According to an April 21 media release from Land’escapes, created by Ben Samann, they are offering one adult resident of Ontario, 18 years of age and older, an annual unlimited membership to their members only, all season backcountry wilderness acreage called The Park, valued at $10,000. For more information, contact Margaret Batuszkin from Kasama Marketing, Land’escapes’ public relations contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-409-7792.
Batuszkin sent out the media release on the contest to win a year-long, unlimited membership to The Park on April 21. The contest was offered to celebrate the inaugural year of The Park, and Batuszkin says that Samann wanted to do something special for Land’escapes followers and their friends. To enter, interested parties need to like Land’esapes on Instagram (@landescapes.on), like the contest post, tag three friends and comment on the low impact recreation you’d like to do at The Park. Entries are accepted until May 2 at midnight EST. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by Land’escapes by direct message on May 3. Once they are notified, Land’escapes will announce the winner on their social media platforms. The prize is non-transferable, does not have a cash payout, and only entries that comment on low impact recreational activities will be considered.
A unique private conservation project spearheaded by Ben Samann, Land’escapes not only offers its members The Park, but also has a Stewardship program and a number of conservation initiatives. Samann bought 65,530 acres in Hastings County back in 2021 under the business name Land’escapes. He said that he and his team had been inspired by carbon capture projects across Canada, like the NCC Darkwoods Conservation Area in British Columbia when coming up with the concept for Land’escapes. More details are available at www.landescapes.org.
The Park is a private nature reserve and members only park that boasts over 26,000 acres in south-central Ontario. Opened up this spring, it’s an all-seasons park, focusing on conservation and low impact recreation.
Samann also made a partial donation of 12,250 acres to the Nature Conservancy of Canada recently, and intends to partially donate another 8,250 acres to the NCC or other special interest groups going forward. These lands will be administered by the NCC and will be open to the general public for low impact recreational use.
Being focused on conservation and building an exclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts, only 100 memberships are being offered to The Park in 2022 to make sure that members get an authentic wilderness experience. The unlimited membership offers the contest winner the following services and amenities; an orientation session on the first visit with one of their expert Rangers or outdoor experts, a premium welcome gift, a gear library stocked with essential gear, workshops and classes from beginner to intermediate level on many aspects of outdoors recreation survival and safety, VIP speciality workshops and certification programs for purchase as an unlimited member and guided trips and experiences throughout the year.
Land’escapes stresses that no motorized vehicles are allowed at The Park, including cars, motorbikes, ATVs, snowmobiles and others, to preserve and protect its environmental integrity. To clarify what they mean by low impact recreation, it includes camping, hiking, biking, paddling, snowshoeing, skiing and nature observation.
Samann says that the winner of the membership will need to adhere to The Park’s values and code of conduct, which can be found at www.landescapes.org.
“Before joining The Park, each of our members agree to The Park values including our 100-year rule, which ensures with each visit members leave little or no trace behind. This helps us to preserve and protect the landscape, while being respectful of the wildlife that inhabit it,” he says.
Batuszkin told The Bancroft Times on April 22 that from their perspective, the contest gives them a great opportunity to get feedback on what inspires people about The Park and what’s trending in terms of low impact recreation.
“And, from the contest/entries to date, we’re already seeing some fun trends in low impact recreation, including stand-up paddling. Definitely a favourite among those entering the contest,” she says. “This feedback is also valuable as it helps us to further develop our premium services and amenities for The Park to provide an even richer, true wilderness experience for existing and future members."
Ben Samann, The Bancroft Times