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With its extreme weather, winter is often the most dreaded time of year. But that same weather also provides an opportunity to enjoy special and memorable activities. To make the most of the season despite the cold, here are some suggested activities you won’t want to miss. Get out your tuque, scarf, and mittens—it’s time to play in the snow!

The Air Passenger Protection Regulations (better known as the Air Passenger Bill of Rights) was brought in by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) in two phases in 2019. Airlines are now required to adhere to a set of regulations that provide better protection for air passengers when they face things like delays and flight cancellations.

As of January 1, 2020, the Ontario government no longer covers emergency healthcare expenses under OHIP when Ontario residents travel out of the country. You still have some coverage for travel to other provinces and territories within Canada, but not when you’re abroad.

Getting sick or having an accident is beyond disconcerting, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar country or don’t speak the language. Fortunately your Blue Cross® travel insurance includes a reliable, globally recognized medical assistance service that’s there for you wherever you are and whenever you need it.

China is a top destination for travellers in search of history, culture, and architecture. But the Canadian government just issued a travel advisory due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) in China. While the risks for Canadian travellers are considered low, authorities recommend you exercise a high degree of caution during your stay.

Trips that cross time zones can be tough on some travellers, while others seem to almost laugh it off. Personally, I always need a few days to get into the swing of things—coming or going—after I arrive somewhere.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO TRAVELLERS – In accordance with official government recommendations, and given the limited availability of medical resources worldwide, it is imperative that all travellers currently abroad return to Canada as soon as possible.

NOTICE TO INSURED PERSONS – To allow us to respond to urgent requests from travellers currently abroad and to reduce waiting times, please contact us by phone only if your trip is scheduled to take place in less than 72 hours.

SUSPENSION OF SALES – In order to contribute to collective efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to suspend sales of new travel insurance policies until further notice. This decision stems from our desire to protect the health and wellness of our insureds.

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