In your travels around the Lake Simcoe watershed, you may have run across this logo. First and foremost it is a reminder to ask the provider about the environmental initiatives in place.
Tourism businesses that are working with the Explore Lake Simcoe project to implement the principles of sustainable tourism and incorporate them into daily operations may have a certificate containing this logo posted at their establishment. You may also find this logo on the Tourism Barrie website listing, or the business may have its efforts highlighted on the Explore Lake Simcoe website, facebook page, or twitter feed @VisitLakeSimcoe.
Every business is unique, as is its path towards sustainability. Through interaction with the Explore Lake Simcoe sustainable tourism project, participating businesses identify sustainable practices they already have in place, identify those they would like to focus on and implement, and set goals for the future. Thus, when you see the logo, understand that it is placed in recognition of the efforts taken by the participating business.
To find out more about the sustainability efforts of your favorite business, check the Explore Lake Simcoe website regularly, as we will be adding more stories to represent the wide range of businesses already working with us. See what steps your favorite business is taking, and get a glimpse of its future goals.
Businesses that have achieved third-party environmental certification and earned a minimum score on our sustainable tourism toolkit will be represented in upcoming Sustainable Tourism Itineraries—keep an eye on all our social media channels for new information. As the project expands and businesses set and achieve goals to bring them closer to the minimum score, more businesses will be added to these itineraries.
You can support the environmental efforts of these businesses by choosing them when you spend your tourist dollars. If you represent a tourism business operating in the Lake Simcoe watershed and want to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org