North Grenville Tourism Survey Results

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During the month of March, the NG Times ran a survey to get your thoughts on tourism in North Grenville. Here’s the results from that survey which had 276 respondents.

Question #1 – “What is your #1 favourite tourist thing to do in North Grenville?” People were allowed to choose more than one response. The top 5 choices were as follows:
“Go to a community event”: 28.47%. “…using our trails system”: 24.82%. “Go to a live performance…”: 19.71%. “….using one of our bodies of water”: 20.80%. “Go to one of our bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants or to the farmers’ market”: 36.50%.

Question #2 – “When people come to visit you in North Grenville, where do you take them to do tourist stuff?” Some of the more popular answers were (in no particular order): “Ottawa”, “Merrickville”, “Ferguson Forest Centre”, “Grahame’s Bakery”, “Coffee shops”, “Downtown”, “Restaurants”, “Farmers’ market” and “Trails”.

Question #3 – “What private or public attractions are the biggest draws in North Grenville?” Some of the more popular answers were (in no particular order): “Kemptville Live”, “Ferguson Forest Centre”, “Farmers’ market”, “Rideau Canal”, “Trails”, “Rideau River”, “Shops” and “Restaurants”.

Question #4 – “What one tourism attraction do you think is North Grenville’s best kept secret?” Some of the more popular answers were (in no particular order): “Ferguson Forest Centre”, “Trails”, “Downtown”, “Limerick Forest”, “Farmers’ market”, “Burritts Rapids”, “Grahame’s Bakery” and “Oxford Mills”.

Question #5 – “Does North Grenville have enough assets to attract tourism?” The most popular response to the question was “No”, at 72.06%, “Yes” was 11.76%, and “Not sure” was 16.18%. The comments left were wide ranging with sentiments similar to “a few things, but not really tourism worthy” or “a lot of things within a short drive (Ottawa)”, “should do more with the South Branch” and “we need more or better awareness of what there is”.

Question #6 – “Who do you think would do the best job…..at tourism in North Grenville?” “Private business(es)”: 4.41%. “Business organizations”: 0.37%. “Municipal government”: 4.78%. “Community organization(s)”: 8.82%. “Some combination of the above”: 81.62%.

The comments left were generally supportive of the “all groups working together” option, there was some commentary around “we need a hotel” and there were some negative comments directed at municipal government and council.

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