For the past 59 years, Sunshine Travel Club Tours has offered travelers of all ages, primarily seniors, the opportunity to explore the world.
Other than a quick trip to Elliot Lake and back last October, the tour hasn’t been able to run since March 2020.
Richard Craftchick, chairman of the Sunshine Travel Club board, said the trip to Elliot Lake was a sign of good things to come this year.
“We had two great days, and everyone had a great time,” he said. “Everyone was looking forward to getting out of the house. It was a very successful trip.”
The travel club has packaged 10 bus tours this year, starting with a trip to the Muskokas in late June.
“We can’t wait to get back on the road and get people back into this mode of travel,” he says. “It’s been two and a half years, people have been locked up for so long and they can’t wait to get out of town for a few days.”
Craftchick says they have introduced a number of precautionary measures and protocols to ensure everyone is safe on the trip.
“We try to stick to areas that maybe aren’t as hectic as others like Toronto,” he says. “We’re also keeping the tours short this year to help people get back on track.”
Craftchick adds that the tour has been a great service to all the seniors in the area and he looks forward to continuing his legacy.
“It’s still very popular, and we have a great reputation,” he says. “The atmosphere we create while we’re away and the friendships we’ve made over the years are amazing.”