For the last 59 years, Sunshine Travel Club Tours has provided travellers of all ages, primarily seniors, with the opportunity to explore all over the world.
Besides a quick trip to Elliot Lake and back last October, the tour hasn't been able to run since March 2020.
Richard Craftchick, the chairman of the board of directors of the Sunshine Travel Club, says the Elliot Lake trip was a sign of good things to come this year.
"We had two beautiful days, and everyone had a wonderful time," he says. "Everyone was anxious to get out of the house. It was a very successful trip."
The travel club has put together a package for 10 bus tours this year, beginning with a trip to the Muskokas at the end of June.
"We're looking forward to getting back on the road and having people back in that travel mode," he says. "It's been a rough two and a half years, people have been couped up for so long, and they're anxious to get out of town for a few days."
Craftchick says they've introduced a number of cautionary measures and protocols to make sure everyone is safe while on the trip.
"We're trying to stick to areas that may not be as hectic as others like Toronto," he says. "We're also keeping tours on the short side this year to help people get back into the swing of things."
Craftchick adds the tour has been a great service for all seniors in the area, and he's looking forward to continuing its 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 created over the years are incredible."