Bears, place-making, and authenticity in British Columbia

Nevin, Owen ORCID logo ORCID: , Swain, Peter and Convery, Ian ORCID logo ORCID: (2014) Bears, place-making, and authenticity in British Columbia. Natural Areas Journal, 34 (2). pp. 216-221.

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Extreme sports, adventure, and ecotourism are bringing increasing numbers of people into remote backcountry areas worldwide. The number of people visiting wilderness areas is set to increase further, and nature tourism is the fastest growing sector in the $3.5 trillion global annual tourism market (Mehmetoglu 2006). What impacts will this have on the social perceptions, economic, and conservation values of these areas and the species that are found there? Reflecting on over a decade's research on the impacts of the bear-viewing (Ursus spp.) ecotourism industry in British Columbia, Canada, this paper considers authenticity, place, and ‘place making’ via a case study of bear tourism in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Natural Areas Journal
Publisher: Natural Areas Association
ISSN: 0885-8608
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 14:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:31


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