Aventure Écotourisme Québec

151, Ste-Rose blvd
Laval (Quebec) H7L 1L2
Phone : 450 661-2225
Outside Montreal : 1 866 278-5923
Fax : 450 661-3884


How to plan your durable and responsible ecotourist stay?

The responsible ecotourist...
Prepare and plans his journey carefully

  • Choose a business or company who cares about minimizing environmental impact.
  • Choose a travel agency or company who offers an introductory session covering such topics as site and facility use,  customs and traditions of visited people and environmentally-friendly activities.
  • Find out about your destination's natural habitat and its cultural values.
  • Support the local economy by buying local products and services.
  • Take steps to fit in with the area you're visiting.
  • Be subdivided into small groups from 4 to 6 persons and avoid the periods of strong frequency.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Bring all that it is necessary (clothes and sufficient equipments for the bad weather and the urgencies possible, bags of dustbins, naphtha stove, ground isolation, etc.) to avoid having recourse to the environment.
  • Promote transportation that has little or no impact on the environment.
  • Reduce the packaging of provisions before the departure.

The responsible ecotourist...
Have correctly his waste

  • Dispose of waste in designated trash sites or according to 3 R (Reduce, Re-use and Recycling)..
  • Choose durable, biodegradable and renewable products.
  • Deposit and by bury excrements in a deep hole from 15 to 20 cm and remote from any source of water, when the facilities are non-existent.
  • Always bring back his waste and hygienic products in a foreseen place for that purpose.


The responsible ecotourist...
Moves and camps on durable surfaces

  • Stay on the existing paths.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Or camp on the indicated sites. Altering a site is not necessary.
  • Carefully choose your trails and rest areas to avoid environmental degradation.
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. 

The responsible ecotourist...
Minimize the fires impact

  • Consider first of all, some alternatives like naphtha stove and lantern.
  • Maintain a small fire and only in an indicated place.
  • Collect on the ground only some died wood that we can break with hands, if the rule and the indication of fire allow it.
  • Make sure that the fire is well and truly put out before the departure and that we can manipulate ashes in the heart of the hole with hands.

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Leave intact what he discovers

  • Move around calmly to avoid upsetting the natural environment.
  • Don't alter the natural habitat. (remove the bark, the graffiti, the orientation marks on trees, construction of furniture or ditch, etc.)
  • Leave things where they are. This includes plants, animals, or parts thereof. (cliffs, horns, shells, flowers, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Carefully choose your trails and rest areas to avoid environmental degradation.
  • Do not introduce a non native sorts.

The responsible ecotourist...
Respect the fauna

  • Never feed animals. Filter the dishwater and deposite solids with waste before scattering it far from the camp.
  • Store provisions and waste in a sure place or in at least four metres in the airs.
  • Keep at a reasonable distance from animals to avoid disturbing them
  • Don't enter areas where animals are in high numbers: nesting and spawning sites, containment or hibernation areas, etc.

The responsible ecotourist...
Respect the other guests

  • Adopt behaviour that reduces pollution, be it chemical, biological, visual (vandalism, graffiti), olfactory or noise pollution.
  • Travel in small low-impact groups.
  • Appreciate the uniqueness of the people you visit.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
  • Avoid clothes and equipments of lively colours, except for the security.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises
  • Respect local customs, local traditions and cultural differences.