George Bailey
Norfolk County Travel Writer of the Year George Bailey. Photo courtesy Daniel Pearce of Simcoe Reformer.

Norfolk County’s Travel Writer of the Year is George Bailey of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Mr. Bailey wrote an article about Port Rowan Bayfest, which was published in the St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Falls Review.

“Norfolk County has many unique experiences for tourists to enjoy,” said Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale. “Each year, we ask travel writers to help share these stories with people across North America.”

“It’s such a nice place,” said Mr. Bailey, in an interview with the Simcoe Reformer. “Even if I’m not writing about it, I’d still decide to visit there. It’s a wonderful place. You can experience so many different things and it’s getting better.”

Norfolk County offers a $1,000 prize to the best travel story featuring Norfolk County experiences. The announcement was made at the opening of the municipality’s annual economic development symposium on January 23 in Port Dover, Ontario.

Honourable mentions included articles written by other writers:

  • Norfolk County pheasant hunting, published in Ontario Out of Doors magazine, written by Jeff Helsdon of Tillsonburg.
  • Ziplining in Norfolk County, published in the St Catharines Standard, written by Mike Keenan of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Ziplining in Norfolk County, published in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, written by Melody Wren of Guelph.

“We are honoured that these writers chose our community as the subject matter for their writing,” said Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale. “On behalf of Norfolk County, we thank these writers for their hard work, their commitment to excellence in writing, and their interest in Norfolk County.”

Entries in the contest must be articles that are commissioned for publication in a newspaper or magazine. Extra points are given to entries that feature Norfolk County marketing partners and refer to Norfolk County websites promoting tourism and agriculture. Higher scores are also given to entries written by contestants who did not rely on complimentary products or services for experiences featured in the article.

For more information about the contest, visit