Winnipeg Tourism Innovation of the Year Award of Distinction
Presented to an individual, organization, business or marketing consortium in recognition of a new tourism product/service/process or refreshed approach that increased visitation.
Award Winner - Winnipeg Trolley Company
This high-energy, adventure park isn’t just unique to Winnipeg, it’s the only one of its kind in Canada. Adrenaline Adventures offers daredevil fun both in winter and summer with activities like snow tubing, cable wakeboarding and zorbing (guests go inside a giant plastic ball and roll down a hill), as well as a terrain snowboard park. Because of its exclusive product, tourists from across Canada travel to the park—earlier this year, special guest Rick Mercer even made an appearance. Thanks to its ability to attract visitors, other businesses in the area are also seeing a direct benefit with hotels seeing enhanced occupancy due to competitions regularly held at Adrenaline Adventures.
BBQ and Blues Festival
What could be better than food and music all rolled into one? Enter the BBQ and Blues Festival held for the first time last summer at Red River Exhibition Park. The first of its kind in the city, it attracted attention across North America from foodies and music buffs alike. The weekend featured some of the top acts on the blues scene as well as a bonafide southern-style barbeque competition. The weekend also featured a Show ‘n Shine where more than 100 ‘tricked out’ semi-trailers and tractors were on display. The festival was created to offer a new tourism product, showcase local talent and to ensure Red River Exhibition Park saw more use in its off season.
Winnipeg Trolley Company
In 2012, the Winnipeg Trolley Company was founded as Winnipeg’s only comprehensive “bus” tour. Wanting to give passengers an authentic historical experience, the “bus” was modeled after a 1920 Winnipeg streetcar, outfitted with all the modern touches. The tour traverses the city’s neighbourhoods as stories are shared and passengers are immersed in Winnipeg’s fascinating history. The tour shows the city’s most dynamic, exciting and progressive side highlighting everything from Louis Riel to the Jets to Winnipeg’s most little-known stories. The Winnipeg Trolley Company offers up a high-quality tourism product for all ages.