Here at Mineral Mountain Ziplines, we firmly believe that ziplines should embrace the natural environment instead of exploiting it. Sustainability is more than a passion project - we’re committed to preserving our surroundings and sharing these beautiful larches and Douglas fir forests with the world. This is why we’re proud to be leaders in zip trekking to highlight how beneficial ecotourism can be.
What is ecotourism?
Simply put, ecotourism is a form of tourism that prioritizes conserving the natural environment, responsible travel to natural areas, and improving the well-being of the local people. Our zipline park is great ecotourism because we’re able to take you around the forest and show you the stunning views of the Columbia Valley while leaving behind a minimal carbon footprint.
How have we contributed?
Even before we opened our zipline adventure at Fairmont Hot Springs, we’ve been thinking about ecotourism (Todd even got a degree in it!). We worked with a team of biologists to conduct a baseline study of what endangered or threatened wildlife lived in the ecosystem - this allowed us to build a mitigation plan when we started construction so we wouldn’t impact the species living here. This also helped us minimize the damage and environmental impact of any tree removal we had to do to build our course.
We’re also firm believers in putting our money where our mouth is. We’ve held fundraisers for local non-profits such as the Columbia Valley Search and Rescue. The pandemic paused our ability to do more fundraising, but we’re hoping to get back into it as soon as we can.
What other ecotourism is in the local area?
So glad you asked! We’re thrilled to be neighbors and partners with some wonderful ecotourism establishments and people who are passionate about the environment. For just a taste of Columbia Valley tourism, try these local Fairmont Hot Springs, BC attractions:
Invermere hosts a local summer farmer’s market
Fairmont Funtasia integrates its golf course right into the forest
Kootenay River Runners has been leaving nothing but footprints since 1976
Best of all just this year Fairmont Hot Springs partnered with The Nature Trust of BC to expand wetland protection over the Hoodoos - Columbia Wetland.
Interested in learning more about ecotourism in the Fairmont area? Check out our guide: Mineral Mountain Ziplines Guide to Your Local Ecosystem.
Mineral Mountain Ziplines gives visitors, neighbours, and their families a bird's eye perspective of the wilderness around them. Plus, it’s a complete rush for that little adventurer inside of all of us. Visit zipmineral.com to book a tour.