How to Get the Most out of Your Wilderness Adventure

Here is how to plan your eco-travel so you’ll never miss a moment.

Crossing items off your bucket list, taking in once-in-a-lifetime views, reaching new heights (literally and figuratively), and immersing yourself in the local culture, are reasons enough to book a wilderness adventure. A bonus, eco-tourism can support conservation efforts and small communities if done right.

However, as climates change, migration and weather patterns can as well. It can be more difficult to plan eco-travel without running the risk of missing out. Take these extra precautions before planning your trip so that you can get the most out of your adventure.

Double-check Your Dates

Animal migrations and weather patterns generally occur on a seasonal basis. Although these peak times seem to be shifting with warmer temperatures. Phenomena like the northern lights occur in peak cycles. And, some events like super blooms, only occur after years with increased rainfall.

Do your research to see when the suggested dates are and compare them to when travellers spotted the animals, or environmental events, the year prior. You can typically check social media, reviews on tour websites, or designated apps for this information. These indicators can give you a better idea of when to book your itinerary.

Keep in mind, although some attractions are viewable all year-round, some dates may be more enjoyable than others. For example, the Grand Canyon can get uncomfortably hot!

Peak Season for Viewing

Animals or Events Location Peak Time
Monarch butterfly migration Central Mexico January and February
Manatees Crystal River, Florida December to March
Whale sharks St. Helena January to February
Icebergs Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland End of May to early June
Northern lights Northwest Territories The year 2024 to 2025

Use Apps

Technology is almost always at our fingertips. Use this to your advantage! For example, if you want to track down an iceberg in Newfoundland, you can go to and follow the map of when and where an iceberg was spotted last. Anyone can upload a picture and location to the site, so make sure to add to the database if you find one.

Here are some other apps adventurers may find useful:

  • Night Sky: This app can help users locate constellations by holding their phone toward the sky.
  • Seek by iNaturalist: Users can identify plants and animals with image recognition.

Not only that, there are apps to help you find the best route, the closest bathroom or gas station, and even help reduce jet lag.

Be Eco-Conscious

Many animal species and environmental landmarks are in jeopardy from tourism. As much as we would like to see these beautiful creatures and locations, it is our job as travellers to make eco-conscious decisions.

There may be limited time to see the unique ecological wonders this planet has to offer, so we have to protect them while we can. Recently, Maya Bay’s beach in Thailand was closed to help the coral and unwater habit recover from over visitation. It was also announced the canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur in Iceland would be closed for all but five weeks of the year due to heavy foot traffic in the area.

This same sentiment goes for the exotic animals we hope to see abroad. You would not want to contribute to animal cruelty under the guise of conservation. Your best bet is to find accredited experiences and trust your gut.

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Come Prepared

Anything can happen on an adventure, good and bad. Fortunately, travel insurance can help cover your emergency medical expenses while out-of-province or overseas. However, if you are planning on participating in excursions or experiences, you may need to add extended coverage. Typically, travel insurance won’t cover scuba diving or other high-risk activities under a general plan. Get travel insurance quotes at and find the coverage you need at the right price.

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