Tourism experiences focus on creativity
STRATFORD, Ont. (September 12, 2017) – Going on end-of-summer vacation isn’t just about recharging the batteries and taking a break from work — not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it’s when travellers really get to experience the places they’re visiting and see what makes them so special that the greatest holiday memories are made.
Stratford, Bayfield and Elora & Fergus in southwestern Ontario have created a variety of new activities that are bound to make a memorable impression on visitors by helping them explore their own creativity as well as the artistic sides of the communities.
Two of these creative experiences on tap this fall include:
The Stratford Lantern Parade (Stratford)
- Stratford, picturesque home to the world-renowned Stratford Festival, is hosting 15 new events and activities that capture its growing reputation as a cultural resort town. Among them, the Stratford Lantern Parade is organized and hosted by Playmakers! Theatre School. Hundreds of participants will gather on the banks of the Avon River to light up home-made lanterns and parade along the water’s edge. Along the route, and at the reception to follow, musicians, story-tellers and re-enactors will entertain walkers with songs, stories and folklore drawn from a variety of sources. For more information on the event and lantern workshop dates please visit http://www.makers.ca/lantern-parade.
Songwriters’ Circle and Workshop (Stratford)
- Some of Canada’s most-talented songwriters will perform their songs and share the stories behind them during a songwriting workshop organized by DigiWriting. The event will occur during Stratford Writers Festival between October 20 – 22nd, 2017 will also feature songwriting circle as part of a brunch experience. Further announcements will be made at http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/.
RTO4, one of 13 regional tourism offices established by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport in the province of Ontario, provides leadership and support to a flourishing tourism economy in Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington. RTO4 has been called the “petri dish of tourism development in North America” by the Canadian Tourism Commission, specifically because of its innovative, analytical and non-traditional approach to growing tourism and economic development.
Projects in all three communities were developed through RTO4’s Destination Animation Fund. The initiative offers business operators matching funds to create new or enhanced tourism offerings that showcase the destinations. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences through social networks. More information is available at www.animationfund.ca