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Frequently Asked Questions

Adventure tourism, nature tourism, ecotourism and outdoor tourism

What is adventure tourism?

It is an outdoor physical activity or combination of activities taking place in a particular natural environment (unusual, exotic, isolated, unusual or wilderness location).

Adventure tourism uses non-conventional means of transportation, either motorized (snowmobile, quad, etc.) or non-motorized (walking, canoeing, kayaking, etc.). In addition, the activity necessarily involves a level of risk, which can vary according to the environment (isolation, geographical characteristics, etc.) or according to the nature of the activities and means of transportation involved.

What is ecotourism?

Ecotourism is a form of tourism that aims to make you discover a natural environment while preserving its integrity. It includes an interpretation activity of the natural or cultural components of the environment while promoting an attitude of respect towards the environment. In addition, it calls upon notions of sustainable development and leads to socio-economic benefits for local and regional communities.

Safe and supervised outdoor activities

Is there a certification for adventure tourism?

The only certification or official recognition by the government (Ministry of Tourism) in the field of nature tourism is the "Quality-Safety" certification/accreditation that Aventure Écotourisme Québec has developed with and for the adventure tourism industry.

This accreditation has also been underlined as a reference by the World Tourism Organization.

What is a "Quality-Safety" certified company?
What does "Quality-Safety" accreditation/certification mean?

A company  "Quality-Safety" certified by Aventure Écotourisme Québec specializes in offering one or more outdoor adventure tourism and ecotourism activities in a natural environment.

In addition to following rigorous criteria and standards, among the most demanding in Canada, the companies are audited and visited to ensure quality and especially safety in the practice of the activity.

Planning an outdoor activity

Can you suggest an adventure and ecotourism business?

In addition to recommending that you choose an accredited professional company to ensure your safety, the choice is very personal and is based on your interests, time and budget.

There is a wide variety of businesses, offering a multitude of activities over 4 seasons, over various regions and for various lengths of time, each with its own particular flavour. To find the product that's right for you, identify your tastes and interests, and visit the website.

To find out more about these businesses, access their file and you will find their contact details. You can then consult their website or contact the company directly.

How can I find a list of all adventure tourism companies?

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