Supporting local communities

We know just how important it is to support local communities while we travel, so we always aim to work with small-scale, locally-run accommodation, and local guides too. If you want to do more to ensure that your pennies go back into local pockets, we recommend dining at family-run restaurants and cafes, and buying local, seasonal produce for those wilderness picnics and campfires! What might seem like a small gesture to you – like buying a locally-brewed craft ale – can make a big difference to the individual.

Totem Poles in Vancouver

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities

Canada is home to a host of indigenous populations, often referred to as Aboriginal Canadians. Many people also use the term ‘First Nations,’ which describes a collection of diverse cultures; each nation practicing its own customs, beliefs, and views. (though it’s worth remembering that the First Nations doesn’t include the Inuit or the Métis).

Understanding local customs and traditions

For the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada, there is no all-encompassing “indigenous religion.” In fact, cultural practices, spiritual beliefs, and even creation stories vary from nation to nation. What’s more, traditional practices, such as hunting, are often linked with spiritualism and religious beliefs; holding significant meaning to many communities.

Colourful totem poles in front of trees

Threats to culture and communities

The Aboriginal communities of Canada have fought for centuries to protect their ancestral lands and culture. Sadly, many are facing a greater threat to their homes and livelihoods, as a result of climate change and its impact on the environment and the natural resources they depend upon.

Our advice is to always keep an open mind while travelling in Canada, remaining sensitive to the issues around you, and aware of your own consumption of natural and man-made resources.

Our Top Trips & Itineraries Celebrating Local Culture

Kayak on the sea in Quadra

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Sunsets Over Quadra Island

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:Quadra Island
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Women riding a horse through the Cariboo

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Live Like a Cowboy

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:Clinton
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Couple walking aroudn the Vineyards

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Wine Down in Okanagan Valley

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:Okanagan Valley
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Tipi accommodation with mountain backdrop

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Tipi on Thompson River

Duration:2 days / 1 night
Location:Thompson River
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customers on whale watching trip victoria canada

Featured itinerary

A Taste of West Canada

Duration:15 days / 14 nights
Itinerary:Vancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Whistler - Wells Gray - Jasper - Banff/Canmore
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self drive along the road in canada

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From Mountain Peaks to Rugged Coasts

Duration:17 days / 16 nights
Itinerary:Canmore/Banff - Jasper - Wells Gray/Clearwater - Thompson River - Okanagan Valley - Telegraph Cove - Tofino - Vancouver
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Black bear on rocks in Canada

Inspiration

Protecting 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 wildlife
People walking up a path with flowers

Inspiration

Protecting the Environment
Ready to be an eco-warrior? Here's how you can help protect the environment in Canada.
Protecting the environment
baby sloth in puerto viejo sanctuary

Inspiration

Our Animal Welfare Policy
We've teamed up with ABTA and World Animal Protection to make the world a better place for animals, read on for more information & see what you can do to help.
Our animal welfare policy

Meaningful 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.

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