Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Winners for 2013
The Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence were established to recognize and foster excellence in the province’s tourism sector. Presented annually by Tourism Saskatchewan, the awards allow the industry to recognize those people, places, organizations, and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences to visitors and residents. More than 100 nominations were received in the 15 award categories. 
Rookie of the Year AwardHarvest Eatery and Fresh Market
Service Excellence Award (Individual)Rose-Marie Carey, Batoche National Historic Site
Service Excellence Award (Business)Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan
Human Resource Development AwardTravelodge Hotel Saskatoon
Gil Carduner Marketing Award (Budget Under $20,000)Waskesiu & Area Wilderness Region
Gil Carduner Marketing Award (Budget Over $20,000)Tourism Saskatoon
Online Marketing AwardCypress Hills Eco-Adventures Ltd.
Land of Living Skies AwardMeewasin Valley Authority
Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador AwardShann Gowan, Cultural Festivals
Travel Media AwardHabeeb Salloum
Event of the Year Award (Budget Under $20,000)St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival
Event of the Year Award (Budget Over $20,000)101st Grey Cup Festival
Business of the Year Award (Under 50 Full-Time Employees)Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures Ltd.
Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Full-Time Employees)Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement AwardRic Driediger, Churchill River Canoe Outfitters

Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Winners for 2013

The Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence were established to recognize and foster excellence in the province’s tourism sector. Presented annually by Tourism Saskatchewan, the awards allow the industry to recognize those people, places, organizations, and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences to visitors and residents. More than 100 nominations were received in the 15 award categories. 

Rookie of the Year Award
Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market

Service Excellence Award (Individual)
Rose-Marie Carey, Batoche National Historic Site

Service Excellence Award (Business)
Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan

Human Resource Development Award
Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon

Gil Carduner Marketing Award (Budget Under $20,000)
Waskesiu & Area Wilderness Region

Gil Carduner Marketing Award (Budget Over $20,000)
Tourism Saskatoon

Online Marketing Award
Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures Ltd.

Land of Living Skies Award
Meewasin Valley Authority

Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador Award
Shann Gowan, Cultural Festivals

Travel Media Award
Habeeb Salloum

Event of the Year Award (Budget Under $20,000)
St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival

Event of the Year Award (Budget Over $20,000)
101st Grey Cup Festival

Business of the Year Award (Under 50 Full-Time Employees)
Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures Ltd.

Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Full-Time Employees)
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority

Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Ric Driediger, Churchill River Canoe Outfitters

Saskatchewan’s Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts for 2014
Searching for a warm welcome and all the comforts of home while you’re on the road? Check out these B&Bs:

#1 - Fir River Ranch near Hudson Bay #2 - Gilbertson Guest House in Frontier#3 - Sunset Escape Bed & Breakfast in Spiritwood#4 - North Country Bed & Breakfast near Hudson Bay#5 - Patrick Place Bed & Breakfast in Yorkton#6 - Orioles Paradise Bed & Breakfast in Carnduff #7 - B-Say-Tah Point Bed & Breakfast near Fort Qu’Appelle#8 - Shady Porch Bed & Breakfast in Rosetown#9 - Backroads Bed & Breakfast near Annaheim#10 (tied) - Academy Bed & Breakfast in Rosthern#10 (tied) - La Campagna Bed & Breakfast near Canora 

Each year the Saskatchewan Bed and Breakfast Association collects feedback from guests using guest comment cards. Based on this feedback the association creates the above top ten list.

Saskatchewan’s Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts for 2014

Searching for a warm welcome and all the comforts of home while you’re on the road? Check out these B&Bs:

#1 - Fir River Ranch near Hudson Bay 
#2 - Gilbertson Guest House in Frontier
#3 - Sunset Escape Bed & Breakfast in Spiritwood
#4 - North Country Bed & Breakfast near Hudson Bay
#5 - Patrick Place Bed & Breakfast in Yorkton
#6 - Orioles Paradise Bed & Breakfast in Carnduff 
#7 - B-Say-Tah Point Bed & Breakfast near Fort Qu’Appelle
#8 - Shady Porch Bed & Breakfast in Rosetown
#9 - Backroads Bed & Breakfast near Annaheim
#10 (tied) - Academy Bed & Breakfast in Rosthern
#10 (tied) - La Campagna Bed & Breakfast near Canora 

Each year the Saskatchewan Bed and Breakfast Association collects feedback from guests using guest comment cards. Based on this feedback the association creates the above top ten list.

Photo: Rah Rah via SaskMusic Photo: Close Talker via SaskMusic Photo: Young Benjamins via SaskMusic Photo: Library Voices via SaskMusic

Road Trip Tunes

When going on a road trip it’s essential to have a good playlist. Lucky for us SaskMusic has released their latest compilation album!

Check out In Tune 2014 and jam out to these top tracks as you hit the road. Have a listen:

Chelsea O'Connell Jori Kirk Jennifer Pereira Marty Seymour David Straub

#CBCFuture40

CBC Saskatchewan is celebrating the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40 and we’re lucky to have five individuals that made the list that are directly involved in the tourism industry!

Chelsea O’Connell is committed to enhancing fashion and retail entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan and created a major Saskatchewan event, Saskatchewan Fashion Week. Getting bigger each year, Saskatchewan Fashion Week is held in Regina and attracts the best designers from the province and a few from outside our borders. 

Jori Kirk is a passionate entrepreneur with a focus on the tourism industry in our province. As president and CEO of Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures, Jori has drawn a lot of attention to the south west corner of Saskatchewan.  He has also helped to grow the destination marketing organization, Cypress Hills Destination Area, serving on the board and working as the marketing director in previous years.

Jennifer Pereira is an ardent supporter of the arts. Volunteering, then serving in executive roles and now the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Chelsea has been an integral part in growing the live theatre experience in the province.

Marty Seymour loves all things farming and it shows in his role as the CEO of the Canadian Western Agribition, the largest agricultural show in North America. By growing attendance to the show every year, Marty has a key role in supporting the tourism industry in the province by attracting more people and getting them to stay longer.

David Straub is dedicated to bringing energy and creativity to downtown Regina by infusing it with fun, new and interesting culinary adventures. Head chef at Flip Eatery & Drink and the brains behind Regina’s first charcuterie, Salt, David is well on his way to seeing his vision through. 

Sundogs Excursions Photo: Taken by Jenn Smith Nelson Sturgeon River Ranch Photo: Taken by Corbin Fraser Near Cabri Photo: Taken by Go Here Destinations Along the Churchill River System Photo: Taken by Caitlin Taylor

Saskatchewan Blogs that Inspire Local Travel:

Jenn Smith Nelson – www.travellinlady.com
A self-described nature lover, traveller and dreamer, Jenn explores the world and, when she can, has her family tag along. She also finds time to do freelance writing; regularly contributing to Chatelaine and doing a monthly travel spread in Pink Magazine.

Corbin Fraser – www.ibackpackcanada.com
This 20-something was prairie raised. He’s spent time travelling from one coast of Canada to the other and found his way back to Saskatchewan. Keen on the great outdoors, looking for your next adventure, or simply interested in seeing what Canada has to offer? Give Corbin a follow.

Go Here Destinations – www.goheredestinations.com
Put a born and raised Saskatchewanian with an “import” and what do you get? This dynamic writing duo! They have a passion for southwestern Saskatchewan and want to share it. From day trips and family fun ideas to live music – they are sure to inspire you to get off the beaten path.

The Saskatchewanderer – www.saskatchewanderer.ca
What started out as the “Best Summer Job Ever” has turned into a full-time gig. Caitlin Taylor jumped at the opportunity to travel the province. Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, and play; follow Caitlin on her adventure.

Have more suggestions for us? Feel free to share via email (newsletter@sasktourism.com) or by commenting below. 

Saskatchewan Events Video

We love to throw parties and host festivals, sporting events and celebrations. Enthusiastic volunteers, world-class facilities and welcoming citizens come together to make these events memorable and successful.

Have a look at http://Saskatchewan-Events.com to search upcoming events in the province. 

Grain Elevator, Saskatchewan. Grain elevator and train, Saskatchewan Wheat Fields, as far as the eye can see Qu'Appelle River Valley, Saskatchewan. Sunset on the marshes Qu'Appelle River Valley

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The Prairies are flat and Boring they say… “You fall asleep in Manitoba, and wake up in Alberta…” There is so much to see if you wander off the straight and narrow of The Trans Canada…
Grain Elevators still exist, but are disappearing fast, Fields of wheat are still there, and do spread out in front of you as far away as tomorrow…
Suggested audio book when driving in the Prairies: “Who Has Seen the Wind” by W.O. Mitchell… you really can feel his words hit your face as the warm breeze blows past you