Spotlight on Careers in Adventure & Accessible Tourism


Coming on the heels of our Earth Week special series of blog posts on “Green” jobs, this month in Career Sense we feature Adventure and Accessible Tourism as a “Green” career option. The Adventure Tourism industry is gaining in popularity all the time, and especially in smaller markets like Powell River, it is a notable seasonal career option that also highlights economic diversification, contributing to our local economy in a sustainable way, if carefully managed.

The beauty of our natural surroundings is undeniable, and it makes sense to highlight it for visitors worldwide, making it accessible to them as well as helping to support local businesses and job-seekers. When done right and on a small community scale, this budding industry can increase the value of maintaining our natural environment, even from an environmental as well as economic point of view.

Did someone say “accessible”?

Speaking of “accessible”, Powell River is a good example of a tourism destination for persons with mobility challenges, with two noteworthy accessible tourism locations:

  • Inland Lake Campsite Trail System (a thirteen KM trail built around Inland Lake was finished in 1989 that won the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Design ) and
  • Mermaid Cove Dive Site (completely wheelchair accessible dive site with volunteer instructors which can be found at Mermaid Cove situated at the Saltery Bay Provincial Park).

Accessible tourism can also represent a viable and growing niche market, especially with an ageing population, and where “travelers with disabilities make up one of the fastest growing tourism market opportunities. One in eight people worldwide lives with a disability; in North America alone, people with disabilities currently spend more than $13 billion each year on travel.”Source BC Government website

The Rick Hansen Foundation has developed planat, which is an easy-to-use online ratings tool ( that allows users to post and search accessibility reviews of buildings and public spaces in communities around the world from a mobility, sight or hearing perspective.

First Steps to Employment

A good first step in getting work in the Tourism industry generally is to gain some essential training that, as  Jenni Hopkyns, Manager of Training Services at Tourism British Columbia says are  “the best way to start or get ahead in the tourism industry”. Here are some training programs you should consider:

  • FOODSAFE™: A program focusing on the dangers and prevention of food poisoning. In fact, operators of a food establishment must have a FOODSAFE certificate. Regardless of whether you’re applying for an entry-level or senior position, potential employees who have completed this training are usually the preferred candidates. This training can be done in the classroom or via correspondence.  For more information, visit FOODSAFE.
  • Serving It Right™: A self-study program that teaches the responsible service of alcohol. In order to work as a bartender or serve in a liquor establishment in BC, you are required to have this certificate. While this program provides excellent training for all servers, it is necessary for those working in private liquor stores, casinos and lounges. For more information, visit Serving It Right.
  • SuperHost®: Internationally recognized workshops for training in customer service. With various workshops ranging from the fundamentals of SuperHost® customer service to how to offer the best service across cultures and to those with disabilities, these workshops provide an effective training tool for anyone dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. For more information, visit Tourism BC.
  • emerit Professional Certification: A line of Canadian-made tourism training products to help take your career to the next level. For more information, visit emerit.
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System): WHMIS training, Canada’s hazard classification and information standard, is a national requirement for all employees who may come in contact with hazardous materials at work. Visit
  • First Aid Certification: All companies within British Columbia are required by law to meet the requirements of WorkSafeBC in terms of first aid services—including having at least one staff member who is certified in first aid treatment. For more information, visit under Safety.

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Do I Need a Post-secondary Degree to Pursue a Career in Tourism?

Tourism is an increasingly sophisticated sector, and as with every industry, post-secondary education will offer you more opportunities to advance into management positions. Ideally, a combination of education and experience will help you move forward in your career. Here are some of the post-secondary schools in BC that offer tourism courses and programs.

  • Art Institute of Vancouver – various courses in hospitality management, culinary arts and restaurant management
  • BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – various courses in marketing and tourism management
  • Camosun College – various courses in golf management, business administration, hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts
  • Canadian Tourism College – various courses in hospitality and resort business management, golf tourism, travel agent training, adventure tourism and flight attendant training
  • Capilano College  various programs in tourism management, destination resort management, outdoor recreation, wilderness leadership and event management
  • College of New Caledonia – various courses in hospitality management, northern outdoor recreation and tourism administration
  • College of the Rockies – various programs in adventure tourism, eco-tourism, culinary arts, event management and recreation management
  • Douglas College – various courses in tourism and restaurant
  • Langara College – various courses in nutrition and food service, recreation leadership, travel and tourism
  • Malaspina University-College – various courses in Aboriginal sports management, culinary arts, hospitality and tourism management
  • North Island College – various courses in adventure tourism, culinary arts, food and beverage management and travel counselling
  • Northwest Community College – various courses in eco-adventure tourism, culinary arts, entrepreneurship and wilderness guiding
  • Okanagan College – various courses in cooking and culinary arts
  • Simon Fraser University – various courses and programs in business administration, marketing, business management, and professional development
  • Thompson Rivers University – various programs in accommodation management, adventure guiding and food and beverage management
  • Tourism Training Institute – various courses in tourism business management, hospitality operations and cruise hospitality
  • University of Northern British Columbia – various programs in natural resources management and resource-based tourism
  • University of Victoria – bachelor of commerce in hospitality services
  • Vancouver Community College – hospitality management degree, baking and culinary arts courses

Finding Local Work in Tourism/Adventure (Summer list)

go2 is BC’s tourism human resource association, responsible for providing labour market information, and programs and resources for recruitment, retention and training that support the growth and success of B.C.’s tourism and hospitality industry. Below are local links to individual sub-sectors that will link to maps with colourful markers that when selected, display tourism business names and sometimes links.

You can also try the website for more specifically Eco-tourism/Sustainable Tourism jobs or drop by Career Link so we can chat about some options, and you can book an appointment to see one of our counsellors.

Click the image above and use the search engines at right to define your criteria
Click the image above and use the search engines at right to define your criteria


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  1. Thanks for the mention! Accessible tourism is indeed a huge market; people also forget that those with accessibility needs often don’t travel alone, so access affects family members, friends, and caretakers as well. The stat we found was that once you factor that in, it affects as many as 1 in 3 people worldwide. Definitely a lucrative market!

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