Despite a shortened 2021 season because of the pandemic, camping at sites operated by Otonabee Conservation (Ontario, Canada) was up 11 percent.
As per its 2021 Annual Report to the Watershed Community, the conservation authority recorded 34,846 campers and day-visitors at Beavermead Campground in Peterborough and the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, an 11% increase compared to 2020.
Of the 34,896 visitors, 25,466 made 3,018 campsite bookings and had 8.976 nights camped–an increase of 15%. Another 9,360 made a day visit to the Warsaw Caves.
According to the report, this resulted in an increase of 25% in revenue.
Otonabee Conservation CAO Dan Marinigh said it was a busy year, considering the camping season was only open for 17 weeks compared to the usual 23 weeks pre-pandemic.
Additional highlights for the conservation authority in 2021 include planting 13,455 native trees and shrubs across the watershed.
To view the complete annual report, visit otonabeeconservation.com.This story originally appeared on Global News.
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