Interlake Tourism Awards 2016
INTERLAKE TOURISM AWARDS presented at Gaffers Restaurant in Lockport overlooking
the St. Andrews Lock & Dam and the mighty Red River!
Interlake Tourism held their 15th Annual Tourism Awards presenting awards in seven categories and partnering
with Community Futures East Interlake and Community Futures West Interlake as they presented their award winners for Community
The Interlake Tourism Association (ITA) is pleased to announce our annual Tourism Award winners from our “Celebration of Stars”
held on September 29th, 2016 at Gaffers Restaurant, Lockport. Included in the day’s events were several opportunities to
experience a Boat Tour on the Red River, a walking tour of the St. Andrews-on the Red Church and St. Andrews Rectory as well as a walking tour by the Locks and Lockport Provincial Park. A bright sunny day and "Chuck- The Channel Catfish" mascot welcomed guests and members to the area as we Celebrated our achievements at building tourism in the Interlake Region.
This year at our 15th Annual “Celebration of Stars” we honored those individuals who have made a difference to the economic
impact that tourism makes annually on the Interlake. The people who make the festivals come alive with meaning, those who
welcome our visitors to their businesses and the ones who keep the heritage of the region alive and well.
ITA partnered with Community Futures East Interlake and Community Futures West Interlake to present a Community Economic
Development Award to businesses or groups contributing to the economic growth in their respective areas. Community Futures
East Interlake presented an award to: Central Interlake Training Centre in Arborg. Community Futures West Interlake presented
their award to: Steep Rock Beach Park.
The Interlake Tourism Association was honoured to present awards to the following people, organizations or businesses who won
awards in our 7 categories:
- Non Member Award went to the Bay River Development in Fisher River First Nation- a Cottage Development at Fisher Bay
- Volunteer of the Year – We had a TIE! Beggi Anderson from the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village for his dedication as the “go to guy” for repairs, building and maintenance and to Louise Machinski from the Red River North area for being the “go to gal” in this area, Volunteering for numerous organizations in the region while operating Bridgeview Bed & Breakfast and taking care of her guests.
- Event of the Year Award was a tough category again this year and it was decided we would split the awards into Event with Budget Under $5,000 and Event with Budget Over $5,000 as the difference in these size events is massive.
- Event of the Year Under $5,000 went to the astonished duo from the Lakeside Quilters Show & Sale that hosts an annual Quilt show that allows novice to professionals to enter their quilts to be judged by voting from the public.
- Event of the Year Over $5,000 went to the Grettir Lobsterfest from Lundar, held annually June 30th in a community of 1000 people hosting 600 for the supper and evening’s entertainment
- Partnership Award- a strong showing with 3 nominees saw some amazing partnerships that are helping to make the Interlake products shine. Skinners Restaurant & Skinners Locks Market won this year for the 6year partnership of building a Vendors market from 12 vendors in 2010 to the + 30 that arrive each Sunday in the summer season, bringing in 1,000 plus visitors weekly to the Lockport area.
- Innovation Award- Homes for the Holidays House & Heritage Tour taking away the prize this year. A brand new product offering in November 2015 hosted over 3 days invited 650 lucky tickets purchasers into private homes and Heritage locations in 9 sites in the Red River North area.
- Interlake Award of Distinction- a tough competition this year with the Lundar AG Society & Fair (100th Anniversary coming in 2017) up against the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village, the winnersfor the amazing tourism attraction (our newest Regional Star Attraction) they have built from the ground starting in the year 2000.