Wikipedia defines Ecotourism as “travel to fragile, pristine and usually protected areas that strive to be low impact and (often) small scale”.
Experiential tourism is considered to be a practice where the client plays an active role in their experience, with major emphasis put on learning and personal growth.
Parkland Prints is a year-round tourism service provider, located in the province of Manitoba, in the centre of Canada. Reached by phone at his home office, founder Carter Hanke says he doesn’t necessarily want his business to be pigeonholed into either one of these categories. “I’ve been finding lately that describing to people what Parkland Prints is not, has been easier than going through the infinite list of activities and programs that we actually do provide” says Hanke. “As long as you call us, you can call us whatever you want” he jokes. “We just want you to have a great experience with us…an exceptional experience”.
Parkland Prints specializes in all-inclusive, customized packages, targeted to small groups, (ex: couples, families, corporate retreats, etc). Most of their focus is heavily rooted in both the cultural and historical significance of the area. As stated on their Facebook page, Parkland Prints works “with rather than for” the client, collaborating and developing organically the experiences that best suit the individual’s interests and aptitudes.
Hanke seemed more at ease while describing the motivation behind the name of his business. “I went with Parkland because it’s the Manitoba Region that I call home and where we offer a lot of our services”. “Parkland to me, also conjures up a mental image that ties in nicely with our international identity” he quips. “Canada is known for it’s nature, as being a largely uninhabited, gigantic landmass of a Country, with an abundance of waterways, agriculture and, well; Parks, of which we have 38 National, 50 Territorial and over 1,000 Provincial”.
“The Prints part of the name has deeper meaning as well” Hanke quickly points out. “We were founded in Dauphin, the largest City in the Parkland, which is named after the title given to the eldest son of the King of France, or essentially, the Prince”. “The word Prints also has other significance, as we trek all over this great Province of ours with this business, we create footprints on the earth and as a direct result, leave lasting impressions with our clientele”…eloquently put if I do say so myself.
Far from royalty, however, this “Prints” definitely has a dominion worthy of visits from Dukes and Duchess far and wide. Book your tour today!