‘Stay’cationing in New Brunswick’s Nature
As we head into another summer where travel will be limited, as COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, why not consider a staycation*? Or better yet an ecotourism staycation! Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural destinations that conserves natural areas, sustains the well-being of local people, and involves interpretation and education. It ensures support for wildlife and habitat protection, helps to increase the environmental ethics of visitors, and provides opportunities for small businesses.
Ecotourism and protected areas also go hand-in-hand. Protected areas benefit ecotourism businesses as they protect the habitats and wildlife that ecotourism businesses rely on. Ecotourism businesses in turn help protect the natural area by doing business in an environmentally responsible manner.
New Brunswick has a large diversity of natural areas. Many of these areas are protected and accessible to the public, giving you the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors! Several ecotourism businesses are also located in or near protected areas such as outfitters and guiding companies. If you plan to go to a protected area this summer, be sure to research what services are offered in the region that could enhance your visit. When you support small businesses that are conscious of their impact on the environment, you help support people and their communities, as well as protect nature so it can be enjoyed by all.
One of New Brunswick’s most popular natural areas is the Bay of Fundy. Many natural wonders can be found there, from awe-inspiring high tides to an abundance of marine wildlife. Several ecotourism businesses operate along the Fundy coast, making it an excellent destination for an eco-friendly staycation. Check out some of the ecotourism businesses profiled on the CPAWS NB website by clicking here.
Whether hiking, biking, camping, wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing or simply enjoying nature while staycationing in New Brunswick, remember to follow Leave No Trace Principles.
*When planning your travel be sure to check for and follow all public health rules in the regions you will be travelling from and to*
Infographics by Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program (CWSP) Volunteer Courtney Burk
Banner Photo: Baymount Outdoor Adventures, Tia Fennelly Photography
Anika Smithson is the Conservation Campaigner for CPAWS NB. She holds a Masters of Community Development and is passionate about getting people outside. As a newcomer to the province, she is excited about exploring New Brunswick’s natural places.