Parks Canada Presents 2015 Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award

OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Parks Canada presented the Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award to Jesse Cooke, founder of Husky Bus, for his outstanding contribution to the tourism industry at the 2015 Canadian Tourism Awards.

The Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award recognizes outstanding contributions by young entrepreneurs to the tourism industry, including promoting Canada as a quality destination, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience and fostering a professional tourism industry.

Husky Bus, located in Dawson City, Yukon, has been offering Yukoners and tourists regular, reliable passenger transportation and parcel service between Dawson City and Whitehorse and everywhere along the Klondike Highway since 2012. Husky Bus employs five people and specializes in the transportation of canoes and kayaks.  

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences.

Quick Facts

  • The Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award honours individuals under 32 years of age who demonstrate a passion for tourism; participate in the tourism field in a variety of activities; show ambition when it comes to promoting tourism in their region, and inspire other youth.
  • The Canadian Tourism Awards have become a standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services and experiences.
  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of historic and natural heritage tourism in Canada, and manages a network of 46 national parks, 168 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas.


"Parks Canada and its employees are the custodians of Canada's treasure chest of irreplaceable nature and history, and we are proud to recognize Jesse Cooke and his company Husky Bus, along with other young entrepreneurs, as an important and vibrant part of Canada's tourism industry. The tourism industry is an important partner for Parks Canada. Together, we can help Canadians celebrate our national treasures, build Canada's reputation as a destination of choice for visitors from around the world, and grow local tourism and create jobs."

Daniel Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Parks Canada, 1-855-862-1812

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