Thousands of athletes, coaches and officials from across the province are slated to descend on the Ottawa Valley in slightly less than a year – providing a welcome boost to the region’s tourism industry.
The 2022 Ontario Winter Games will take place across Renfrew County, Pembroke and the west end of Ottawa in late February and early March. That’s expected to spur significant demand for accommodations and other services.
“We’re expecting 6,000 people – we’re going to have to find room for them all,” says Mark Bru, the owner of Square Timber Brewing Co. and a member of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association.
He adds that the games provide an “amazing opportunity” to raise the region’s profile, showcasing its amenities and encouraging participants and spectators to return for a future visit.
To hear Bru’s full conversation with Mark Van Dusen, watch the video above.