Ecotourism Vacations in Canada
Canada does very little to sell itself as a destination because the images depicting the boundless natural landscapes speak for themselves; they draw travellers from far and wide seeking the great outdoors.
Canada is also a rich cultural melting pot with the French influence undoubtedly dominating and while most of the French-speaking region is based around Quebec, Canada in its entirety is officially a bilingual country. Its diversity both culturally and naturally makes it an excellent destination for any eco traveller.
Go kayaking with orcas off Vancouver Island, trek the Rockies to find feeding grizzly bears or stay in an environmentally-friendly ski chalet on the alpine slopes.
Discover Canada by Coach – Have the best of both worlds and combine a trip to the US on a coach tour through the great eastern cities of North America, taking in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Washington DC, New York and Boston; it’s a great eco-friendly way to explore.
Bears at Banff – Explore the lush mountainous landscape of Canada’s first National Park at Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Watch out for the bears!
Niagara Wine Trail – After the inevitable gawk at Niagara Falls, discover the rest of the area on the Niagara Wine Trail. Cycle through the many vineyards and wineries before stopping off at a local restaurant to savour regional dishes and local produce.
Get Your Skates On – In winter Ottawa’s Rideau Canal freezes over turning it into a massive eco-friendly ice rink measuring between 7km and 8km long.
Experience the Rocky Mountaineer – Canada’s premium sightseeing double-decker glass-roofed train which takes passengers through some of Canada’s lush landscapes and to various stop-off points across the country. If you’re looking for a little luxury, opt for the GoldLeaf service which includes gourmet meals and fine wines.
Cruise over to Alaska – Catching a cruise ship from Vancouver to Alaska is quite common. If this sounds exciting, be sure to opt for one of the smaller boat tours that hold around 100 people otherwise you’ll be jostling for position with 3,000 other eager beavers straining to see anything apart from the glacier faces.
Eco-friendly Places to Stay in Canada
Callaghan Lodge, Whistler – Nestled among a cluster of grand old cedar trees in the remote wilderness of Callaghan Country is Callaghan Lodge which employs conservative measures to reduce carbon footprint and employs a number of green practices. Dog sledding, hiking and bird watching is available.
Stay on a Working Horse and Cattle Ranch – Get involved in the day-to-day operations of a cattle ranch accredited by Saskatchewan Nature and Ecotourism Association.
Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia – Built using renewable sources and with conservation in mind, Trout Point offers wonderful rustic-designed accommodation opposite the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Enjoy an in-room massage after a long day kayaking or canoeing in the waters nearby. Note the Lodge is closed from late October to mid May when it’s probably too cold for anyone to venture into the area.