Canada is a vast country that stretches from the the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful landscapes include the Rockies, lakes, endless forests and mountain peaks. Surprisingly it is also a country where rainforest and desert lay close close together in the south-west corner while in the east visit the fjords and unspoilt lush orchards. As 90% of Canadians live within 160km of the US border, there are cast wilderness to explore.
Canada is ethnically diverse but culture has mainly been influenced by the Aboriginals, British, French and Americans. It has 2 official languages which are English and French.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and borders the United States of America to the south and the American state of Alaska to the north west. It stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean and has more lakes than any other country in the world with a number of fresh water glaciers. Forests cover half of the land and Ottawa is the capital city.
Canada's climate is varied. In the interior winters are extreme and temperatures can drop to -40 degrees.
A main attraction for ecotourists is the chance to experience the vast and scenic wilderness. Gatineau Park is a protected area which provides ecotourists opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, biking and camping with a focus on conservation education. In the park you can observe coyotes, wolves, brown bears and cougars.
Find an eco tour in Canada. A list of eco tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers either based in or that can organise trips to Canada. Each listing includes a full page description so click for more information.
Arctic Canada - Great Canadian Wild Adventures
Arctic Canada: Remarkable Wilderness & Wildlife Expeditions for the Camera, Paddle, Heart & Soul. Situated at one of the most remote wlderness regions on earth, see denning wild wolves, musk-oxen herds, the great caribou migration & incredible displays of aurora borealis.
Brambles Nubian Goat Farm
Our accommodation is a family built English style Gypsy Caravan, built from 19th century designs; using wood from our sustainable woodlot. Located in a secluded spot in San Clara, Manitoba, Canada; set against a backdrop of boreal forest, riparian zones and native prairie.
Coastal Revelations Eco Tours
Customized all season eco tours of Vancouver Island British Columbia’s ancient rainforests of giant trees, marine life, wildlife watching and bird watching areas with a biologist trained by Interpretation Canada.
Ecotourism, documentary production, scientific & study travel, adventure group tours throughout the Americas. Experts in thematic group travel, adventure & ecotourism in Canada and Latin America.
ecotours online organizes customized small group cultural adventures that aim at balancing leisure travel with the destinations; natural and social environment.
Frontiers North - Tundra Buggy Adventure
Experience a polar bears tour in Churchill, Canada on a world famous Tundra Buggy®. We've been helping guests see polar bears on the tundra near Churchill for over 25 years!
Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours
Eco tour adventures for softies! 1/2 day & day trips with experienced naturalist guides by 4 wheel drive van to some of the most spectacular rainforests and remote beaches on Vancouver Island.
Spirit of the West Sea Kayaking
Offer high quality sea kayaking tours around Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Specialize in sea kayaking in the realm of the killer whales. Join our naturalist guides on a trip of a life time.
A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore's responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company's approach to tour operating.
Below you can find a collection of resources related to ecotourism issues in Canada.
Articles on ecotourdirectory.com:
Canadians have a reputation for being polite to a fault. Even the most overbearing personality will usually be tolerated with unshakable aplomb, though even the most tolerant Canadian has limits. Canadians tend to have a deep sense of 'personal space,' so be sure to keep around 30cm (1 foot) from strangers during conversation or other interactions. Affection is welcome and handshakes or quick hugs are a common way to greet one another.This sense of space and politeness are especially common in queues. Never try to cut in line (although a particularly kind person may invite a person with a quick, small transaction to go first occasionally, such as in a grocery store). Canada is a relatively young nation and in some ways its identity is still being formulated. It is a mistake to assume all citizens are "alike", given the mosaic-like nature of the country that encourages a retention of beliefs and customs. Canadians can take exception and offence to their nation being considered subservient to or "just like" the United States or the United Kingdom. Visitors should also beware of belittling Canadian institutions (TV shows, movies, football, etc.), even if Canadians do it themselves. What sounds like a joke from a Canadian can sound condescending or hostile from a foreigner.Canadian politics are best left to Canadians. While not likely to instigate hostility, issues tend to be complicated by historical, regional, and linguistic factors, making the learning curve steep and occasionally treacherous. Avoid making assertions on issues involving language, the Quebec "sovereigntist" or "separatist" movement, or Native Peoples (often known officially as 'First Nations'). Note also that not all French speakers are Quebecois, and there can be ill-will toward Quebec from other French Canadians.Again, however, any well-meaning mistakes will probably be taken with a chuckle and not actual offence. For the most part, Canadians are generally helpful and understanding of cultural differences.
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Safety in Canada is not usually a problem, and some basic common sense will go a long way. Even in the largest cities, violent crime is not a serious problem, and very few people are ever armed. Firearm-related violence is on the rise in southern Ontario, however, but this needn't worry the average traveller, as it is generally confined to particular neighbourhoods and is rarely a random crime. Even though major urban areas are experiencing higher than average rates it should be noted that these rates still remain extremely low compared to similiar sized urban areas in the United States and the rest of the world.If you are unfortunate enough to get your purse or wallet snatched, the local police will do whatever they can to help. Often, important identification is retrieved after thefts of this sort. Visitors to large cities should be aware that parked cars are sometimes targeted for opportunistic smash-and-grab thefts, so try to avoid leaving any possessions in open view. Due to the high incidence of such crimes, motorists in Montreal and some other jurisdictions can be fined for leaving their car doors unlocked or for leaving valuables in view. Auto theft in Montreal, including theft of motor homes and recreational vehicles, may occur in patrolled and overtly secure parking lots and decks. Bike theft can be a common nuisance in metropolitan areas.
Information from wikitravel.org*
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Below you can find a collection of resources related to ecotourism in Canada.
battle for True Ecotourism in Canada
This report demonstrates that even though Quebec was the host in May 2002 to the World Ecotourism Convention, genuine ecotourism is not easy to find in Canada.
Statement for the World Summit on Ecotourism
Report from World Ecotourism Convention May 2002.
Tourism Team Canada
ATTA is the national Aboriginal tourism association, a partnership of business and government, whose mission is to influence and develop tourism policies and programs to benefit Aboriginal people in Canada. The ATTC vision is "to represent Aboriginal people as world leaders in tourism in harmony with our culture."
Tourism Association, Canada
Discover what is happening in ecotourism around the world. Link to a wealth of information ranging from chats and forums in Canada to golden rules of eco-travel to research projects.
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