Winners announced at 2016 Headwaters Tourism Awards

Regional tourism industry businesses, representatives and community champions gathered together on Monday, December 5 th at the new Adamo Estate Winery to celebrate excellence at the 2016 Headwaters Tourism Awards.
Guests at the event enjoyed fabulous taste sensations prepared by the team at Adamo Estate Winery, as they mingled and networked with their industry colleagues.
It seemed appropriate, during this holiday season, that the spirit of community was celebrated as an overarching theme. Headwaters Tourism's Board Chair, Stacey Coupland said, "the calibre of businesses, individuals and organizations in this room is a testament to the pride our residents and business owners have in working and living in the Headwaters region; listening to the work being done to support our communities is exceptional, and the nominees and winners tonight embody the spirit of community in the most positive way."
This year's award recipients received a 2016 Headwaters Tourism Award that is made from heritage barn beams that came directly from the Headwaters region, and that were supplied by our award sponsor, Century Wood Products in East Garafraxa. The awards themselves embody the spirit of place in an authentic way.

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Headwaters Tourism Awards:
Best Arts & Heritage Visitor Experience (tie)
  • Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
  • Theatre Orangeville
Best Fresh & Local Visitor Experience
  • Everdale
Best Fun & Festive Visitor Experience
  • Spirit Tree Wassailing Festival
Best Nature & Leisure Visitor Experience
  • Plant Paradise Country Gardens
Best Horse & Country Visitor Experience
  • RCMP Musical Ride (Erin Agricultural Society)
Best See, Shop & Stay Experience
  • Heatherlea Farm Shoppe
Best New Tourism Business
  • GO Adventure Co.
Tourism Innovator of the Year
  • Mario Adamo
Tourism Partnership Award
  • Empty Bowls Alton
Tourism Champion of the Year (tie)
  • Susan Powell
  • Nick & Lindsay Sutcliffe
  • Gary van Bolderen
The evening concluded with Headwaters Tourism's Board Chair, Stacey Coupland paying tribute to Ron Munro, whom she called "a friend, a colleague and a community champion".
She went on to say that "instead of presenting a posthumous award in memory of Ron we have decided that planting a tree in his honour at our offices on Hockley Road would be the best tribute we could pay him. He believed wholeheartedly in partnership and collaboration, so planting a tree at the offices we share with the Board of Trade, on a property owned by the Town of Mono seems so very appropriate. And he loved trees, and flowers and plants, so this feels like a fitting tribute." Guests then raised a glass in honour of Ron Munro, in recognition of all he did for our region.
A debt of gratitude to the event's official photographer, James MacDonald who captured moments from the magical evening and each of the winners. Thank you also to our event and award sponsors, Adamo Estate Winery and Century Wood Products.
The Board of Directors of Headwaters Tourism, on behalf of their municipal partners in Dufferin County and the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Mono and Shelburne, congratulate all the tourism operators, nominees and award winners who help make Headwaters one of Ontario's premier rural tourism destinations, and Where Ontario Gets Real!

Headwaters Tourism recognized for innovation with a Canadian Tourism Award

On Wednesday, November 30 th, 2016, in Gatineau, QC and among tourism industry leaders from across the country, the team from Headwaters Tourism was proud to accept The Visa Canada Innovator of the Year Award for the Headwaters Parade of Horses.

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.

#RealHeadwaters celebrates with three wins at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, in the nation's capital and among tourism industry leaders from across the province, the team from Headwaters Tourism was proud, honoured, and humbled to represent the businesses of #realheadwaters as they accepted awards in three categories at the
Headwaters Tourism, the small Ontario destination marketing organization representing Dufferin County and the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Mono and Shelburne won honours in the following categories:
  • Tourism Marketing Campaign Under $25K for the Headwaters: Where Ontario Gets Real brand launch
  • Tourism Print Collateral Award for the Headwaters 2015 Four-Season Visitors' Guide
  • Tourism Innovator of the Year for the Headwaters Parade of Horses
The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are presented annually to celebrate excellence and are an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry.

Reserve your space in the Headwaters 2017 Four-Season Visitors' Guide
The award-winning Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide is the region's only out-of-market publication, inviting visitors from across southern Ontario to visit Headwaters.

Being featured in this publication will help your business capitalize on the over 876,000 visitors that come to Headwaters every year. We are very proud that the Headwaters region is being recognized and receiving awards & accolades for showcasing the best of Where Ontario Gets Real:


Be part of the story, and advertise your business to visitors from across southern Ontario.  This 2017 Headwaters Visitor Guide will be once again distributed across southern Ontario through the Globe & Mail, in Ontario Tourism Information Centres, and throughout the Headwaters region.





The Headwaters Tourism office will be closed from Friday, December 23rd, 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.  If your matter is urgent, please send an email to  Otherwise, we look forward to catching up with you in the new year.


On behalf of our entire team, we wish you and yours the best of a #realheadwaters Christmas season.

As always, thank you so much for your support, and for allowing us to work with you to promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination.


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Thank you to all our Leading with the Best partners who work in partnership with us to help promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination Where Ontario Gets Real.
If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our  Leading with the Best program. Businesses that take part in our program are promoted as leading tourism experiences to consumers and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms. 
Call or email our Leading With the Best Program Manager to get more information on how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.

Stephany St.Louis | 905.587.0178 
Headwaters Tourism will be offering a series of tourism development workshops for our Leading With the Best partners. These workshops are designed to assist our partners in further enhancing and growing their business through specific tourism opportunities, as well as providing an opportunity for these market-ready businesses to liaise, network and build partnerships with other like-minded businesses and colleagues.

Monday, January 30th, 2017 - 10:30 am to 12noon
Creating Content That Visitors Will Love

These workshops are available to all Leading With the Best partners at no cost. Registration is required.

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