TIAC is proud to announce this year’s Canadian Tourism Awards Finalists!
The Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star, are the standard of excellence for the nation’s travel industry, showcasing our country’s best tourism products, services and experiences. They honour the people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.
2018 Canadian Tourism Awards Finalists
Pursuit Adventure/Outdoors Award
• Ancient Portage Trails Project – Miramichi, NB
• Hastings Overland – Vancouver, BC
• Traversée du lac Saint-Jean à vélo – Alma, QC
WestJet Airport Innovation & Excellence Award
• Gaëtan Gagné – Québec, QC
• Kenora Airport Authority – Kenora, ON
• Vancouver International Airport – Richmond, BC
Air Canada Business of the Year Award
• Accent Inns – Vancouver, BC
• Adventure Canada – Mississauga, ON
• Arpin Canoe Restigouche – Kedgwick, NB
VIA Rail Community Outreach Award
• Chelsea Hotel – Toronto, ON
• Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, AB
• Sebastien Roy | Distillerie Fils du Roy – Petit-Paquetville, NB
Restaurants Canada & Diversey Culinary Tourism Experience Award
• Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar Inc – Carters Point, NB
• Devour! The Food Film Fest – Wolfville, NS
• The Paisley Notebook – Kelowna, BC
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award
• Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival – Fredericton, NB
• Montréal en Fêtes – Montréal, QC
• Winter Festival of Lights – Niagara Falls, ON
ITAC Indigenous Cultural Tourism Award
• Enseignement de deux nations – Dundee, NB
• Howard Joseph Augustine | Metepenagiag Heritage Park – Red Bank, NB
• Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf Course – Chase, BC
Marriott Innovator of the Year Award
• Cities in Sync – Tourism Victoria, BC + Tourism Saskatoon, SK + Destination St. John’s, NL
• National Geographic ObservEtoiles – Sutton, QC
• Port Rexton Brewing Company – Port Rexton, NL
• Single Track to Success – Whitehorse, YT
Accor Hotels Marketing Campaign of the Year Award
• “Firsts, Bests and Only’s.” | Discover Saint John – Saint John, NB
• “Fresh Made Daily” | Kingston Accommodation Partners – Kingston, ON
• “Pacific. Authentic.” | Tourism Richmond – Richmond, BC
Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award
• Sea to Sky Air – Squamish, BC
• Target Tours | John Dunphy – Charlottetown, PE
• The Historic Reesor Ranch – Maple Creek, SK
Air Transat Sustainable Tourism Award
• Eagle Wing Tours – Victoria, BC
• Shorefast Foundation – Joe Batt’s Arm, NL
• Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association – Kelowna, BC
Tourism HR Tourism Employee of the Year Award
• Anastasia Belashov | Niagara Falls Tourism – Niagara Falls, ON
• Brad Smoley | Westin Edmonton – Edmonton, AB
• Ian Cheverie | The Great George – Charlottetown, PE
DESTINATION ONTARIO VISION
To position Ontario as a preferred global destination
To generate increased visitation by Ontario, Canadian and international tourists, enhance tourism expenditures in Ontario and contribute to provincial economic prosperity through impactful marketing and results-oriented investment partnerships
In the fall of 2016, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport released the Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario. The Framework encourages collaborative and innovative approaches to tourism that are focused on shared goals between government and industry and are supported by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. Destination Ontario recognizes the responsibility that they have as Ontario tourism’s lead marketing organization to spearhead a more collaborative and aligned approach to marketing the province.
"The Everyday Tourist"
South Eastern Ontario's “The Everyday Tourist” Photo Contest was implemented with the goal being for unique and experiential travel in South Eastern Ontario – residents and visitors – to submit their photos capturing South Eastern Ontario`s highly diverse experiences throughout all seasons. Look to our beautiful landscapes, our local artisans, our impressive performing arts scene and our exemplary culinary offerings if you're in need of some creative inspiration! We want to capture the intimate, the creative and the diversity that we all know and love about this region.
This contest was open to everyone – both professionals and hobbyists alike!
There was 1 Grand Prize awarded; A panel of 4 judges determined the winning entrant.
The Grand Prize was awarded to Jonathon B. from Kingston, Ontario. Prizes included a MacBook Air, Canon Camera, lens Bag and more valued at over $2250.00
Canadian Vacation on Le Boat
Discover the charming city of Kingston where small-town charm meets big city sophistication. Immerse yourself in vibrant city alive with street festivals, an eclectic music scene and a true culinary destination; all on the beautiful banks of Lake Ontario. Then make your way to Le Boat’s base in Smiths Falls to start your cruise. Quaint, heritage villages welcome you with warm shops and delicious country fare throughout the Rideau corridor. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a great place to explore for an active or relaxing vacation. Wherever you decide to explore along the Rideau Canal, the scenery is always breathtaking. One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
- 7-night cruise on the Rideau Canal, World Heritage Site starting September 29, 2018 for a family of 4 or 2 couples aboard a 2-cabin cruiser sponsored by Le Boat; This is boat only; it does not include any extras, CDW, Fuel, provisioning; transfers, mooring fees.
- Flight for 4 from any carrier that flies into Toronto Pearson or Ottawa International Airports sponsored by Destination Ontario (economy class)
- 2-night stay in Kingston, Ontario, Canada pre- or post trip sponsored by Kingston
- Accommodation Partners DeltaHotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront (breakfast included)
- dinner voucher from Kingston restaurants
- On-board basket sponsored by Wendy’s Country Market
- 4 x Kingston K-Pass – includes 1000 Islands Dinner Cruise, Kingston Trolley Tour, Museum Tours and more
The contest winner is from England. Nicola R. has been awarded the prize package.
You can help save the town at Fort Wellington National Historic Site through an interactive theatrical challenge where British forces and their allies battle to win the War of 1812. Parks Canada presents LiveHistory’s In Time 1812, which will bring Prescott’s rich local history to life right before your eyes. Prepare to take part in the action!
In this interactive and clue-based theatre, guests will experience and learn about Canadian history with the fresh twist of an escape room style production. The War of 1812 is raging on, and the audience is part of a secret task team, entrusted with saving the town of Prescott. General Brock and his protégé, Lt. Col Macdonell, arrive at Fort Wellington to scout the area for a potential attack. It quickly becomes apparent that there are a few people in the group who are not as they appear. Lives are at stake and the course of history could be changed.
Performances will take place on July 19th, 20th and 21st, starting at 7:00 p.m. Each show is distinct and will provide a different adventure for audiences. This new evening experience is a great way to enjoy Fort Wellington. By showcasing new and innovative programs such as In Time 1812, Parks Canada is encouraging more Canadians to connect and learn about our diverse history.
LiveHistory is a world-renowned historical theatre group that immerses the audience into the production for a truly unique experience. The action moves throughout Fort Wellington, using the historic buildings and artefacts to bring the past to life. Help the heroes of the War of 1812 win the battle and triumph in this fact-driven fictional production. Will you change history?
Don’t miss out on this unique historical experience! Reservations are recommended as space is limited. For tickets and information please call 613-925-2896 or email email@example.com.
Tickets can also be purchased from the LiveHistory website at www.livehistoryshows.com.