Environmental Practices & Affiliations
Hello Nature Adventures is committed to protecting our delicate coastal ecosystems through education and environmental stewardship. Our environmental practices and affiliations promoting our environmental standards are described here.
Our Environmental Practices
Our company was founded on the premise to create and share the connection we have with the land, ocean, culture, and history of this biodiverse ecosystem. We believe that small group tours are essential to minimize our environmental impact on our fragile coastal ecosystems, and that small groups allow for a more authentic and enriching experience of the places we visit.
An environmental approach
Our environmental approach to travel and waste management includes recycling, reusing, composting all materials on our trip, as well as purchasing items that limit packaging and using recycled paper in all promotional materials. As supporters of Surfrider Pacific Rim’s missions to keep our oceans clean of plastic pollution and single-use waste, we abide by these principles on all of our tours.
Monitoring our energy consumption and use of natural resources, we use energy efficient light bulbs and biodegradable cleaning products made with natural ingredients.
Safe wildlife observation
Hello Nature Adventure Tours respects sensitive wildlife observation practices including maintaining a respectful distance in order to minimize noise and stress to animals in their natural habitat. We leave habitats pristine by hauling out any items carried in, along with all trash accumulated on our trips.
We purchase certified organic products, items through fair trade wholesalers, and we strive to support our local communities by purchasing locally grown food and products.
Adhering to “Leave No Trace” principles
Hello Nature follows the seven basic principles of “Leave No Trace” as identified by SKGABC’s best practices for each principle. A full breakdown of the principles can be found on the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC Website.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
We Support Local Environmental Groups & Advocate for Sustainable Tourism
Every year, Hello Nature Adventure Tours donates a proportion of their profits to local environmental groups to support the work they do to protect our environment.
Groups that we have supported include Surfrider (Pacific Rim Chapter), Raincoast Education Society, Clayoquot Action and Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society.
Hello Nature believes in responsible, sustainable tourism that raises awareness of our ocean ecosystem and temperate rainforest. We’re a proud member of both the Tourism Ucluelet and Pacific Rim Whale Festival Boards, where we advocate for these environmentally-conscious beliefs.
Our Affiliations & Professional Memberships
Hello Nature Adventure Tours is proud to partner and be affiliated with the following organisations.
Hello Nature Adventure Tours recognises and supports the indigenous rights and title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Ucluelet, Toquaht and Tseshaht - the first peoples of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound.