The Manitoba government is expanding a program that allows commercial tourism outfitters the opportunity to create unique overnight accommodations on ice for anglers and eco-tourists, Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced recently.
“Last year was the first time Manitoba resource tourism operators had the chance to offer on-ice overnight accommodations to anglers on Lake Winnipeg and it was a resounding success,” said Nesbitt. “I know Manitobans are enjoying summer right now but winter will be here before we know it and our government is pleased to expand the eligibility of this innovative program, which offers anglers and eco-adventure tourists a world-class winter experience.”
This winter, commercial tourism outfitters will have the opportunity to offer overnight accommodations on ice on 20 waterbodies throughout Manitoba. The expanded program will allow both new and existing resource tourism operators to apply to offer overnight accommodations on ice.
“We have heard loud and clear from our members, their guests and Manitoba anglers that there is demand for overnight accommodations on ice in our province,” said Mat Hobson, president, Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “We are overjoyed that the Manitoba government has worked with us to develop the safe and sustainable framework that they are rolling out across our province.”
Read the news release in its entirety right here.
On July 28th MLOA Executive Director – Don Lamont spoke with CBC’s Radio Noon host Marjorie Dowhos about the expansion. Listen to the interview right here.