The Orangeville Town Hall Opera House was filled with tourism and community leaders on the evening of Tuesday, January 16th for the annual Headwaters Tourism Awards. The building was still abuzz after a full day of learning at the first provincial Rural Tourism Symposium that brought together rural tourism organizations and businesses from across Ontario, as well as federal and provincial tourism leaders, to raise the profile of rural tourism in the provincial and federal framework.
The Headwaters Tourism Awards, an annual evening of celebration, honoured those tourism businesses and individuals who, during 2017, exemplified excellence.
The entire slate of nominees from 2017 represented the exceptional calibre of tourism offerings in the Headwaters region and showcase the best of rural tourism service and hospitality. The judging panel commented that selecting a winner in each category was extremely challenging, and that clearly the businesses are helping to position the Headwaters area as a top rural tourism destination.
The winners of the 2018 Headwaters Tourism Awards are:
Best ARTS & HERITAGE Visitor Experience – Dragonfly Arts on Broadway, Orangeville
Best FRESH & LOCAL Visitor Experience – Snowberry Botanicals, Erin
Best FUN & FESTIVE Visitor Experience (tie) – Caribfest (Soulyve), Orangeville and Mud Hero Toronto North, Caledon
Best NATURE & LEISURE Visitor Experience – Seven Bridges Run (Orangeville Lions Club), Orangeville
Best HORSE & COUNTRY Visitor Experience – Grand River RAM Rodeo, Grand Valley
Best SEE, SHOP & STAY Visitor Experience (tie) – Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon and Wicked Shortbread, Orangeville
Best NEW Tourism Business – Alabaster Acres, Caledon
Tourism INNOVATOR of the Year – Credit Valley Conservation (Island Lake Amphitheatre), Mono
Tourism PARTNERSHIP Award – Lavender Blue Catering, Mono
Tourism CHAMPION of the Year – Philip DeWar (Soulyve), Orangeville