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Small Business of the Year


Winnipeg Tourism Small Business of the Year Award of Distinction

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Presented to a tourism business, facility, event or attraction with fewer than 20 employees that provides exceptional visitor experiences that result in high levels of customer satisfaction through product development and/or services.

Award Nominees

Winnipeg Trolley Company

Since 2013, the Winnipeg Trolley Company’s 95-minute “Heart of a Nation City Tour” has remained Tripadvisor’s No. 1 local tour and activity. It has also been named one of the top 50 tours in Canada by the Flight Network, and it won the tour category from the Luxury Travel Awards. It’s a charming tour aboard the province’s only heritage-style coach, inspired by the Winnipeg Electric Company streetcars. Additionally, it now operates a kiosk at The Forks to provide more options for visitors. Business has grown from 200 passengers in 2013 to 2,678 passengers in 2016.

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre’s creativity plays a leading role in helping to increase year-over-year revenues through new exhibits and hands-on activities. Recent additions resulted in the development of “Voyageur Days” to increase winter attendance, while “Bird in Hand” has been named a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada. Innovative programming like this has contributed to the centre’s five per cent bump in attendance over the past three years.