In Canada, ecotourism is a top priority of the nation's Tourism Industry Association. From sea kayaking with whales to trekking through Pacific rain forest to driving through the tundra habitat of polar bears, Canadian ecotours strive to bring you closer to nature without leaving a trace of your visit.
Tours hosted by those who have lived close to the land for generations strengthens local cultures. Ontario's Cree Village Ecolodge, for example, incorporates traditional aboriginal design with innovative green architecture.
Ecotourism promotes locally owned and run businesses that bring money into isolated rural communities, encouraging sustainable livelihoods. In the Clayoquot Biosphere region, lodges have replaced logging as the communities' top employers.
The economic success of ecotourism encourages further protection. As the trend grows, Canada has been preserving more land. In 2007, it set aside 25 million acres toward a new national park and wildlife area in the Northwest Territories.
Using local transportation and consuming local foods, instead of renting a car and eating truck-delivered fast food, decreases pollution and cuts the carbon footprint of your travels.
Ecotourism integrates interpretation of the land into its tours so visitors leave thinking about their impact on natural places even after they have left.