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#ShineOnTourism: Shore Protectors

By June 22, 2021August 12th, 2021Blog

Outdoor adventure businesses looking out for Nova Scotia’s coastal ecosystems.

For Nova Scotia’s tourism operators, our province’s shores aren’t just where they work – they’re where they live. Beyond providing thrilling outdoor adventures, tourism operators also act as stewards of the environment – contributing to both the local economy and the environment.

East Coast Outfitters in Lower Prospect has a mission to provide customers with world-class outdoor experiences in a safe & fun fashion that is socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. After the collapse of the ground fishery, the villagers saw eco-tourism as an alternative economic resource. They called it “Codfish to Kayaks”. They follow guidelines to limit the ecological impacts of their tour operations like leave no trace principles, using existing trails and campsites, viewing wildlife from a distance, and avoiding nesting areas. Community involvement is critical to the business structure of East Coast Outfitters – providing a warm welcome to their customers as they visit the community and filling a wide range of roles at the business – from tour guides to programing support to office managers.

Emmett Blois is the owner and guide of Shubenacadie River Wranglers. He takes people from around the world on exhilarating tidal bore rafting tours –sharing information about the world’s highest tides, and pointing out local wildlife, such as eagles.

On May, 30 Emmett was out on the river with some tour guides and trainees when he spotted an injured eagle. It was washed away by the tidal bore and struggling in the water. Emmett safely pulled it from the water, wrapping it in a blanket for the 9km ride back to the River Wranglers lodge. He contacted Hope for Wildlife, which came to get the eagle and provide care. The story was picked up by multiple news outlets, as well as the Dodo (a website and social media company for animal lovers).

“The bald eagles on the Shubenacadie are a huge part in helping us deliver such great tours every day, so it was nice to be able to help one out when it needed a hand,” Emmett said on Facebook.

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