Northridge Inn & Resort Reports Record Winter Season

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Northridge Inn & Resort, a four season resort in the Almaguin Highlands, north of Muskoka, Ontario reports that they experienced a record-breaking season this past winter at the inn, due to good snow conditions and popular events in the area, while unseasonably mild winter temperatures and lack of snow hurt other popular Ontario winter tourist regions.

Northridge Inn & Resort (, a well-known Ontario resort that operates year- round in the Almaguin Highlands, just north of Muskoka, reports a record-breaking season at the inn this winter. Northridge Inn co-owner Mike Piraino attributes his North Muskoka resort’s successful winter season to consistently good snow conditions and a number of popular events that took place in the Almaguin region this winter. “Other Ontario winter tourist destinations were hurt by this year’s unseasonably mild winter temperatures and insufficient snow accumulations. We really benefitted from having snow here in Almaguin when other areas didn’t have enough to support any of the traditional outdoor winter activities. This year at Northridge Inn, even though winter was late getting started, our resort business was up substantially. This past February, we did the same revenue as we did last August, even though our winter rates are quite a bit lower than our summer rates,” states Piraino.

Richard Moffet, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, confirms that this past winter was “an exceptional one for most of the country.” Mild winter temperatures and record low snowfall hurt many Ontario businesses dependent on adequate snow accumulation to attract customers. The month of March, the warmest ever recorded, was especially hard on winter resorts, since the usual winter activities that would normally help fill guest rooms, like snowmobiling, dog sledding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, were limited in most areas of the province.

According to Michael Piraino, the Almaguin Highlands, located between Burk's Falls and South River, is a well known snow belt region and often has snow when other places in the province have none. “During most winters, we normally have great snow conditions, even when places as close as Huntsville and north of us around North Bay do not. When other places in central Ontario have little or no snow, winter tourists ended up coming to our area. We were glad that our guests were able to enjoy a true winter vacation, especially a young couple from the UK who came here specifically to experience a Canadian winter and try dog sledding and snowshoeing for the first time. They told us it was the vacation of a lifetime. We were so glad that they were not disappointed,” says Piraino.

Piraino also attributes popular winter events, like the Kearney Dog Sled Races, for the increase in area business this winter. “Each year, the number of events happening in North Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands continues to grow. High profile events such as the annual Sundridge Sunflower Festival draw tourists to the area and help to increase awareness of this beautiful, but lesser known Ontario vacation destination,” adds Piraino.

About Northridge Inn & Resort: With gorgeous views of Lake Bernard and an extensive beach of natural sand, Northridge Inn & Resort (, located near the town of Sundridge in the Almaguin Highlands, is a full service four season resort offering luxurious accommodations, superior resort amenities, gourmet dining and access to the over 3,500 kilometres of groom trails. Recently voted one of the “Top Ten Inn/Resort Destinations in Ontario” by Toronto Life Magazine, Northridge Inn & Resort is the perfect choice for the ultimate Ontario resort vacation, romantic couples getaway or Ontario resort conference. For more information or to book your Ontario resort summer vacation or spring getaway at Northridge Inn, please call 705-384-2252 or visit

Contact Information:
Michael & Brenda Piraino
Northridge Inn & Resort
712 South Bernard Lake Road
P.O. Box 1189
Sundridge, Ontario P0A 1Z0

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