Are you the type of person who never litters, who recycles everything you possibly can, and always carries a reusable water bottle with you? Are you inclusive and respectful of all, and do you believe quality of life is a necessity? You are doing the work to help the Earth and create a sustainable community, so why would you abandon that awesome ethic when you travel?

In honour of Earth Month (April), Ontario’s Highlands is shining the spotlight on our Wander Sustainably approach to travel, an approach that focuses on supporting and growing the community and culture, while protecting the environment and its ecosystems. This approach helps visitors plan their travel to consciously seek out businesses who care about how they impact their community and the environment.

Demonstrate how you are walking the talk and support one of these businesses who are doing the same. 

The Earth will thank you.

Sustainable Travel Tip:

Did you know that Earth Month takes place in April every year and is an opportunity to raise awareness around the environmental impact humans have on the planet? It’s an invitation for all to take the steps to minimize our carbon footprint and protect Earth’s natural resources for the next generations. 

Going Green: Green Certified Businesses

These businesses are certified with GreenStep, a social enterprise that helps businesses and organizations measure, report on and improve their sustainability performance. So when you rest your head at night or book an experience at one of these destinations you can rest easy knowing you are doing your part to preserve the environment by supporting businesses who think (and act) just as responsibly as you do. 

Embracing Diversity: Rainbow Registered Businesses

These businesses are Rainbow Registered with Canada's 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), a national accreditation to recognize businesses or organizations who meet a stringent set of standards to ensure 2SLGBTQI+ customers feel safe, welcomed and accepted. Support these businesses and know you are contributing to creating a welcoming world for all.

Supporting Fair Wages: Living Wage Certified Businesses

The owners of these businesses are committed to creating an environment where staff are well paid for their work. The Living Wage certification program recognizes employers who are investing in the long-term prosperity of the economy by fostering a dedicated, skilled and healthy workforce. Support businesses who support their staff - it's a win-win for all.