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7 Things Canadians Are Most Looking Forward To Now That The Country Is Slowly Reopening

Narcity readers reveal their to-do lists.

7 Things Canadians Are Looking Forward To The Most Now That Canada Is Slowly Reopening

Always remember to follow COVID-19 rules and regulations in your area. If you decide to travel when restrictions lift, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Canadians have adapted remarkably over the past year. New habits like working from home, staying socially distanced, and shopping online for everything from wine to toothpaste have become so normal that it's hard to imagine life any other way.

But, every now and then, it's exciting to think of the future and what a post-pandemic world will look like.

With many cities lifting their restrictions, Canadians are imagining hugging their friends, seeing their families, eating popcorn in an actual cinema, and re-experiencing what the inside of a restaurant is like.

After months and months of being cooped up indoors, separated from their people, there's no doubt that Canadians are craving the chance to get more out of life; and brands like Virgin Plus are committed to helping Canadians do just that.

Formerly known as Virgin Mobile, Virgin Plus is rebranding in a way that'll help Canadians do more, get more and live more, thanks to the jam-packed value Mobile plans that they're known for across Canada, along with exclusive Member Benefits and award-winning customer service. Those in Quebec and Ontario can expect all that, plus Internet and TV, so they can stream their hearts out and get the latest live and on-demand TV shows anytime, anywhere.

Members can even enjoy deals on restaurants, contests related to travel and more — which is great, considering Narcity readers identified both as being among their most anticipated activities. In fact, when asked what they're looking forward to about restrictions being lifted across the country, Narcity readers agreed that these seven activities were at the very top of the list.

Enjoying The Indoor Ambiance Of Restaurants

If you've forgotten what the inside of a restaurant looks like, you're not alone. Outdoor patios are such a vibe, but sometimes you're just in the mood to dine indoors.

There's something intimate and charming about dining indoors, especially on date nights. Narcity readers say they are ready to support their favourite spots and dine in with their friends and loved ones.

And if you're a Virgin Plus Member, there are certain Member Benefits that can help you out with this one. For example, Members can save at spots like Swiss Chalet, where you can get $5 off orders of $30 or more, or $10 off meals of $50 or more — including when you dine in.

Visiting Family Members Again

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When a crisis hits, your loved ones are the first people you reach out to. To be restricted from seeing family, especially if they live far away, has been unbearable for many. Canadians have adapted by connecting through video chats, online platforms, and other virtual accommodations, but Narcity readers say they're looking forward to finally hanging out with their families again.

For those whose routines will continue to involve video messaging, providers like Virgin Plus continue to make the experience as easy as possible thanks to value-packed Mobile plans.

Booking A Flight

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It's been a minute since people could hop on a plane and go anywhere, least of all internationally. Many Narcity readers say that they're looking forward to finally booking a vacation when restrictions lift.

If an international vacay is on your post-pandemic to-do list, keep an ear out for Virgin Radio's weekly contest, Plus Up Your Life, celebrating the launch of Virgin Plus and, of course, helping you live your best vacation life!

From July 19 to August 15, listeners across the country will have the chance to win epic prizes, including the Virgin Limited Edition Flyaway — an all-inclusive five-night stay for two at Richard Branson's luxury safari camp, Mahali Mzuri, in Kenya.

This grand prize will be redeemable when restrictions allow for international travel. Enter at Virgin Plus Members also get an exclusive bonus entry at

Bear Hugging Pals

Who would've thought that hugging friends could ever be against the rules? Or dancing with them on a night out? Or scream-singing with them at a concert? Or even shopping with them? There's a lot about how life has changed over the past year that seems completely unbelievable.

Narcity readers are looking forward to being able to hug their pals again. And when they do, there's no doubt that it will be a massive bear hug.

If your favourite version of an embrace involves crowds and live music, then you just might be in luck thanks to Virgin Plus. Historically, Member Benefits have included Members-only lounges at events like the Calgary Stampede and Osheaga in Montreal, and money-can't-buy experiences like artist meet and greets.

Exploring On Road Trips

Narcity readers are looking forward to hitting the road! As restrictions lift, it's not only international travel that will become possible again, but so too will domestic adventures. Canada is a beautiful country with much to explore, and no matter which province you're in, there's plenty to do and see.

When things are officially open, you can turn on the radio, roll down the windows and rock out to road trip songs while you head to all of the places you dreamed of visiting over the past year. Virgin Plus Members can even score a major discount if they need to rent a car — between 25% and 35% off base rates with Budget.

Catching A Flick At The Movie Theatre

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There's nothing like the atmosphere of a movie theatre. The smell of buttery popcorn, the taste of sweet soda, and the dim lights are sensations Canadians never thought they'd miss so much.

The full cinematic experience of surround sound, snacks and that massive screen can't be beaten. Narcity readers say they can't wait to finally go to the movies again, and Virgin Plus has Member Benefits to cover that, too. Virgin Plus Members can enjoy two for one movie tickets at Cineplex, so you and a friend can watch movies for less when the time is right.

Attending Live Music Events

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If you love seeing live music, the anticipation of getting to watch musicians do the thing they do best is probably the number one thing you're looking forward to.

Whether you love the intensity of a mosh pit, singing along with a cover band in a pub, or tapping your foot while listening to a jazz quartet, the return of live music is going to be a joyous experience. Narcity readers are looking forward to seeing live music.

As Canadians start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, they're thinking about the things that make them feel the most alive — being close to family and friends, hugs, adventure, and simple moments like enjoying music and movies together. They're ready to live more.

And while there are restrictions still in place and Canadians must follow public health guidelines, better days are coming. In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to stay connected and get more out of life with Virgin Plus.

To learn more about how to live more with Virgin Plus, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

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