Happy Valley-Goose Bay company honoured at aboriginal tourism awards
‘To win was a real honour’
Scott Hudson has been operating a dog sledding business in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the last six years and recently was recognized for his tourism efforts.
In December, Hudson and his company, Northern Lights Dog Sledding, was awarded the Best Outdoor Cultural Experience – Regional Award, Atlantic Canada at the fifth annual International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) in Membertou, Nova Scotia. The conference, organized by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC,) recognizes the efforts of businesses to promote aboriginal tourism.
“We had some former customers nominate us for the award, which was nice,” Hudson told TC Media. “It was for all aboriginal tourism operators in Atlantic Canada so to win was a real honour.”
Hudson said he has had dogs for about 13 years and has always been interested in the more traditional modes of transport.
“It’s sad you don’t see it as much here anymore,” he said of dog sledding. “I guess the snowmachines has taken over that spot but you’ll always have people who are still interested in the traditional ways, the old ways.”
The company works in conjunction with Nunacor, the business arm of Nunatukavut. Hudson said they told him he has the only aboriginal owned tourism company in Upper Lake Melville that offers winter tourism in the winter months. That surprised him, he said, since it is such a natural fit for the area and business is brisk.
“We mostly get two kinds of people,” he said. “We get a lot of tourists who are interested in trying out the experience and locals who haven’t done it since they were kids or never have and want to experience it again.”
Another local winner at the IATC is the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station in Saglek Bay, who won Best Lodging/Accommodations – Regional Award (Atlantic Canada).
For more information on Northern Lights Dog Sledding, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ groups/1920760748149242/
Northern Lights Dog Sledding and it’s owner, Scott Hudson, were awarded the Best Outdoor Cultural Experience – Regional Award, Atlantic Canada at the fifth annual International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) in Membertou, Nova Scotia in December.
Hudson has been operating his dog sledding business for six years and said people really like the experience.