Responsible Travel

Giving something back

Great Canadian Trails is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. It was a commitment formed when The World Expeditions Travel Group was established decades ago, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment, our commitment is stronger than ever. We aim to ensure that our destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations. This vision can only be achieved with the support of all of our travellers and business partners. Our ‘Responsible Travel Guidebook’ has been written in order to fulfill our vision. The booklet sets out our environmental objectives and practices and how you can play a part in reducing the impact on environments and cultures around the world.

Our responsible tourism policy commits us to the following principles:

  • Our operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long term. Where possible, Great Canadian Trails engages in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or to promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

  • We believe that travel should be as rewarding for the host community as it is for you the traveller. We aim to maximise the benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

  • We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

  • We provide opportunities for cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.