0711 GMT September 26, 2021
"We decided that we would recreate some of our past vacations since we couldn't go on an actual vacation," Ruth Gallant said from their home in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood, cbc.ca reported.
The couple loves traveling and came up with the idea for the "house vacations" after being forced to cancel a month-long stay in Florida this past March.
Their trips have included elaborate setups in their living and dining rooms with food and drink to complement each destination.
For example, their Florida vacation came complete with palm trees and even real sand in the living room.
"It was great to get up every morning, walk into my living room, sit down in a beach chair and run my toes and my feet through the sand," she said.
"It was all in fun and jest," he said, adding that they wanted to help lift the spirits of those struggling with mental health issues.
Ruth Gallant has battled cancer twice, and said she always tries to enjoy life to the fullest.
"Even more so since the pandemic, because nothing is a certainty," she said.
They recently purchased a motor home, a type of self-propelled recreational vehicle (RV), that's been sitting in their yard since October.
"The RV to nowhere, so far," Ruth Gallant laughed.
The couple plans to hit the road to visit family as soon as restrictions in the Maritimes are lifted. Even though the house vacations were fun and much less expensive, she said nothing beats the real thing.
"We normally see our family a couple of times a year, and I haven't seen my family in a year and a half."
Canada has had strict travel restrictions in place throughout the pandemic, but on Wednesday the federal government announced coming changes.
Soon, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents crossing the US border into Canada won't have to self-isolate for 14 days, as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test.