Realontario supports Sustainable Tourism applauds the efforts of several businesses located in Eastern Ontario in promoting the concept of "Sustainable Tourism" and operating under like-minded principles.

Sustainable Tourism is defined (by Parks Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada) as "tourism which actively fosters appreciation and stewardship of the natural, cultural and historic resources and special places by local residents, the tourism industry, governments and visitors."

Sustainable Tourism is a concept with long term goals.  In basic terms, the number one goal is to ensure that the natural environment and cultural wonders that visitors come to see today will be maintained and supported for the visitors (and tourism businesses) of tomorrow.

Eastern Ontario has the distinction of being home to both a World Heritage Site (the Rideau Canal) and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (the Frontenac Arch).  In fact, the two distinguished areas overlap, which is unique in all of Canada.  The Rideau Canal was honoured by the National Geographic Society in 2008 for its "destination stewardship".  The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve has nearly completed a multi-year project on Sustainable Tourism.

One Eastern Ontario business (and one of realontario's featured properties) that has made Sustainable Tourism part of its operating philosophy is Sam Jakes Inn, a 33 room inn found in Merrickville, Ontario.  The Inn operates under principles of waste reduction and offers local ingredients and wines in its menu - both to celebrate the region's agricultural bounty and reduce carbon footprint!


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