Snowbirds at a campsite aspiring to reopen the US border


Milk River, Alta. — Almost two years after being caged in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are snowbirds anxiously waiting in campers and trailers in southern Alberta.

Eight Flags Campsite, located in the small windswept town of Milk River, 18 km from the Canadian-US border intersection of Coots, is full of large shiny RVs.

In anticipation of a land-sea border crossing reopening on Monday for fully vaccinated Canadians. Such intersections were banned from non-essential travel at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Helen Lunka, who runs the campsite, said, “Suddenly someone said the border was open, but it went crazy.”

“They said they had been waiting for them to return to the United States for two years, and they wouldn’t miss it.”

The campsite with 35 sites will double the number of reservations this weekend. Overflow parking is provided near the town’s baseball field.

Lunka said it was amazing how long some of her guests had been waiting.

“Things beyond Site 3 will be here for 18 days before he crosses the border,” she said.

“Others from Saskatchewan and Ontario … they are here for only 14 days.”

Donna Cole and her husband from Calgary were drawn to the campsite on October 21st on their way to Brenda in Ariz.

“We’ll be here on the 17th,” Cole said, as she was sitting at a picnic table next to the RV. “Desert Rat” is written on the front Arizona license plate of the vehicle.

Even the weather in Alberta was waiting for the sunshine in Arizona, she said.

“It’s snowing here. It was kind of annoying. It was -13 ° C for 4-5 days.”

But she said they had no plans to line the border on Sunday night.

“If my husband gets lost, I’ll probably leave, but I’ll leave around 5am (Monday). I hope it’s not backed up so far before I try to pull it out,” she said nearby. He pointed to the highway and said.

“You never know. People may be sitting there at midnight.”

Don Breckenridge of Langham, Saskatchewan, said he wanted to board RV Parkin in Las Vegas on October 31st.

“The weather here is very cold at night,” said Brickenridge.

“Last night, it’s going to be a zoo here before it opens, because people really want to get off before it snows.”

One of the campers, 23-year-old Otto Miants, has been touring Canada since leaving the Danish Marines four months ago.

He now wants to visit the United States

“I just drive this,” he knocked on the top of the car, saying “basically hiking and sleeping.”

Miants will meet a friend in Montana, drive through Idaho and Washington, and then return to Canada to Vancouver.

He said he wanted to get up early to be one of the first to cross the border on Monday.

“I expect a lot of people to be there. It’s going to be crazy.”

Bill Gray Brand

Canadian press

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