Join us as we inspire and support tourism
• 70+ program partners across Canada
• 20+ regional “Spark” Programs delivered
• 2 Indigenous tourism programs launched
• 400+ “Spark” applications received
• 20+ pitch sessions held (in person and virtual)
• 150+ review jurors and pitch session judge panel volunteers
• 70+ “Spark” winners in BC & Ontario received mentorships & grants
• 70+ volunteer mentors recruited and matched
• 4 Digital Shift Virtual Workshops
• 2 Tourism Innovators Roundtables
Watch these videos to see why we do what we do!
Be inspired! Fields of Gold is a new agritourism destination in SDG Counties.
Be inspired! Simper's Fishing Charters is developing new Indigenous tourism experiences in Caldwell First Nation
Be inspired! Curveball Creative is developing a new projection art experience called "Love Text" in London.
Be inspired! The Downtown Wallaceburg BIA is developing a new kayak experience called Whimsies Paddle Adventures.
About the Tourism Innovation Lab:
The Tourism Innovation Lab is a non-profit initiative created to find, foster and support new tourism ideas, experiences and partnerships, to cultivate and propel collaborations between the tourism and tech sectors, and to build a community of tourism innovators, idea makers and entrepreneurs in Canada. First launched in 2018, the Lab and its "Spark" Mentorships & Grants Program are expanding to new regions in British Columbia and Ontario.
The Tourism Innovation Lab is a program of Hackforge and is based at the University of Windsor-EPICentre.
Interested in launching the "Spark" Program in your region?
Interested in being a mentor and supporting innovators and new tourism initiatives?
Please contact Justin Lafontaine, Program Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-712-8819 for more information.
Updates from the Lab:
Read our January 2023 Newsletter
Learn more about the Tourism Innovation Lab
Western Canada Home Base
Tourism Innovation Lab
c/o The Common
38016 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC V8B 0A1
1-844-455-0325 x 2 (toll-free)
We respectfully acknowledge that our home base in Squamish sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples: Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We will honour that by collaborating with Indigenous-led organizations and businesses to support the advancement of Indigenous tourism in the region and across Canada.
Central Canada Home Base
Tourism Innovation Lab
c/o University of Windsor - EPICentre
2455 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON, Canada N9B 3B3
1-844-455-0325 x 1 (toll-free)
We respectfully acknowledge that our home base at the University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which is comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi Peoples. We will honour that by collaborating with Indigenous-led organizations and businesses to support the advancement of Indigenous tourism in the region and across Canada.