Tourism as a conflicting land use

Robert Douglas McKercher

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The Northern Ontario tourist outfitting industry in Canada is facing an uncertain future. Its resource base is shrinking as commercial forestry activities expand into remote areas traditionally used by tourism. The creation of a network of forest access roads has exposed a large number of backcountry lakes to mass recreational use. Conflicts have arisen over tourism's needs and demands made by non-tourism-oriented recreational anglers for access to any fishing opportunity. Until recently, government agencies have not fully recognized the complexity of the problem, and, hence, attempts to resolve the conflict have met with limited success. This article examines the threats posed by logging activities on commercial outfitting in Northern Ontario.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-481
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • environmental tourism
  • Ontario
  • policy
  • resource conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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