Thursday, June 07, 2007

Weather getting Canadian campground owners down

LYONS BROOK, NOVA SCOTIA – For most people, the unseasonably cold weather is just a nuisance. For Linda Gardner, however, it's bad for business.

Linda and her husband Ken Gardner own Birchwood Campground & Cabins, a private campground outside Lyons Brook that opens from May to September.

"We're down 50 per cent in bookings overall for the month compared to this time last year," she said. "It's very disappointing, but there's nothing we can do about it."

They've seen less traffic on weekdays than usual, and weekends have also been disappointing. In mid-May, they had 15 sites booked – that's good business for this time of year – except that all but two or three were canceled.
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