The “green side” of America, Canada, gets the world’s largest and most credible sustainable tourism certification program.
It is based on:
- The preservation of Canada’s clean, safe and natural environment
- The promotion of a green choice of sustainable tourism
- Minimizing the impact of uncontrolled tourism
Why choosing Canada as a first tourist destination?
At first, its weather conditions, stunning landscape scenery and “smart cities” will drown you into a quiet and carefree atmosphere. Five Canadian tourists destinations were ranked in the Top 10 places in a National Geographic environmental stewardship survey of favorite places to visit, these destinations represent Canada’s behaviour to sustainable tourism and are:
1) The Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia
The headlands and cliffs offer dramatic ocean views, it is also a hiker’s paradise, its 25 hiking trails provide a different way to move around and with the famous Cabot Trail (named in this way because of John Cabot, the famous explorer), you have the opportunity to pull safely off the road to observe wildlife or learn about a special aspect of the land.
2) Canadian Rocky Mountains
UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site because of their unspoiled beauty and exceptional geological features. The park is also famous for its wildlife and if you are looking for excitement, explore one of the many hiking trails or wander the streets of Banff or Jasper villager, take a river kayaking or whitewater rafting adventure or take a turn water skiing on Switzer Lake. Learn to ice skate, or try yourselves to fishing during the winter.
UNESCO defines it as awesome, culturally vibrant and excellent, it is also a sustainable city that offers visitor the best of both French civilization and the modern world. Quebec City Convention Centre invests time, money and human resources in its eco-friendly operations as well as an eco-friendly program to encourage citizen to a sustainable behavior.
4) The Inside Passage of British Columbia
The Green choice of Canada involves also benefits for social, economic, natural and cultural environments in which it takes place guided by “respect, integrity and empathy”. travelers could also benefit from positive experiences which make the sense of respectful of sustainability grow. efficiency and waste reduction make costs lower and host communities become a main part in tourism decisions.
Canada seems to be the world’s best whale watching provider, the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coast offer visitors a great variety of native whales such as the killer whales but also minkes, humpbacks and seabirds, including puffins, murres and terns. The best season to go whale watching in canada varies per species but enables you to have a beautiful experience.
Thanks to its landscapes, the best way to move around Canada is cycling. A mix of dedicated bike trails and cycle paths, the 5,000km La Route Verte is North America’s longest cycling network, taking Quebec’s cities, rivers, lakes and fjords. In addition, National Geographic named it as the greatest bike.
HOW DOES CANADA WORK?
Canada assesses all of its development assistance activities for potential risks and opportunities with respect to environmental sustainability and works with its partner countries to ensure that they do the same. This includes enhancing partners' abilities to run natural resources and address issues like desertification and climate change.
Canada plays an important role in a number of international agreements including:
- the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol;
- the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants;
- the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Environmental sustainability is systematically integrated into all aspects of its development work, in relation to:
o CLIMATE CHANGE
o LAND DEGRADATION
o ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
“VICTORIA, Canada, February 9, 2011 – Corporate Knights, Canada’s magazine for clean capitalism, announced its 5th annual Sustainable Cities ranking this morning at a press conference at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2011 Sustainable Communities Conference in Victoria, B.C.”
- < 50 % cities are on track to meet corporate GHG emission reduction targets.
- 5 of 17 cities do not have a municipal GHG emission reduction target currently in place.
- 50 % cities that have a municipal target do not have current emission data available.
- 40 % cities analyzed allocate greater than 20 % of total household spending to shelter.
- Governance and Empowerment:
- 3 of 17 cities have a city council with 50 % females, 50 % male (Mississauga, Quebec, Victoria).
- 2 of 17 cities have a city council that reflects the % visible minorities in the city population (Victoria, Saint John).
Infrastructure and Built Environment:
- 2 of 17 cities meet the ideal density requirement for cities (Vancouver, Victoria).
- Social Well-Being:
- 7 of 17 cities have >20% of their population classified as obese