Trout Point Lodge selected as Finalist is Global Competition

Trout Point LodgeTrout Point Lodge is one of 10 finalists in the second annual “Geotourism Challenge” sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Ashoka’s Changemakers. The competition, focusing on “Power of Place — Sustaining the Future of Destinations,” reaches out to identify individuals and companies worldwide that have introduced the most innovative practices in geotourism: tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

The Lodge’s competition entry, viewable online, states: “Trout Point embodies sense of place and creates a destination experience for visitors in a way that supports and promotes the unrecognized natural, social, and cultural riches of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve.”

Co-owner Charles Leary said: “Our entry and our efforts over the past decade have been to promote the fantastic local resources here—Acadian French culture, the world’s best seafood, great people, and amazing natural resources—as a way to define not only Trout Point but also the entire Yarmouth & Acadian Shores area as a geotourism destination.”

Trout Point Lodge will now compete among the other finalists to be selected as one of three winners. The public is invited to vote online at until Wednesday, August 12, 2009. The winners, to be announced Wednesday, September 9, 2009, will each receive a cash prize of $5,000.

The Geotourism Challenge is one of the key programs of National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. For more information on geotourism and destination stewardship, visit

Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000 and offers rooms & cottages, dining, and a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within the Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve. The Lodge has a 4.5 star rating from Canada Select and is annually inspected & recommended by Conde Nast Johansens.

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