Montreal to Boston holiday
Description of Montreal to Boston holiday
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe aim to minimise our impact on the environment through our tour operation and this is key on a trip such as this where we have come to enjoy the natural wonders of Canada and the USA. We and our suppliers work to the strict environmental guidelines laid out in our Responsible Tourism policy, governing how we observe wildlife, deal with waste and operate walks to minimise our impacts in the fragile national parks we are visiting. All leaders are trained in responsible tourism matters too and brief our groups on how they can minimise their own impacts, avoid disturbing wildlife and foster a respect for the culture of indigenous communities.
We spend a significant amount of time at various national parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Our Tour Leaders educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed any animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.
As tap water is safe to drink in these areas, we urge you to take a water bottle to fill up, rather than generating plastic bottle waste.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleOur Tour Leaders will encourage us to eat in family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible throughout the tour. We have a number of really local food experiences on the trip, including a visit to a Canadian 'sugar shack' - a traditional cabin where maple syrup has been harvested for over 100 years, where the owners aim to perpetuate centuries-old Quebecois traditions.
In addition, up in the Eastern Townships of Canada, there is a growing trade in micro-production - of wine, beer, and small-scale food production. This trip aims to support this by visiting a local vineyard to check out their wine production, as well as doing a beer tasting at a very small micro-brewery near Magog. We also visit a fromagerie run by monks!
This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit. Spending time in the visitor centres of the national parks, moose-spotting with guides from the local area, and visiting New England's many small restaurants, cafes and shops, all helps to further our positive interactions with the locals, as they impart their knowledge and enthusiasm for the local area.
We travel in small groups of 12-13 people to minimise the effects that large groups have when visiting remote areas and small villages. This allows us to stay in smaller properties and eat in more local establishments, which wouldn't be able to accommodate larger coachloads of 40-50 people.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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