Ontario Resort Eco-Friendly Vacations on the Rise

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Ontario's Haliburton Highlands resort area provides the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and environmentalists seeking a green vacation in an Ontario lakeside wilderness playground.

Canadians are blessed with a country that still retains much of its unspoiled natural wilderness. With many crystal clear lakes and massive tracks of forestland, vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts have been flocking for years to Central Ontario's resort areas seeking a holiday destination that offers a variety of attractions and activities in a beautiful wilderness setting. Today, many Canadian's are becoming aware of the effect they have on the environment, and they are making a conscious effort to reduce their impact and protect their natural heritage. Canadians, who have always had a close relationship with the land, are choosing to leave a "smaller footprint" while enjoying a green vacation. Eco-vacations have become a popular alternative for the environmentally conscious traveller.

Eco-tourism, a term that has been around for a couple of decades, began to gain world recognition when it first started in relatively unknown vacation destinations areas, such as Costa Rica. Costa Rica began promoting eco-tourism to set themselves apart from other sun and sand vacation spots, hoping to attract tourists to an area that had plenty of natural charm and unspoilt wilderness. Clearly they had picked up on a trend whose time had come. Eco-tourism has made Costa Rica an extremely popular vacation destination today for both the die-hard environmentalist and the average tourist.

The ecological impact of flying to far-away exotic locations around the world is something that is often left un-addressed in international eco-tourism. For a true environmental vacation, accommodating closer to home is a far more environmentally friendly option. For the many vacationers who are really concerned about the impact their actions have on the environment, bioregional eco-tourism is the perfect alternative. For the residents of Southern Ontario, a fabulous eco-friendly holiday in the middle of the best that nature has to offer is just a short, fuel conserving drive away.

In the popular resort area of Haliburton Ontario, eco-friendly tourism has been around for quite sometime. With its abundance of lakes and streams, as well as hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling trails, Haliburton has always had its share of outdoor sports enthusiasts and people who simply enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of this rugged lake-filled area. Home to Algonquin Provincial Park and the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Preserve, the Haliburton/Minden tourist area is only a two-hour drive from Metropolitan Toronto.

Valerie and Krenar Kulla, owners of Oakview Lodge & Marina (http://www.oakviewlodge.com) on Little Hawk Lake in the Haliburton Highlands, have been observing positive environmental practises at their lakeside lodge for many years. "It just makes sense to be environment-friendly. Nature-based tourism depends on a healthy environment, and therefore promoting environmental awareness and responsibility should be a top priority for anyone in the tourist industry. Many of our customers visit Oakview Lodge to get back to nature. They can enjoy a variety of non-motorized activities such as cycling, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Guests take pleasure in the clean clear lake, the tranquil forests and fresh country air. They return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated," states Valerie Kulla. "We feel it is our responsibility as resort owners to do all that we can to protect our land and water so that future generations may also be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area," adds Krenar.
In Canada today, much of our multi-billion dollar tourist industry is now based on getting back to nature and eco-tourism activities. Since nature-based tourism depends on a healthy environment, resort operations and tourist-based attractions have even more incentive to offer low-impact ecological experiences based on environmentally positive principles. With more and more people concerned about the health of our planet, both eco-friendly and conventional tourism operators can play an important role by being environmentally responsible and running their business in a sustainable fashion.

About Oakview Lodge & Marina:
Oakview Lodge & Marina (http://www.oakviewlodge.com), located in the Ontario resort region of the Haliburton Highlands, is a full-service country inn on picturesque Little Hawk Lake offering lodge, cottage and bed & breakfast accommodations, fine dining and many recreational activities. For romantic couples' getaways and year-round family vacations, Oakview Lodge & Marina has a number of attractive specials and accommodation packages available.

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