Circumstances Are Positive For Ontario Resorts This Winter

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Recent forecasts from Environment Canada of a 2008/2009 winter season with above average snowfall and cooler temperatures, combined with a lower Canadian dollar and predictions that vacationing Canadian's will be staying closer to home this year, gives Ontario winter resorts reason to be hopeful of another busy winter season ahead.

In Ontario, winter has most definitely arrived. An unseasonably cold November, with higher than normal precipitation, has blanketed the traditional snow-belt areas of central Ontario with an early cover of snow. In many areas, a good base of snow has already been established and Ontario four-season resort operators couldn't be happier. Ontario winter resorts and accommodation businesses, like much of Ontario's winter tourism industry, is weather dependent. Ontario winter resort vacationers expect to experience crisp clear days in a landscape covered with freshly fallen snow, especially over the Christmas holiday week. They want to indulge in winter-based activities like ice fishing, snowmobling, and cross-country skiing- activities that are dependant on adequate snowfall and cold temperatures. Mild temperatures and a lack of snow can be disastrous. During the unusually warm and dry winter of 2006/2007, room occupancy fell as much as 40% in some Ontario winter tourist areas.

While the current economic news in Canada and in the States is not encouraging for many sectors of the economy, Ontario resorts may directly benefit from these uncertain times. The substantial drop in the value of the Canadian dollar against the American may cause Canadian's to re-think where they will go for their annual winter vacation. The combination of unfavorable exchange rates, high fuel and travel costs and a weakening economy, may curtail many from heading south this year. To save money, reduce travel time and hassle, an Ontario resort winter vacation may be the perfect winter vacation alternative, especially this year, considering the optimum winter conditions predicted.

With this weekend's large snowfall, the phones are beginning to ring at many Ontario winter resorts with inquiries about winter accommodations and Christmas and New Year packages. Some areas in Ontario are reporting that their Nordic ski trails are open, suggesting one of the earliest starts for the Ontario cross country ski season on record. While the beginning of the snowmobile season is still a few weeks away, if the good base of snow already accumulated remains, Ontario may be looking at an early start to the snowmobile season as well.

"Bancroft and North Hastings Area resorts and businesses are delighted with the recent snowfall and the early start to a prosperous winter season. We had a lot of snow last year and we were very busy. Looking out from the resort right now, it already looks like a winter wonderland. I'm fully expecting this winter to be even better than last," states Eugenia Kats, Owner of Beaver Creek Resort (http://www.beavercreekresort.ca), a four-season Ontario resort located close to many popular winter attractions. "The Bancroft area is a very popular snowmobiling destination, offering visitors hundreds of kilometres of scenic groomed trails. Snowmobling has become very important to the region's economy and it's not only the resorts and winter tourist operators who benefit from a good snowmobiling season. At Beaver Creek, our winter guests can ride their snowmobiles right from the front door and travel to many winter attractions. They spend money in the area, stopping for lunch, gas and shopping along the way. Good winter weather is good for many businesses," adds Kats.

About Beaver Creek Resort:
Located just 2 hours from Toronto in a pristine wilderness area, the newly built Beaver Creek Resort (http://www.beavercreekresort.ca) offers luxury waterfront rental cottages and resort suites in the popular Bancroft tourist region. Ideal for family vacations, couples weekend escapes, group retreats and weddings, Beaver Creek is a full service Ontario resort boasting upscale cottage, lodge and dining room facilities with modified American plan resort holidays available. Beaver Creek offers a number of attractive winter getaway packages, including Weekend Getaways, Christmas and New Years Packages, Snowmobling Packages, as well as Spa Services, Conference, Wedding and Honeymoon Packages. To book your Ontario winter getaway at Beaver Creek Resort call 1-866-999-1737.

Contact Information:
Eugenia Kats, Owner
Beaver Creek Resort
16 Beavercreek Lane
Gilmour ON K0L 1W0
Toll Free: 1-866-999-1737
http://www.beavercreekresort.ca
info@beavercreekresort.ca

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