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Vacation is all about reducing stress, not adding to it.

Two years after the coronavirus outbreak, life is returning to normal. With travel restrictions lifted, people are excited to explore the world once again.

Unfortunately, if you’ve been watching the news lately, you’re bound to have second thoughts.

Line-ups appear to be the name of the game.

The first obstacle for many would-be travellers is the long wait times at the local passport offices. Lately, people have been queuing for hours before offices open or camping out overnight. All in the hopes that they can be lucky enough to talk to someone in person the next day. At one point recently, the average wait times exceeded five hours*. 

Without a passport, even a simple road trip to the U.S. is off the table.

People who have invested thousands endure sleepless nights, anxious about timely passport arrival.

Once you hit the airport, it doesn’t get any better. Frustrated travellers face chaos at Toronto Pearson International, Canada’s largest and busiest airport. Over the last 2 months, travellers at Pearson have been experiencing long lineups, delays and cancellations. Some people blame these issues on continuing COVID-19 restrictions and a labour shortage.

Waiting endlessly at the airport certainly isn’t quality time with the kids. These aren’t the memories parents hope to create with their family vacation! For people who expect to relax on vacation (this shouldn’t be much to ask for, should it?), staycations are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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At Great Blue Resorts, no passport is required!

For a stress-free family vacation this summer, it’s hard to beat the lure of a cottage in the Kawarthas, Muskoka, Perth or Prince Edward County regions. Thanks to Great Blue Resorts’ 8 idyllic family resorts in Ontario, you’re sure to find one that is a short drive from home, that your family will love to explore.

So load up the kids and load up on fun with a wide variety of all-inclusive resort amenities. Enjoy amenities like pools, beaches, multi-sports courts, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and organized family and children’s activities – all included in your stay.

Great Blue Resorts Getaways | Rental Cottages or Cottage Ownership where No Passport is Required!Low nightly rates throughout all eight resorts

This allows you to make your vacation dollars stretch even further. Plus, kids stay free at Great Blue Resorts**!

Exploring our own province has its reward. You can save up to $400 with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit. Introduced for this year, The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit allows you to claim a maximum credit up to $1,000 for an individual or $2,000 for a family.  After filing your 2022 personal tax return, these credits translate into refunds of up to $200 (individual) or $400 (family). Learn more about the Ontario Staycation here.

Click here to start your family friendly Ontario resort cottage rental vacation planning today.


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*CBC News: Trudeau says passport delays are ‘unacceptable,’ promises the government will ‘step up’
**Nightly rates based on two adults and up to 4 children in each accommodation.

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