Pacific Northwest Expeditions is committed to the principles of responsible tourism.
Responsible tourism is a management strategy embracing planning, management, product development and marketing to bring about positive economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Our planning takes into account the environmental, social, cultural, economic and aesthetic expectations of the community and our customers and are included in our policies, plans and decisions in the provision of unique sea kayak touring and wildlife viewing experiences and services.
A steward of the environment reflects an ecological conscience by demonstrating individual and collective responsibility for environmental health, and recognizes the need to conserve and restore the natural diversity of ecosystems and species for current and future generations.
Our trip operations are designed and conducted in a manner that will conserve natural resources, and minimize our environmental footprint. We are continually evaluating new information, technologies and services, providing our staff and ourselves with opportunities for environmental education.
Pacific Northwest Expeditions is profiled as a wilderness tourism operator demonstrating our commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.
British Columbia Ministry of the Environment: Environment Stewardship Division.
1. the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded;
the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.
3. the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
-advocacy of the preservation or improvement of the natural environment.
-one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment.
We strive to be sensitive to local culture and the impacts our activities can have on the communities in which we operate from. We continue to consult with local people within these communities to aid us in our planning and decision making in the delivery of our sea kayaking programs. Considerations are given to potential impacts, such as loss of privacy, invasion of culturally significant places or sacred sites.
Pacific Northwest Expeditions is based on Vancouver Island and conducts trips from various Vancouver Island communities. We are committed to supporting these communities by promoting sustainable regional tourism, by using local businesses and suppliers for all aspects of our business and trip operations whenever possible.
We employ people from local communities as guides and support staff. We actively seek out local companies to provide support services to Pacific Northwest Expeditions, such as sea kayaking equipment manufacturers and suppliers, food producers and suppliers, and a broad range of business support services.
When Pacific Northwest Expeditions brings visitors to communities on Vancouver Island, these people contribute to local economies by using accommodations, dining in restaurants, purchasing gifts, experiencing other activities and attractions, and using local transportation providers.
Most of our guests are dazzled by the beauty of Vancouver Island, often returning on subsequent vacations for longer visits, resulting in a significant economic contribution for the region.
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia
An industry founded organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining high industry standards for sea kayak guide training and certification. The SKGABC is Canada’s largest recognized sea kayak guide certifying organization.
Wilderness Tourism Association
The Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) believes that wilderness tourism is a viable and sustainable economic enterprise for British Columbia. WTA provides a strong voice in determining how the lands which supports wilderness tourism operators in BC are planned and developed.
Tourism Vancouver Island
North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association
NIMMSA is a trade association which functions to represent the north island marine based eco-tourism industry and to ensure its future as well as that of the many marine species the industry is based on viewing.