Ecotourism in BC focuses on wilderness adventures like hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and camping.
Our accessible wilderness, our natural wonders like whales & bears, along with first nations culture are our main attractions. Responsible ecotourism minimizes the adverse effects of human impact on our natural environment, while at the same time promoting its wonder and beauty.
Ecotourism is flourishing rapidly throughout B.C. Tourists themselves are evolving, like nature, heritage, and outdoor recreational destinations gain more prominence for them. This presents both a challenge & an opportunity for both government and private operators. Ecotourism must benefit local populations economically & culturally, in order to secure incentives to protect the natural resources that create these attractions in the first place.
In an era of increased environmental awareness, and accessibility to backcountry locales, tour operators & local government is actively promoting our natural resources to entice this new breed of tourist. The challenge to ecotourism is in preserving our natural resources, while promoting them, & accommodating the many tourists drawn to our Province through this publicity.
Businesses are creating countless ecotourism opportunities, and local communities & governments are working alongside these businesses to promote their areas.
B.C. is an amazing place, full of wonder, grand vistas, and friendly people. The ecotourists are beginning to realize this and the province has become a destination of choice for those looking for wilderness adventures.
British Columbia is a premier, world-class ecotourism destination. This will foster economic stability while helping to preserve the remaining wilderness areas of our Province.