Quiet Recreation encompasses all outdoor recreation that uses only gravity, human muscle or domesticated animal power for all on-site activities. Unifying aspects of these activities are that they take place outdoors and nature is an essential and dynamic aspect of them.(1,2,3)


Albertans and all levels of government in Alberta recognize the social, health, economic, and environment- appreciation contributions made by quiet outdoor recreationists and support them accordingly.


ORCA promotes community, understanding and stewardship amongst quiet outdoor recreationists, identifies common interests, and represents and advocates for those interests.


  • Outdoor recreation is the primary driver of ORCA, however stewardship through responsible behaviour and education we recognize that nature conservation is essential to ethic.
  • Quiet Outdoor Recreation promotes elevated levels of wellness through physical activity and interaction with nature.
  • The economic benefits of Quiet Outdoor Recreation are large and include direct spending, reduced health costs, improved productivity, and enhanced tourism potential.
  • Quiet Outdoor Recreation is well aligned with environmental goals and is more likely to promote support for pro-environment values.
  • Evidence-based dialogue is ultimately more helpful than passion-based hyperbole
  • Collaborative approaches are more effective than positional ones.

Advocacy Practices

ORCA will constructively engage Government and other stakeholders by:

  • Promoting collaboration over confrontation.
  • Applying consistent, evidence-based pressure on politicians and policy-makers.
  • Incorporating evidence-based opposing views into discussions.
  • Refusing to engage in communication wars or hyperbole on the public stage
  • Using ‘fallback consensus’ to achieve internal decisions (3)

  1. Includes power assist for the mobility challenged
  2. Since there are no clear boundaries as to what constitutes ‘quiet recreation’ decisions for activities at the boundary will be made on a case by case basis in accordance with the intent of this document.
  3. In fallback consensus, decisions are determined by whether internal stakeholders can live with the decision. Those who cannot live with the decision are provided with an opportunity to influence the group, after which a final vote is taken.