BMO survey suggests families vacationing close to home this summer

A BMO survey suggests Saskatchewan families are staying close to home this summer because of travel costs.

Rising travel costs prompting 'staycations'

Campers enjoy one of Saskatchewan's many parks. (Tourism Saskatchewan)

And the survey says – more than half of Canadians will be vacationing in their home provinces this summer.

The financial institution BMO commissioned the survey. People who participated said they'll be spending less money this summer and staying close to home.

The cost of gas and general travel expenses are driving the trend, it said.

Families spending the day at Pike Lake, just west of Saskatoon, supported the survey findings.

"The cost of gas is ridiculous and to go on a really long trip, who wants to spend $300 on gas," Tanya Callaghan said.

"I have three boys and trying to keep them all happy and content at the same time is impossible at the same time, so it's just less bathroom stops, no fighting."

She drove to the nearby park with her kids to use the lake, waterslide and playground.

The survey suggests that travel to other province and the United States – the main international destination for Canadians – will both be down.

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