New Report Suggests Windsor Could Become A Snowbird Hotspot This Winter

Wednesday November 4th, 2020

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With Florida and many sunny destinations likely off the table this winter for Canadian travellers, Windsor could become a snowbird hotspot, according to new research from Point2Homes.

“Google search data shows that Canadians’ interest in sunny destinations across the border dropped dramatically: searches for homes for rent, RV parks and camping sites in Florida and Arizona fell by as much as 75%,” says Point2Homes’ Monica Alistar.

Point2Homes’ research shows fewer Canadian snowbirds are looking for apartments for rent in Arizona, with searches falling 75 per cent. They say RV owners and campers were “equally discouraged” to start their yearly travel south, with searches for RV parks and camping sites in Florida, Arizona and Texas down over 50 per cent and 60 per cent compared to last summer.

“Snowbirds could still make the most of a bad situation by choosing one of these 10 Canadian destinations that might become snowbird hotspots,” says Alistar. “We looked at weather data and found that five cities in Ontario are among the best candidates.”

Point2Homes lists Windsor as the top destination in Ontario with an average of just 8.1 days per year with snowfall over 5cm (~2 inches), followed by Hamilton, Toronto, St. Catherines, Oshawa and Halifax.

“Windsor is another Ontario city that promises some of the highest winter temperatures in all of Canada,” researchers said in the study.

The researchers also listed four municipalities in British Columbia that would be suitable for snowbirds — Vancover, Victoria, Abbotsford, and Kelowna.

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