Invasive-Wise Tourism

Tourism Vancouver Island Ben Giesbrecht

Much of BC’s tourism industry relies on the province’s amazing biodiversity and variety of healthy, natural landscapes. Invasive species damage ecosystems, landscapes and native wildlife–the very things that draw visitors here. Tourism operators are key partners in preventing the spread of invasive species.

ISCBC has partnered with an amazing group of tourism operators across BC to pilot the new Invasive-Wise Tourism program, a training and support program for BC’s tourism industry. The program has been developed with an advisory team of invasive species experts and tourism industry professionals with funding from the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk. The overall goal of the program is to protect species at risk and BC’s rich biodiversity from the threats of invasive species by focusing on high-risk pathways such as movement by tourists, anglers, boaters, floatplanes, and recreationists. The program includes an eLearning course, print and digital resources for staff and clients, support from ISCBC, and a recognition program.

Invasive Species e-Learning

All your staff are invited to take part in a complimentary eLearning course developed for the tourism industry, which increases awareness of invasive species and identifies practical steps to prevent their spread.

By the end of the course your staff will understand:

  • The impacts of invasive species on BC’s environment, economy and the tourism industry
  • The connections between tourism activities and invasive species
  • Simple actions to take to prevent the spread of invasive species

Visit ISCBC’s Learning Centre to enroll now.

Supporting materials

Print resources and merchandise for the tourism industry are being piloted by our partners during the 2021 summer season. Resources have been created for staff and clients and include wallet cards, best management practices, rack cards, stickers, decals, and more.

Spread the Word on Social Media

We encourage you to share your involvement as an Invasive-Wise Tourism Pilot Partner through your social media channels and on your website, to engage British Columbians and travellers, and to inspire other tourism operators to take action on invasive species. Use our suggested post content or create your own!

We are Invasive-Wise Tourism operators. Our staff and guides have been trained to prevent the spread of invasive species and protect BC’s nature.

Invasive species impact all of us. That’s why we are partnering with the Invasive Species Council of BC to be Invasive-Wise, and help prevent the spread of invasive species.

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BECOME AN Invasive-Wise Tourism ParTner

If you’re interested in being involved in Invasive-Wise Tourism following the 2021 pilot, please complete the form below and we will contact you for the second intake.

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THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND ADVISORS

A special thanks to all our partners who have offered their time and expertise piloting the Invasive-Wise Tourism program in 2021.

Endless Adventure is river rafting, kayaking and paddling company based on the Slocan River in Crescent Valley, BC. Operating since 2006, Endless Adventure is dedicated to the preservation of BC’s rivers through sustainable adventure recreation. They offer rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, courses, river tours and rentals, and are an active partner in the Invasive-Wise Tourism program. Their professional guides and staff have taken the Tourism and Invasive Species course, and they are implementing best practices with their guests and watercraft to protect BC’s waters from invasive species. Endless Adventure are leaders in water based sustainable recreation, and ISCBC is proud to work with their team.

Columbia River Paddle is based in Invermere, BC. The company’s goal is to offer the best paddling experience for all guests, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Columbia River Paddle offers canoe and kayak tours through the Columbia Wetlands with expert guides to help you experience the incredible biodiversity and beauty of the region. Columbia River Paddle has chosen to partner with ISCBC in order to protect the wonderous ecosystem they call home. They will be taking part in piloting our Invasive-Wise Tourism Project and undertaking best management practices to keep this natural area free of invasive species. It is tourism operators like Columbia River Paddle that are lighting the way to a more sustainable outdoor tourism industry.

Nass River Steelhead Co. located in Terrace, BC, offers the opportunity to take a helicopter to the remote corners of British Columbia to fly fish for species like the legendary Steelhead that all fishermen can only dream of. These experiences are once in a lifetime and their fishing guides are second to none. Nass River Steelhead Co. has taken steps to protect the remote corners of BC in which they operate by taking part in piloting our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program. By being proactive, Nass River Steelhead Co. will ensure that these fisheries are sustained for years to come and are protected from the impacts of invasive species.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, tucked away in Port McNeil, BC, offers the highest degree of luxurious amenities while also being tucked away in crystal clear inlet waters. For the past 40 years Nimmo Bay Resort has offered fully customizable retreats, with options ranging from glacier excursions to fly fishing, from luxury dining to helicopter tours, the opportunities are endless. Being situated in the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Resort has taken measures to help protect the jewel of the west coast. By partnering with ISCBC and helping to piloting our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program, Nimmo Bay Resort will help ensure that their operation does not introduce invasive species into these fragile ecosystems, so that these natural wonders may be experienced for lifetimes to come.

Based out of Victoria, BC, Eagle Wing Tours offers custom charters and whale watching adventures. They began their endeavours in 2005 whilst promoting conservation and environmental stewardship. From their first day of operation, they have believed in educating the public about the wildlife of the Salish Sea and to inspire people to make more sustainable choices in their every day lives. Eagle Wing Tours has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program, to ensure that they remain an industry leader on the sustainability front. It is tourism operations like Eagle Wing Tours that light the way for all of us to a sustainable future in tourism.

Tyax Adventures, in Gold Bridge, began its endeavours 20 years ago. They offer a unique experience, a chance to see the South Chilcotin in ways that most never thought possible. From multi-day overland trips by horseback, to flight sightseeing tours, to a vast network of historical wilderness trails, there is always a way to make your experience truly unique. One of their core values is sustainability, and they practice this on and off the trail. Tyax Adventures has partnered with ISCBC in order to ensure that invasive species do not take root in their area. By piloting our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program they will take on best management practices to keep their operation clear of invasive species.

Chilcotin Holidays is a guest ranch in Gold Bridge. They offer a range of different wilderness experiences from fishing trips to multi-day trips by horseback. Guests have the chance to be a part of managing the wilderness they are traveling in by aiding in wildlife recording and tracking. Guests learn about threats to the ecosystem and are a part of Chilcotin Holidays stewardship actions. Chilcotin Holidays has partnered with ISCBC to continue their sustainability mission by keeping their operation clear of invasive species. With the Invasive-Wise Tourism Program, they will remain a front runner in the fight against invasive species.

Located in Chase, Quaaout Lodge began its story back in 1979 and has been offering tranquility at its finest for the last 20 years. Quaaout, meaning “When the sun’s rays hit the water”, is a lodge and spa resort adjacent to a beautiful golf course. Born from a rich indigenous history, Quaaout is devoted to offering blissful spa and lodging experiences, but also are devoted to promoting sustainability. Quaaout has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism Project. With this project they will educate guests and ensure their operation helps prevent the spread of invasive species.

Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, based in Whistler, is a backcountry lodge that began its journey back in 1980. They offer year-round experiences such as summer hiking and unmatched backcountry and cross-country skiing. The company manages roughly 12,000 hectares of wilderness for outdoor recreation. Due to their year-round presence in this natural area, Callahan Country Wilderness Adventures has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program. Through this partnership they will ensure the utmost care is used with regards to preventing invasive species from being introduced and spread through their programing.

Bella Coola Heli Sports is a helicopter-based recreation company that has been voted the worlds best heliskiing operation. Their packages range from basic day trips to multi-day stays on a yacht-based heli-skiing adventure. In the summer months, their home base of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge offers a range of amenities from fishing to luxurious dinning. Due to their access to remote areas and biodiverse geographical locations, Bella Coola Heli Sports has partnered with ISCBC in order to keep these remote places pristine and protect them from the spread of invasive species. Bella Coola is piloting our Invasive-Wise Tourism Program and taking on best management practices to keep our ecosystems safe.

Nipika Mountain Resort is nestled in the beautiful Radium Hot Springs area. This eco-retreat offers a blissful experience that can also be filled with an adventurous twist. With a vast network of trails and many guided activities year round, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation possibilities. Nipika Mountain Resort has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism program. With this training, they will educate staff and guests to help prevent the spread of invasive species through their activities, helping to light the way for a more responsible tourism industry.

Strathcona Park Lodge is truly a unique experience in the Elk River Valley. With a vast network of trails and other outdoor activities like canoeing and kayaking there is no shortage of opportunity to connect with nature. Star gazing beside a bonfire on the beach, or crystal clear water to recharge your batteries, Strathcona Park Lodge is renowned for what it has to offer. Strathcona Park Lodge has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism program, teaching guests and staff how to prevent the spread of invasive species and bring sustainability to the BC tourism industry.

Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is located on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the most biodiverse parts of British Columbia. With opportunities for viewing grizzly bears in their natural habitat, Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge offers a chance for guests to live on the wild side. Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge has partnered with ISCBC to pilot our Invasive-Wise Tourism program and help to protect the Great Bear Rainforest from the impacts of invasive species.

Valhalla Mountain Touring is located near the spectacular Valhalla Provincial Park. They off year-round adventures in a massive wilderness area that holds a large amount of biodiversity. In the winter, guests can enjoy ski touring and back country thrills. In the summer, guests can explore the wilderness on mountain top hikes and cozy cabins for group stays. Through a partnership with ISCBC Valhalla Mountain Touring is educating staff and guests about the dangers of invasive species and how to prevent their spread.

CONTACT

If you have any inquiries about the Invasive-Wise Tourism program, please contact the Tourism Coordinator.

Thanks to all our advisors: Backcountry Lodges of BC Association, BC Ministry of the Environment, BC River Outfitters Association, Boating BC Association, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Destination BC, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Transport Canada, and Wilderness Tourism Association.