As people travel more and more in the 21st century, at some point it feels boring to simply raise your feet on another beach somewhere in Europe or visit a hundredth museum in a row. Escaping from the city vibes in search of some extraordinary experience, many travellers have now turned to ecotourism: visiting natural areas attempting to leave the minimum carbon footprint (for example through getting to the point by boats instead of fueled transport), therefore preserving the natural integrity. In most cases, the ecotourism destinations are not adapted to host guests at all, which is why visitors have to literally survive there on their own.
Being a second country in the world in terms of physical size and vasting on tremendous lands, Canada can offer a lot of places of interest to ecotourists – let it be natural ecotourism or the ecotourism based on studying cultures of the local aborigines. A country with numerous untouched spots and breathtaking views, Canada is keen on nature conservation through development of ecotourism on the large territories of wilderness, which is actively supported by the government and local tourist communities.
The Northwest territories near Great Slaves Lake and those close to Ramparts River were one of the first government-claimed spots to be preserved. At the end the 1990s business activists from several countries introduced several initiatives to make money on ecotourism in the Arctic regions. Soon Canada joined Sustainable Model of Arctic Regions Tourist, founded by Finland and Alaska in 2002 and also known as SMART. Since then, a few ecotourism sites were cultivated thanks to join efforts of the Canadian government authorities, naturalists and volunteers. As a result, there is a variety of destinations to enjoy the excitement of Canadian eco-adventures:
If you ever happen to be somewhere near Nova Scotia, you definitely have to go kayaking along its eastern coast. There you will have a chance to literally face the islands’ nature together with the local habitats – ospreys and seals.
Exploring geology rocks
The Bonnechere caves in the Ottawa Valley will attract those captivated by ancient history: the caves are dated back to more than 510-million-year-ago times associated with the seas covering the Earth, which allows to get acquainted with all those geological structures.
Discovering the lifestyle of Alberta’s cowboy trail
This relatively famous Canadian site is situated close to the Rocky Mountains, to the south of Calgary, and lies along the villages of Black Diamond and Bragg Creek. Here you will have a unique opportunity to study the authentic rancho life through taking a horse ride, trying cowboy coffee and even listening to cowboy poems. By the way close to here you will find a UNESCO site related to head-smashedd-in-buffalo-jumps, widely used by ancient people – definitely worth a visit.
Taking another horseback ride to Muskwa-Kechika
This challenging-to-access Canadian region is famous for strict monitoring of the resources extraction, added by serious environmental protective measures. In return, people are able to see truly preserved and authentic nature – clear rivers, valleys and mountain ranges, where wildlife is on the surface. The best way to explore this part of Northern British Columbia is on horseback, which requires certain fitness level and some sort of horse management skills.
These are far from all the ecotourism attractions that Canada can offer, you can google more! At the same time, a lot of places might be still off the map because of the poorly developed infrastructure. However, this may not stop some of you from being a true ecotourist.