Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay com­pany hon­oured at abo­rig­i­nal tourism awards

‘To win was a real hon­our’

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

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/

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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.

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