Ogopogo Tours - Personalized Sightseeing & Wine Tours Year-Round

Sustainable Tourism and Carbon Emission Reduction

Offsetters Certified Carbon Neutral Business 2016-2017LuxuryTravel Guide has selected us for Canadian Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year 2017

The nomination came from one of our amazing guests! We have no idea who. Thank you to everyone who has toured with us, supported us or referred to us.

Offsetters Certified Carbon Neutral Business 2016-2017Ogopogo Tours has been audited and certified Carbon Neutral by Offsetters, purchasing carbon credits supporting projects including the Great Bear Rain Forest Carbon Project. According to our research, we are the first certified carbon neutral wine tour company in Canada! Achieving carbon neutrality comes near the end of a long journey, and begins an even longer, more sustainable journey.

Silver Award Green Tourism CanadaGreen Tourism Canada has awarded us with a Silver rating in environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Our actions include donating services to local charities, launching the first hybrid tour vehicle in the Okanagan and achieving carbon neutrality while protecting forests in old growth forests. Sustainable Tourism is our driving force, while providing guests with our personalized “Ogopogo-Style” service.

We reduce our consumption and waste by following a number of guidelines featuring:

 

• Buying local goods and services whenever possible, forging relationships to increase efficiency and reduce waste.

• Developing and following our Green Fleet action plan, including GHG emissions targets.

• Using the "Right-Size" vehicle, using a 4 passenger sedan when possible, and 14 passenger van for larger tours. In most cases we can offer a smaller footprint than individuals driving their own cars.

Camilla Luxury Hybrid Touring Sedan• Recently adding our first hybrid gasoline / electric vehicle to our fleet. Camilla is a Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid and carries 4 guests in quiet comfort.

• Future vehicle purchases will be either hybrid, plug-in electric, or fuel sippers, as options become available.

• Tires from Nokian made without toxic or carcinogenic chemicals.

• Anti-Idling policies following guidelines from Idle-Free BC.

• Vehicles are washed by hand using minimal water, daily cleanings are waterless.

• Reusing supplies when possible, while maintaining a very high service standards.

• Recycling program in the office and on the road.

• Purchasing Carbon Credits to offset our remaining emissions, helping to save old growth forest.

• Showcasing sustainability initiatives within our community including organic farming and production.

If you have questions or comments about our sustainability initiatives please call or email us!