Business Awards

Hospitality Saskatchewan Awards; TOURISM BUILDER AWARD RECIPIENT 2023

The finalists represented a diverse array of individuals, places, businesses, organizations, and events that have consistently exceeded expectations in delivering exceptional tourism experiences to both visitors and residents. Although there could only be one winner in each category, all the finalists were winners in their own right, showcasing exceptional talent and dedication. View the winners list here!

“The operation of Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre in Prince Albert National Park (PANP) is truly a family affair. Morris and Sue McLachlan acquired the business in 1999. With the support of their daughters, grandchildren, and other relatives, they have grown it to be the largest inland marina
facility in Western Canada. With more than 300 boat slips, state-of-the-art infrastructure and exceptional customer service, this business staple within the Waskesiu community is like no other in Saskatchewan. With ties to the national park for five generations, the McLachlan’s connection to PANP runs deep. Sue worked for Parks Canada for 30 years and spent her childhood summers at the lake, while Morris’ family has owned various enterprises in the park since 1946.”


The Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre has been recognised by Sask Tourism by being a finalist in their Awards of Excellence for Business of the Year Under 20 employees for 2013, 14, 15, 16 and 2017. Lead guide Natalie Matheson was awarded Tourism Employee of the Year in 2014 and was a finalist for the Canadian Tourism Commission in 2014 for the same award. Matt Growden was a finalist in 2017 for Sask Tourism’s Employee of the Year.

An accurate measure of a business is by the people that work there. The Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre works very hard to create a culture of “family” and has been rewarded year after year with enthusiastic, energetic, and exceptional employees. They have always worked very hard to provide excellent customer service. Visitors to the marina receive an experience like no other marina in the province. You will realize what a special place Waskesiu and PANP are while enjoying the pristine water and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Sask Tourism Awards of Excellence:

2014 Business of the Year (under 20 employees) – Finalist

2014 Tourism Employee of the Year Natalie Matheson

2014 Canadian Tourism Employee of the Year Natalie Matheson – Finalist

2015 Business Service Excellence – Finalist

2015 Business of the Year (under 20 employees) – Finalist

2015 Tourism Employee of the Year Natalie Matheson – Finalist

Canadian Tourism Commission Awards