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.