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When visiting National Parks, the best way to be a responsible traveller is to follow the rules and regulations. After all, they are there for a good reason – your protection. Respect posted rules and remind others to do so if necessary and appropriate by politely reminding fellow visitors to notice and follow the park’s rules to contribute to continued preservation. Report any signs of vandalism or misbehaviour to park rangers. Parks’ visitor centres are a good resource for information on regulations as well as for available trails. Here are some more ways to enjoy a responsible national park visit.

  1. Stick to indicated trails to ensure that the ecosystem is not harmed and the environment as well as you stays safe. Though some parks may allow off trail or cross country experiences, it is not a general rule so do your research on regulations and rules for the recreational area you are visiting. If you are bringing pets, make sure the trail allows it, and be sure to keep them leashed and that you clean up after them. You may also consult local authorities or park rangers on site. If you feel more adventurous or if there are too many visitors on the trails, you may want to choose a backcountry adventure.
  2. Avoid removing seeds or shells, damaging corals or picking flowers to not have a negative impact on nature. Enjoy watching the wildlife instead of feeding it to not intervener with their natural way of sourcing food.
  3. If you are planning on camping in a national park, make sure to check the local camping regulations and prepare your campground meals in advance. Bringing your ingredients in reusable containers (including your reusable water bottle) will help to reduce waste. In case you still produce waste, ensure that it goes in the correct bins or take it back with you if no suitable disposal is available. Read more of our tips for responsible camping and RVing.
  4. Use the park’s shuttle services for transportation if available instead of driving yourself. You will be able to enjoy more of the scenery and worry less about traffic or parking. They are also a great way to get around if you are planning a one-way hike.

Read more about the right behaviour in national parks here, stay safe and enjoy your visit!

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Remembering to switch off lights in an unoccupied room makes a big difference to our planet’s energy bill. Switching off your lights during Earth Hour on March 25 shows your commitment to the planet. Our actions today can change our world for tomorrow.

Here are some creative ways to spend your Earth Hour:

 

1. Candlelight dinner or indoor picnic:

Prepare the meal in advance. Spread out rugs on the living room floor, light some candles and enjoy this special meal with someone you love. It’s a different and very romantic way to celebrate Earth Hour. Get some recipes here.

 

2. Art in the dark:

Try sketching, painting, or handcrafting in the dark. Do not worry if you’re not in the same class as Canaletto or Van Gogh. You will still have a laugh when the lights are switched on and your masterpice is revealed.

 

3. Play Games

It’s always fun to play games and tell stories. This Saturday night, switch off the TV, tablets and smart phones and get back to basic family fun with a board game by candlelight. Here are some ideas for more games to play in the dark.

 

4. Make a resolution

Take this opportunity to think about how you can save more energy at home. Turning off the lights can not only be fun but can also help you save cash. Pick any of these simple tips to help conserve the environment. Finally, be sure to follow our regular series of Green Tips to keep you on a right path for a sustainable future.

 

 

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