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.
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 Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.
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 Canadian tour visits some of the lesser visited parks in Canada, often left off the travellers itinerary due to their remoteness. We use locally owned hotels here which helps disperse money spent in Canada to those who may struggle for business during the short summer season. Some of these areas include Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Bella Coola, and Port Hardy.
As there is a heavy wildlife focus on this tour, all travellers are advised how to best avoid upsetting the balance of nature by straying from the trails, and more importantly how to avoid close encounters with wildlife and how to react should this happen.
Whilst on Vancouver Island on the bear viewing cruise, we get close to the animals as they come near the shoreline, but not close enough to disturb them in their natural habitat and not infringing on their hunting and living territory.
This tour offers a wide range of optional activities in the popular and more remote areas to help evenly disperse tourist dollars during the short summer season.
Combine the thrill of seeing beluga whales with summer polar bears
From £7820 9 days including UK flights