COVID Updates - Wilderness North

View the latest COVID-19 Restrictions and Border Status updates here.

July 23, 2021

We are all excited about the border opening next month and we want to keep you up to date about the details regarding entry into Canada:

UPDATE – As of July 23, 2021

The Canadian Government is continuing to update the website and ArriveCAN app with information in regards to crossing the border into Canada.  Please keep checking the websites and ArriveCAN app.

Please be mindful of the following if you are planning to travel into Canada, and that everything is subject to change:

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

You can obtain rapid molecular tests at both Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.


To summarize the following is required for entry into Canada after August 09, 2021:

  • Fully Vaccinated against Covid 19 by a series of vaccines approved by the Government of Canada
  • PCR (Covid 19 Test) Required up to 72 hours PRIOR to crossing
  • Quarantine plan (in case you are randomly selected for a post-entry test or you do not meet requirements)
  • Must use ArriveCAN app or web portal
  • Masks will be required

Please review the links below for more information regarding entry into Canada:

ArriveCAN App


July 19, 2021

The Canadian Border will open for tourism on August 9, 2021.

June 18, 2021

Canada’s border will remain closed until at least July 21, 2021.


May 20, 2021

Canada’s border will remain closed until at least June 21, 2021.

May 13, 2021

Ontario extends lockdown until June 2,  2021.

April 20, 2021

Canada’s border will remain closed until at least May 21, 2021.

April 17, 2021

Effective today, Ontario extends lockdown until at least May 20, 2021.

New restrictions have been imposed as well:

Interprovincial travel

  • Starting Monday, the province is setting up checkpoints at all interprovincial borders. Ontario will limit access to border crossings between Ontario and Manitoba and Quebec.
  • Travellers who are coming into Ontario for work, medical care, transportation of goods and exercising indigenous treaty rights will be exempted.

Stay-at-home order

  • The stay-at-home order, which went into effect on April 8 and was expected to last for 28 days, will now be extended for an additional two weeks. It will now be a six-week-long order that will last until May 20 at least.
  • Residents must remain at home at all times, with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.
  • Businesses across the province must ensure that any employee who can work from home does work from home.

Outdoor gatherings limited

  • Starting Saturday, all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events will be prohibited, except with members of the same household. A person who lives alone could gather with one other household.
  • All outdoor recreational amenities such as golf courses and basketball courts will be closed. The province originally ordered the closure of all playgrounds, but reversed the decision Saturday afternoon following backlash to the order.

Retail capacity slashed 

  • Non-essential stores must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m., including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Capacity limits for in-person shopping in all retail settings where in person shopping is permitted, including supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores and stores that primarily sell food and pharmaceutical products, will be limited to 25 per cent capacity.

Places of worship

  • Starting Monday, capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services will be limited to 10 people indoors and outdoors.
  • Drive-in services will be permitted.

Non-essential construction

  • The government says non-essential construction will close, including construction at shopping malls, hotels and office towers.
  • The province says it launched an enhanced provincewide inspection campaign of construction sites, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce COVID-19 safety requirements.

New Enforcement Measures

  • If a police officer or other provincial offences officer has reason to suspect that you are participating in an organized public event or social gathering, they may require you to provide information to ensure you are complying with restrictions. Originally, police officers had the authority to randomly stop people and require them to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. Police also had the ability to stop vehicles to inquire about and reason for people leaving their homes. The government later walked back on those orders.
  • Provincial offences officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces this weekend in the COVID-19 hotspots of Ottawa, Toronto and York Region. Their visits will include big-box stores, food processors, manufacturers and warehouses.

April 8, 2021

Effective today, Ontario enacts provincial emergency and stay-at-home order for 4 weeks.

April 3, 2021

Effective today, Ontario is now under a province wide shutdown for 4 weeks:

March 18, 2021

Canada-US border will remain closed another month, at least until April 21, 2021.

February 22, 2021

Canada has announced the border will remain closed until at least March 21, 2021, with the possibility of another extension.

February 10, 2021

As Ontario is reporting lower case numbers and the provincial government is planning the re-opening of the economy we are cautiously optimistic.

We are watching the updates daily and looking towards setting an opening date for summer 2021.  Rest assured, we are fine-tuning our covid opening processes and ensuring all necessary precautions are in place.

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