FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 13 November 2015

Celebrating Tourism Excellence in Headwaters 


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

The evening honours those tourism businesses and individuals who exemplify excellence, and help profile the Headwaters region as one Ontario’s premier tourism destinations, and Where Ontario gets real.

We are proud to present the award finalists:


Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience

Alton Mill Arts Centre
Dufferin County Museum & Archives
Headwaters Arts Festival
Hills of Erin Studio Tour
Theatre Orangeville
Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre


Artisan of the Year

David Arrigo
Britta Elmberg
Mark Grice
Ken Hall
Deborah Jolly
Janet Simmons Sweet


Best Agri-Tourism Experience

Dixie Orchards
Downey’s Farm Market
Dufferin Town & Country Farm Tour
Little Creek Ranch
Rawhide Adventures
Rock Garden Farms


Tourism Event or Festival of the Year

24 Hours of Summer Solstice
Caledon Day
Erin Fall Fair
Island Lake Conservation Area Fishing Derby
Optimist Club of Orangeville
Pickin’ in the Park
Terra Cotta Maple Syrup Festival


Best Culinary Tourism Experience

Allegro Fine Foods
Hockley Valley Resort
Landman Gardens & Bakery
Rosemont General Store & Café
Terra Nova Public House
The Friendly Chef Adventures


Best Overnight Getaway Experience

Albion Hills Conservation Area and Campgrounds
Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites
Hockley Valley Resort
Mountain Ash Farm Country Inn & Spa
Top of the Hill B&B


Best Customer Service Experience (business)

Brighten Up
Downtown Orangeville BIA
Dragonfly Arts on Broadway
Heatherlea Farm Market
Merchants of Downtown Erin
Rosemont General Store & Café


Best Customer Service Experience (individual)

Annette Turturici | Inglewood Antique Market
Rosemary Cottrell | Odds & Errands now called More than just Baskets
Wayne Biegel | Peter Cellar’s Pub in the Mono Cliffs Inn


Best New Tourism Business

Jungle Oasis Playground
Route 145
The Friendly Chef Adventures


Tourism Innovator

Headwaters Parade of Horses collaborative project
Heidi von der Gathen & Vandi Hill | BizBaz
Patricia Clark Cleary | Mountain Ash Farm Country Inn & Spa


Tourism Ambassador

Maria Britto
John Church


The evening will conclude with a special presentation of the Chairperson’s Award of Merit by Headwaters Tourism’s Board Chair, Stacey Coupland, recognizing commitment and passion for our regional tourism community.

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 our region. Congratulations to all our tourism industry stakeholders, and to all who took the time to nominate their favourite tourism businesses. We look forward to welcoming visitors, residents and our tourism industry stakeholders to A Taste of Tourism on Wednesday, November 25th at 5:30 pm at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, where we will celebrate the best of tourism in Headwaters, and will be announcing our tourism industry award winners!

During this Taste of Tourism celebration, guests will enjoy libations from local purveyors and will be treated to taste samplings prepared by chefs from some of our region’s finest dining establishments. Tickets for A Taste of Tourism are $35 each (tax inclusive) and are available online at


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