Southwest winners showcased at Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence

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The Reno Rodeo and the Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures will both enjoy extra attention this year after earning special recognition at the 2011 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence banquet.

The prestigious Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures Ltd. for their tree top zipline tour in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Visitors quickly found it was an unmatched experience to soar over the lodgepole pine forest in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. After opening in July of this past year, the business partners Jori Kirk and Nick Coburn found they had a thrilling and popular business. In addition to the zipline, their location also boasts a climbing wall and slackline course, with plans for additional features to be added in future seasons.

Consul's Reno Rodeo, hosted and organized by the Reno Rodeo and Ag. Society, was selected as the Event of the Year Award winner for events with a budget under $20,000.

Billed as the "Biggest Little Rodeo in the West", the rodeo began their annual tradition in 2008, and they had an immediate impact on the Canadian Cowboys' Association circuit by being named the 2009 CCA Rodeo of the Year. The Reno Rodeo turns five years old this year, and the two-day August long weekend stop on the CCA tour is certain to be another popular event on the rodeo circuit.

The Southwest was also included in a stop in the Follow the Trails of 1885 Geo Quest which was selected as the winner of the Gil Carduner Marketing Award (budget under $20,000).

This initiative by the Saskatchewan West Central Tourism Association was a geocaching tour of 10 locations across the province, including the Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The Geo Quest helped participants discover the rich history of the North West Resistance, which included five national historic sites and three provincial parks.

The 2011 awards were handed out at the 23rd annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala in Regina on March 22.

Organizations: Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures, Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Geographic location: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

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