Since weed was legalized in Canada last October, Ontario has jumped at the opportunities afforded them when it comes to the concept of weed tourism.
After all, Canada is the second largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. And as a tourism hotspot to begin with, thanks to beautiful city landscapes, lush natural wonders and outdoor activities, and year round events, it makes sense to capitalize on the fact that 420 consumers from all around the world are going to want in on some weed while vacationing.
Cannabis tourism is set to become a healthy portion of the overall tourism sector in Canada as provinces sort out all the rules and regulations regarding legal consumption of cannabis products.
And today we’re going to take a look at some of the trending weed tourism activities seen popping up in Ontario.
Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018
Ontario set things in motion for weed tourism long before weed was even legal in Canada by proposing their Cannabis Statute Law Amendment in September of 2018.
Wanting to modify where cannabis consumption was allowed and where it was prohibited, Bill 36 eventually received royal assent on October 17, 2018 – the same day weed was legalized across all of Canada.
Here’s a look at all the places 420 consumers can smoke or vape cannabis in Ontario:
- Private residences that are not workplaces
- Many outdoor public places (e.g., sidewalks and parks)
- Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels, and inns
- Residential vehicles and boats that meet certain criteria
- Research and testing facilities if cannabis is being used for scientific research and testing purposes
- Controlled areas in long-term care homes, certain retirement homes, residential hospices, provincially funded supportive housing, designated psychiatric and veterans’ facilities
In short, Bill 36 aimed to make smoking and vaping marijuana legal in all places it is legal to consume tobacco.
Because of these modifications, and the fact that people are now going to be able to consume their favorite cannabis products in a variety of locations (whether on vacation or not), Ontario is setting themselves up to reap the rewards weed tourism will bring to their businesses.
And it would seem that tourism businesses are some of the most excited about this news.
Wayne Thomson, chair of Niagara Falls Tourism claims, “The opportunity for job creation and tourism (from legal cannabis) is going to happen in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I don’t think there’s any question it will have an impact on tourism.”
Adding to that, Matt Cronin, the CEO of Canada High Tours, has been quoted stating:
“[This] is incredible news for us, as it enables our guests to consume without fear of breaking any laws in public, before, during and after a tour – as long as it’s in a designated smoking zone. Yesterday, you could only consume recreational cannabis in your own home or in a property where the landlord permits it. Today, that has been blown wide open.”
Ontario Weed Tourism: A Look at What Vacationers Can Expect
Of course, cannabis tourism in Ontario (let alone all of Canada) is still in its beginning stages.
That said, there are some really neat tourism activities sprouting up that take advantage of Bill 36 and the fact that 420 consumers are excited to consume their marijuana while having a good time.
Ste. Anne’s Spa (Grafton, Ontario)
The Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario offers customers cannabis massage treatments with hemp CBD oil designed to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
“The CBD massage is the ultimate in relaxation and natural health—it’s non-intoxicating and has a broad range of benefits,” says Natalie Koshowski, spa director at Ste. Anne’s. She goes on to say that “It will include an aromatherapy element to induce an even deeper level of relaxation.”
Featuring Ste. Anne’s new, hemp CBD-infused Relax Massage Oil, client muscles will relax deeper for a more soothing and effective massage treatment.
And the best part is, you don’t have to get high to enjoy this massage. Ste. Anne’s emphasizes that the CBD oil being used is non-psychoactive and is only being used to treat pain, anxiety, and inflammation.
Anyone looking to relax is sure to benefit from the CBD oils being used during this luxurious massage. And what person doesn’t want a little extra relaxation?
HotBox Café (Toronto, Ontario)
The HotBox Café, found in Kensington Market, is a quaint little place where you can enjoy your own cannabis stash while ordering teas, coffees, and an assortment of snacks. There are also board games, video games, and a pool table to enjoy, making your stop at this café a fun-filled smoking adventure.
Want a little extra nighttime fun? Check it out:
- Wednesday is Movie and a Doobie night
- Thursdays are reserved for the hilarious Stoned-Up Comedy show
- Fridays are filled with reggae and rocksteady music
- Saturdays are home to a weekly video game tournament
- Sundays are bring your own pot and vinyl day
Adding to that, their shop has every cannabis accessory you might need, for those that haven’t had a chance to buy their weed online or come from a place where marijuana is illegal.
Trinity Bellwoods Park (Toronto, Ontario)
There are plenty of parks in Toronto to enjoy a good smoke, but Trinity Bellwoods Park is a known hotspot for those looking to enjoy the beauty Canada’s outdoors has to offer, while enjoying a nice high.
Take a tour, enjoy a self-guided walk, frequent the Farmer’s Market, or watch your kids run around all while enjoying your favorite cannabis products.
As you can see, there is a variety of ways people visiting Ontario can vacation, sightsee, and enjoy their marijuana, without fear of getting in trouble.
And this is just the beginning.
Other popular cities are offering hiking with a high, private smoke-out tours, cannabis-infused dining experiences, and exclusive bachelor/bachelorette parties that are customized to visit places that are weed friendly.
And while this may seem like it’s all fun and games for those visiting Canada from all over the world, the truth is, there’s a lot of revenue to be generated by getting involved in cannabis tourism and businesses (especially in Ontario) are catching on to this quickly.
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