Yukon wilderness retreat, Canada

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Available departures dates between: 06 Feb 2016 and 29 Mar 2016

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yukon wilderness retreat, Canada


One of the accommodations that we use for this trip is Tagish Wilderness Lodge, which, due to its remote location, has a keen focus on environmental responsibility. Accessible only by float plane in the summer and ski plane in the winter, they need to be self-sustainable and able to work in harmony with the surrounding area.

The lodge focuses on small groups of 6 or 8 in order to minimise environmental impact and to maintain the peace and serenity of its location. If groups were too large then it would negatively impact the customer experience, as well as putting more strain on the environment.

90% of the lodge’s power comes from their own solar panels, with a battery designed to store power for the short daylight hours of winter. All cans, glass and plastic is recycled and the lodge has its own greenhouse that produces a large amount of its own fruit and vegetables in the summer months, therefore limiting the need for transportation fuel to pick up goods from the nearest town. Furthermore, where possible, food is sourced from local producers and/or organic farms in Canada.

During their stay here, guests are given an interpretive nature walk which allows them to understand the local habitat and how the lodge works to survive during the winter months.


Tagish Lodge, one of the accommodations used during this trip, is a locally-owned and operated venture, therefore offering an authentic visitor experience where guests can learn about the destination they are in through first-hand knowledge. Furthermore, we encourage guests to visit the local restaurants, shops and cafes during their time in Whitehorse. The suppliers we use are all locally based and therefore the economic impact of the tours that we include, or offer as optional add-ons, all directly benefit the local economy through the creation of jobs and by investing money into the area.

During this trip, guests are advised to visit the various local attractions of Whitehorse, including the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, which is filled with exhibits about the Yukon’s indigenous First Nations people. This provides guests with an opportunity to learn about their culture, way of life and fascinating history, as well as offering the chance to provide donations to ensure that their culture is conserved. The heritage of the First Nations people is widely celebrated throughout Canada and therefore it is a key component to be highlighted during any trip to the area.

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