CLike migratory birds, people fleeing the cold winter, despite calls by the Canadian government to stay in the country and the land border between Canada and the United States being closed since March, for unnecessary travel.
“This is not the right time to travel abroad,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated on Wednesday, showing no signs of a second-wave coronavirus slowing down.
On average, about 900,000 Canadian “snowbirds”, including 250,000 cubes, spend most of the winter “in Florida and other southern states of the United States,” said AFP Johanne Blaine, director of the Francophony Canadian Snowbird Association.
This year, they may have 30% to do so, she estimates.
Most fly: Unlike Canada, the United States continues to accept Canadians landing on unnecessary buses.
Snowbirds do not need to respect detention in Florida because they must do so within 14 days of returning to Canada.
Those who choose the road to get there, by car or camper, do not hesitate to resort to legal camouflage to bypass border closures.
Authorized companies transport their vehicles directly to the other side of the border, as they are considered essential for border trade.
Michael Couturier, CEO of Transport KMC in the Montreal area, told AFP that the fall also set up an “entire turnkey system”.