Ecotourism in Canada is becoming a popular way to enjoy ecotherapy and all that nature offers without putting the natural environment at risk.
In this post, we’ll look at what ecotourism is, some examples to clarify the principles, and discuss the many opportunities available in Canada.
What Is Ecotourism?
According to Nature Conservancy Canada, ecotourism occurs when you tailor your touring activities to make a positive change by promoting the natural environment and its causes.
No Damage to Natural Environments
We like to add that it also means your activities do not bring further damage to any natural habitats and environments.
Limit the Effect
The last point is debatable on many levels because we always leave some form of influence behind when we step inside a natural world. The thing is, we need to limit our effect as much as possible.
And, there are many things we can do to minimize our effect on the environment, yet still enjoy and highlight its beauty and inspiration.
Examples of Ecotourism
Here are some examples of ecotourism that will help to clarify our interpretation of what it looks like:
- Hiking local trails.
- Kayaking along the shore.
- Birdwatching from a respectable distance.
- Touring a protected area, keeping to marked trails.
- Following a “leave nothing behind” policy for any outdoor activities.
- Walking or taking a bicycle to explore local sights.
These are just a few examples of ways that people engage in ecotourism that promotes conservancy and leaves a smaller environmental footprint.
Ecotourism Opportunities in Canada
Canada, with its abundance of natural spaces, is a prime country to engage in ecotourism. You’ll find many organizations that promote and protect natural habitats, plus companies that use eco-friendly practices to offer activities and outings in natural environments.
Search Online for Eco-Friendly Companies
Depending on what type of activity you’re interested in, you can do an online search to find opportunities across the country.
However, keep in mind that the closer to home you stay, the less pollution you’ll create by traveling. Staycations are an excellent way to reduce emissions from transportation by airplane and automobiles.
An Ideal to Aim For
Having a holiday close to home that involves hiking or bicycles is the ultimate way to promote and protect the natural habitats in your region.
It doesn’t mean it’s the only form of ecotourism to consider, but it is an excellent ideal to aim for.
Choose Eco-Friendly Options
If you do opt to travel to your preferred destination, you can offset the effect by choosing as many eco-friendly options afterward as possible.
For example, you might travel by car to a nearby kayaking destination, but choose to stay at accommodations that follow eco-friendly practices. Then, you follow environmentally-friendly practices on your adventures and leave no garbage behind.
Ecotourism and Ecotherapy
Ecotourism is closely linked to ecotherapy, which is something Canadians are developing a strong interest in to reduce stress and anxiety.
Recharge with Ecotherapy
As the pace of society becomes more and more hectic, many people seek to “get away from it all” by retreating to natural spaces to rejuvenate and unwind. It’s how they recharge their batteries.
Some Canadians are even selling their properties in the urban areas and moving to the more remote places to be closer to nature and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Protecting Natural Areas is Vital
As interest in the natural world for stress relief grows, it’s ever more vital to protect these spaces for the sake of the whole planet. Not everyone who enjoys going out into nature has the best intentions or is aware of best practices.
That’s why promoting and enforcing ecotourism as much as possible is key to making sure the natural world survives and allows us to thrive along with it.
There is no separation. We’re all in it together. If the environment suffers, we all suffer. If the natural world thrives, it will help us to heal and renew ourselves, too.