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The Ecotourist Code of Conduct

If you’re here, that’s because like us, you care deeply about the environment, the great outdoors and nature. Quebec is grateful! How can you help protect our precious natural resources? Join the all-important Ecotourism Movement!

The ecotourist code of conduct

Responsible Ecotourists...

Plan Their Trip Carefully!

  • Choose a provider or outfitter that adheres to Best Practices or regulations that minimize the impact of their activity on the environment
  • Inquire about particularly fragile areas and by-laws governing the area they plan to visit, so they can obey and enforce all regulations
  • Read up about the specificities, customs and traditions of the people they plan to visit, honour cultural differences and everyone’s right to privacy
  • Empower local economies by acquiring community-level products and services
  • Travel in small groups of 4 to 6 persons
  • Avoir high-season
  • Come prepared with everything required to avoid using natural resources ‒ sufficient clothing and gear in case of bad weather or emergency, garbage bags, naphta stove, ground sheets, etc.
  • Make sure their route matches the ability level of the weakest traveller in their party
  • Select pollution-free transportation or one with low-level air pollution
  • Reduce packaging on supplies before they set out

Responsible Ecotourists...

Dispose Of Waste Properly!

  • Use a minimal amount of biodegradable soap to wash dishes/personal hygiene, far from waterways
  • Follow the 3 Rs of waste management: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Dispose of human waste by burying it in a 15 to 20 cm hole, far from bodies of water, when toilets are unavailable
  • Take out what they take in: garbage and used feminine hygiene products should be discarded in designated areas

Responsible Ecotourists...

Walk & Camp On Sustainable Surfaces!

  • Remain on existing trails
  • Walk in a single file down the centre of a trail even when muddy, to avoid widening it
  • Stop and/or camp in designated areas
  • Avoid campsite sprawl by concentrating activities in areas with no vegetation

Responsible Ecotourists...

Minimize The Impact Of Campfires!

  • Consider other alternatives first, like a naphta stove and lanterns
  • When necessary, build a tiny campfire in the designated area
  • Local regulations and fire restrictions permitting, only dead wood that can be broken with bare hands should be collected on the forest floor
  • Make sure a campfire is properly extinguished before they leave: handling ash at the bottom of the firepit should be possible with bare hands

Responsible Ecotourists...

Take Pictures Only!

  • Leave natural habitats in the same state they were found: never add graffiti/directional markers to trees or strip off bark; do not build furniture, dug-outs, etc.
  • Never take natural artifacts or other items of public interest (rocks, horns, seashells, flowers, muhrooms, etc.)
  • Never introduce non-indigenous species into another natural habitat

Responsible Ecotourists...

Respect Wildlife!

  • Never feed wildlife: this means filtering dishwater, placing leftover food solids with other waste and lastly, discarding used dishwater a fair distance from campsite
  • Store all provisions and garbage in a secure location, or hang it from a tree at least 4 metres above the ground
  • Never enter faunic concentration zones such as nesting areas, spawning habitats, tailing confinement or hibernation areas, etc.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance so an animal’s behaviour remains unaffected.

Responsible Ecotourists...

Respect Other Visitors!

  • Always travel calmly and quietly, especially when approaching other visitors to whom right of way should be yielded;
  • Avoid bright-coloured clothing and gear, except for safety reasons.

In fact, some of our members offer Ecotourism certified activities. Take on an adventure that is responsible and durable ! 

D'ailleurs, plusieurs de nos membres offrent des activités accréditées Écotourisme. Partez donc à l'aventure de manière responsable et durable.