Ontario’s cottage country a popular destination this summer

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This summer, an Ontario cottage stay may be a popular choice even with the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions.

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Shari van de Pol, who has a cabin in Muskoka that she rents out, says there’s been a lot of speculation since travel opened up and got easier that more people will be going overseas and not to the cottage country.

“While travel is booming, rising prices, increased regulations and changing guidelines due to COVID continue to add a level of difficulty that many people don’t want to play with when they are considering international travel,” she said. “Many travelers have encountered situations such as contracting COVID while away and having to quarantine, missing a test step that caused them to miss a flight, or getting sick with something else and dealing with a health situation. stressful international.”

“The short-term rental trend over the past two years has allowed Airbnb owners to stretch their imaginations with an expanded design and architectural budget. Higher prices have made designs possible that “were often only available in more typical tourist markets. Examples like ‘The Water’s Edge’ cottage in Muskoka led the way in creating their own uniquely Canadian take on the cottage.”

Vacation rental site Vrbo says that even after the unprecedented early surge in demand for summer vacation homes last year, the rush to book vacation homes this summer will be further accelerated in 2022.

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“With the surge in demand for summer vacation homes last year, some travelers missed the window to book their ideal Vrbo property in their favorite vacation destination,” says Vrbo.

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“Difficulty navigating international travel restrictions and COVID-19 testing requirements over the past year has meant families have preferred to visit domestic vacation destinations. As countries begin to lift these restrictions, some travelers are rebooking international travel. »

Matt McNama, a spokesperson for Airbnb, thinks Ontario’s cottage country will be a popular destination this summer.

“That’s what we expect,” he said. “We’ve seen a massive increase in travel in the spring and we expect that to happen in the summer.”

“Muskoka is Canada’s biggest destination and this year the Americans will be back,” McNama added.

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