Torngats Base Camp Press Release - July 2018

Exciting Operations, Management and Programming Announcements for Torngat Mountains National Park

Air Borealis to be Base Camp operators, Stan Cook Jr. as Base Camp Manager and exciting programming to be implemented

Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL – For the 2018 season Air Borealis will act as base camp operators for the world-renowned Torngat Mountains Camp and Research Station known as The Torngats. The Base Camp is located on Inuit Owned Land and is situated adjacent to the southern boundary of the Torngat Mountains National Park. During the operating season of the Base Camp the staff of the Torngat Mountains National Park operates out of the Base Camp.

Opening from August 4th – September 1st, new direct flights are being offered from Goose Bay Airport directly to the Saglek airstrip by Dash 8 aircraft offering ease of access for guests from around the World. For 2018, guests can now choose from 3, 4 and 7 night packages ranging from an inspiring excursion focused packages to stunning hiking focused packages. Packages for the 2018 season are still available and can be found on thetorngats.com or by e-mailing [email protected]

As an exciting addition to the operations team, veteran tourism operator, Stan Cook Jr. has joined the Torngat Mountains base camp team as Camp Manager. Stan Cook’s name is synonymous with the hospitality and tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, having spent over 25 years’ providing award winning tourism experiences for guests from around the World through various businesses. Being the recipient of such awards and recognition as Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award, Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador’s Golden Umbrella, Tourism Industry Association of Canada Hall of Fame and the Department of Tourism Doug Wheeler Award For Lifetime Achievement, Stan will now apply his world-class expertise to The Torngats. “I’m very excited and looking forward to an amazing summer in an amazing place” said Stan Cook Jr. “This is one of the most remarkable and breathtaking locations in the world and I am very honoured to take on this new role and continue to deliver on an exceptional guest experience,” added Cook.

Guests of The Torngats this year will also be treated to an exciting new collection of programming. In addition to the extraordinary indigenous programming that includes traditional Inuit Drum Dancers, throat singers and alternative indigenous artists, The Torngats are excited to welcome acclaimed recording artists, The Once, to the Park for 2018 from August 11th – 18th! Newfoundland and Labrador has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets, and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. “This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest adventures of our lifetime. When asked to play, there was a resounding “yes” from the band. The Torngats, the ‘place of spirits’. A masterful design by Mother Nature. A place filled with the beauty, the art and all the splendor of the Indigenous people. 1/3rd of us got to experience a fly over once, while 2/3rds of us have only experienced in pictures. What a rare honour to be able to bare witness together and what a pleasure it will be to sing for the folks who choose to share in this opportunity of a lifetime” said Phil Churchill, from The Once.

The first guests will arrive at Base Camp on August 4th for what is sure to be an exciting season. Those interested in visiting the Park for 2018 are encouraged to visiting thetorngats.com for package and booking information.

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About The Torngats

An Inuit Homeland, one of the last untamed, unspoiled places left on earth. Comprised of 9,700 square kilometers of spectacular wilderness stretching north from Saglek Fjord to the northern tip of Labrador, and westward from the Atlantic seacoast to the Québec border. It’s a land of mountains and polar bears, small glaciers, and caribou, where the Inuit hunt, fish, and travel, as their predecessors did for thousands of years. Come explore one of the most captivating places on earth.

View The Torngats NL Tourism video here http://ow.ly/2ilk30kSVof
View The Torngats Parks Canada video here http://ow.ly/Fvqf30kSVwP

Visit The Torngats online at the following addresses:
www.thetorngats.com
www.facebook.com/TheTorngats
www.twitter.com/TheTorngats

About Air Borealis

Through an historic agreement between the Innu and Inuit of Labrador, together with PAL Airlines, Air Borealis is an airline all can take great pride in. Air Borealis provides regular scheduled flights and cargo services to the North Coast of Labrador as well as charter and skedivac services to the North and South Coasts of Labrador and throughout Eastern Canada. The combined service and route networks of Air Borealis and PAL Airlines means more flight options, more routes and total ease of travel for passengers.

Visit Air Borealis online at the following addresses:

www.airborealis.ca
www.facebook.com/AirBorealis
www.twitter.com/AirBorealis

Stan Cook Jr. Bio

For 25 years Stan Cook Jr. was the co-owner and president of an award winning nature based tourism company located in the Newfoundland outport community of Cape Broyle. Aptly named Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures, Stan’s father started offering adventure tours in 1970 with Stan and his sisters growing up in this family business. Over those years they have been recognized with more than a dozen provincial and national tourism awards.

Stan Jr. became formally involved with the NL tourism industry in 1999 when he was the founding Chair of the Adventure Tourism Association of NL. He went on to sit on the provincial tourism industry association of NL board for 12 years as a Vice Chair and Chair of that association. In 2009 he was named the first Chair of the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism Board which was a private-public partnership created to advise on the implementation of Uncommon Potential: A Vision for Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism (Vision 2020).

In 2016 as Team Member of Tourism Development International, an Irish company founded in 1988 to provide consultancy advice for the tourism and leisure industries worldwide, Stan consulted to help create Prince Edward Island’s 5 year provincial strategy.

From 2006 to 2017 he was a board member of Marine Atlantic Inc., the independent Canadian federal Crown Corporation which is mandated to operate ferry services between the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

From 2004 to 2012 he sat on the Tourism Industry Association of Canada board, chairing this corporation, which is Canada’s national private-sector tourism advocate, in 2009 and 2010.

Also in 2004 and 2005 he co-chaired the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership as an industry representative for this Federal, Pan-Provincial international tourism marketing agreement, created by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to promote Atlantic Canada as a leading vacation destination in priority markets in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions of the United States and in the United Kingdom.

He Chaired the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Brand Enhancement Committee and sat on its Outdoor Tourism Industry Product Development committee. He’s Chaired of Gros Morne Institute of Sustainable Tourism since it’s inception in 2003.

He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2012 also in that year was a Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Presently he sits as a board member of Destination Canada, the Federal Crown Corporation responsible to market Canada internationally in 10 countries.

Some of the more notable awards for Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures;

  • Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award
  • St. John’s Board of Trade Marketing Excellence
  • HNL Tourism Ambassador
  • Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador’s Golden Umbrella
  • City of St. John’s Legend’s Award
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada Hall of Fame
  • Destination St. John’s Silver Puffin Award for Excellence in Customer Service
  • Department of Tourism Doug Wheeler Award For Lifetime Achievement

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    PAL Airlines
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