Polar Bear staring at the camera

Environmental threats

As one of the largest Arctic countries in the world, the melting of the polar ice caps in Canada has had a massive impact on the environment, as it makes way for oil drilling opportunities. On top of this, logging and clear-cutting of forests are still rife in some areas of the country, including Vancouver Island.

But there are plenty of things that we, as travellers, can do to protect the environment and embrace meaningful travel in Canada.

Keep an eye on your consumption

While holidays are all about indulging in new experiences, we all have a responsibility to keep our consumption and waste to a minimum, and consider how we are using natural and man-made resources. Just think- do you really need that extra carrier bag? Can you swap single-use plastics for your own nifty water bottle? Is that long hot shower totally necessary? And can you live without the air-con turned up to max? Remember, small changes can make a big difference.

People setting up a picnic at Port McNeill

Leave no man (made item) behind

“Quick, grab the camera- there’s a crisp packet floating downstream!” Said, no person ever. It’s a fact; no photo was ever improved by the presence of human waste. Worse still, rubbish- like single-use plastics- are just plain bad for the environment and wildlife; whether they become the meal of an unsuspecting humpback whale, or pollute rivers. Remember that famous (and slightly cheesy) saying, “take only memories, leave only footprints.” You get the idea…

Out Top Trips & Itineraries for Nature Lovers

Black Bear in Tofino

The Bear Necessities

Duration4 days / 3 nights (flexible)

LocationTofino / Ucluelet

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Canoes sitting at the water edge of a river

Canoes & Campfires

Duration4 days / 3 nights

LocationClearwater/Wells Gray Provincial Park

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Tipi accommodation with mountain backdrop

Tipi on Thompson River

Duration2 days / 1 night (flexible)

LocationThompson River

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lake louise in banff canada

Snow-Caps & Nature Trails

Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationBanff National Park

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black bear in canada

Canada in a Nutshell

Duration11 days / 10 nights

LocationVancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Quadra Island - Vancouver

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self drive along the road in canada

From Mountain Peaks to Rugged Coasts

Duration18 days / 17 nights

LocationBanff - Jasper - Wells Gray/Clearwater - Thompson River - Okanagan Valley - Telegraph Cove - Tofino - Vancouver

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Black bear on rocks in CanadaProtecting Local Wildlife
Canada is packed with epic wildlife. Want to embrace your 'inner Attenborough’ during your Canada holiday? Here's how you can wildlife-spot responsibly.
Protecting local wildife
Flags of CanadaProtecting Local Communities
We're all about supporting local communities when we travel. Read about the First Nation, Inuit and Métis of Canada, and how you can help protect them.
Protecting local communities
Our commitment to animal welfare in tourism
We're an office of animal lovers and are working hard to improve animal welfare in tourism. Find out more about our journey and what's next!
Our animal welfare policy

Responsible travel

How To Travel With Meaning - Ethically, Sustainably & Responsibly

22nd February 2017 by Jennifer

We often talk about travelling with meaning, but what do we mean by that? Watch Jennifer's talk from The Holiday and Travel Show - Destinations Show.

22 min read

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