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Ecotourism the Canadian way

With the largest combined water and landmass of any country in the world, Canada has both a vast wilderness to explore and villages, towns and cities which each have their own unique characteristics. Canada’s selection of ecotourism and sustainable tourism attractions, accommodations and activities is equally as vast.

Ecotourism in Canada is split into two defining categories: arts and culture, and natural splendour.

Arts and culture
The arts and culture scene in Canada can be enjoyed in every season and by people of all ages and interests. Canada is known for its aboriginal and First Nations heritage. You can experience interactive exhibits, pow-wows, museums and browse the gift shops.

Agritourism is also growing in popularity. With ranches offering everything from a working farm holiday to a relaxing luxury escape, Canada’s farming industry, which is vital to the economy, is diversifying in a way which allows more people to enjoy farm life.

Farm and artisan markets selling local produce and offering hand-made gifts make excellent souvenirs and if you are self-catering your vacation there is no where better to sample local delicacies. Some markets run year round and others during the summer.

Canada’s natural splendour
Interpretive centres provide a great starting point to explore the natural beauty of Canada’s landscape. National Parks, Provincial Parks, and Reserves often have these centres or a welcome station which guides you through the importance of the particular destination.

Canada is probably most famous for its mountains, in particular the Rocky Mountains. The landscape from coast to coast to coast is extremely varied and also includes arctic tundra, the grasslands of the Prairies, boreal forest, deserts and rainforest.

If you are heading north make sure you keep an eye out for Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. The further north you go the easier they are to see especially between September and April.