FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 25 November 2015 


Celebrating Tourism Excellence in Headwaters 

Headwaters Tourism celebrated excellence in tourism at their annual tourism awards ceremony, A Taste of Tourism on Wednesday, November 25th at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives.

With a record number of nominations in 2015, it is clear that the tourism industry is thriving in Headwaters, and continues to help support the vibrancy and vitality of the region. The Taste of Tourism awards honour those tourism businesses and individuals who exemplify excellence, and help profile the Headwaters region as one Ontario’s premier rural tourism destinations and Where Ontario Gets Real.

Dufferin County Museum’s General Manager, Darrell Keenie, acted as master of ceremonies for the event and proudly announced the recipients of 2015 Taste of Tourism awards:

Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience
Hills of Erin Studio Tour


Artisan of the Year
Mark Grice

Best Agri-Tourism Experience

Little Creek Ranch

Tourism Event or Festival of the Year

24 Hours of Summer Solstice

Best Culinary Tourism Experience

The Friendly Chef Adventures Inc.


Best Overnight Getaway Experience
Mountain Ash Farm Country Inn & Spa


Best Customer Service Experience (business)
Rosemont General Store and Café


Best Customer Service Experience (individual)
Rosemary Cottrell


Best New Tourism Business


Tourism Innovator
Headwaters Parade of Horses collaborative project


Tourism Ambassador
Maria Britto


The evening concluded with a special presentation of the Chairperson’s Award of Merit by Headwaters Tourism’s Board Chair, Stacey Coupland, to Wayne Townsend, in recognition of his commitment and passion for our regional tourism community. When announcing this year’s award recipient, Coupland said, “History comes alive in Headwaters for so many reasons, but perhaps it comes most alive when it is told to us by our own historian, raconteur and Renaissance man, Wayne Townsend.”

The Headwaters Taste of Tourism awards took place once again at the Dufferin County Museum. Along with being a magical venue that captures the spirit of community and excellence like no other, hosting the event at the Museum further reinforces and celebrates the strong partnership between Headwaters Tourism and the Dufferin County Museum, and highlights the importance of this property as one of our region’s most important tourism destinations.

During the evening, and reflecting the “taste of tourism” theme, guests enjoyed food and libations from some of the area’s finest food and beverage purveyors including Heatherlea Farm Market, Gourmandissimo Fine Food & Catering, Landman Gardens & Bakery, Pommies Cider Co., Rosemont General Store & Café, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery and The Friendly Chef Adventures Inc..

Thank you also to the evening’s media sponsor, 101.5myFM Orangeville, who along with continuing to provide strong support to Headwaters Tourism throughout the year, were on hand to chat with the guests, and record moments with many of the award winners during the course of the evening.

The Board of Directors of Headwaters Tourism, on behalf of their municipal partners in Dufferin County and the towns of Caledon, Erin, Mono and Shelburne, congratulate all the tourism operators, nominees and award winners who help make Headwaters one of Ontario’s premier rural tourism destinations, and Where Ontario Gets Real!


Headwaters: Where Ontario gets real

A mere 45 minutes north of Toronto, Headwaters is the rural communities of Caledon, Dufferin County, Erin, Mono and Shelburne and their postcard-perfect, activity-filled towns, hamlets and nature.

Pick your own food, fish and canoe our unspoiled lakes, bike or hike the Bruce Trail, tour artists’ home studios, ski our trails and resorts, delight in an authentic country fair, fall asleep to the sound of a waterfall — or just drive our endless rolling hills and marvel at our pastoral farmlands, autumn symphony of colour and sparkling winter vistas.

Why drive for hours to enjoy a natural, horse-and-country day trip or getaway, when you can just head up to Headwaters: Where Ontario gets real.



For more information:

Michele Harris, Executive Director, Headwaters Tourism

Office: 519.942.0314 | 800.332.9744 – extension 201
Cell:  519.215.2771