Protecting Local Communities

It’s not just postcard-perfect views that make Canada so inviting, its the people too. We’re firm believers in offering enriching experiences that are mutually beneficial; for travellers and local communities alike. Afterall, what would Canada be without the people that belong there?

No one wants to make a cringe-worthy tourist faux pas, right? So before you head off, you’ll probably want to get stuck into a bit of history and find out how you can travel in a respectful and responsible way…

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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

Sunsets Over Quadra Island

Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationQuadra Island

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Couple walking aroudn the Vineyards

Wine Down in Okanagan Valley

Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationOkanagan Valley

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Tipi accommodation with mountain backdrop

Tipi on Thompson River

Duration2 days / 1 night (flexible)

LocationThompson River

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customers on whale watching trip victoria canada

A Taste of West Canada

Duration16 days / 15 nights

LocationVancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Whistler - Wells Gray - Jasper - Banff

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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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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.

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