Awards Finalists

The annual Explore Canada Awards of Excellence recognize contributions to storytelling that inspire travellers to explore Canada. Destination Canada invites international and Canadian entrants – from journalists and influencers to photographers and videographers – to submit their inspired travel tales.


In 2019, 11 media awards will be granted to recognize outstanding work published in each of Destination Canada’s international markets and Canada. Two additional awards will be presented to the Canadian tourism industry in recognition of excellence in media relations. After reviewing over a hundred high-quality entries, Destination Canada is pleased to announce three finalists selected in each category:


Media Awards



  • Elspeth Callender, Traveller, “Trinity, Newfoundland: Canada's isolated peninsula with heart and soul”
  • Trevor Cochrane, Channel 9 TV, “Delish Destinations – Vancouver Island”
  • Amanda Woods, Escape, “What not to do when you see a bear up close”



  • Margo Pfeiff, The Globe & Mail, “Hidden Canada: Inuvik, Northwest Territories”
  • Amy Rosen, The Globe & Mail, “Diners, Slow Plows and Dives”
  • Caitlin Walsh Miller, enRoute Magazine, “Little Hill on the Prairie”


  • Keqing Xiang, Phoenix New Media Limited, “A new beachfront experience on the Atlantic coast- Senior traveler's choice”
  • Daoge Xiao, National Geographic Traveler, “A new vacation experience that caters to curiosity”
  • Annie Yu, YueWeiXiaoYu, “How did I travel around Canada within two days?”


  • Sébastien Desurmont, GEO Magazine, “Colombie-Britannique: Le jour où j’ai dansé autour du feu sacré”  (British Columbia: The Day I Danced Around the Sacred Fire)
  • Yanick Philipponnat, MIDI Libre, “Le Canada version Niagara”  (Canada: the Niagara side)
  • Corinne Soulay, National Geographic Traveler, “Québec, sur la trace des explorateurs”  (Quebec, in the footsteps of the explorers)



  • Florianfilm, Arte TV, “Canada’s National Parks”
  • Ole Helmhausen, GEO, “To the horizon and beyond – Badlands Alberta”
  • Christina Witte, Radio rbb Berlin, “On the Islands of happy people – Îles de la Madeleine



  • Rozina Gaziyani, UpperCrust, “Vancouver Extraordinary by Nature”
  • Rahul Paul, Society, “Touring the Maple Stretch”
  • Dhruv Saxena, Auto Today, “Winter Wonderland”


  • Satomi Kurabayashi, Bunshun Ltd., “Happy Canada / All About Canada”
  • Norikazu Ozaki, Nikkei National Geographic Inc., “Mysteries of Canada / Du Canada”
  • Hirano Yoshihiro, NHK, “2nd Canada”



  • Alan Amper, Travel + Leisure Magazine, “Looking for the footprint”
  • Marck Guttman, Aire Magazine, “Life at the Pole”
  • Brenda Ignorosa, Travel + Leisure Magazine, “The Maritimes: A not-to-be-missed place in Canada”


South Korea

  • KBS, “EverywhereK”
  • Lonely Planet, The Small World of Canadian Rockies”
  • TV Chosun, “My Wife’s Secret Recipe”


United Kingdom

  • Tamara Hinson, The Independent, “How Thunder Bay went from Down and out to Canada's Most Exciting City”
  • Uwern Jong, Out There Magazine, “A Place I've never Been”
  • Mike MacEacheran, Lonely Planet, “The road to Valhalla: Viking adventures in northeast Canada”


United States

  • Jennifer Bain, The Daily Beast, “Come to Dildo for the Selfie, But Stay for Good Clean Fun”
  • Todd Plummer, Vogue, “Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, BC Is Skiing's Hottest Destination Right Now”
  • Fiona Tapp, Lonely Planet, “Go North; Reindeer Herding in the Northwest Territories

Industry Awards

Industry (Campaign)

  • Travel Manitoba
  • Tourism Nova Scotia
  • Tourism Tofino

Industry (Individual)

  • Sébastien Desnoyers-Picard, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
  • Geoff Moore, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
  • Pam Wamback, Tourism Nova Scotia


Finalist entries are adjudicated by judges who possess a robust understanding of excellence in their respective markets and fields. The media award winners will be announced in the lead up to GoMedia Canada, Destination Canada’s premier travel media event. The industry award winners will be announced at GoMedia Canada 2019 during the Destination Canada luncheon August 13, 2019.