Nature’s Harmony was selected as one of three finalists in the Sustainable Tourism category of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. We attended the Awards Dinner and Gala in London, ON on October 24, 2012. Although we were not the first place winner that evening, we felt incredibly honored and privileged to be recognized amongst so many players in the tourism industry, some of which are of the highest caliber. It was very educational and a great boost of confidence after only launching our business less than 5 years ago. We will continue to pursue our sustainability initiatives in hopes to return to this award ceremony at some point in the future. We would also link to thank the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation for such an honorable nomination.
Preparations are well underway for the 2012 Run Off-the-Grid on September 29th. New this year, the Run Off-the-Grid is a member of the 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series, which is a points-based series of 138 trail races across North America. We have also introduced a new 37K loop option to help participants that would like to train for the 50K. The race team has been working hard cutting, painting and posting all new Run Off-the-Grid signs on permanent posts along the course. The course is open and ready for training and there have already been people training on the trails. We are also in the process of creating a ‘Mattawa Endurance Series’, which will include all 4 endurance events in Mattawa – ‘Lost in the Rocks and Trees’ mountain bike race, North Bay to Mattawa canoe race, ‘Run Off-the-Grid’ trail run and ‘In to the White’ snowshoe race. We are hoping to have details on this new series before this year’s Run Off-the-Grid.
Nature’s Harmony is one of the first accommodation providers in Ontario to obtain an eco-certification accreditation. Nature’s Harmony has successfully completed Sustainable Travel International’s bronze level certification under the Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (“STEP”), which is an internationally recognized standard. The bronze level certification is the first level in the process, which involved detailed documentation of Nature’s Harmony’s sustainability policies and procedures with review and approval by a 2nd party.
The forest is white with a pure blanket of snow… The Ski trails are just waiting to be groomed… The Snowshoe trails just needs to be marked… New guided “wild off-trail” snowshoeing is available… The Tube ramp has been improved and tested… the Pond has a new dam and is bigger and better – ice is forming… The Sauna, oh the Sauna, has been completely renovated…
Winter is just waiting to unleash…
Again this year, we will continue to focus on growth and the development of new sponsorships, which share our concerns and respect for the environment.
If you are planning to register, please register early as registration numbers will drive more registration numbers. Early registration also helps us to plan for the event and approach sponsors.
If anyone is interested in volunteering or sponsoring the Run Off-the-Grid, please contact us directly. All support is greatly appreciated!
New to camping, don’t have all the gear or don’t want the hassle of set up? Come give glamping a try, our new ‘glamorous’ camping option. It’s a luxurious camping option without the need for gear or set up. You can start relaxing the moment you arrive. Our unique glamping site offers a fully furnished canvas tent on a raised platform, complete with a large deck and screened in gazebo and large fire pit area. Glamping is perfect for families, beginner campers and anyone who loves the simplicity of the great outdoors!
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