Ex­pec­ta­tions high for Canada 150

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS - BY DAVE KEARSEY SALTWIRE NET­WORK

The fi­nal bell will echo through the hall­ways of schools through­out the prov­ince soon enough.

Boys and girls will be free to throw back and en­joy a break from the daily grind of English, science and math­e­mat­ics with their minds set on hav­ing fun with their friends and check­ing out the sights and sounds of sum­mer.

It’s a time when fam­i­lies plan to get away and get the most out of the short sum­mer sea­son known to New­found­lan­ders.

Chil­dren laugh­ing and play­ing out­side of the school­yard co­in­cides with the start of the tourism sea­son in this neck of the woods.

The Star talked to a num­ber of play­ers in the tourism in­dus­try to get their thoughts on what they ex­pect to see this year as Canada cel­e­brates its 150th birth­day.

Lloyd Hol­lett, New­found­land In­sec­tar­ium What do you see as the tourism po­ten­tial for the area this sum­mer?

“I think the po­ten­tial is re­ally big this sum­mer with the way the Cana­dian dol­lar is, the 150th an­niver­sary (of Canada) and the parks be­ing free. Plus, the fact for Cana­di­ans it’s ex­pen­sive to go south to the United States for a hol­i­day, so a lot of Cana­di­ans are stay­ing home. So I think we’re go­ing to have a ban­ner year, ac­tu­ally.”

What tourist des­ti­na­tions in the area do you think will be the hid­den gems this year?

“I don’t know what would be the hid­den gems be­cause most things that are in the area peo­ple re­ally know. Ev­ery­body is go­ing to Gros Morne and peo­ple go­ing to L’anse aux Mead­ows, and that sort of thing, but I can’t think of any­thing that peo­ple don’t know about that might be dis­cov­ered. There’s noth­ing that pops in my mind.”

Shawn Shears, Gros Morne KOA Camp­ground

What do you see as the tourism po­ten­tial for the area this sum­mer?

“For this sum­mer it looks like reser­va­tions for the camp­ground, any­way, are cer­tainly on par with last year, if not up a small bit. In say­ing that, for us per­son­ally, we see a lot of New­found­land traf­fic so, of course, the weather is go­ing to be a very im­por­tant part of that as well. But all in­di­ca­tions right now sug­gest it should be a de­cent sum­mer.”

What tourist des­ti­na­tions in the area do you think will be the hid­den gems this year?

“That’s a good ques­tion. All the traf­fic that we see com­ing through here, I have to say, prob­a­bly one of the most pop­u­lar things on their list to do would be the West­ern Brook Pond Tour, for sure. An­other one, not di­rectly in this area, but from now un­til the ice­bergs are no longer be­ing seen, St. An­thony is cer­tainly a des­ti­na­tion for a lot of peo­ple as well. Once the ice­bergs are gone away, of course, that changes to some de­gree, but still L’anse aux Mead­ows is a big draw­ing card for that re­gion.”

Barb Mercer, Crys­tal Wa­ters Boat Tours What do you see as the tourism po­ten­tial for the area this sum­mer?

“I think we’re shap­ing up to have a re­ally busy sum­mer. We’re get­ting lots of calls early in the sea­son with the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions com­ing on. That seems to have made it busier. We do things dif­fer­ent with our boat tours now. We kind of switched it around and we have mu­sic nights on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days. We do New­fie kitchen par­ties and we do fish­ing tours in the morn­ing. We’re able to go at any time.”

What tourist des­ti­na­tions in the area do you think will be the hid­den gems this year?

“Woods Is­land is go­ing to be re­ally pop­u­lar. Peo­ple ab­so­lutely love the re­set­tled is­land thing. A lot of peo­ple are com­ing home for dif­fer­ent Come Home Years, like Mcivers, for in­stance. So we’ve come on board with them and have given out brochures to all the peo­ple com­ing home. They come back home and we do a boat tour near their area, so go out the bay. A lot of peo­ple from Cor­ner Brook, be­lieve it or not, have never gone out the bay and seen Cor­ner Brook from the wa­ter or Ir­ish­town or Half­way Point. And the ones who have, they’re like, ‘Oh my God, this is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.’”

ROX­ANNE RYLAND PHOTO

Lloyd Hol­lett stands out­side the New­found­land In­sec­tar­ium.

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Shawn Shears of Gros Morne KOA Camp­ground says the tourist sea­son looks good this sum­mer.

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