A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Even if the pandemic slows down more than one in their impetus to take off for the heat, some ignore government recommendations and leave at all costs.

For Mario Lortie, a Sunshine State regular who owns a residence in Coral Spring, South Florida, the pandemic has never disrupted his plans. It has also been enjoying the sun since the end of October.

“I am at home as much in Florida as in Quebec. People are also respectful of the rules in both places, ”said the man who flew to the southern United States on October 23.

He is far from being the only one to travel, according to him. “The plane was full, they are at full capacity,” he adds.

The resident of Lac-Beauport, however, intends to return for the holiday season, before returning to the South.

“If there was no quarantine [imposée au retour des voyageurs], Christmas would be spent here with the family, but the 40s block those who are not teleworking, ”says the 56-year-old traveler.

More expensive for insurance

Former Quebec City radio host Mario Grenier has also flown to Florida in recent weeks, true to his habit of the past ten years.

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

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Former Quebec City radio host Mario Grenier has also flown to Florida in recent weeks, true to his habit of the past ten years.

“I’m going to play golf, do my little business, be in the sun. I am not worried, of course I am careful. It can’t be worse than in Quebec, ”he says.

The 62-year-old host, diabetic, however, claims to have taken care to modify his insurance before leaving. “It cost me about $ 400 more than usual,” he says.

While waiting for the border to open, Pierre Bourbeau, a construction retiree, rents a monthly loft in Quebec, because he still has the hope of leaving.

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

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Even if the fall advances in time, Pierre Bourbeau does not lose hope of going to spend the winter in the South. He is only waiting for the borders to reopen.

Mr. Bourbeau owns a condo in West Palm Beach. “I’m just waiting for customs to reopen. Otherwise, I would have already left. There, it takes me a vehicle. “

The retiree still takes things on the bright side. “Whether we follow the instructions here or there, it doesn’t change anything, except that it’s hotter over there.”

“Less complicated than I thought”

After weighing the pros and cons for a week, Diane Bourgault, 65, of Sainte-Adèle, finally decided to fly to Florida with her husband and her little dog to find their mobile home near Clearwater.

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

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Diane Bourgault, from Sainte-Adèle, and her husband, André Gagné, arrived in Florida without difficulty, contrary to what she had anticipated.

“It was less complicated than I thought. The worst part was making the decision to leave, ”she says.

Rather than having their minivan transported there, the couple opted for their Polaris Slingshot (three-wheeled motorcycle). This solution turned out to be half the cost.

Their motorcycle arrived in Florida almost as they got off the plane. Mme Bourgault feared that he would have difficulty finding a transporter, which was not the case in the end.

Mme Bourgault also has a medical reason to leave. The lady suffers from Raynaud’s syndrome, characterized by a problem with blood circulation in the fingers and toes, which worsens with the cold.

FAVORITE DESTINATIONS OF QUEBEC SNOWBIRDS

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

  • 68% Florida (33% Fort Lauderdale-Miami, 9% Palm Beach)
  • 7% in a US state other than Florida
  • 10% Mexico
  • 5% Caribbean
  • 3% Spain

Type of accommodation

  • 46% condominium
  • 18% house
  • 11% mobile home
  • 15% recreational vehicle
  • 5% hotel, hostel, etc.

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Departure period

  • 33% in November
  • 24% in January

Return period

  • 57% in April
  • 25% in March

Length of stay

  • 43% 4 months and more
  • 22% 3 months
  • 14% 2 months
  • 13% 1 month

(Source: CAA-Quebec)

Insured, but under conditions

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Although most insurers have made some changes to include COVID-19 in their coverage, several caveats remain.

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True to their habits

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

The idea of ​​enduring the Quebec winter thrills snowbirds, for whom the call for heat is stronger than anything. Despite the recommendations of the federal government, which advises against any trip abroad deemed “non-essential”, several snowbirds have nevertheless decided to fly south. Among the testimonies collected by The newspaper, most of them feel they are well covered by their travel insurance and are not afraid of contracting COVID-19 in Florida.

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More dangerous than Saint-Sauveur?

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Quebeckers are very scared who would be tempted to afford the pleasure of a few weeks of sun on the beaches of Florida.

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Watch out for seasonal depression

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Snowbirds that are wintering in Quebec for the first time in several years could be more exposed to seasonal depression, according to a researcher.

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Bringing COVID-19 to Florida

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Although fewer in number this year, the arrival of snowbirds in search of vitamin D is causing concern in Florida, where there are fears of an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Car transport service to Florida

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Closing the border until at least January 21 has fueled demand for snowbird car transportations to Florida.

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Re-equipping for the winter season is expensive

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Winter is expensive for snowbirds who had to re-equip themselves from A to Z to survive the cold season.

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Coat, boots and tuque for those who stay here

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

It is reluctantly that many snowbirds will have a white Christmas this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic forces them to stay in Quebec. Exit the heat, the beach, the golf courses and the motorcycle rides. A heartbreaking and above all disappointing choice, according to the testimonies collected by The newspaper from several Florida enthusiasts.

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A couple of travelers tried to face winter in their trailer

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

A couple of young adventurers tried to spend the cold season in their trailer this winter, but the cold quickly convinced them to change their plan.

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Work to forget the cold weather

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

As long as they stay in chains, many snowbirds plan to work to forget about winter. A boost that is well appreciated by employers in a context of labor shortage.

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Tailor-made packages to get through the season

A different winter for our snowbirds: Quebeckers are heading south at all costs

Hoteliers who have seen their sales melt like snow in the sun are learning to reinvent themselves in the context of COVID-19. While some adapt their rooms to accommodate snowbirds, others offer to store their RVs free of charge.

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