The Great Ontario Getaway Giveaway

Monday Mar 29, 2021

Author: NOTO


Calling All Northern Ontario Lodges!

We continue to accept applications!

To help support Resource-Based Tourism operators, Fish 'N Canada has developed the Great Ontario Get-Away Give-Away contest in partnership with Destination Northern Ontario (DNO), Destination Ontario, Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO), Sunset Country, Superior Country, Algoma Country, and Northeastern Ontario Tourism. Through this contest, we hope to increase awareness of the outdoor products that are offered in the North and encourage more domestic bookings at our lodges.
We continue to accept applications from Northern Ontario operators! We've had a number of resource-based tourism businesses submit their packages for this program which highlight the great variety of unique experiences Northern Ontario has to offer! Remember, these trips can be Housekeeping or American Plan, drive-to, fly-in, boat-in, or even houseboat adventures! We hope that you will consider putting your business forward!

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Join Us For an Information Session!
Tuesday April 6th, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
Join an information session with Fish 'N Canada, Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario and Destination Northern Ontario to learn about the Great Ontario Giveaway Getaway and get answers to your questions.

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FAQ's About the Contest

Q. What is the deadline to submit an application? There is no deadline however we encourage all operators to get in their applications ASAP! The contest will open to individuals on April 1st and the first draw (5 winning individuals and 5 randomly selected lodges) will occur at the end of the month. Participating operators will also be able to take advantage of all the free marketing and exposure through Fish'n Canada's platform as soon as the contest launches. Getting your application in early means you will maximize your exposure through this contest!

Q. Should we include HST in the price we submit with our application? Yes! Please include HST and remember, all prices should be listed in $CAD.

Q. Why do we need to have a Safe Travels Stamp? The Safe Travels Stamp is a world-wide recognized emblem to show that your tourism business has implemented health and safety protocols and that your business is a safe tourism destination. As this stamp becomes the standard around the globe, we want to make sure our industry doesn't get left behind.

Q. Will my Safe Travels Stamp application be denied if I'm still unsure if I will be able to open for the 2021 season? Here is the clarification we received from TIAO: If an operator plans on opening this year, please have them submit an application. We know things are very fluid right now so the operator will not be penalized if they are unable to open this year. As long as they can show they are preparing for re-opening and implementing NOTO's and/or their local public health unit's protocols, they will be okay.

Q: Why do we need COVID-19 health and safety protocols and what protocols are deemed acceptable for this contest? Under the current Government COVID-19 regulations, all businesses must have a "Safety Plan" which is basically a document or collection of documents which highlight the health and safety measures implemented in your business and your plan in the event someone was to fall ill at your business. NOTO's health and safety protocols cover all of these points and has been vetted by Government. NOTO's health and safety protocols cover all aspects of the various types of resource-based tourism businesses. Other approved health and safety documents include WTTC protocols, your local public health unit's protocols, and sector specific Government approved health and safety protocols.

Q. The form didn't let me submit a 200 word story. Can I send it in a separate document? Yes. We do apologize for this mistake. We acknowledge that the original form had a character limit that did not allow operators to submit a 200 word story. The NOTO staff have fixed this issue in the form which can be accessed using the "View Application" button above. If you have already submitted your application and wish to send in a longer story, please feel free to do so in a separate document. For qualifying lodges, these stories will be used on your business page on the contest website.


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