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Ontario Campground Evolves Under New Managers

July 7, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Santa has sent two new helpers to give his Whispering Pines Campground near Bracebridge, Ontario, a makeover this summer.

Since taking over the campground’s management in May, Sarah and Kevin North-Harris have been busy renovating and revamping the site, which sits across the street from the Santa’s Village theme park. Aside from redesigning the campground’s layout, they’ve also updated some of the programs offered to campers, Cottage Country Now reported.

“The opportunity presented itself and we just snatched it up,” said Kevin.

Among the changes are the campground’s office and store, which is being moved into a new addition to the existing building at the front gate. The new office, still under construction, will give guests more room to check in and check out. The campground’s old playground has also been replaced with an evening bonfire circle and a group gathering area.

New washrooms have been constructed, which feature granite countertops and whitewashed walls.

“When people come to a campground, the washrooms make all the difference,” said Sarah.

Many buildings on-site have also received a fresh coat of paint, and many of the old picnic tables have been replaced. The campground’s recreation hall will also get a makeover, and eventually feature a TV viewing area and a reading corner.

The campground is also looking to attract more short-term campers, as opposed to seasonal campers who stay all summer. One of the new programs being offered is a weekly visit from Santa.

“Santa’s going to come over for supper every Wednesday night after Santa’s Village closes,” said Sarah.

So far, the pair say the changes have been well received by campers who have streamed in since the May long weekend. The campground also hosted a Girl Guides and Scouts event two weeks ago.

The changes at the campground come as Santa’s Village enters its first summer as a private company. The decision was made at a meeting with shareholders in February, 56 years after the theme park was founded.

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