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Travel & Leisure magazine has just published its list of the world’s top 12 stargazing locales, including Trout Point Lodge in the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Tourist Destination, as number 6. Author of the  article and online slide show entitled “Ready to Feel Small? 12 Otherworldly Locales Perfect for Stargazing,” Lindsey Olander, works as an editor at the magazine, including coordinating entries for its annual Global Vision awards. Now owned by Time, Inc., Travel & Leisure has 6.6 million readers.

The article identifies Trout Point as the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel, an honour it received from the UNESCO-backed Starlight Foundation in 2014. The Lodge was among just 2 accommodations mentioned in the article as superb astro-tourism destinations, the other being Ayers Rock Resort in Australia.

Trout Point Lodge has offered guided astronomy outings for the past few years, and in 2014 built a special stargazing platform also noted by Travel & Leisure. The Lodge’s owners Charles Leary and Vaughan Perret spearheaded the effort to have the surrounding area contiguous with the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Region, declared a certified Starlight Tourist Destination. Leary & Perret are officers of La Societe Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle, which officially sponsored the certification effort. Acadia First Nation helped sponsor the project. Olander noted: “The area was once the home of the indigenous Mi’kmaq nation, whose stories about constellations explained the changing of the seasons and other universal phenomena.”

Trout Point lies immediately adjacent to the vast Tobeatic Wilderness Area, which is now a Starlight Reserve. There are no sources of light pollution anywhere within the 104,000 hectare reserve, making for splendid dark skies at night.

Other places on the top 12 list include the Atacama Desert in Chile, Galloway Forest Park in Scotland, and Jasper National Park, also in Canada.

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Luxury_Global_AwardsTrout Point Lodge is pleased to announce it has been shortlisted by the Luxury Travel Guide for its 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards. The Lodge received notice of the nomination earlier this week.

Over the last 12 months Luxury Travel Guide invited and encouraged its affluent subscriber base to cast their vote on hotels who they believe have excelled. Additionally the Luxury Travel Guide’s extensive research team have put forward a selection of hotels who have excelled within their region.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is an international awards programme in recognition of all accommodation options from large hotel & resorts to small luxury hotels. An announcement of winners will be released in March.

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You will find the Trout Point Lodge e-brochure in pdf format here. This is a large file and may take some time to load . . . 

Don’t forget, Trout Point is open year-round this year! Online reservations are possible 24 hours a day. 

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The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) announced today that Trout Point Lodge in Yarmouth County has become the 1st Nova Scotia tourism accommodation chosen for the Signature Experiences Collection® (SEC)—a collection of remarkable experiences available from coast-to-coast-to-coast throughout Canada.

From building sand castles in the monumental Athabasca Sand Dunes to travelling back in time at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Canada offers world travellers experiences that are anything but ordinary. The Lodge’s Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School now among those unique vacation offerings deemed worthy of being a part of Canada’s national tourism enterprise.

The CTC welcomes 48 more tourism experiences as members of the SEC program, an important element of Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy. Since the launch of SEC in July 2011, a total of just 163 outstanding experiences from every region of the country have become part of the collection. Trout Point joins the Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site as a new SEC member from Nova Scotia.

“Signature Experiences Collection® members include the best attractions that Canada has to offer and help show the world why our country is such an authentic and engaging place to visit,” says the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism). “This initiative is a key part of Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy, which is based on a collaborative approach between industry and other levels of government to secure Canada’s competitive position in the global tourism market.”
Aligned with Canada’s tourism brand, “Canada. Keep Exploring”, these business operators meet rigorous criteria to ensure they are international standouts.

“Each Signature Experience is a unique invitation for visitors to connect with Canada’s people, geography and culture,” says Nova Scotia-native Michele McKenzie, CTC President & CEO. “Not only does the SEC provide a great way to showcase Canada’s amazing and memorable tourism experiences, it also inspires other businesses to up their game for more international appeal.”
Members of the SEC become the priority pool of high-quality tourism experiences from which the CTC chooses content for its marketing campaigns in the 11 countries where it invests.

The SEC makes it easier for buyers to acquire and sell these tourism experiences to the travel trade, which will be encouraged to include them in their promotional materials and itineraries.

Trout Point Lodge is proud to be selected as a participant and emblem of Canada’s national tourism strategy.

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All of us at Trout Point Lodge wish you a Martin Luther King Day filled with reflection and contemplation! It’s a day to be humble and to embrace persistent struggle.

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