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Quebec Scouts camp in Vancouver airport after flight cancellation | Nation World News

Sam Tessier of the Quebec City area and 18 fellow scouts had planned for years to travel to the Yukon, but a canceled flight forced the group to camp at Vancouver airport for more than 24 hours, and the teens are still on the way. Haven’t even reached their destination.

After sorting the boxes and doing volunteer work, 72nd Cap-Rouge Scout Group Raised $37,000 to go towards his tour.

“Ever since we were six, we’ve been told we’ll go on a big trip,” Tessier said. “Then, everything fell apart a little bit.”

The teenagers, aged 13 to 17, and three facilitators were due to reach Whitehorse on Saturday evening. But they were stuck at Vancouver Airport from 11 a.m. to Sunday afternoon.

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In recent weeks, countless travelers have looked at their flight plans as the airline industry grapples with demand and staffing shortages post-pandemic.

Last Wednesday, Air Canada announced the cancellation of thousands of flights this summer

Scouts say the airline told them that no hotel in Vancouver would be able to accommodate their larger group, but if they ever found one themselves, they could ask the company for a refund.

Since it was not possible to find a hotel for the whole group at that time of night, the scouts camped at one of the terminals.

“We slept under big lights and the call of separate flights, for better or worse,” said Charles Babin, a facilitator who accompanied the group. “It wasn’t the best night in the world, and without all of our belongings, some had their sleeping bags and others just had floor mats.”

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When they woke up on Sunday, they knew they would have to wait until Wednesday before flying to Whitehorse.

On Sunday afternoon, Air Canada was able to transfer the group to a hotel in Vancouver.

In recent weeks, countless travelers around the world have seen their flight plans change. Twenty-two scouts from Cap-Rouge, Ky., had to camp at Vancouver Airport when their flight to Whitehorse was canceled at the last minute. (Mohammed Azakir/Reuters)

In an email, an Air Canada spokesperson said the company is in “regular contact” with scouts, and they are registered for the next flight on July 6.

“In the meantime, we are able to provide them with accommodation till the day their flight is scheduled,” the spokesperson wrote.

The group’s stay in Yukon was supposed to last nine days, which ended on 10 July, but flight delays cut their journey in half. To avoid wasting time, Scouts are considering renting a car for a trip to BC

Despite the sudden change in plans, Babin said the skill of the Scouts served him well.

“I think the group spirit is still good. We know each other very well. We are here for the adventure,” he said. “We try to keep them motivated and show them that you learn by doing things that don’t happen the way you want them to.”

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