British Columbia’s leading sailing operator, Outer Shores Expeditions, has received a Gold rating from Green Tourism Canada. Outer Shores’ expeditions to Pacific Rim National Park, Haida Gwaii, Great Bear Rainforest, the Gulf Islands and Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound were awarded the sought after certification for their inspiring conservation and preservation initiatives that maintain the integrity of these vibrant coastal regions.
“Conservation and the well-being of the ecosystems, cultures and communities of coastal British Columbia have always been at the heart of the Outer Shores experience,” says Russell Markel, Outer Shores Expeditions President and Captain. “Guests contribute to conservation efforts during
their many wildlife encounters through our citizen-science approach. Our food philosophy holds that we source and serve foods that are sustainably produced whenever possible. Helping our guests experience first-hand and understand some of the most spectacular wildlife and ecosystems on the planet is central to everything we do throughout our expeditions.”
One of the World’s First Sustainable Tourism Certification Programs
Green Tourism is one of the world’s first sustainable tourism certification programs and it remains highly respected today because of its comprehensive assessments. Outer Shores Expeditions earned its Gold certification by working closely with local suppliers, establishing agreements with First Nations groups, contributing to wildlife tracking databases, and collaborating with experts in the field like archaeologist Denis St. Claire. Additionally, the Outer Shores Expeditions office is located in the Victoria Quay Business Centre, a LEED platinum certified building.
The Green Tourism Canada Gold certification provides Outer Shores guests with the peace of mind that when they are exploring the wildlife, wilderness and cultures of Canada’s Pacific coast aboard the classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud, they are traveling in a way that safeguards those experiences for future generations as well.
Green Tourism Canada certified-businesses are assessed on-site by trained, third-party auditors who review everything from efficiencies to food sources. Not only does this process help ensure transparency, it also provides insight into how to further reduce the company’s impact on the environment.
About Passing Cloud
Passing Cloud is a classic, 70′ schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities. Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.