Ontario Water Trails Reports 6% Increase
Haliburton Highlands Water Trails near Minden, Ontario, are doing more than just staying afloat during the ongoing recession.
Trails coordinator Mark Coleman told Algonquin Highlands councillors last week that this year the water trails system, which includes campgrounds at the Frost Centre Institute and Poker Lakes, had actually seen an increase in business over the 2008 season, according to The Times, Minden.
The trails' regular season ended on Oct. 31, and in a year-end report on Nov. 19, Coleman told councillors that while some Ontario municipalities were reporting a decline of nearly 20% at their recreational and camping facilities, Algonquin Highlands had experienced a 6.3% increase in users from the previous year.
Looking to the future, Coleman said he would also like to improve the trails' website to include the sale of additional passes and attraction tickets.
For example, somebody booking a weekend of camping at a site on the Poker Lakes would also be able to purchase tickets for the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.
"People don't want to have to contact 20 vendors to get all their arrangements made," Coleman said, adding that he also hopes to add French language capabilities to the website.
This year, for the first time, the township will be offering winter camping at its campsites.