Back in September, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will host both the G8 and the G20 Summits in 2010. G8 is set to take place in Huntsville, Ontario, this June 25-27 – in 800-acre Deerhurst Resort.
The annual G8 summit brings together eight of the world’s leading industrial countries: Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany and Russia. Leaders of these countries get together specifically to discuss important economic issues that are impacting the world.
The G20 is an even bigger event. Formed in 1999, it includes the above eight, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and the European Union. In this summit, issues broaden to include human rights, global warming and national security. The dates of G20 are as yet unconfirmed. But, it’s suspected that the summit will occur either directly preceding or following the G8 summit – at Huntsville’s Deerhurst Resort. Canada and South Korea will be chairing the event.
Huntsville, Ontario, (population 18,280) is located in Muskoka – just north of Toronto. It was chosen to host both of these prestigious events because the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Study determined the massive, scenic Deerhurst Resort was the perfect place, with its excellent accommodations, facilities, accessibility, security, affordability, and location relative to surrounding businesses and residences.
Of course, Huntsville is looking forward to this major event because tourism will no doubt skyrocket both around the time of the summit and beyond. Huntsville will become an historical attraction, and international exposure will bring people from around the world to it’s beloved wilderness, pristine lakes and stunning sunsets!
Huntsville has already started preparing for the big event. A new media centre is being constructed, and the town’s major structures, roads, bridges and landscapes are all being serviced in preparation.
Huntsville’s cottage renters are in an interesting position, as their properties are becoming hot commodities for the exciting event. They’re being told to exercise caution when renting and to talk to Ottawa first, where they’re screening renters in advance just to be safe. And the town’s being prepped for the inevitable protesters and heightened security via meetings, the local newspaper and Town Hall. It’s all rather thrilling for a small town!
If you plan on going to Huntsville this summer, enjoy! And keep a look out not only for famous governmental types but also Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn – they own a cottage there!
For G20 Accomodations begin your search here: Huntsville Accommodations