Published: July 26, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
A simple internet contest entry has turned into the trip of a lifetime for two visitors to the Red Lake District. Richard Young says he doesn’t quite remember entering the Ontario Travel contest earlier this year, however is glad he did. Young, along with partner Jacqui Clark, who reside in Chippenham, England, won an expense paid five-day guided wilderness canoe trip into Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and arrived in Red Lake on July 23 in time to catch the Norseman Festival air show and Ribfest.
When asked what they were looking forward to most about the trip Clark said “seeing the beauty” and experiencing wildlife. Young added: “just sitting at night with no light pollution and being able to see the stars which we don’t really get back home.” The pair was also hoping to catch a northern lights show.
Red Lake Outfitters’ owner Harlan Swartz estimated the value of the prize pack to be around $10,000 and says he was excited to be offering up a once in a lifetime trip for the pair.
“For them they are going to get an experience of a lifetime and they are having it in Ontario and they are having it in Red Lake…Ontario Tourism put on this contest to promote canoeing opportunities all over Ontario and they ended up choosing to come here.”
(Seen here) from left: Harlan Swartz, guide Lucas Potter, Jacqui Clark and Richard Young before leaving from Viking Outposts on July 24.