The Myrtle Beach Can-Am Days festival returns. how to celebrate


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Canadian travelers are greeted by members of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as the first flight from Canada has arrived in Myrtle Beach since COVID-19. Porter Airlines resumed service to Myrtle Beach (MYR) after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Porter Airlines will now operate nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach (MYR) and Toronto (YTZ) twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights will run through the remainder of the spring, with the last flight departing May 28 over Memorial Day weekend. March 09, 2022.

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Myrtle Beach began welcoming Canadian travelers in November when the border reopened for the first time in a year and a half. Now the Grand Strand is preparing its biggest welcome party of the year for the region’s beloved international travelers.

The Can-Am Days festival begins this Saturday, March 12 and will continue until next Sunday, March 20. The festival has special events and offers that speak directly to Canadian beach visitors. The festival was canceled just before its scheduled start in 2020 and did not take place last year as the border with Canada was still closed to most non-essential travel.

the the border finally reopened on November 8, and the first Canadian visitors began to arrive soon after. However, the omicron COVID-19 variant brought travel to a halt soon after. Some Canadians planning to visit said they delayed their trips to wait out the pandemic a little longer.

However, COVID-19 cases have dropped rapidly in recent weeks. And on Wednesday, Porter Airlines of Canada flew to Myrtle Beach for the first time since the pandemic began, giving travelers another way to get to the Grand Strand.

“It’s great to see people without masks,” Porter Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Kevin Jackson said at an event welcoming this first return flight. “We still have a mask mandate in Ontario for another two weeks, but it’s great when you start having dinner again and seeing people’s faces again.

The return of Can-Am days and Canadian travelers are huge boons to Myrtle Beach’s economy, local leaders say. Myrtle Beach international visitors bring in millions of dollars every winter during the Grand Strand’s low season, and they often stay longer and spend more than most domestic travellers.

Karen Riordan, CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said at a press conference Wednesday that the arrival of Porter Airlines and the relaunch of Can-Am Days “symbolizes the return to a bit of normality. “.

“It’s been a tough two years, but today we celebrate the importance of enjoying a long-awaited beach vacation,” Riordan said. “Since our earliest days, the Myrtle Beach area has welcomed visitors from Canada, where for so many Canadian residents, Myrtle Beach is a home away from home.”

Spring golf is one of the big industries that could benefit from the return of Canadians. Golf Tourism Solutions, a technology and marketing agency that promotes Myrtle Beach golf, has done a lot of marketing in Canada to keep golfers coming back. Additionally, Golf Tourism Solutions CEO Bill Golden said there have been conversations to get airlines to add more flights connecting Canada to Myrtle Beach to expand access for international travelers.

“It’s been a huge success for us, certainly snowbird traffic and travel to Canada in general,” said Golden, whose company helps out with one of the events during Can-Am Days. “As a destination in general, we need to come back and market as much if not invest more dollars than we’ve ever had to encourage that traffic to come back. This is an important matter for us.

There’s a lot going on at Can-Am Days next week. Here’s what to expect.

Events taking place during Can-Am days

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival This one is self-explanatory, huh?

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

March 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach Celebrates Can-Am Days To kick off Can-Am Days, the SkyWheel will light up in red and white to pay homage to the Canadian flag.

1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach

March 13, 8:30 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Reception Refreshments and live music available in the lobby of the room at lunchtime.

1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach

March 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Can-Am Party in the Plaza Enjoy special treats and music as a local artist paints a Can-Am Days tribute for one of the attendees to win as a memento.

Ripley’s Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Square, Myrtle Beach

March 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Telling Refugee Stories: The Beauty and Invisible Strength of Diaspora Women Montreal author Kim Thuy talks about her 2020 novel “Em” about “her unique cross-cultural life from war refugee to one of the best-selling and most celebrated writers of our time.” After the event, Thuy will have a signing session.

Coastal Carolina University, Johnson Auditorium, 119 Chanticleer Drive West, Conway

March 17, 5 p.m.

33rd Annual Race To The Sun Car & Truck Show Celebrate classic cars or even bring your own (1989 model or older) to this busy annual event. Car registrations have sold out for the past 10 years, so be sure to check available space ahead of time.

Myrtle Beach Square Mall, 2501 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

March 17-19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Pelican Season Kickoff Fireworks Show The local minor league baseball team kicks off its season with a fireworks display that fans can watch right on the field. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets (no chairs). You can also purchase the $25 Family Meal Deal, which includes 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsi drinks, and a bucket of popcorn. Other concessions, including alcohol, are available for purchase. There is also discounted entry for people with Canadian IDs.

1251 21st Ave North, Myrtle Beach

March 18, 6 p.m.

Cheer Ltd. Nationals at Can-Am A massive cheerleading competition to be enjoyed by family and fans alike.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach

March 18-20

Carolina Coast Vintage Market Days – From the organizers: “A vintage-inspired, high-end indoor/outdoor market offering original works of art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, furniture exterior, consumable goods, seasonal plantings and more.Vintage Market Days events are much more than a flea market.Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to show off their talents and passions in creative places.

John T. Rhodes Sports Center of Myrtle Beach, 2115 Sports Center Way, Myrtle Beach

March 18-20

Can-Am Junior Team Games (Golf) – This competition features “the top eight junior boys and girls from the province of Ontario competing against the top eight junior boys and girls from South Carolina.”

Wachesaw Plantation Club, 1930 Governors Landing Road, Murrells Inlet

March 19-20

Kite Festival at Huntington Beach State Park — The organizers call it a “thrilling display of larger-than-life kites.” This first-ever event features “two fun days of high-flying kite action, including kite demonstrations by Klig’s Kites, as well as live music, food trucks, inflatables and activities for children”.

16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet

March 19-20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach Celebrates Can-Am Days (Round 2) “Missed the first time?” The SkyWheel will once again light up red and white in honor of the Canadian flag and close the Can-Am Days festival.

1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach

March 20, 8 p.m.

Many places also offer discounts or specials for people with Canadian ID. Make sure you check online and wherever you go to enjoy all that Myrtle Beach has to offer its international visitors.

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Chase Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and throughout South Carolina for McClatchy. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with degrees in journalism and political communication. He started working for McClatchy in 2020 after growing up in Texas, where he was signed to three of the state’s largest print media outlets as well as the Texas Tribune covering state politics, environment, housing and the LGBTQ+ community.

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