Innovative Resort Fights Back On Rising Fuel Costs

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One Canadian resort has made planning a family vacation more economical by offering innovative vacation packages that help combat rising fuel costs.

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You can’t pick up a newspaper without seeing news regarding rising fuel costs. In fact, the public has been so inundated with the consequences of high fuel prices that many are re-evaluating their budgets and travel plans as summer approaches. In addition, various consultants and economists are predicting decreased travel that results in lower occupancies and revenues for hospitality properties. However, one Canadian resort has made planning a family vacation more economical by offering innovative vacation packages that help combat rising fuel costs.

Wigamog Inn ( is a large waterfront resort property that depends on tourism from the greater Toronto area as well as the Golden Horseshoe region that wraps around the north side of Lake Ontario. In addition, Wigamog receives many United States and European visitors. One certainty is that virtually all of Wigamog’s guests drive several hours to get there, and with rising fuel costs, we want to help consumers enjoy all that this Canadian resort property has to offer, and we have set out to do this by offering a fuel incentive.

Wigamog Inn Resort is located about two hours north of Toronto, Ontario in the Haliburton Highlands. Tim Bertrand, General Manager of Wigamog Inn, decided to fight back against high fuel prices by offering a gasoline rebate for guests that book a spring or summer weeks stay at the resort. It is believed that implementing a $100 fuel rebate will help offset the travel costs of a family of four. In addition, this incentive would cover the fuel costs of most vehicles traveling to and from Wigamog from central and southern Ontario.

“We want to eliminate the uncertainty of those families sitting on the fence that would like to come up for a vacation but are weighing the added costs of travel on top of their accommodation costs,” says Bertrand.

However, this cottage resort also feels that some vacationers travel across the country by airplane and need to be compensated for large expenses despite not paying for high fuel costs. Wigamog Inn believes that this full-service family luxury waterfront resort is the ideal place to enjoy various activities and offers these clients more tangible benefits during their stay. If they don’t want to use their $100 rebate towards fuel, they can use it at local attractions like the Haliburton Forest Walk in the Clouds forest canopy tour ( or they can have fine wine served with dinner during their stay at the resort. “It’s one less barrier to worry about – many tourists are on a budget, and were doing our part to help out,” adds Bertrand.

While gas prices are unlikely to fall before summer and may be heading up higher as things heat up, at least one hospitality operator seems determined to make the best of what could be a weak tourist season.

To learn more about the Wigamog Inn Resort located in Haliburton, Ontario Canada as well as the array of outdoor recreational facilities and activities available to its guests, please visit or call 705-457-2000.


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