Long Point Eco-Adventures wins 2017 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award
NORFOLK COUNTY, January 31, 2018 – Long Point Eco-Adventures took home the 2017 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation at the Norfolk County Symposium on January 31st in Vittoria.
The award honours leaders in sustainability whose businesses have made significant differences in the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of Norfolk County. The award is a symbol of achievement and celebrates the accomplishments of community and business leaders who have actively engaged the tourism community to promote and encourage best practices.
A visit to Long Point Eco-Adventures provides guests with a unique experience. They are a fun-loving, outdoor adventure company providing amazing experiences with world-class guides. They encourages both staff and guests to be outside often, be physically active and develop a deeper sense of understanding and respect for nature. Through school-based programs such as nature hikes, guides and students gain a greater appreciation for our own backyards, and how we fit into these ecosystems.
“We are proud to be recognized with this award which is a reflection of the commitment, caring and follow-through of each and every one of our staff. We are proud of and committed to our natural environment and sharing the many experiences of Norfolk County in a responsible way. We also look forward and encourage future sustainable tourism efforts that benefit Norfolk County and bring attention and appreciation to the ecological abundance of our area ”stated Mike McArthur and Dave Pond, owners of Long Point Eco- Adventures.
Staff of Long Point Eco-Adventures accepting the award flanked by project coordinator Patti O’Reilly (left) and LPWBRF Board member Paul Givens (right).
The 2017 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award was crafted by local artist, Jack Worton, from Long Point. The sculpture is of a Bald Eagle carved from local black walnut on a peach alabaster and black walnut base. Long Point Eco- Adventures receives a year-long membership from the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation and a decorative plaque to display at their property.
The Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award is just one initiative of the Biosphere’s sustainable tourism project in partnership with Norfolk County. Previous winners include, Blueberry Hill Estates, Whistling Gardens and Bonnieheath Lavender Farm. The Long Point Biosphere, together with Georgian Bay, and Frontenac Arch, received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to help advance sustainable tourism in each biosphere community through the Amazing Places project visitamazingplaces.ca. For more information about sustainable tourism initiatives in Norfolk, visit www.longpointbiosphere.ca