Authentic, Local Travel Experiences

Sustainable • Outdoor Active • Adventures

Experience Local!

Better travel for resilient explorers. Explore Mi'kma'ki with adventures that are good for people and the planet. This is where sustainability and tourism collide.

Settled Nomads is a tour operator company, specializing in sustainable outdoor active and cultural activities. Our adventures facilitate authentic local experiences and experiential learning opportunities throughout Miꞌkmaꞌki (Nova Scotia) to both iconic adjacent and "off the beaten path" locations.

 

 

Meet the Owner - Operator

Chelsea Hanoun

Owner - Operator

They/Them, She/Her

An enthusiast for spontaneous adventures, Chelsea lives life through experiences. With a passion for low (negative) impact and minimalist living they relish in the simple joys of life. No matter the weather, or road bumps that come their way, they believe that "it’s all a part of the adventure!"

Originally hailing from Newmarket, Ontario, the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudeno-saunee and the Anishinaabe peoples and treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous people, Chelsea moved out east to attend Dalhousie University (located on unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaq territory). Quickly falling in love with K'jipuktuk (Halifax) Chelsea knew this was a place to stay and call home. Chelsea has combined their love for travel, working experience in recreation, and their Bachelor of Arts degree in Environment, Sustainability & Society (ESS) and International Development Studies (IDS) to land themself in the outdoor active tourism industry. Chelsea is excited to show you all the east coast has to offer. Adventures await!

Experience:

  • Tourism Certified Professional (TCP)
  • 7 years experience developing and leading outdoor adventures!

Certifications:

  • Class 4 Driver's Licence
  • Wilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR/AED Level C
  • Clean It Right
  • Food Handler Certificate
  • Pleasure Craft Operator
  • NCCP Coaching Cycling Skills
  • Open Water Diver
  • HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development
  • HIGH FIVE QUEST 2
  • RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate
  • Navigating LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion in the Tourism Industry
  • Travel Better Certificate
  • B.A ESS & IDS

Contact Settled Nomads

Have questions or general inquiries? Want to learn more, share ideas for consideration, or provide feedback? Get in touch, we look forward to connecting!

Phone: +1 (782) 234-7327
Email: adventure@settlednomads.com
Location: Mi’kma’ki, Turtle Island / Nova Scotia, Canada

In the foreground there is a smiling person, shown from the knees up. A coastal scape of rocks, seaweed, and the Atlantic Ocean are blurred in the background. The person featured in the photo is Chelsea Hanoun, the Owner-Operator of Settled Nomads. They are wearing a blue rain jacket, a white winter hat, red mitts, and black pants.

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More About Us

Driven for a better future, Settled Nomads is actively working to contribute towards a thriving tourism industry that operates within global limits and promotes well-being through sustainable socio-economic and environmental practices. Settled Nomads operates in line with UNWTO's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism & sustainable tourism development guidelines and management practices.

Settled Nomads has declared a climate emergency with Tourism Declares, and is committed to developing a Climate Action Plan based on the current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030. We recognize the need for system change across the industry, to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism. Settled Nomads is also working towards GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism Operator certification, a standard officially recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Purpose:

To provide sustainable outdoor active and cultural travel experiences that are carbon neutral, working towards climate positive (carbon negative).

Aim:

A thriving tourism industry that operates within global limits and promotes well-being through sustainable socio-economic and environmental practices.

Sustainability:

  • Sustainable Tourism Operator (certification pending)
  • Climate Emergency Declaration
  • Operate in accordance to UNWTO's sustainable tourism development guidelines and management practices
  • Operations in line with Leave No Trace principles
  • Small group sizes
  • Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge
  • Low (negative) impact activities
  • Zero/minimal waste programming

Affiliations:

  • Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS)
  • Tourism Declares
  • Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) - Industry Partner

Contact Settled Nomads

Have questions or general inquiries? Want to learn more, share ideas for consideration, or provide feedback? Get in touch, we look forward to connecting!

Phone: +1 (782) 234-7327
Email: adventure@settlednomads.com
Location: Mi’kma’ki, Turtle Island / Nova Scotia, Canada

Land Acknowledgment

All tours and business operations take place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship.” We are all Treaty people, we must respect and honour our rights as such. Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, and what you can do to work towards reconciliation.

Interactive Map:

A map of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). Mi’kma’ki cultural landscape units/regions are shown in different colours. The map also shows more specific Mi'kmaw place names. Map is created by the 'Mi’kmaw Place Names Digital Atlas and Website Project.'

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