High Water Levels Hurt Local Tourism

The high water levels seen throughout the area in the early spring and summer didn't do local tourism any favors.

The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council  sent out a survey to attractions, outfitters, marinas, lodging properties and restaurants on both sides of the border asking about the financial impact the high water levels in the St Lawrence and Lake Ontario had on their region.

Out of more than 100 responses, 82% reported a negative financial impact, while more than half reported losses of 20% or more.

This downturn was blamed on flooded docks and shorelines as well as social media coverage which gave some people the impression that entire areas were flooded.

The good news is the worst is over, as the CRCA finally removed the flood warning along the St Lawrence last week.

It had previously been in effect since May 8th.