Located on the outskirts of Parry Sound, Harmony Outdoor Inn is the town’s only waterfront accommodation provider, offering a three room boutique B&B and six secluded canvas wall-tents.
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is Ontario’s home for sea kayak instruction and guided trips. Although based in Parry Sound, their certified wilderness guides organize and lead sea kayak tours all over Canada and internationally.
Harmony Outdoor Inn / Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is certified Bronze with GreenStep Sustainable Tourism. Continue reading to learn more about their journey towards sustainability:
Tell us a bit about your business. What makes you different?
We are an outdoor inn and paddling training and tour company. We love getting people to spend time in nature. We get to see the stress melt away from people. We feel like the more we can get people to spend time in nature the more they will want to protect it.
Why is sustainability important to you/your business?
Sustainability is important to us because we love the natural setting surrounding Harmony Outdoor Inn and also Georgian Bay where we lead our tours and kayak courses. We need to protect and conserve our natural environment.
Why did you join GreenStep Sustainable Tourism?
We wanted to show that we care and be able to gauge our progress as we improve our level of sustainability.
What sustainability related projects, policies or initiatives do you most want travelers to know about?
We donate 1% of the total amount of every sale and donate it directly to environmental charities.
What are some goals and/or actions you plan to take in the future to further increase the sustainability of your business?
We are trying to partner with more local community members and indigenous partners. We are hoping to add solar panels to our property to help offset the energy uses of our guests.