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2015 Explore Canada Awards of Excellence: Finalists Announced


Destination Canada is pleased to announce more than 250 entries from nine countries were received for this year’s Explore Canada Awards of Excellence, and the finalists are in!


Drum roll, please…


Local Culture Award Finalists:

    1. International Traveller Magazine (Australia)
      Why you need to visit Canada's Fogo Island – Quentin Long

    2. Canadian Geographic Travel (Canada)
      Meet Me at the Rodeo – Remy Scalza

    3. Globo Boa Viagem (Brazil)
      Arte, cultura e tradição gourmet na cosmopolita Montreal, na província de Quebec – Mari Campos


Culinary Award Finalists:

    1. Food Arts Magazine (USA)
      A High Way with Byways – Amy Rosen

    2. Canadian Geographic Travel (Canada)
      Eat. Play. Repeat – Remy Scalza

    3. Toque & Canoe (Canada)
      Tasting Turtle Island: Aboriginal Cuisine Goes Mainstream – Kim Gray


Urban Experiences Award Finalists:

    1. National Geographic Traveller (UK)
      Like a local: Toronto – Nikki Bayley

    2. San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
      A City Woven From 4 Threads – Margo Pfieff

    3. Grand Travel Luxury Magazine (Canada)
      Seductive Vancouver – Mark Sissions


Outdoor Adventure Award Finalists:

    1. Explore Magazine (Canada)
      At Home in a Great Land – David Webb

    2. Ski Kanada (Germany)
      Ski Kanada – Bernhard Krieger

    3. American Way (USA)
      Excellence in the Canadian Rockies – Crai S Bower


Wildlife Award Finalists:

    1. BBC World News (UK)
      The Polar Bear Capital of the World – Brandy Yanchyk

    2. San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
      Hook, Line and Salmon – Jill Robinson

    3. Nine Network (Australia)
      Explore Canada – Trevor Cochrane


Best Media Itinerary Award Finalists:

    1. Le Québec maritime

    2. Travel Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg

    3. Nova Scotia Tourism Agency


Most Innovative PR Campaign Award Finalists:

    1. Travel Alberta

    2. Tourism Yukon (Agency: Outside the Cube)

    3. Destination British Columbia



We are thrilled to announce this year’s esteemed judges for each themed category:


Local Culture Award:

Keith Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia


Culinary Award:

Chef Michael Smith, Food Network Host, Nutritional Activist, Food Media Producer


Urban Experiences Award:

Godfrey Gao, Taiwanese-born Canadian model and actor (CTCTV)


Outdoor Adventure Award:

Tom Duguid, Creative Director, Arc’teryx


Wildlife Award:

Wade Luzny, CEO and Executive Vice-President, Canadian Wildlife Federation


Most Innovative PR Campaign Award:

Arlene Dickinson, CEO Venture Communications and District Ventures, Entrepreneur, Author, Dragons’ Den ‘Dragon’


Best Media Itinerary Award:

Andrew McCarthy, Travel Writer, Director, Actor



Thank you to all entrants, and good luck to all finalists!


The winners will be announced at GoMedia Canada 2015 in Penticton, BC on September 30th.

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