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The continued closure of the United States border with Canada could start forcing snowbirds from the Great White North to make some difficult decisions about their travel plans in the coming weeks, and if the closures continue to be extended it may take some creativity for them to visit destinations like Lake Havasu City during the 2022 season.

On Monday the United States announced it extended restrictions at its land borders with both Canada and Mexico through Oct. 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism. The Canadian government began allowing fully vaccinated Americans to cross the border heading north on Aug. 9. The border restrictions were originally put in place in March 2020 as a response to the covid-19 pandemic and have been continually extended on a monthly basis ever since.

While driving across the border is not allowed, Canadians are able to get into the United States by plane. But Rachael Atkinson with Destination Havasu said most of the Canadians that book short term rentals in Havasu traditionally drive here due to the length of their stay. So if they decide to fly this year instead, they would likely need to make some additional transportation arrangements for when they arrive.

“Once they fly here, how are they getting around for three months?” Atkinson asked. “That is the big obstacle. Otherwise I think we would see a huge increase in flying and it wouldn’t be a big deal. But they are coming here for an extended period of time. It’s not like our summer season where it is weekend or a week at a time – it’s months at a time.”

Atkinson said many of her Canadian clients had been booking for 2022 with the thought that the border would open back up by then. That is still possible, as the snowbird season won’t kick into full gear for a few more months yet. Atkinson said the majority show up in January after the holidays, and typically they return home by April in time for tax season.

If the restrictions on nonessential travel over the Canadian border are lifted at the end of October, November, or even December, that would pave the way for most of the snowbirds from Canada to resume their customary road trip to Havasu or other warm weather destinations. But those restrictions will have been in place for 19-months by the end of October, and when they will end has been anything but clear.

Atkinson said she expects that Destination Havasu will need to be in a little bit closer communication with its Canadian guests this year as they try to navigate the current travel environment. She said the business is working on drafting up a letter to all of those clients that will likely be sent out sometime next week.

“They are going to have to pull the trigger and make the decision on whether they are going to come or whether they are not, because we have to cancel reservations – which is so scary to say that,” Atkinson said. “Last year we had a lot of people not come for the same reasons, but this year we had quite a few bookings and I know other agencies do as well. The expectation was that they were going to be able to get here.”

Atkinson said the business is already getting a lot more questions than usual when booking. She said many customers are asking about what it would take to extend their stay if they decided to. She said travel insurance is also being purchased by many people booking trips so they can recoup some of their costs if the trip needs to be cancelled.

Atkinson said one of her longtime clients from Canada decided to purchase a home in Havasu over the last year, then bought a truck and shipped it to the address to ensure they could get to Havasu and have transportation during the winter. She said others may invoke similar strategies in order to secure a vehicle for their time in the U.S.

“I think there is going to be a lot of creative things going on to get cars, trucks, motorhomes and things here – there are definitely avenues that you can explore. But again, it’s costly,” she said. “In speaking to a lot of our guests, what they are trying to decide right now is, ‘Do we continue to hold out and see if we are going to be able to drive across at the last minute?’ Or ‘Do we make arrangements to rent or purchase a car?’”

With at least more options than last year, Atkinson said she expects to see more Canadians in Havasu in 2022 than were here in 2021, but if the border remains closed there will still likely be fewer than the city got used to seeing pre-pandemic.

“I think we will do better than we did last year, because there is a means to an end,” Atkinson said. “They can get here, it just has to be creatively with cars and flights. But if we don’t see that border open I still think we will be affected by it.”

Canadians have traditionally made up a large percentage of Lake Havasu City’s winter visitors, but the number of visitors from the north plummeted during the 2021 winter season. Atkinson said normally Destination Havasu’s vacation rentals are 100% booked for the winter by August, but last year they had about 15 houses with some availability.

“It wasn’t as bad as what we had projected,” Atkinson said. “We did have a couple houses that didn’t rent, but because of our construction boom we were able to book those properties – not for the same length of time but we were able to facilitate those crews when there were no hotels available. So we were able to get everything booked for a certain period of time – it just wasn’t the normal length of time.”

Atkinson said this year Destination Havasu still has about seven houses that are available during the winter.

“I do believe we will still get those rented, but I don’t think it will be for the same length of time again, and I think it will be to construction crews again because we are already getting calls,” she said.

Although snowbird season has been a little slower during the pandemic, tourism overall has increased considerably since March 2020, particularly during the summers. Lake Havasu City’s tourism-heavy economy produced a record amount of sales tax revenue during Fiscal Year 2020-21.

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simon1dog

Most people don't realize that Bob's been playing "Devil's advocate" all these years. A true Republican, he comes across as a Democrat only to spur conversation. With him moving to Kingman he'll join the ranks of other conservative Americans and Canadians. This Bud's for you, my talented friend.

BigBob

simple - WOW! when it comes to lying you are the master. I have never been a Rebubliscum, in fact following is a list just for you. And why in God's name would think I'd move to Kingman? And I don't drink so put that Bud where the sun don't shine.

“10 Reasons Why I Dislike Republicans:

1. They think Ronald Reagan was a good president because they truly cannot remember what he did to the country. He was the worst president of the 20th century, just edging out fellow Republican Herbert Hoover, whose prideful ignorance sunk the country into the Great Depression. Reagan exploded the national debt. He moved the social security ‘trust fund’ into the general fund then spent it on space lasers. He sold weapons to Iran, and then gave the money to Contras who ran death squads that murdered missionary priests and nuns.

2. Every Republican in congress came out to denounce Joe Biden for Afghanistan despite the fact that it was Bush who started the war and Trump who negotiated with the Taliban to withdraw our troops. Every single mess that Republicans create, they blame Democrats for not cleaning it up fast enough — just as they did to President Obama when he didn’t clean up Bush’s colossal mess fast enough.

3. They claim to be all about getting government out of the way of businesses, but when Carnival Cruise Lines wanted to implement a vaccine policy to prevent the spread of covid, Ron DeSantis signed an executive order saying they couldn’t require passengers to be vaccinated.

4. Republicans have not shut up since vaccines came out for COVID about ‘my body my choice’. They have said this endlessly as if it were some biblical tenet handed down by Jesus himself. But they ban women from having abortions, even when the mother’s life is at risk, because they don’t want women to govern their own bodies.

5. They claim to be the party of personal responsibility, but what have Republicans taken responsibility for? They won’t even admit that January 6 was perpetrated by the lunatics in their party and have told lie after lie about the insurrectionists being ‘Antifa’ or ‘BLM’ activists.

6. Republicans are always bemoaning ‘activist judges’, except when their judges are the ones being the activists and denying women the right of autonomy.

7. The nauseating hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell deciding that he wouldn’t confirm Obama’s Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee in ‘an election year’ — and then shoving Amy Barrett’s nomination through the Senate *while people were voting.

8. Passing measures to make it specifically harder for black people to vote because of Trump’s big lie.

9. The disgusting hypocrisy of Governor Gregg Abbott, who claims to be ‘pro-life’ after taking medication made from fetal tissue while 50,000 Texas school children are infected with coronavirus because he prevented schools from implementing safety measures to stop the spread of covid.

10. Their exaltation of the flagrant stupidity of Margie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert while Kevin McCarthy threatens trillion-dollar communication companies with consequences if they merely obey the law by handing over the records of the January the 6th conspirators who serve under him.”

deaton

Trolled again BigBob? You’re so easy! [thumbup] simon1dog you got him again [whistling][tongue][beam] Deaton

NorthLong

Only 10 reasons Bozo? I expected much more from you.

BigBob

nl - So your little voice "Bozo" has a list as well. How cool!

1947

Looks like bigbob is back to his old tricks of pissing on posts to mark his territory. No scent goes without his two cents!

BigBob

47 - As usual you have nothing to add to the discussion just the same cut 'n' paste trash you've posted all the place this morning.

1947

Discourse is a term used to explain the transfer of information from one person to another it is not BIGBOB telling others what to believe or how they should think!

BigBob

47 - discourse 1: verbal interchange of ideas especially : conversation. 2a : formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject. b : connected speech or writing.

So once again you are proven to be a liar. Good job!

Definition of discourse - Merriam-Webster

1947

Bobby, you look young enough to have a real job yet you have all day to piss on posts. Which government hand out are you receiving? I am relatively certain you have not earned a private sector pension!

BigBob

47 - As usual you have nothing to add to the discussion just the same cut 'n' paste trash you've posted all the place this morning.

BigBob

47 - And once again you lie - as usual. I do have a private sector pension (a very generous one I might add) and I also collect Social Security benefits as well as earning money as a writer. Oh and BTW - I'm 78 and I do not receive any "government hand-outs".

deaton

“On Monday the United States announced it extended restrictions at its land borders with both Canada and Mexico through Oct. 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism. The Canadian government began allowing fully vaccinated Americans to cross the border heading north on Aug. 9. The border restrictions were originally put in place in March 2020 as a response to the covid-19 pandemic and have been continually extended on a monthly basis ever since.“

This is just another policy of DIM-Joe’s that’s working out so well? Especially at Del Rio, TX! Keep the VAXED Canadians out, but let 180,000 un-vax’ed illegal migrants from, who the hell know where, just waltz across the border and then have our Federal Government ship them a taxpayer expense to every corner of our Country spreading the DELTA version everywhere! Way to GO, DIM-Joe! [thumbdown][censored][thumbdown][censored][scared] Deaton

NorthLong

Spot on deaton. Let's have a bon-voyage party for Bozo when he leaves LHC. It's would be a momentous celebration attended by 75% of Havasu. Let the beer and wine flow!

BigBob

nl - There is no "Bozo," that is simply a weird little voice in your head.

But in case you are attempting to insult me I find it fascinating just how obsessed you and deaton are with me - I truly live within your sad little heads. I would welcome a bon voyage party however I doubt the number would be 75%, but then you always lie about everything. What has me curious is why you are so obsessed with my leaving and wondering about who is helping me pack? Unlike yourself - who slipped out of town under the cover of darkness to avoid potential arrest (?) - I have hired an actual respected firm to pack, move and unpack me. And why would I take you up on your offer to tell you where I am gong so you can tell all of us where you are hiding? No one cares where you are, in fact overall the residents of LHC are just glad you're gone and look forward to when you will stop polluting the newspaper with your nonsensical BS. Now bring on the party!

NorthLong

Suppose you provide me with proof I slipped out of town under the cover of darkness to avoid potential arrest. One of your total lies.

As far as packing, my son-in-law, who works for Mayflower movers did my packing and moving.

If YOU had a bon voyage party, it would consist of the 5 liberal friends in Havasu. Hardly enough to call it a party.

Your just a Grumpy Old Man. Maybe your new community will have a newspaper with a comments section you can pollute and insult people by calling them names.

So much fun irritating you. You truly entertain everyone here with your constant babbling BS.

simon1dog

deaton - [thumbup] In NorthLong's party let's include a bon voyage for all the losers voting for the man.

Third Eye

Deaton, what do you care? Covid is fake. Can't believe you want to force immigrants to get vaccinated when your kind won't.

Too old for this

What do you mean, "your kind?" Are you referring to Congress? The Postal workers? Americans as a whole?

BigBob

twosie - Let's clarify and answer your question. "Your kind" is in reference to ignorant and foolish followers of a twice-impeached, lying, POS who is responsible - so far - of the deaths of over 688,000 American men, women and children because of the lies he told the American people about the pandemic. Also your kind refers to the truly stupid who would use a horse medication rather than the vaccine that has saved millions of lives.

Third Eye

Congress is vaccinated, so are postal workers...you know exactly what I mean. Don't play dumb, unless you aren't playing then carry on.

kdavis

little bobby aka the village idiot aka big bob ect. Nobody is going to listen to someone who obviously has not had the mental ability or capacity to have even a little success or control of their own life. Good luck with your move.....

BigBob

kaydee - Why do you come here and lie about me? You don't know me, you have never met me and yet you make spurious claims regarding me. I have had a very successful life as a veteran, a telecom engineer, a writer, and a broadcaster.

As to control over my life, when the state of Arizona allows a landlord to summarily kick a person out of their home with no explanation that is truly out of my control. And there is no "luck" involved in my move, it is simply a matter of logistics. I am saddened to be leaving LHC because I like the community and had looked forward to spending my remaining years here, but sadly the community has been in infected by the Havasu Greed Machine.

kdavis

Big Bob-Always someone else's fault. If you owned the home you could stay. Thank you for your service. I truly do wish you would have planned better...

BigBob

kaydee - There is no "fault" here - it's just business as usual in Havasu. I made the decision years ago, after losing a fortune on two homes I owned in Salt Lake City to never again buy a house. So that was a possible error on my part. However, there is no way to plan for being tossed out on your ass after living for twelve and half years as an excellent tenant - so said my previous landlord. But when you are dealing with the Havasu Greed Machine your are helpless.

kdavis

Bob- Very sorry what happened to you. FYI my best friend is a hard core democrat and we no way agree on political issues, at the end of the day we are still best friends. We both agree politics are what they are and the way it will always be. Life goes on...

deaton

“I am saddened to be leaving LHC because I like the community and had looked forward to spending my remaining years here, but sadly the community has been in infected by the Havasu Greed Machine.“[beam]

So BigBob, the “Greed Machine” got you Huh? Heck, we all thought you were “rolling in the dough” with all your book sales and “streaming” revenue, what happened? I’ll bet HavasuMoron [batman] is devastated, who’s left to lead him around by the nose? What the heck is the Twit going to do? So many questions? You might think about Portland, they got lots of folks who think like you there. Or maybe under a bridge in San Francisco where you can take a, well you know, right on the streets! Hope your planning on renewing you “online subscription” to “TNH”, I for one would miss your delusional daily raving, lies and propaganda! Well you know that old saying “Don’t let the door hit you in the, well you know, as your leaving. But sure to pack up your “shrapnel” and spell-checker! [thumbup][whistling][tongue][love][beam] Deaton

Too old for this

What a splendid resume, Bob. You broadly describe the wonderful things you have accomplished. I did not realize that telling stories that you heard, or other rumors, qualified one to be called a "writer." What is a successful veteran, as opposed to one not so successful at being a veteran?

I think that Needles has Section 8 housing, and that would put you closer to the store that sells you gummies.

BigBob

twosie - You ignorance of what a writer does is astounding - but then overall your ignorance has long fascinated many of us. A "successful veteran" is one who managed to stay alive during combat and return to either contuse his/her military service or go into a civilian occupation.

Why are you so fascinated with Needles and the selling of "gummies"? And why do you lie about my purchasing "gummies?" Oh, that's right, you lie - all of the time - about everything.

Yup

Little Bobby the village idiot is running his worthless mouth again Trump must still keep you up at night hahaha!

BigBob

yup - Still whining about one of your little voices? This time it's "Little Bobby the village idiot." You do know no one but you can hear those little voices that occupy your otherwise empty head?

simon1dog

Dimocrats are totally at fault here. Letting illegals in like we have an open border policy. They elected a loser and the country's now suffering. I'm glad my friends had brains enough to choose the Republican party.

BigBob

simple - Okay, so the two people who are dumb enough to be your "friends" are Republicans. BFD!

NorthLong

That's one more friend than you have Bozo. BFD

BigBob

nl - Again talking to "Bozo?" So sad to watch as a person's brain deteriorates to mush as he listens to those weird little voices in his head and loses all touch with reality.

NorthLong

At least you got the nl right this time. How's your packing coming along?

Third Eye

@simon1dog way to stay on target...we are talking about Canadians, buddy, what are you on aboot?

BigBob

Oh my! It would appear as if an army of Canadian citizens — despite coming from a place of affluence and opportunity – live illicitly in the U.S. One research institute estimates the total at 150,000, while a recent American government report said nearly that many Canadians overstayed their legal welcome — and failed to leave – in one year alone. Immigration lawyers confirm they regularly hear from Canadians who have exceeded the time they can lawfully be in the U.S., sometimes by years.

But lawyers say they wind up in such predicaments because they’ve gotten romantically entwined with Americans, they’ve sunk other sorts of roots or have decided to remain — underground — when their work or student visas expire. Some know they’re on thin ice legally, others wrongly believe they have a right to linger as long as they want.

kdavis

Little bobby the village idiot mumbling on again. I heard you had to leave when trader joes vote for me free rent scam ran out...

NorthLong

I think his landlord found he was BigBob on TNH comments section and give him the heave-ho.

BigBob

nl - As usual you lie (why do you do that?). A new owner - a well-known woman realtor with a long reputation of being a b***h (I base that on whenever I mention her name everyone knows her by her nasty reputation) - bought the property and told both me and neighbor to get out because she wants to raise the rent. May she wind up with the renters from hell who trash the place and don't pay their rent.

NorthLong

Whine, whine, whine. Maybe you should have bought a home when you decided to move to LHC 12+ years ago. They were pretty cheap back then. Guess you weren't too awful smart.

Was the new owner one of those evil Republicans you constantly complain about?

BigBob

kaydee - Who is this "Little Bobby the village idiot?" Oh wait, it's just another of those weird little voices. in your head.

BigBob

kaydee - Look at that! You and yup share the same little voice in your head.

ggluskey

What a joke!!! But the southern border is open to all the illegals to come in without any restrictions!!!

BigBob

gluestick - Rule #4, "Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything."

1502

The border is not open. Next time your in Mexico try to get in the US with out your pass port.

NorthLong

It's wide open between entry points. Pass ports are not needed there.

BigBob

nl - More lies. And what is a "pass port?"

NorthLong

Bozo. Do you need a passport to move to your new community?

“Your”welcome

Seriously? That’s easily done. Let’s go this weekend.

BigBob

your - Oh please, go and don't take your passport and see how easy it is.

Too old for this

They may not let an American back into their own country, but they will certainly let their homies cross into the US without batting an eye. If you stay within 50 miles or so of the border, you can come and go as you please without a passport.

BigBob

twosie - Is there nothing you will not lie about? - “Border community residents of either the U.S. or Mexico who frequently travel between the U.S. and Mexico by car may also ACCESS A SPECIAL PASSPORT CARD. A Border Crossing Card is similar to an entry permit for Mexican nationals. The card allows travelers to go 55 miles inland from the border and — combined with a valid passport — grants Mexican citizens access to the U.S. according to the CBP.”

And there is this - The federal government has the power to conduct warrant-less stops within 100 miles of the U.S. border.

And this - U. S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport book or card, in addition to an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of automobile registration.

1947

Unlike the people crossing the southern border and breaking our laws, the Canadians will respect our laws and follow the rules. Go figure!

BigBob

47 - Do you have any empirical proof that there are not Canadians in our country illegally or are you just making crap up - again?

1947

Some I am sure, not millions draining the system I am also sure.

Too old for this

If your number of 150,000 Canadians who are here after their visa expired, which makes them illegal aliens, is accurate, then they comprise a tenth as many as the illegals from our southern border. It has been estimated that, before Biden opened the door, there were between 11 and 20 million illegals from countries around the world that came through the southern border.

1947

Bobby, you look young enough to have a real job yet you have all day to piss on posts. Which government hand out are you receiving? I am relatively certain you have not earned a private sector pension!

1947

I don't recall anyone ever asking you for your opinion. You seem to stretch the meaning of a discussion! Pissing on the comments of others is more your style.

Third Eye

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/canadians-not-mexicans-represent-largest-number-of-visa-overstays-in-the-u-s-according-to-department-of-homeland-security

deaton

Where exactly is your “third eye” located, Third Eye? Enquiring minds want to know? [thumbup][wink] Deaton

Too old for this

Visa overstays are nowhere near the same thing as coming here illegally. If DHS knows who has overstayed their visa, and where they are, they should arrest them and deport them. The same goes for illegals. After spending nearly 30 years dealing with illegals, I am tired of them and would love to see them all deported by noon today. They are, for the most part, able to work, so they should go home and work to improve their own countries instead of turning ours into some 3rd world sh!thole.

Third Eye

Too Old and Deaton, too bad. I have dealt with immigrants for over thirty years, amazing people and if it were up to me they would all get a Green Card. And poor dumbton, terrified of a news story? Typical for your kind, terrified of everything.

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