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Marco Polo

2020 was the first year for the new water park at Marco Polo Land. (Marco Polo Land)

Marco Polo Land in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, has been named the large campground of the year by the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC), according to the CBC.

The campground was selected from hundreds of nominations across the country, said Shane Devenish, CCRVC’s executive director. Marco Polo Land is the first recipient of the award, which will be presented annually to the top campground with 250 sites or more.

Devenish said Marco Polo Land was chosen because of the amenities it has added over the last year, including a new water park and deluxe cabins that capitalize on the “glamping” trend.

“The ability to have deluxe cabins at a campground now is becoming really popular because it allows people to experience the outdoor camping experience without having to have an RV or a tent,” noted Devenish.

Hennie Hoekstra, who has owned Marco Polo Land since 2006, said winning the award was special after a “totally different season” due to COVID-19.

“It’s a really nice honor to receive … not only good for Marco but for the province,” Hoekstra noted.

Hoekstra said the COVID-19 pandemic was not as bad for Marco Polo Land as it was for other tourism businesses, such as restaurants and cottage rentals. She said many of her customers were Islanders and others from within the Atlantic bubble when it was in place.

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