Awards & Accolades

Aquila is recognized as a leader in the tourism industry, and over the years, we have been honored with a variety of awards and accolades, including:

Aquila

  • Business of the Year Award, Finalist, Tourism Industry Association of Canada, 2007
  • Excellence in Human Resource Development, Tourism Industry Association of Canada, 2005
  • Business of the Year Award, Finalist, Tourism Industry Association of Canada, 2005
  • Outstanding Business of the Year Award, Finalist, Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, 2004
  • Aboiteau Award for Innovation, Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, 2003
  • Friend of the Industry Award, Hospitality Saint John, 2003 
  • Saint John Tour Guides Best in the World, Dream World Cruise Destination Magazine, nomination, 2003
  • Tourism Operator of the Year Award, Hospitality Saint John, 2002
  • Best Shore Excursion Award, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, 2002
  • Human Resources Development Award, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, 2001
  • Rated among Atlantic Canada’s Fastest growing businesses, Atlantic Progress and New Brunswick Business magazines, 1999-2000
  • Outstanding Business Achievement Award, Saint John Board of Trade, 1995

Beth

  • Mary Morton Award, Ontario Motorcoach Association, 2006
  • 25 People to Watch in Atlantic Canada, Progress Magazine, 2006
  • Named Godmother and christened M.V. Acadian, Irving, 2005
  • Pioneer Award, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, 2004
  • Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Woman’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business, 2003
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Finalist Atlantic Region, 2002
  • Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada, Atlantic Business Magazine, 2002
  • Women Entrepreneurship Award, Fundy Regional Development, 1991

Testimonials

We were on a great tour of the Bay of Fundy. Our tour guide, Paula, was the best. If you’re on her tour, you will have the best time

Joanne Favella Brown

Cruise Guest

My husband and I took the Top 10 of Saint John. What a wonderful tour. Diane was the best tour guide we have had in years! Nothing better than seeing the sights and learning about the area from someone who loves the area so much. Thank you Diane!

Ronda Jackson

Cruise Guest

Prior to this tour, I already had high expectations of Aquila … I don’t know HOW you did it - but you DID IT! You exceeded even my high expectations! Bravo to the whole team! Many, many thanks to you and your company for this extraordinary adventure.

Rose Poirier, New Brunswick Museum

On a Saint John Tour Program Aquila delivered for the New Brunswick Museum

Outstanding tour to St. Martins. Fay Neilson, our guide, was tremendous! Chowder is good, scenery is awesome (we saw a moose), local art is enticing. Bring a hand towel to wipe sandy feet, or beach shoes for walking on rocky beach. We had a great time and highly recommend. The bus ride to St. Martins is a major part of this tour, so small, toddler-aged children who might be impatient to move might not find this tour the best option for them. Everyone else will love it!

Dan Whitney

Cruise Guest