Banff Jasper Collection

It’s no secret that travel of any kind creates environmental impact. There are many ways to make your trip more earth-friendly at all stages of the journey. Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming but remember that greener choices contribute to a healthier planet.

Promise to Place is a commitment that guides Pursuit’s operations. It helps keep us accountable in three focus areas:

  • Stewardship: How we work to manage and improve our impact on the environment.
  • Respect: How we make sure that everyone we cross paths with knows they’re warmly welcomed.
  • Community: How we celebrate and support the places we’re lucky to live and work.
Whether you’re enjoying a thrilling experience or staying in one of our properties, know that we are constantly checking ourselves and are always working on enhancing sustainable practices. Keep reading to learn tips for your next trip.

Pack a More Sustainable Suitcase

Your commitment to more carbon-neutral travel can start before you embark on your journey. First, consider packing lighter by using only carry-on luggage and curating a capsule wardrobe. Less luggage means fewer fossil fuels needed to get you to your destination. You can also invest in fabric refresher to make clothing last a couple of wears and reduce water consumption. It’s always tempting to buy new clothes for a trip, so consider shopping at consignment stores rather than hitting the mall. You can find fantastic pieces for less — sometimes they haven’t even been worn.

When it comes to toiletries, pack reusable bottles that you can fill using your existing products instead of purchasing travel-sized bottles of everything. Bonus points for filling those bottles with eco-friendly and biodegradable products. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle, and travel mug.

Lady putting on her hiking boots while sitting on hotel bed

Seek Out Green Transportation

Research eco-friendly transportation options before you arrive at your destination, such as public transportation. Public transit leaves the navigating to someone else, and you won’t have to worry about parking — or potentially expensive parking fees. Plus, according to UCLA Transportation, taking public transit reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent. Explore electric or hybrid options if you do need to rent a vehicle. Stuart Back, chief operating officer with our Banff Jasper Collection talks about the impact of a collaboration between Pursuit, Roam Transit and Parks Canada that is reducing carbon emissions in Banff when visitors utilize the local bus shuttle service.

Choose Accommodations Wisely

Many hotels are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, and this will be highlighted on the property’s website. Most have a sustainability webpage and share what they are doing in the communities they operate. Don’t be afraid to contact the property directly if you’d like to know more about specific practices. Some things to look for include the use of solar panels, reduced water and energy consumption, no single-use plastics, biodegradable cleaning products, composting, and waste-reduction tactics.

Female and male sharing dinner with a view of the mountains in the background

Eat Local

Experiencing new food is one of the most enjoyable things about travelling. You can lower your environmental footprint by seeking out independent restaurants that source their ingredients from local suppliers. When food isn’t imported it means fewer carbon emissions and you can support the local economy in the process. This also provides an opportunity to connect with the destination’s culture and the people who contribute to it.

Promise to Place

We are building a team of passionate people determined to make a difference in the places we love. Every effort counts. Meet more of them here and discover how Promise to Place is the real deal.
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