Responsible Tourism and Recreation

Follow signage and local regulations when exploring the region

Help Protect the Places We Love

Our goal is to inspire people to play outside and help them experience their adventure so that they discover the food, people and natural beauty of the region.

We believe that getting more people to play outside, enjoy nature and create connections with the places we love is a good thing. If we are successful, it will mean more people exploring those places and this brings along various challenges. Finding the right balance is not always easy.

On our side, it means doing what we can to minimize the negative impacts our tours can have while making sure that they generate greater economic benefits for our local community and enhance its well-being.

It also means providing information so that visitors can recreate responsibly. This is a big part of the reason why we started this site in the first place. 

Siffleur Falls

Stay on the trail in fragile environments like the Kootenay Plains

Bighorn Sheep

Keep your distance when viewing wildlife

When we look at sustainability we aim to do the best we can within our resources. Some of the things we strive for include:

  • incorporating sustainability into everything we do, including tour development;
  • sourcing regional food and products whenever possible;
  • reducing our waste by using reusable supplies whenever feasible; and
  • working with businesses and partners that share our vision for responsible tourism.

 

How You Can Help

Too often we let small things get in the way of doing the best we can. All our actions have an impact, regardless of whether you consider yourself a tourist, a visitor, a hiker, a snowshoer, a climber or just somebody enjoying a day in the region.

The Leave No Trace principles are a good starting point on how we can reduce our impact while enjoying the outdoors. These are not rigid rules, but rather guidelines we can use to help us in making decisions while we play outdoors.

1) Plan Ahead and Prepare

Proper planning helps create a better experience while minimizing the impact on the land. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit;
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies; and
  • Schedule your activities to avoid times of high use and overcrowding.

In the event of an emergency, human needs always take precedence over the impact on the environment. Proper planning can reduce the likelihood of an emergency.

2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Use durable surfaces, including established trails, rock, gravel, or dry grasses whenever possible.
  • If the trail has switchbacks, avoid creating or following shortcuts.
  • Never alter a site to suit your needs, choose a better location if needed.

In heavily used areas:

  • Walk in a single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Focus activities in areas where vegetation is absent.

In areas with few signs of human use:

  • Disperse the group to prevent the creation of trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are beginning to show.

3) Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. This applies to garbage, food, toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • Use toilets whenever they are available.
  • Avoid polluting water. When using soap for hygienic needs, use biodegradable soap and do so 70 metres from water bodies.
Campfire at Preacher's Point

Reuse existing fire rings instead of creating new ones

4) Leave What you Find

  • Preserve the past, observe, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Do not build structures, rock cairns, or use flagging or marking paint.

5) Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small, put out campfires completely.
  • Do not try to burn leftover food or other garbage that would have to be removed later.

6) Respect Wildlife

  • Know the proper procedures to follow if you encounter wildlife. This will create a better experience and will minimize your impact.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing food and garbage securely.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times, such as when mating, nesting, raising young, or during winter.

7) Be Considerate of Others

  • Respect others and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous, yield to other users on the trail.
  • Take breaks away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

More information on the seven principles can be found at leavenotrace.ca.

Report Abuse

Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.

Call 310-FIRE (3473) to report wildfires in forested areas.

Call the toll-free Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or online at alberta.ca/report-poacher.aspx to report suspected poaching, emergencies involving wildlife or any serious public land abuse, including:

  • driving a vehicle in the bed or shore of a natural water body;
  • driving up and down a stream;
  • not using a nearby established crossing, bridge or ford to cross a natural water body;
  • creating tire ruts;
  • creating new vehicle trails in an area that already has existing trails;
  • taking a vehicle off-trail in a sensitive high alpine area;
  • blocking existing trails;
  • clearing a new trail to access another area;
  • clearing trees and other plants to create a camping spot;
  • building or inhabiting an unauthorized structure on public lands;
  • leaving large amounts of litter;
  • abandoning vehicles; or
  • entering closed areas.

Other reports and non-emergency wildlife encounters can be made by contacting the Rocky Mountain House Fish and Wildlife Office at 403 845-8250.

Issues at Alberta Parks locations can be reported by contacting the provincial contact centre at 1-877-537-2757 or the Rocky Mountain House office at 403 845-8349.

Abandoned car on the Kootenay Plains

Abandoned car on the Kootenay Plains

Outdoor Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
  • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
  • Always use the bear-proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has limited to no cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach on your adventures.
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.

Disclaimer

There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no way liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using this information.