Destination Northern Ontario Awards The Bear Train As Industry Leader

Bear Train
In this photo from left to right; Chief Jason Gauthier, Stephanie Hopkin (DNO) and Al Errington

The Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN) led Mask-waOo-ta-ban (Bear Train) Initiative won the Destination Northern Ontario Industry Leader – Investment Attraction Award. The Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) awards were announced at the 2019 Northern Ontario Tourism Summit in Timmins. The award was presented to MCFN Chief Jason Gauthier at the Destination Northern Ontario office in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, November 28.

“We celebrated the best in the industry in Timmins last week and although it was unfortunate Chief Gauthier could not be present to accept, we were thrilled we could meet today to formally present this award,” said Stephanie Hopkin of Destination Northern Ontario. “The Northern Ontario Tourism Industry Leader Award for Investment Attraction is presented to a business, organization or individual who has demonstrated exceptional research, tactics and partnerships to help in the effort to attract tourism businesses to the region through significant infrastructure and economic development opportunities, ultimately benefiting the tourism sector as a whole. In addition to benefiting the Northern tourism industry, the Bear Train will support the social, economic, employment and remote access needs of the First Nations, communities, residents, businesses and socio-economic stakeholders of the Algoma Passenger Train corridor. Congratulations on your current and future success.”

Chief Gauthier expressed his appreciation in the following words: “The timing of this award is excellent. We have recently completed an expanded business/operations plan that was sent to Transport Canada and our newly elected MPs Terry Sheehan and Carol Hughes just prior to the October election. The endorsement of the prestigious Destination Northern Ontario with this award will give an enormous support to our efforts to convince Minister Marc Garneau and Transport Canada to fund the Bear Train as essential infrastructure to increase all-season Indigenous-, eco-, accessible-, cultural- and wilderness-tourism in Algoma.”

Destination Northern Ontario works together with tourism businesses, professionals and destinations at a local, regional and global level to build a strong tourism industry in the North. Originally named Tourism Northern Ontario, Destination Northern Ontario is an organization formed at the direction of the northern Ontario tourism industry and funded by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.


  1. I am promoting the return of the passenger train Sudbury to Winnipeg
    Actually i promote all passenger trains
    please join our group look around
    I think we can work together

    Welcome to the group —what were about ?

    Really anything to do with Northern Ontario

    We try to stay away from politics

    If you see something from your community that you would like to share —-please do

    its all about promoting Northern Ontario as a tourist destination –maybe even filling some bucket list

    And making everyone welcomed


    Bienvenue dans le groupe — de quoi s’agiie-il?

    🍁Vraiment tout à voir avec le nord de l’Ontario Nous essayons de rester en dehors de la politiqueSi vous voyez quelque chose de votre communauté que vous voudriez partager, veuillez faireil s’agit avant tout de promouvoir le nord de l’Ontario en tant que destination touristique – peut-être même en remplissant une listeEt faire en sorte que tout le monde soit accueilli

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