Welcome to Sustainable Tourism in the Township of Georgian Bay

At the Township of Georgian Bay, we're committed to fostering a community that not only cherishes its natural beauty but actively works towards preserving it. That's why we're encouraging short-term rental operators to embrace sustainability in their businesses.

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable tourism is a responsible travel approach that seeks to minimize the negative impact of tourism on the environment, culture, and local communities, while maximizing the positive benefits. It involves adopting practices that conserve natural resources, support local economies, and promote cultural understanding.

Why Sustainable Tourism Matters

Preserving Natural Beauty

The Township of Georgian Bay is renowned for its stunning landscapes and pristine waters. Sustainable tourism ensures that these natural treasures are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Supporting Local Communities

By embracing sustainability, short-term operators contribute to the well-being of our local communities. This includes supporting local businesses, artisans, and cultural initiatives.

Enhancing Visitor Experience

Travellers today are increasingly conscious of their environmental impact. By choosing sustainable accommodations, they can enjoy guilt-free travel experiences that align with their values.

Attracting Responsible Travellers

Travellers are actively seeking destinations and accommodations that prioritize sustainability. By adopting eco-friendly practices, short-term operators become more attractive to the growing market of environmentally conscious travellers.

Building Community Pride

Sustainable tourism builds community pride by showcasing our commitment to responsible practices. It enhances the overall reputation of the Township and strengthens the bonds between residents and visitors.


How Short-Term Operators Can Contribute

As a Short-Term Rental (STR) Operator you can get involved in helping the Township of Georgian Bay meet their goals of sustainability while saving yourself money and time. The Township of Georgian Bay is offering a 10% discount on their registration to operators who take the pledge and meet the requirements of a sustainable rental. See below a summary of what you can do to work towards sustainability in your life.

Energy Efficiency
  • Implement energy-saving measures such as LED lighting and smart thermostats to minimize energy consumption.
Waste Reduction
  • Encourage recycling and provide clear guidelines for proper waste disposal. Consider using eco-friendly amenities to reduce single-use plastics.
Water Conservation
  • Install water-efficient fixtures and encourage guests to use water responsibly during their stay.
Community Engagement
  • Create guides highlighting local sustainable businesses and organize partnerships with environmental organizations.
Eco-Friendly Amenities
  • Provide reusable items and choose eco-friendly products to reduce the environmental impact of guest stays.
Communication & Education
  • Share your sustainability efforts with guests through in-unit information and engage them in responsible practices during their stay.


Join us in making the Township of Georgian Bay a leader in sustainable tourism. Together, we can ensure that our community remains a cherished destination for generations to come.

STR: Sustainability Toolkit

Take the Georgian Bay Pledge                                    Final Report

Join the National Movement towards Sustainability

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