MARCH  2017 

It's MAPLE MADNESS in Headwaters 

It's that time of year again! Spring is super sweet in Headwaters.

From pottery workshops and sweet yoga retreats to Blackhouse dinners and sugarbush strolls by lamplight... no matter how you like your maple, you're sure to find your flavour during Headwaters Taste of Maple 2017 taking place from March 9th to April 8th at over 20 locations across the region.

Don't be a sap! Plan your visit toute sweet!
With spring around the corner and the start of horse season just a mere weeks away, now is the time to ensure that your equestrian related business and events are listed on the Headwaters Horse Country website. 

Event and business listings are free of charge, so be sure to register now, and profile your equine business on Headwaters Horse Country. 
Central Counties Tourism Symposium - March 27, 2017

Central Counties Tourism invites you to attend their networking and tourism B2B event. Connect with peers and gain industry insights from leaders in the field. This year features valuable learning sessions that include:
  • Digital Reputation Management with Andrew Wiens, TripAdvisor, International Destination Marketing Sales Manager
  • Be Remarkable: Five steps to achieve your goals and deliver remarkable tourism experiences with Todd Lucier, co-founder of the Tourism CafĂ© Canada

Dufferin County Economic Development Strategy stakeholder sessions 

Dufferin County is undertaking the development of an economic development strategy for the entire County and is seeking public input at one of the three stakeholder sessions that will be taking place in April:
  • Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm in the Dufferin Oaks Auditorium in Shelburne
  • Wednesday, April 5th at 2:00 pm at Monora Park, Mono
  • Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre
Canadian tourism reaches new milestone with close to 20 million visitors 

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is excited by new Statistics Canada numbers showing that Canada welcomed almost 20 million inbound visitors in 2016, a 14 year high.

Ontario supports record number of events in 2017 through Celebrate Ontario   

On March 6th, Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Ontario announced Celebrate Ontario funding for 304 festivals and events across the province. The Celebrate Ontario program is supporting a record number of festivals and events this year to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during Ontario's 150 th anniversary.

Growing small ciders and spirits producers' businesses 

On Tuesday, March 7th, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the details of the Ontario Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program. The program will provide eligible businesses with support to grow and scale up their operations, including hiring more staff and purchasing new equipment. 

Festivals & Events Ontario announces 2017 award recipients

The 2017 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 3rd during FEO's Annual Conference. Particular congratulations to the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, and the Erin Fall Fair, for representing the best of #realheadwaters by being recognized in the list of of Top 100 recipients that represent Ontario's festivals and events that excel within the industry.

TIAO launches new partnership with Baxter Media

TIAO is proud to announce a new partnership Baxter Travel Media, wherein TIAO will help deliver the Baxter Student Ambassador Program (BSAP). Aimed at students graduating from post-secondary travel, tourism and hospitality programs, BSAP recognizes students based on a combination of academic success, community involvement and leadership skills.

Ontario increasing opportunities for girls & women in sports

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon were at University of Toronto's Varsity Centre to unveil the new initiatives from the province that promote equal and fair opportunities for women and girls in sport and recreation,
Take part in the Green Tourism stakeholder survey

Green Tourism Canada wants to ensure the information it provides to members and stakeholders is relevant and valuable. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey, and tell Green Tourism Canada what's most important to you!
Participate in the survey-->> 

Ontario By Bike releases 2017 Ontario Cycling Guide    
Highlights include featured stories from cyclists, cycling experiences segmented for type of cyclists, and over 60 single and multi-day cycling itineraries along new and popular routes for road, trail and mountain biking.  
Find out more-->>

ORHMA & Ryerson University conducting survey on dress & grooming codes   

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association, in partnership with Ryerson University, is seeking the assistance of employers in the tourism and hospitality industry.  Please take some time to answer a questionnaire about dress and grooming codes in hotels and restaurants.

Survey: the value of trails  
The Ontario Trails Council is seeking your input on the value of trails in your community. With over 80,000 kilometres of trails in Ontario, understanding the scope and potential of trails in the province is critical, and your input and feedback are requested.


Feedback requested - Travel Industry Review Act 
To update the act and better protect consumers, comments and recommendations are being requested from consumers and people in the travel industry. Deadline for feedback is April 14th, 2017.

Share your feedback-->> 

GO Adventure's Alycia Bannon named to list of most influential women in sports

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sports is pleased to announce its annual Most Influential Women List for 2016, celebrating remarkable Canadian women and their impact upon sport and physical activity in Canada and beyond.

Alycia Bannon, owner of GO Adventure Co., in Melancthon was named in the Ones to Watch (Under 30) category.  Alycia, along with Janna Tait, are the owners of GO Adventure Co., a proud partner of Headwaters Tourism, and the winner of the 2016 Headwaters Tourism Award for Best New Tourism Business.

Congratulations to Alycia on this outstanding recognition, and for continuing to represent the best of #realheadwaters.

Read the full story-->>


Town of Shelburne Canada's second fastest growing municipality

According to recently released 2016 Canadian census data, Shelburne, Ontario is the second fastest growing town in all of Canada.  New census figures show it grew 39 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

Read the March 3rd Globe & Mail article about Shelburne's growth-->>


Headwaters prominently showcased in 2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest

On Sunday, March 5th, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced the winners of the second Greenbelt Photo Contest at a special event at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. A number of photographers had their work showcased in the list of 20 winners, and proudly showcased the best of #realheadwaters:
  • Peoples' Choice Winner - Peter Dusek | Island Lake, Mono
  • Bob Noble | Caledon
  • Ellen Cameron | Island Lake, Mono (2 images)
  • Jeff Dickie | Edelweiss Park, Bolton
View the photos and find out more-->>


Town of Caledon launches BizPal

In partnership with ServiceOntario, Caledon joins a growing number of municipalities to launch BizPaL, a free, online portal for permits and licences. "A key goal of this Council has been cutting red tape to help our entrepreneurs succeed," said Mayor Allan Thompson. 


Town of Shelburne 2017 Economic Development Breakfast

The Town of Shelburne's Economic Development Committee will be hosting its annual breakfast at 7am on April 19th at the Shelburne Legion banquet hall. Tickets are $15 and are available at Shelburne Town Hall.

For further information-->>   


Town of Erin showcased in international publication

The Town of Erin was recently featured in Business View Magazine, in an article titled "Where Urban Meets Country Charm".

Read the full article-->>


Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival named one of the top 100 festivals & events in Ontario

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival has been recognized by Festival and Events Ontario as one of the 2017 Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario. The Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. This award represents the sixth year that the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival has been recognized as a Top 100 recipient.

Media release-->>


Town of Erin hires new CAO

The Town of Erin has hired a new CAO.  Nathan Hyde is set to assume the role of CAO on April 3. Prior to his hire in Erin, Hyde served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Regional Chair within the Region of Peel.

Applications now being accepted for OMAFRA RED funding program           
The province, through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, is now accepting applications for the renewed RED program, which bolsters economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities across Ontario by providing support for projects that allow rural municipalities and partners to diversify and grow their local economies.

Submission deadline (intake #1):  March 31, 2017 
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. 

We are pleased to welcome our newest tourism partners into our Leading With the Best program:
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, Stephany St. Louis, to get more information on how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.


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