collective power to align and support these efforts to pull through the times ahead.
When it is time to travel once more, the forest, lakes and streams, as will be the smiles you grown accustom to, will be waiting, right here in Northeastern Ontario.
Ontario’s most recent message: as key public health and health system indicators continue to remain stable and improve, Ontario is cautiously and gradually easing public health and workplace safety measures with all remaining measures, directives and orders to end by April 27, 2022.
Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements. You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1.
What to Expect When You’re Here
General masking requirements are lifted; however, masking will still be required in certain indoor settings, including:
- public transit (indoor areas & vehicles – does not include businesses or organizations that provide sightseeing or touring services)
- health care settings (including hospitals, psychiatric facilities, doctor’s offices, immunization clinics, laboratories, specimen collection centres)
- home & community care provider locations only if you are an employee or contractor
- long-term care and retirement homes
- shelter’s and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals
Passive screening of individuals prior to entering a business will no longer be required.
Businesses and organizations that are open will no longer be required to prepare and make available a safety plan.
Each region in Northeastern Ontario has their own public health protocols.
Please contact businesses during this time to see how they can serve you best. Accommodations remain open but there may be some restrictions based on services (restaurant, bar, fitness, etc.)
For more information, please visit the following links:
What You Can Do
Please continue to do your everyday steps stop exposure and protect the health of all:
- wash hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- where a mask or face covering when at public places indoors
- stay at least two metres away from other people when indoors
- stay home and self-isolate when you are sick
Accommodations are Open
Attractions and Culture are Open
Northeastern Ontario is home to an incredibly vibrant world of arts and culture–from galleries to pow-wows, our region is full of a deep and rich history that is reflected in everything we do.
Outdoor Adventures are Open
We are home to world-class paddling, hiking, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and even flightseeing. We have thousands of kilometers of paved roads winding through a pristine wilderness for epic road trips by car, RV, or motorcycle and countless trails on crown land and backcountry roads for off-road adventures.
Restaurants, Bars, and Food & Drink Establishments are Open
Tour Guides for Fishing & Hunting are Open
Fishing in Northeastern Ontario is perfect due to our lakes and waterways.
And when winter comes, check out our ice fishing partners.
It’s a hunter’s paradise here in the Northeast, whether you’re into big or small game.