The Thompson Trailbreakers snowmobile club, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Thompson's McCreedy Campground have all been nominated for 2011 Manitoba Tourism Awards, which recognize excellence in the promotion and delivery of quality tourism experiences in the province.
The Thompson Trailbreakers, McCreedy Campground and Churchill Wild's Arctic Safari are nominated in the product development category, while the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is nominated in the sustainable tourism category. The Trailbreakers and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre were both nominated by Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD), which co-ordinates the efforts of Tourism North, a regional tourism association that aims to position Northern Manitoba as a quality tourism destination.
McCreedy Campground was nominated by Thompson Unlimited through its Thompson Tourism Committee. Thompson Unlimited is also a member of the Tourism North regional tourism association.
The Trailbreakers were nominated for the work they do expanding and maintaining the region's snowmobile trail system, which includes grooming 230 kilometres of new trails this past winter, nearly doubling the length of the trail system.
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre was nominated for opening a new state-of-the-art facility that has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design gold certification. The centre provides services to scientific researchers and also offers learning vacations for tourists who want to awoke with scientists on a daily basis.
McCreedy Campground's nomination is based on the diversity of its tourism services - which include camping, tours, events, shuttle services and recreational vehicle storage - and for excellence in customer service.
Churchill Wild's Arctic Safari was nominated for its new wildlife encounter expedition that takes tourists through 20,000 square kilometres of Northern Manitoba's most spectacular regions.
The Incorporated Community of Nelson House Fishing Derby was the winner of the 2010 Manitoba Tourism Award in the product development category , while Nueltin Fly-In Lodges, near the Nunavut border, won a sustainable tourism award in 2009. Spirit Way has previously won in the partnership and product development categories. Thompson's Heritage North Museum was among the nominees for the 2010 awards but did not advance to the finalist stage.
Finalists will be honoured and winners announced at an award celebration this fall in Winnipeg.