Tus­ket Is­land Tours wins 2018 Parks Canada Sus­tain­able Tourism Award

The Tus­ket Is­land tour ex­pe­ri­ence launched in 2014

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Lu­cien LeBlanc and brother Simon LeBlanc were some of the first en­trepreneurs to help rein­vig­o­rate the tourism in­dus­try in Yar­mouth and Aca­dian Shores.

On Nov. 27 their pop­u­lar Tus­ket Is­land Tours re­ceived the 2018 Parks Canada Sus­tain­able Tourism Award – in recog­ni­tion of sus­tain­able tourism prac­tices – at the Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia’s Crys­tal Tourism Awards of Ex­cel­lence.

The tour ex­pe­ri­ence launched in 2014, af­ter the LeBlancs were among 28 busi­ness owners in the re­gion to re­ceive fund­ing ($20,000) from the South­west Nova Tourism Task Team.

Lu­cien LeBlanc says the Tus­ket Is­lands them­selves gave him the idea to build the tour ex­pe­ri­ence.

Those he has taken to the is­lands in the past have been “mes­mer­ized” by their beauty.

“The is­lands have so much rich his­tory and pho­to­genic ap­peal that they sim­ply could not stay as our little se­cret in our com­mu­nity,” he said at the time.

He’s very pleased with the hon­our of the award af­ter five years of op­er­at­ing.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble hon­our for us. Our team has worked re­ally hard to de­liver a great ex­pe­ri­ence

that brings peo­ple to the beau­ti­ful Tus­ket Is­lands. We love telling peo­ple about our Aca­dian cul­ture and fish­ing her­itage. It’s a mag­i­cal place and we’re glad we can share it.”

Neil MacKenzie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Yar­mouth and Aca­dian Shores Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, is pleased to see the award given to a lo­cal op­er­a­tor.

“Sus­tain­able tourism ex­pe­ri­ences like Tus­ket Is­land Tours is so im­por­tant for our tourism in­dus­try,” he said. “With­out ex­pe­ri­ences like this, it would be very dif­fi­cult to at­tract visi­tors to the area and keep them here. We’re very pleased to see Tus­ket Is­land Tours rec­og­nized for their com­mit­ment to our tourism in­dus­try and sus­tain­able prac­tices.”

An­other award re­cip­i­ent in the re­gion is Yvon d’En­tremont with In­shore Fish­eries, Pub­nico. He re­ceived the 2018 Pineap­ple Award, which cel­e­brates pride in ser­vice and the in­di­vid­u­als who go above and be­yond to en­rich a vis­i­tor’s stay in Nova Sco­tia.

Throughout the year, visi­tors com­plete Pineap­ple Award nom­i­na­tions lo­cated in hun­dreds of es­tab­lish­ments throughout the prov­ince.

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Broth­ers Lu­cien and Simon LeBlanc of Tus­ket Is­land Tours re­ceived the 2018 Parks Canada Sus­tain­able Tourism Award at the Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia’s Crys­tal Tourism Awards of Ex­cel­lence.

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The Tus­ket Is­land tour boat is named af­ter the LeBlancs’ grand­fa­ther, who was a vet­eran of the Sec­ond World War.

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Fresh lo­cal seafood chow­der, served at the shanty on Big Tus­ket Is­land, is part of the tour.

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