About

About 101 Experiences

101 Experiences is an innovative and unique tourism initiative that brings people together through shared experiences.

The underlying goals that guide everything 101 Experiences does are:

  1. helping Northern Ontario’s economy through the development of sustainable tourism experiences;
  2. creating more welcoming and inclusive communities by sharing those experiences

 

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Trainer Testimonials

Pam Hamel

“As a trainer, my cohort particularly learned how to turn a passion and idea into tangible exchanges and meaningful relationships with others. The 101 experiences organization itself was a  facilitator of technical skills.  Every participant commented about the quality of the learning formats which in turn enabled them to feel connected and knowledgeable with technology.”

– Pam Hamel
Trainer

Sabrina Somersall

“The support from the 101 Experiences program has helped the participants become comfortable developing their passion projects into businesses, allowing them to realize they have an audience who is interested in their passion, and knowledge. The benefits of the 101 Experiences program is that it’s given participants the ability to share their passion, and spotlight their communities.”

– Sabrina Somersall
Trainer

Sylvie Lamothe

“As a trainer, I’ve had the pleasure to see first hand how 101 Experience has made an impact within my community. The training program teaches participants how to host a well-rounded experience. The networking and support from participants has also been key – you are surrounded by passionate people who want to see you succeed. When you join the 101 experiences team you will be well supported in sharing your passion with your community.”

– Sylvie Lamothe
Trainer

Training Program

101 Experiences is non-profit, grant funded project that gives passionate locals training, skills and confidence to be able to turn their passions into a small business, essentially making those locals into micro-entrepreneurs.

101 Experiences are about creating connections within our communities. All experiences created through the 101 Experiences training program are guided experiences (hosted by a qualified person) that allow guests to learn from the host.

In order to help make more inclusive communities, 101 Experiences works diligently to help locals from all walks of life create experiences. We work francophone, newcomer, immigrant, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals to help them showcase their passions and culture in a Northern Ontario setting.

101 Experiences also acknowledges that the land in which we operate this initiative is treaty territory and the home of many First Nations peoples. 101 Experiences has and continues to work to create a program that embodies the teachings of the First Nations people of the area and of Turtle Island, works hard to educate all program participants on the First Nations of the area to ensure they are in turn teaching their guests about the First Nations of the area, and we are continuing to decolonize our training and offer training to First Nations people who want to teach people about their culture in a well-intentioned, transformative and educational way. All of our endeavors are guided by our Indigenous Advisory Council, made up of members of the First Nations of the Northeastern Ontario area and waterways.

The training program is an online 5-week program, that occurs for an hour and a half each week, with some extra time spent on written material, where one of the 101 Experiences trainers will guide participants in creating their experience from experience conception to the creation of the experience listing. Training can be done one on one with a trainer, or in a group with other participants (recommended). One of the most beneficial parts of the 5-week training is the Passion Fair: a pitching fair where participants pitch their experience to groups of potential tourists, municipal partners and community leaders and receive feedback and questions to help enhance their experience and give them confidence speaking about it.

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Host Testimonials

Lynne Cormier

“As an Indigenous youth, I feel empowered to be part of a project that is so inclusive.

To witness the real effort that is being put in to not only include Indigenous people but to really feel heard is such a huge step for all our northern communities. This project is supporting individuals in sharing their passions by developing experiences to share and learn from one another”

– Lynne Cormier

Shanan King

“101 Experiences training helped me to see my value as a contributing expert in what I am passionate about. The training helped me to get my idea out of my head and into the world for others to enjoy. The small group format allowed time for everyone to be heard and encouraged as well as be able to offer constructive criticism and suggestions to the other participants. The Passion Fair was a very big bonus that helped me to overcome my intense anxiety about speaking to strangers about my Experience as well as helping me to see that there is much interest with the public in what I have to offer. I highly recommend 101 Experiences to help you bring your idea to fruition. You will have fun preparing to do what you are passionate about while making new friends and community connections.”

– Shanan King

Brenda Brooks

“I definitely recommend taking the 101 Experience program, I gained confidence in my passion and learned how to create and market my personal workshop experience. Many thanks to Abby Cook for all her incredible help!”

– Brenda Brooks

Shari Miller

“Being new to the Temiskaming Shores area, I can’t express enough how wonderful being part of the 101 Experiences has been. i have connected to some amazing people through developing both my online + in-person experiences and as a result, have opened up a permanent business! The training program, all the leader + support team made creating fun + memorable experiences so much fun. I never imagined this program to be so rewarding in so many ways. I am so happy I took a leap of faith, trusted my gut and went for it. It’s brought so much to my life, both personally and professionally. I feel so much more integrated into my new community and value the passion + expertise that exists in North Eastern Ontario so much. There is so much to offer here and the 101 Experiences is showing the world that NE Ontario has more than just hunting + fishing + snowmobiling! Thank you to all who supported + participated in this awesome project.”

– Shari Miller

Ivy Guevarra

“101 experiences became an avenue for me to express myself and my passion in my new hometown. It allowed me to take space and contribute to my community. Most of all, I met new people, heard their stories and allowed me to experience other fulfilling activities that would have otherwise. Thank you 101experiences!”

– Ivy Guevarra

Barb Kiely and Sandra Reygada

“101 Experiences gave us the skills and confidence to launch Tea Time Around The World! The staff’s enthusiasm, knowledge of marketing, patience and computer skills helped us enormously! Your help assisted us to make our dream of promoting our town and celebrating its diversity come true. We are sending you the warmest thank you! You folks rock!”

– Barb Kiely and Sandra Reygada

Jo-Anne Burton

“101 Experiences was fantastic for our business specially during covid lockdowns. The whole team at 101 experiences helped us out with doing virtual tours when we couldn’t in person tours. This kept our business going when we had absolutely no other income. The team was always ready to help out and gave us the confidence and the contacts to get these virtual tours done. Thank you so much for all of your help.”

– Jo-Anne Burton

Chelsea Smith

“As someone who grew up in Northern Ontario, I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I went away to school in the city. I began to feel nostalgic towards the North and wanted to share the magic I felt when being back home. 101 Experiences gave me a wonderful opportunity to do just that as well as connect with so many beautiful human beings and learn their passions. This project has allowed me to work with people who are passionate about inclusivity, creating involved communities and sharing knowledge. I could not be more proud (and humbled at the same time) to be a part of something that will bring such positive change into our communities for those who are local, those visiting and those who are new to the area!”

– Chelsea Smith,
Host & member of Indigenous Advisory Council

Experience Promotion

Once participants have finished the 101 Experiences training program, they become hosts of their experiences. All experiences require liability insurance to be featured on our website.* 101 Experiences promotes and markets all experiences created through the training program, but does not control the booking or payments from these experiences. The hosts of the experiences are in charge of their businesses. The 101 Experiences website is a platform to showcase all the wonderful guided experiences created by passionate locals, and will lead you to their preferred booking platforms.

We encourage you to browse the website and read about the experiences and the hosts and check back seasonally, as we are always adding more experiences! If you are someone who lives in Northern Ontario and you’d like to learn more or create an experience, contact us to learn more!

Chi Miigwetch, Merci, Thank you!

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Community Partner Testimonials

Tim Feick

“101 Experiences has opened my eyes to many unique opportunities in my community and within Northeastern Ontario. This program has generated interest in local tourism, it has encouraged experience hosts and entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, and it has inspired a community to promote the rich experiences that we can offer. This program has made it easier for people who have an experience to share to receive guidance and feedback on how to communicate their business while leveraging the insurance and marketing strength of the Air BNB platform.”

– Tim Feick,
Stock Transportation

Parth Dholakia

“101 Experiences is a great new feature that our region offers travelers. New Visitors and community members can now have access to local cultural experiences allowing for an enriching tourism experience. It also empowers local passionate hosts. What a great initiative.”

– Parth Dholakia,
Holiday Inn Express North Bay

Chelsea Smith

“As someone who grew up in Northern Ontario, I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I went away to school in the city. I began to feel nostalgic towards the North and wanted to share the magic I felt when being back home. 101 Experiences gave me a wonderful opportunity to do just that as well as connect with so many beautiful human beings and learn their passions. This project has allowed me to work with people who are passionate about inclusivity, creating involved communities and sharing knowledge. I could not be more proud (and humbled at the same time) to be a part of something that will bring such positive change into our communities for those who are local, those visiting and those who are new to the area!”

– Chelsea Smith,
Indigenous Advisory Council

 

 

 

*The Footsteps of Jocelyne Saucier experience is a special partnership with the Timmins Museum and is a self-guided experience. 101 Experiences and the Timmins Museum are not liable for any accidents, damages, etc. that may occur while travelling along the experience route.