Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Expands Its Ecotourism And Education Social Enterprise

In 2008, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society received a $20,000 grant from Northern Development through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure program towards this $522,803 project. This has been a funding partnership of Northern Development, BC Gaming, Coast Sustainability Trust, Gwaii Trust Society, Local Fundraising, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society, Teal Jones, and Vancouver Foundation

2012 – The Mount Moresby Adventure Camp, which is run by a non-profit organization, is the perfect spot for companies, classes, or any group of people to get together and learn to work as a team. The Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society provides the infrastructure that allows for the promotion of outdoor education and recreation in a safe, comfortable and affordable environment on Haida Gwaii. The camp promotes ecotourism as an emerging segment of the tourism industry on Haida Gwaii which incorporates ideals from nature tourism, cultural tourism and rural tourism, with the addition of an emphasis on conservation, education, traveler responsibility and active community involvement.

The Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has built two new log houses to increase the comfort and overall experience for the visitors. The landscape of the grounds around the Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has been improved to make the property more attractive and increase the rate of returning visitors. A new marketing campaign has been very successful for the Mount Moresby Adventure Camp. With its new website and ads in regional newspapers, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp is becoming a destination for tourist groups from all over the world.

"I know that students flourish in this environment and return to school better able to face their schooling and personal challenges."

Angus Wilson, Superintendent, School District 50

"I consider the Mount Moresby Adventure Camp to be rare and rather unique within the ecotourism industry because of the emphasis the program placed upon connection. That is, connection with the land, the creatures living here, connection with each other, with history and with community."

Brienna Altrogge, 2004 Participant, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp's Outdoor Leadership Program

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Positive Economic Impacts in Moresby Island

The Mount Moresby Adventure Camp began in 2000 as part of an initiative to diversify Haida Gwaii's reliance away from traditional logging and commercial fishing sectors. Now, the camp promotes tourism on Haida Gwaii and invests significantly each year in a number of local business on Haida Gwaii that supply the operations.

After the expansion was completed, the Mount Moresby Adventure Camp employed fifteen part-time employees with goal of turning three of those positions into full-time employment.

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