Canada: Simcoe Muskoka witnesses increase in tourism earnings

Monday, October 9, 2023


Communities around Simcoe Muskoka are seeing an increase in tourism as families assemble for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

While inflation and economic uncertainty have been on many Canadians’ concerns this year, frequently impacting their wallets, local companies say they have seen a big increase in income.

“We take the best of whatever the season has for outdoor activities and fold it into our special experience, which is basically a great food experience with a lot of outdoor and indoor activities,” said Mark Downing, Vice President of Fern Resort.

According to Downing, the 100-room resort is completely booked for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Businesses surrounding the Muskoka Wharf are also seeing a huge boost in tourists.

“Despite the weather, it has been a great weekend; lots of buses and lots of people coming to see the fall colours in Muskoka, and I think people have enjoyed travelling close to home and being able to experience the beauty of Muskoka on the water,” said Jordan Waines, Assistant General manager for the Muskoka Steamships.

Waines estimates that 25,000 people attend Gravenhurst cruises each summer, with the year’s final boats scheduled for Monday.

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