We snowshoed, we baked bread with babas, we carved ice sculptures at Festival du Voyageur, we learned about honey bees and how to weave cane seating for furniture seats, we learned about Hutterite traditions and ate organic food with Prairie Seasons Bakery, we learned Ukrainian dancing and watched a cymbale being played; we went behind the scenes to reflect, to discuss and to share the kinds of practical ideas that could be put to work as unique tourism experiences. A cultural GPS adventure quest with Tourisme Riel in which we encountered unique characters, actors and moments of Francophone history within the St. Boniface area was outstanding. And, finally, an evening of incredible cuisine with Chef Alex and his wife Daniele at Bistro 7 1/4 topped off the entire trip. How to do Manitoba in six easy days!!
A Best Practices Mission it was called…. to learn about experiential tourism, in winter! This was a professional development opportunity for 16 Atlantic Canada tourism operators initiated supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Earth Rhythms was asked to create and deliver this Best Practices Mission in its backyard – Riding Mountain National Park – where we have been successfully crafting and delivering unique tourism experiences with our local community partners for over 13 years.
One of the participants, Anne Arsenault, from western PEI shared her enthusiasm for what she encountered during a week in Manitoba in the middle of February…….”I just wanted to thank you all for making this mission the best I have ever attended. You were all inspiring, from Celes and his associates to Johanna and all you fellow participants, it has been a pleasure!
There were a few ah ha moments for me which opened my eyes to new opportunities in my own community and region. The process now begins to enrich and build upon the experiential product offering we have already developed and that gives me great hope and excitement for the future…..
It has become very apparent to me that we all have beauty and uniqueness in our respective communities but what makes it most special and interesting to our visitors is the passion that the local authentic people bring to it……it is all about making that personal connection to place…..with that being said I have great memories of Manitoba largely due the special people we had a chance to meet including everyone of you!”Earth Rhythms offers customized itineraries and unique experiences in 4-seasons for corporate groups, women’s groups, getaways, and family celebrations. Call us at 1.204.848.4680 and ask us just one question..”What can we do to uniquely help you take away memories of things to do in the Riding Mountains, that you have never done anywhere else in the world?”