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We’re the Maxxim Vacations Tourism Business of the Year!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

newsletter_award2Last night at the Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador Excellence Awards we were honoured with the Maxxim Vacations Tourism Business of the Year Award!

The Maxxim Vacations Tourism Business of the Year is sponsored by Maxxim Vacations. This award recognizes businesses that have built a reputation for excelling and continuously improving upon all areas of operations – customer service, human resources and business results. Recipients of this award not only excel in their business operations, but acknowledge and embrace their role in improving the tourism industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. This award was presented on behalf of Maxxim Vacations at the Tourism Excellence Awards Gala by Carol-Ann Gilliard, CEO of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank-you to our loyal customers who have supported us since we started back in 1997. It’s been a fun adventure so far. A big thanks to TCR, ACOA, DMO and IBRD for their ongoing support over the years. It’s a huge honour to receive this award!

newsletter_award3We have available chalets this week and our snowmobiling conditions are excellent! We also have one chalet available this weekend which is the last weekend available until April! Don’t miss out; come on out and see why everyone is talking about our little piece of paradise!

Given the amount of snow in the backcountry it looks like we will be sledding right to the end of April!

Click here to check chalet availability online! , or call us at 709-486-0892.

Hope to see you soon!


Paul Rose
709-486-0892

Introducing our Snow Condition Monitoring System

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

DSC_0040We will be regularly monitoring the local snow conditions on the Gaff Topsails and Hodges Hill area.  You can view these snow reports on our website and our highway sign.  Once the snow arrives, Paul will also be making regular blog posts providing all the details.

The snow, or lack thereof, on the highway is an inaccurate way to determine the conditions on the trails and backcountry, and the weather forecast in Grand Falls-Windsor is just as misleading.

The rating system is as follows:

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• It’s a winter wonderland!  Excellent conditions for winter activities!

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Consistent snow base.  Good conditions for all winter activities.

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Some snow, not ideal conditions but winter activities are possible.

Based on the previous four seasons, you can book with confidence that we will have good or excellent snow conditions from the beginning of February right through to Easter.  Weekends are quickly selling out already, so please book your vacation soon so you are not disappointed.  You should consider traveling on a weekday; our weekday chalet and snowmobile tour packages start at just $105/person!

Hope to see you this winter!

2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

RIVERFRONT CHALETS EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Excellence-Badge_2013_enHonoured as a Top Performing Specialty Lodging as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL, CA –June 11, 2013 Riverfront Chalets today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Riverfront Chalets is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Paul Rose, Owner of Riverfront Chalets. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this award is evidence that our hard work is translating into a positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

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About Riverfront Chalets

Riverfront Chalets is located 20km west of Grand Falls-Windsor in Central Newfoundland. Riverfront Chalets has four two-bedroom 4 ½ star luxury chalets open year-round, with white water rafting trips in the summer, and guided snowmobile tours through the winter. Riverfront Chalets also rents snowmobiles, snowshoes, kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes to allow their customers to plan their own wilderness adventures.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, March 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Trip Advisor’s #1 Recommendation!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

tripAdvisorTHANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Based on the reviews of our customers, we have been rated Newfoundland & Labrador’s #1 specialty lodging destination on TripAdvisor.com!

If you are not familiar with TripAdvisor, they are the most trusted source for accommodation and restaurant reviews on the internet. It is quite an honour for us to rank so highly on such a trusted website.

If you haven’t done so, please take the time to write a review about your Riverfront Chalets or Rafting Newfoundland vacation by visiting our page on TripAdvisor .

We always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations in everything we do, and with your feedback we will continue to get better and better.

Sleddy Award Winners Announced – Thank You for Voting!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that voted for us!  We promise to continue to deliver top-notch service!

Check out the latest edition of Sledworthy Magazine online: http://t.co/AEbkjYrN.  There is an excellent write up on sledding in Central!

Nothing beats having the magazine in hand though, and a Sledworthy subscription is a great deal: 2yrs, 10 editions for under $20!  You can get your subscription at Sledworthy.com

See you on the trails!

Proud Winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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Last weekend we were honoured to receive the Sustainable Tourism Award presented by Parks Canada at the Hospitality Newfoundland convention in Gander

The Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes that the long term sustainability of tourism depends on the delivery of a high quality product and a welcoming spirit among our employees and our host communities. It also depends on the wise use and conservation of our natural resources; the protection and enhancement of our environment; and the preservation of our cultural, historic and aesthetic resources.

Riverfront Chalets and Rafting started with a main product of rafting and has since expanding to offer canoeing, sea kayaking and white water kayaking courses along with packages that include instruction, rentals, and guided day and multiday tours.

Riverfront Chalets also features four and a half star fully equipped chalets with landscaping that showcases character in the huge rock walls, the outdoor river-front saltwater hot-tub and the interlocked wooded decks that connect it all together. Carved into the natural landscape with as little disturbance to nature as possible, extreme care was taken in constructing the chalets to ensure no unnecessary trees were harmed, and whenever possible only local building materials were used.

Over the last 15 years Riverfront Chalets and Rafting has been involved with many initiatives to protect the Exploits River from further industrial harm and to enshrine it as a model of sustainable adventure tourism.  With beliefs that are all about fostering appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources, every single service provided leads Riverfront back to this objective.

This award was presented at the Tourism Professional Development Luncheon by Carol Sheedy, Parks Canada.

South Brook – Kippen’s Ridges Loop

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chalets – South Brook

431533_10150700193925831_667475830_11631260_611964010_nWell I can’t say enough about this trip! It’s a route that you will consider as one of the best, if not the best trip you had ever done. If you have decent GPS skills you can easily do this one with-out a guide.

We had our first client based trip last Tuesday and the feedback was excellent! I can give you the main points and junctions in this trip description but it would be best if you uploaded the track to your GPS.

We left the chalets last Tuesday at 9 in the morning with 5 customers and two good friends…all eager for a long, scenic ride on a beautiful clear day. Leaving the chalets we went straight across the highway on Cornfield road and traveled to Rocky Brook warm up shack which took about 45 minutes. There we stopped for a break and chat about the beautiful day and the trip ahead. I didn’t want to stop too long as I knew we had much ground to cover and little extra time in the case of mechanical issues.

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Riverfront Chalets Update

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Hello all.  My apologies for the belated update but its been a busy fall with upgrades to the chalets and land as well as the house.  The good news is that the riding on the Trans-Canada trail and backcountry roads is excellent!  We have snowmobilers in last weekend who put over 300KM on and we rode 200KM yesterday and had a blast.  If you want powder the Gaff is the place to go.  There are long sections of 8 foot drifts along the tracks.  You can ride on the open country but you have to be careful of rocks and take your time.  As you can see from the picture there are lots of caribou on the Gaff.  This was one herd of the three we saw as well as a couple loners.  Cornfield road and all around Badger Lake is awesome although you still click the road here and there.  We are headed into the backcountry chalet on Monica today to see what it is like in that way.   The large rock resting on three small rocks you see accompanied by Janice Goudie (who no doubt has a big smile on her face) is one of the many interesting glacial deposits on the Gaff.

As for the chalets we have now have a roof over the hot-tub…skylights and all.  I think you are going to love it and less snow shoveling for me too LOL!  We have new outdoor lighting installed in the chalet driveways and parking lot.  Much of Feb is booked although we have one chalet left for the weekends of the 17th and 24th.  The weekdays of the second and last week have openings as well.  There is still lots of space during Jan and March.  Don’t forget that we have great riding until late April!  Last year we went until May 5th on the Gaff and the riding was excellent with loads of the white stuff.  Looking forward to riding with you this winter.  If you don’t have machines or you want to introduce a friend to the best pastime in Newfoundland don’t forget we have sleds for rent.   Anyway time for me to scoot and burn some gas!

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We Now Rent Mountain Bikes!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Take full advantage of the network of trails and back roads that spread out from the chalets to locations all over Central Newfoundland. Take a quick ride up the TransCanada Trail to Badger, travel the Aspen Brook Resource Road to Aspen Pond or down to beautiful Cornfield lake, or make a day of it and bike to the summit of Hodges Hill! The options are endless!

We have maps available for all imaginable locations on the island, and would be happy to provide tips on how to make the most of your day riding.

A helmet will be supplied with all bike rentals, and it is required to be worn at all times while riding.

4-hour rental: $25                      Full day rental: $45
(prices include applicable taxes)

Come Geocaching! Over 40 Unique Caches within 20km!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Geocaching is a world-wide, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location with the help of a few basic clues. Geocaching is an excellent activity for people of all ages; everyone loves a good treasure hunt!

We have a full Geocaching Kit available to rent, which includes a GPS unit with a huge assortment of caches (treasures) pre-programmed, as well as print outs of all 41 geocaches hidden in the area and helpful maps. We’ll teach you how to use the GPS unit, and what to do when you find your first geocache. We’ll also help you set up your own free geocaching account so you can log your finds and continue the treasure hunt when you return home from your vacation. There are geocaches all over the world, and there is even one aboard the International Space Station!

The local Geocaches are organized into five areas:

Corduroy Brook Pond Nature Reserve
Corduroy Brook Pond Nature Reserve is perfect for a family getaway any time of year. This pristine reserve is located in Grand Falls-Windsor just 20km east of the chalets, and is home to 15 separate geocaches!

TransCanada Highway/Trail Caches
If you’re looking for something to do on your way to or from town, why not try the TransCanada Highway/Trail caches? There are 6 caches hidden along the highway in some very unique and beautiful locations!

Exploits River Water Caches
If you’re looking to combine a great day on the river with a fun day of treasure hunting, you should consider trying the Exploits River water caches! There are 7 caches hidden on the remote shoreline or on the ruggedly beautiful islands along our self-guided canoe/kayak tour

Badger Caches
In the little community of Badger just 10km west of us you can find 6 geocaches scattered throughout town and along the Exploits River. You could drive to Badger, take your quad/ATV, or rent one of our mountain bikes and make an adventure out of it!

Geocaching: FREE!                           Optional Kit Rental: $20
(prices include applicable taxes)