TOTALLY RESPONSIBLEBe a well-informed globetrotter!
Whether you choose to explore Québec’s bustling big cities or the wide variety of its vacation resorts, admire the majesty of the St. Lawrence River or venture into the great outdoors, you can help preserve its natural treasures and resources:
- By finding out about the cultural values and practices of your destination;
- By respecting the natural environment of the places you visit;
- By choosing products that are reusable, durable and recyclable;
- By choosing energy-efficient transportation (public transit, cycling, walking) and encouraging carpool;
- By disposing of recyclables and garbage in the areas provided;
- By buying goods and services from companies that respect the environment;
- By buying local products that promote the economic development of the region you visit;
- By respecting the privacy and well-being of others;
- By reducing pollutants generated by your trip;
- By encouraging those around you to do the same.
Responsible businessesThree organizations were named recipients in 2010 of the Prix Transat pour le tourisme durable. This sustainable tourism award, presented as part of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois, supports the ministère du Tourisme’s sustainable development action plan for tourism, which draws on Québec’s Sustainable Development Act and the government’s resultant sustainable development strategy.
This museum, devoted to transmitting the intangible cultural heritage (accounts and life stories), was inspired by the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage adopted by UNESCO in 2003. The museum’s hands-on approach and efforts to safeguard heritage make this mecca for memories a model of sustainable development.
Gold: Museum of living memory, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli (Chaudière-Appalaches)
The hotel uses an integrated approach to manage energy in cooperation with Hydro-Québec, participates in a project to replant noble deciduous trees in cooperation with Université Laval, and treats its own wastewater. The Éco-café generates local purchases of $215,000, while the Théâtre en rivière is a unique example of an activity that is environmentally responsible.
Dedicated in particular to the protection and development of the Marguerite-D'Youville Wildlife Refuge and the Fernand-Seguin Ecological Centre, the organization offers educational activities related to the environment, promotes responsible consumption and adds value to the local economy, while promoting the cultural heritage of Île Saint-Bernard.
|Many hotels and hotel chains have taken steps to reduce the environmental impact of the constant stream of clients. The Association des hôteliers du Québec, for instance, offers its members RéserVert, a recognition program in sustainable development.|
See the list of green hotels.