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Ontario Campgrounds See Increase in Reservations as Summer Weather Approaches

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Campground operators in Ontario (Canada) say they are experiencing high demand just a few days into this year’s camping season.

Photo courtesy of Camping in Muskoka

As per a report, Camping in Muskoka Owner Paul Cook said there wouldn’t be enough campsites for people wanting to camp in Ontario this year.  

Many are excited to get outdoors after two years of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camping in Muskoka, previously known as KOA Gravenhurst, opened its campground last week, and it’s not taken long for slots to fill up.

“Every long weekend for the summer is already reserved. We have no sites left for every long weekend,” Cook said.

Cook said there aren’t any restrictions this year. This means the campsite can operate at full capacity, and other amenities like the pool could be opened for the very first time in a long time. However, he claims staffing is still a problem.

“We’re at half the staff that we would have during the summer when we get going, and I haven’t had many people apply for jobs,” Cook said.

Barrie KOA Holiday is experiencing the same.

Photo courtesy of Barrie KOA Holiday

“I think we could have a record year for sure. Based on the reservations we have already, it looks like it’s trending that way,” Manager Josh Kuiack said.

Photo courtesy of Barrie KOA Holiday

The campground is already half full with warm weather in the past few days.

Staff and campers feel that this summer will be a return to normalcy. 

“We have a lot of campers that come every year, so it’s nice to see the ones that were kinda nervous with COVID. It’s nice to see them back and getting the big crowds up again,” Kuiack said.

Photo courtesy of Barrie KOA Holiday

KOA is fully booked for the long May weekend and has a limited number of spots available for the remainder of the summer.

If you’re considering making reservations, campsite operators say it’s best to book as soon as possible.

This story originally appeared on CTV News. Featured image from Barrie KOA Holiday.

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