Ice has melted on area lakes and people are starting to canoe camp.

Algonquin Highlands Parks, Recreation and Trails Manager Chris Card says a lot of people have been coming to the area because Algonquin Park is still closed.

Card says there was a 31 percent increase in camping revenue this March, compared to March 2015.

Algonquin Highlands Reeve Carol Moffatt hopes the people who decided to visit because of Algonquin Park being closed returns.