It all started when Joseph Luppe’s flight from Vancouver to Toronto was cancelled on Dec. 20 because of bad weather. 

Joseph, a student at the University of British Columbia, was planning to travel back home to his family in Wood Islands, P.E.I., for Christmas. But like many Canadians this holiday season, his travels did not go as planned.

“I wasn’t mad or anything,” Joseph said about his travel woes. “I was just kind of surprised at how, like, ridiculous everything was. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong that night.”

After his first flight was cancelled, Joseph was rescheduled for another to Montreal on Dec. 26. He said he was disappointed he couldn’t get back home for Christmas Day, but when we spoke to his mother on the phone, they realized it wasn’t the worst that could happen.

“Christmas is really, it’s just a day. We could have Christmas whenever we wanted to.”

But that was just the start of Joseph’s travel disruptions.

With storms across the country on Christmas weekend this year, thousands of Canadians faced cancellations and delays in plane and train rides. Even though the weather is now clearing, many have still not reached their destination.

‘It was a joyous homecoming

Joseph’s flight to Montreal was delayed on Dec. 26, so he missed his connection to Charlottetown. 

As he arrived in Montreal late at night, the airline told him they’d put him on standby for the next day’s flight, and they gave him a voucher for a nearby hotel. 

But when he took a cab to the address, Joseph said there was no hotel there — just a frame where a building once stood. 

“I don’t really know what to do now,” Joseph said, recalling the incident.

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