Winter Tourism – Can it Affect Your Business?

The winter months are approaching quickly, and for some businesses that means tourism may be dwindling.It is important to not forget about the winter tourism as well.Just because the temperatures are dropping, you don’t have to assume your business will see a drastic drop in business.It is just important to learn more about these winter events in Ontario in order to be prepared to cater to the tourists’ needs.

Some of the most popular winter activities are headed up by the Ontario Trails Council.Many people come to the area during the winter months to take part in cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, dog sledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.If you offer services that are catered to these tourists, you may be able to attract new business even during the harsh winter months.

If you are worried that all of the activities involve athletics, don’t let that get you down.There are a lot of other great events in Ontario during the winter as well- including both artistic and cultural events.Here are a few that you might not have considered:

  • Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, which is full of gorgeous ice sculptures and adventurous skating
  • Sault Ste. Marie’s Bon Soo Carnival, which allows you to ‘polar bear dip’
  • Orillia’s Winter Carnival, which offers the ‘winter olympics’
  • Toronto’s Wintercity, which has a lot of great cultural foods
  • Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls
  • 19th Century Upper Canada Village, which offers a sleigh ride and a light display
  • Dorset’s Snowball Winter Carnival
  • Waterloo’s Doon by Lantern
  • Festival of Northern Lights in Owen Sound

If you want to find out more about what is happening this upcoming winter season, contact the Regional Tourism Organization.This will give you a lot of great information about upcoming events throughout the year that may bring tourists into the area.