We wanted to thank-you for a great day of fun sea kayaking. Your knowledge of the great outdoors make the trip all the more interesting. Thank you for accommodating us & the "running community".
We loved it!!
Carol Kennedy & Barb Ridgley
Rob & I had such a wonderful time with your kayak tour, thought we would share some pictures of our day. Obviously you love what you do & it truly effects on the experience we had.
Thank you & hope to be back again for a longer kayak journey!
Stan Cook (Sr. & Jr.),
Thank you so much for your hospitality and effort extended to the TIAC Board this month - it was appreciated! I also sincerely appreciated the hospitality extended to Marie and I before the meeting. All of us have a greater appreciation for NFLD and your product.
Well done guys
Randy Williams President & CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Stan Cook Kayaking Gang,
Thank you so much for making our Bachelorette Pary such a success. Karen and Stan Jr. were fabulous. Everyone had a great time, especially the bride-to-be who experienced sea kayaking for the first time that day. You made it a very memorable experience. Thanks again. I’ve included a tip for Karen and Stan Jr. I’ll send you some pics when I finally get them developed.
Stephanie White (Maid of Honour)
Shelly Tulk (Bride to Be)
Melanie Osmond (Bridesmaid)
I just wanted to drop you this message in sincere appreciation for the excellent trip that you offered me on Saturday past.
I have to say simply that I had a blast!!!! It was great, it really gave me a new perspective on the landscape and natural setting of our beautiful wildlife and natural areas of the coast. As for a new perspective I have to say that I now look at Sea Urchins in a new different perspective, since deciding to try a bit of their insides, along with several other paddlers who trusted the guides who were offering us this delightful looking stuff placed elegantly on the end of a paddle.
Speaking of your guides, I have only to say that they were the best. Having seen and interacted with a lot of different tours which are offered in this region in all areas of tourism, your staff are at the top of my list. They were; informative, friendly, knowledgeable and most of all trustworthy, which made me and others I’m sure feel in a environment that is new and unpredictable to most.
I give you my sincere gratitude and thanks for taking me out for a tour and will keep you in mind whenever anyone asks about kayaking in this region. Good luck with the rest of the summer, and I hope to see you around.
Paul Bursey Economic Development and Tourism St. John's City Hall
I wish to nominate Stanley Cook Jr. as a recipient for the Silver Puffin Award.
As you may know, Stan is currently president of the Tourism Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. In his role as president and in his daily life he is a seemingly tireless advocate for the tourism industry in its many aspects.
On a recent exploration of the province, Stan was one of the first persons, apart from airport personnel, to greet my wife and me on our arrival. This he did with enthusiasm and graciousness and in so doing well reflected the welcoming spirit and genuine friendliness of the people we met on the Avalon peninsula.
He introduced us to the East Coast Trail and guided us on several hikes on the trail that he had specially chosen for our interest. His knowledge of the Trail, its history and its features is boundless in scope and passionate in presentation.
Stan is profoundly proud of the local culture and introduced us to the inviting atmosphere of the dinner theatre in Ferryland as well as including us in a family picnic where we were made to feel very much at home.
His familiarity with the B&B accommodations in St. John’s guided us in choosing a charming residence while we explored the city.
Stan, together with his father Stan Sr. operate Stan Cook Sea Kayaking and offer varied kayaking and hiking ventures, where caring, safety and ecological concern for both land and marine life are stressed.
Here is a man who clearly enjoys his vocation and takes pride in promoting the very best that the province offers.
Persons like Stan Cook Jr. certainly encourage others to enjoy visits to Newfoundland and Labrador and enthusiastically welcome them when they arrive.
In my opinion he is a most worthy receipting of the Silver Puffin Award.
Stan & Stan,
Thank you very much for you contribution to your 2006 Annual General Meeting. Your efforts were very warmly received by our guests and I am pleased to say that we have had a few calls looking for your contact information already.
Thank you again
I tried to put the photos in order of start from paddle to the end. As you will see, the end of the day was majestic! I look forward to seeing the photos in “National Geographic”. Some of the water pictures are of porpoises and a minke whale in the distance. The ripples of the water were all that I caught. I will be back in the near future for a “closer look”.
Everybody’s got Crocs now! The orange ones were tempting but they clashed with my bright orange “Stan Cook Adventures” T-Shirt. Thanks so much for a truly memorable week for all of us. We will return, and we hope to see some of you down here. I’ll get Bruins tickets!
Thank you for setting up a wonderful kayaking tour for us.
We had a splendid time and were very impressed with your guides. They were terrific.
You and your family deserve a ton of credit for both putting wilderness tourism on the map in NF and setting the standards.
Thank you again.
THANKS for the good time and friendly acceptance to an Irish Texan.
We sincerely appreciated your help, your friendly staff and all the support you offered to make our “team building session” very enjoyable.
It was a splendid experience. You may find that some of our staff will arrive with their family during th summer months as they all had a blast.
Keep up the great work & your warm friendliness has touched our hearts!
Lenona Farrell Terra Nova Technical Services Petro Canada
Dear Nancy & Stan,
I wish to thank you for a memorable day on the water. It is good for the heart, soul and body- my arms have never felt so good!
August 12, 2002
On behalf of John, Phillip, Philippa, Linda, Al & myself I would like to express our hearty thanks for a suburb hike on July 22. What a gorgeous coastline & perfect day. We are so glad that you thought our hiking prowess need to descend the “cliff” for lunch. Four stars to Nancy on the sandwiches, gingerbread and brownies too.
We felt so blessed to have such a great time and appreciated all the information that you shared with us. Thought you might like this picture of yourself with some happy hikers.
Thanks again for a great day.
August 12, 2002
I just wanted to thank you again for the great kayaking tour.
Cape Broyle is spectacular and your tour there is equal to the scenery. I was impressed by the personal approach you take in introducing people to the features of the area and your helpful attitude on how to deal with the kayaking part as an initiate.
You’ve got a great product and if I can get the photo tour together for next year you’ll definitely be seeing me again.
Jim Wong Travel Journalist Guild
August 12, 2002
It was a real pleasure meeting you - a true storyteller you are! When I visit in the Spring I look forward to the “Stan Cook for a Day” tour.
All the very best this January as you welcome a new little person into this world.
Stephanie SNV International
Stan & Family,
August 12, 2002
Thanks again for all your wonderful hospitality and attention you provided last summer.
I hope you enjoy the article. All the best this summer.
Elle & Lorne
I wanted to write and say I had a great time sea kayaking earlier this month. Please tell your parents I said hello and I hope they have a great time on their cruise to Bermuda.
If you ever need anything please feel free to contact me.