PKED caught up with Wildwood Cottages located on the Otonabee River in Bailieboro, Ontario to talk about how they are using the Tourism Resiliency Fund to help their business through recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
- Where did the idea/concept for your business come from?
Jamie has always been a people person and wanted to find something to be able to use his people skills which resort life definitely fulfills. It is Jamie’s mission to ensure everyone that comes has a good time, has everything they need and makes memories to last a lifetime!
- What has it been like navigating the pandemic with your business?
It has been horrible! We have tried our very best but pivoting every few months has made planning very difficult.
- What will you be using the TRF funding towards?
To remain open so that once restrictions are lifted we can offer the same great experiences as the past 4 years! Giving guests more outdoor space to social distance is our top priority.
- What are your hopes for the business in the next few years?
We are hoping we can flourish as the pandemic winds down.
- What is it like owning a business in Peterborough & the Kawarthas?
We have found this area an amazing place to operate a business. Rebecca grew up here and Jamie not far from here, so it made the perfect place to not only run a business but also raise our family. We are close enough to large metropolitans that we can feed off them for tourism but far enough away to still feel like a little slice of heaven.
- What makes your business unique to our region?
There are so many cottages and Airbnbs now that it seems like everyone could do this. But we are unique in the sense that we put our heart and soul into making this business a fun place for families to enjoy and create memories. We love giving our visitors to the area all the local attractions and other small businesses that they can enjoy while here!
- What is your favourite thing about living and working in Peterborough & the Kawarthas?
It seems so far away from the craziness of the world but we are still so close to everything we need!
PKED is profiling several tourism-dependent businesses that were successful in receiving Tourism Resiliency Funding to support costs associated with adapting to public health measures and safety reopening, which will support the tourism industry’s recovery in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.