Wilderness Retreats | Our Wilderness Tourism Collection

The WTA members are a powerful group of eco-tourism pioneers, representing a wide range of iconic wilderness tourism experiences across British Columbia — from guest ranches to wilderness resorts & spas, to kayaking & wildlife viewing tour guides, this collection covers it all. They are tourism operators, family businesses, and stewards of the land, all in one; each with their own unique story and connection to the land.

 

Our partners are renowned for delivering world-class adventure pursuits, while operating with the utmost respect for the environment. The success of these businesses depends on the good health of the natural world surrounding them, as such, they are not only the first to advocate for preserving and restoring it, but they are also the boots-on-the-ground in doing so.

 

The elements offered by these properties embody an experiential learning style geared to inspire positive change. 

The Elements

Horseback Riding Adventures at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Adventures

Experience all that British Columbia has to offer with minimal carbon footprint — from SUP, to mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding — WTA destinations offer a wide range of wilderness activities for beginners and experts alike.

Wildlife Viewing

Learn about the local wildlife of British Columbia with professional and passionate guides, while admiring their beauty from afar. WTA guides will help you understand the species of each area, and the roles they play in their intricate ecosystems.

First Nations Culture Education at Bluewater Adventures

Community & Culture

WTA partners offer immersive holidays — lessons on the local history & culture are intertwined within your experience. Properties give back to the communities in which they operate by hiring, sourcing, & collaborating locally as much as possible.

Sustainable Culinary at Nimmo Bay

Sustainable Culinary

Enjoy a collection of the finest dining experiences in the province, with an orchestration of flavours for all palates. Locally caught seafood, homegrown fruits & vegetables, and farm-to-table proteins are incorporated into meals wherever possible.

Lookout Lodge at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Authentic Accomodations

Nestle in luxurious glamping tents, cozy cabins, log-built lodges, or intertidal chalets. Whether you’re on the coast or in the mountains, WTA resorts and lodges offer accommodations that blend with the surrounding land.

Marine Debris Removal Initiative 2021

Conservation & Education

Engage in restorative tourism by travelling with our partners. Their daily—and year round—operations encompass best practices for preserving the environments in which they do business for generations to come.

Book These Experiences Now!

Use the decline of COVID-19 as a catalyst to Explore BC now. You can help us ensure that we can all enjoy the plethora of wild experiences this province has to offer for a long time to come by supporting these businesses in their mission as stewards of the land.

 

These operators are key movers and shakers in conserving many of the rural environments around the province — with adequate business, they are able to employ the resources to protect this land.

 

Securing a sustainable future for BC’s wilderness tourism industry is possible with consumers. Join us and our members in our quest — adopt the persona of the ethical traveler, be open to learning, be curious, enjoy the natural beauty of our world, and help us spread the word of restorative tourism.

 

Follow the link below to see a full list of our members — click their logos to view their websites and book with them directly.

Make the Visitor Pledge your North Star as you travel

Why Ecotourism?

Not only does the adventure tourism industry contribute at least 2 billion annually to the provincial economy, but the United Nations World Tourism Organization also claims, “A tourism sector that adopts sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices can play a significant role in accelerating the global shift towards sustainability.”

 

A large percentage of wilderness tourism operators in our province are small, localized businesses that provide stability, diversification and job creation — whether it’s in the remote wilderness, in or near communities and municipalities, or on First Nations settlement land. You can learn more about the social, economic, and environmental importance of adventure tourism in BC through the Adventure Tourism Coalition

 

Follow this link to Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help us get behind this plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.

 

Read more about tourisms role in the United Nations 2030 Agenda here.

Featured Members

Interested in Joining this Collection?

Please submit an application through the link below if your tourism operation has practices and values aligned with those in this collection. We welcome those with like-minds and a strong focus on conservation and education — it is these core interests that set these featured properties apart from other tourism businesses in the province.

admin@wilderness-tourism.bc.ca
Phone: (778) 671-0941

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