Blue Mountain Village Foundation and Grey County Tourism are pleased to offer an exceptional two day train journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer Take a trip through the majestic Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies valued at up to $4,900. The successful bidder will receive a package which includes:
- Two "GoldLeaf Service" adult tickets on the First Passage to the West route, or Journey through the Clouds routes on the Rocky Mountaineer, eastbound or westbound travel
- Fully domed windows with unparalleled panoramic views
- Comfortable, spacious, fully reclining seats with interactive and captivating storytelling along with personalized service from Rocky Mountaineer Hosts
- Hot gourmet breakfast and lunch prepared by talented GoldLeaf Service chefs, served in the elegant GoldLeaf Service dining room onboard the train on both days
- Complimentary alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks on the Rocky Mountaineer
- Overnight hotel accommodation at the end of day one in Kamloops
Proceeds from this auction will be used to create a bursary or memorial donation to Georgian Bay Community School
in Meaford in memoriam for Don Braden, former President of the Blue Mountain Village Association, who passed away in May of 2015.
*Trips must be taken during the 2018 Season (prior to October 15) and must be booked six weeks in advance.
**Transportation to and from departure points is not included in the auction.
Local Town of the Blue Mountains resident - Andrew Bartnicki wins the Rocky Mountaineer Raffle!
Local Town of the Blue Mountains resident - Andrew Bartnicki and his wife Odette are about to experience a trip of a lifetime. An online auction made possible through the generosity of Grey County Tourism, TIAC and Rocky Mountaineer has resulted in the creation of the Don Braden Memorial Award which will be awarded annually to a student attending Georgian Bay Community School.
"We are delighted to support this new award in memory of Don", says Catherine Smart, Foundation Manager. "It is so fitting and provides a wonderful legacy".
"I was excited to bid in the BMVA silent auction to honour the memory of Don Braden, a tireless advocate for tourism and sustainability in the Town of the Blue Mountains. Environmental and Economic sustainability of our entire region depends on a healthy tourism industry, not only in The Village, but also for the apple industry, our wineries, our culinary institutions, and many others.
I couldn’t resist bidding knowing that youth from across the Blue Mountains who attend Georgian Bay Community School will be the ultimate beneficiaries through a bursury award in Don’s name.
My father-in-laws’s last trip was on the Rocky Mountaineer and he raved about it, so Odette and I have long wanted to take this journey ourselves. We’re really looking forward to it!", exclaims Andrew.
Don Braden was a passionate and tireless advocate for tourism in Blue Mountains, Grey County and across Ontario. He served on the Town of the Blue Mountains Integrated Sustainability Committee and the Transition Team for RTO7. He was a dedicated chair of both the Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership and the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, respected director of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario and esteemed President of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation and Association. You can find a memorial sculpture in tribute to Don in Blue Mountain Village.
While Don's contribution to the community was immense, his most cherished accomplishments were his children. He was a passionate and dedicated father.
Click here for a more complete Memoriam of Don Braden
Grey County recently won a Rocky Mountaineer Certificate in a prize draw through Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC.) With support from Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, Grey County decided to donate this prize to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation to raise funds for a memorial tribute for Don Braden. Grey County is grateful to TIAC and the Rocky Mountaineer for their support with this auction.
Starting bid at $1,500 -- $50 Bid Increments -- Auction Opened July 11, 2018, Closed August 3, 2018
*You are bidding via email and will receive a personal email acknowledment. Should your bid amount already be placed, you will be notified. Every effort will be made to post the as set current bid daily on this page by 5pm during business hours.
Auction Closes on August 3rd, 2018 at midnight and winner will be notified by email
CURRENT SET BID (As of July 13, 2018 at 2:40PM) -- $4,200