Celebrating Tourism Excellence in Headwaters

Headwaters Tourism is honoured to present the nominees for our 2018 Headwaters Tourism Awards. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 16th at the Orangeville Town Hall Opera House, following the first annual provincial Rural Tourism Symposium, hosted by Headwaters Tourism.

Headwaters Tourism is pleased to announce that this year’s awards are being presented in partnership with Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre. Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre is locally owned and operated by Bill Gillam (2017 Dufferin County Business Citizen of the Year), and is a shining example of community philanthropy, local business development and exceptional customer service, and truly embodies all that it means to be “Where Ontario Gets Real”. We are delighted to be working with them to showcase excellence in our Headwaters tourism community.

This annual evening of celebration honours those tourism businesses and individuals who, during 2017, exemplified excellence, and helped profile the Headwaters region as one of Ontario’s premier tourism destinations.

The slate of nominees from 2017 represents the exceptional calibre of tourism offerings we have in the Headwaters region, and who showcase the best of rural tourism service and hospitality:


Best ARTS & HERITAGE Visitor Experience (sponsored by the Town of Orangeville)

Alton Mill Arts Centre
Caribfest (Soulyve)
Dragonfly Arts on Broadway
Dufferin County Museum & Archives
Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night
Headwaters Arts
Hills of Erin Studio Tour
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
Orangeville’s Cruisin’ on First


Best FRESH & LOCAL Visitor Experience (sponsored by the Town of Erin)

Alton Mill’s Food & Wine Festival
Landman Gardens and Bakery
Rock Garden Farms
Snowberry Botanicals
Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen
Terra Nova Public House
Wicked Shortbread


Best FUN & FESTIVE Visitor Experience

Caribfest (Soulyve)
Cheers Caledon (Town of Caledon)
Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night
Jungle Oasis Playground Inc.
Lavender Blue Catering
Mud Hero Toronto North
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
Osprey Valley Golf


Best NATURE & LEISURE Visitor Experience

Alabaster Acres
Caledon Hills Cycling
Fiddlehead Care Farm Inc.
Orangeville Snowmobile Club
Osprey Valley Golf
Seven Bridges Run (Orangeville Lions Club)


Best HORSE & COUNTRY Visitor Experience (sponsored by the Town of Shelburne)

Dufferin Town & Country Farm Tour
Erin Agricultural Society
Grand River RAM Rodeo
Orangeville Lions Club Annual Country Dinner Dance
Little Creek Ranch


Best SEE, SHOP & STAY Visitor Experience (sponsored by BDO Canada LLP)

Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites
Century Church Theatre
Euphoria Cafe & Smoothies
Farmhouse Pottery Gallery & Café
Kitchen To The Table
Millcroft Inn & Spa
Wicked Shortbread


Best NEW Tourism Business (sponsored by Humber College)

Alabaster Acres
Far Shot Recreation
Forks of the Credit Inn


Tourism INNOVATOR of the Year (sponsored by Dufferin County)

Credit Valley Conservation
Far Shot Recreation
Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


Tourism PARTNERSHIP Award (sponsored by the Dufferin Board of Trade)

Brews & Entertainment
Caledon Hills Cycling & Headwaters Health Care Foundation
Caledon Ski Club
GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.
Lavender Blue
Mark Grice
Pommies Cider Co.
Tri-Village Treasures (Village of Erin BIA, Belfountain & Alton)


Tourism CHAMPION of the Year (sponsored by Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre)

Bridget Ryan (Equine Erin)
Jennifer McKinnon (Turn of Fate Studio)
Krystal Young (Snowberry Botanicals)
Keri Parfitt (Wicked Shortbread)
Philip DeWar (Soulyve)
Sigrid Wolm (Kitchen To The Table)


This casual cocktail evening of celebration and networking begins at 5:00 pm in the Atrium at Orangeville Town Hall Opera House, and will feature culinary samplings from Gourmandissimo Fine Foods. Award presentations take place upstairs in the Town Hall Theatre at 6:30 pm.

Tickets for the 2018 Headwaters Tourism Awards, presented by Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre, are $50 each (plus applicable taxes).


Attending the Rural Tourism Symposium?  Your conference registration includes a ticket to the Headwaters Tourism Awards cocktail reception and awards presentation.

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