We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.
We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.
Safety viewing glasses will be provided to all travellers and spares will be on hand. The eclipse will be viewed in an area of outstanding beauty so your tour leader will ensure that all information is provided to protect the area, and that a leave no trace policy is enforced.
This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.
We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.
Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.
This tour spends the night at Iron Wheel Guest ranch in Montana, a small family run hunting lodge which reveals the true side of Montana, avoiding the larger chain hotels.
There are many opportunities to spot wildlife on this tour and our leaders encourage travellers to act in a responsible way so as not to upset the careful balance of nature. This is especially prevalent in Canada where the concentration of National Parks where bears, moose, deer and other wildlife are likely to be spotted. We discourage the feeding of animals, and any interaction which could challenge safety or cause fear.
Given the short summer season in Canada, we aim to provide as much money into the hands of local people, using only smaller locally based service providers. We shop at the smaller supermarkets as well as the larger ones to help disperse tourism dollars.
As this is a camping tour we use only government regulated and approved campsites where recycling is of the utmost importance, and all camping and cooking rubbish is disposed on in a thoughtful and responsible manner.