Outaouais Valley businesses, attractions ready for tourists this summer
FORESTERS FALLS, ONT. – A summer in one or two doses means back to travel and summer travel, and the Ottawa Valley is ready to help you make the most of your summer.
âMore comfortable than last year, with the masks and everything,â says Martin Bolduc, who spends three days at Wilderness Tours with his family in Foresters Falls. âWe’re a little more prepared now. In August, we will be camping near Toronto.
Bolduc and his family aren’t the only tourists wanting to have fun near home this summer. Wilderness Tours vice president Joel Kowalski said demand from tourists was evident.
âCompared to last year, yes, it seems a little busier,â Kowalski says. âIt’s the outdoors, it’s sport. People come and enjoy staying with us for a day trip or they stay for a weekend.
The master paddler says the rafting and kayaking tours at Wilderness Tours are well booked by guests across the region.
âIt really is one of the best things to do here in our own backyard in the Ottawa Valley,â says Kowalski.
Right now, the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association (OVTA) says there is no better place for tourists to find their way into summer fun.
âWe are probably the safest type of place to visit as we are still emerging from this COVID-19 pandemic,â OVTA Director Alastair Baird said. âWe are the Ottawa Valley. We are outside, in the middle of nature, in the water.
Ahead of Wednesday’s move to Stage 2, Baird said the valley was ready to welcome tourists again, and his busy businesses are showing it.
âBoth locations have already been full most evenings and weekends,â said Chris Thompson, co-founder of Whitewater Brewing. The brewery has locations in Cobden and along the Ottawa River in the valley, and even says they may not be considered a destination; they are quite busy for road tripers.
âWe’re right on the highway, so when people are driving to their cabins or just wanting to take a trip from town, whether it’s Kingston, Cornwall or Ottawa,â says Thompson, âpeople find it is easy to get to us. “
This summer, it might not be about the places you go, but rather the things you can do again.
âAll of the valley, all of Renfrew County, the area, we’re very happy to have people visiting us again,â Baird said.