Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards

Ocean River goes to Quebec to attend the Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards as a finalist

November 30, 2016 – Ocean River’s owner Brian Henry attended the annual Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) awards night on Wednesday. Ocean River was a finalist towards the Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium Business of the Year award, along with two other Canadian based tourism business’. The winner of the award was Experience PEI, with the other finalist being Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

Although we did not win the award Ocean River is very humbled and honoured to have been recognised next to two amazing business’. To top it all off Victoria was well represented at the events as Eagle Wing Tours won the Transat AT Inc. Sustainable Tourism Award and Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa won the Air Canada Business of the Year award.


Photo by The TIAC Team at the TIAC 2016 awards


Brian was delighted with the support and excitement for the tourism industry in Canada. Regardless of the outcome of the evening “it was well worth the trip out there,  we were noticed and [are now] revved up to improve our game at the Adventure Centre” says Brian.

For a complete list of the winners check out the TIAC awards list. One thing is for sure, we are motivated to try again for next year and are thankful for all the support, not only from the community of Victoria but also from the entire tourism industry in Canada.



Tourism is a wonderfully collaborative industry unlike any other. According to the TIAC’s 2015 annual report, the industry had recorded producing over 600,000 jobs across Canada with a recorded 190,000 Tourism specific business’. With close to 18 million international visitors spending roughly to 17 billion it is clear that the tourism industry is an important part of the Canadian economy.

As the 150th birthday of Canada approaches it is safe to say we are all very excited to showcase our wonderful country to the world that is booking trips, accommodation and tours at this very moment. We are definitely going to be putting out best paddle forward in preparation for showing anyone interested the beautiful variety that the waters of Victoria, and the southern tip of Vancouver Island, have to offer.

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