Discover Some of Canada's Best Eco-Friendly Hotels
Go green on your next Canadian staycation.
by : Nancy Pierri- Sep 21st, 2021
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For those who want to see the world, there are some ways to make trips more sustainable (and that includes where you choose to go). Luckily, our country delivers a cultural medley of spectacular scenery, from one coast to the next. And today, many hotels, lodges and inns are doing their part to implement more sustainable and eco-friendly practices—all without skimping on luxury or comfort. So, if you’re looking to go green on your next vacation, we’ve rounded up Canada’s most sustainable accommodations that are operating with the planet in mind. Way to go, Canada!
1 Hotel Toronto, Ontario
New to the downtown core, 1 Hotel Toronto has set a precedent of what you can do in an urban setting—with sustainability rooted in every detail. As Canada’s first mission-driven hotel, 1 Hotel is dedicated to zero-waste and will be diverting over 85 percent of waste from landfills. There is an on-site composter that turns all organic waste into reusable soil, which is then used in over 3,300 plants located throughout the hotel and garden. The hotel’s culinary team takes pride in their relationships with local farmers and has sourced over 90 percent of their produce from within a 100 km radius. 1 Hotel has also partnered with GreenPlanet to convert 100 percent of kitchen oil and grease into biofuel. To top it all off, the hotel’s design palette—interior and exterior—pays tribute to Toronto’s local environment and natural beauty through the use of hand-selected limestone and granite from local quarries, elmwood–taken from a dismantled barn in Blyth Ontario, and fallen Toronto trees, transformed by local woodworking studio Just Be Woodsy and made into hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind furnishings.
Bear Claw Lodge, British Columbia
Located along the Kispiox River in British Columbia, the Bear Claw Lodge is a must-see destination for all winter sports enthusiasts, fishermen and adventure seekers alike. Besides its beautiful location (think mountain peaks, pristine waters and lush forests), the Bear Claw Lodge is a sustainable pioneer that has taken both small and big steps to turn tourism green. A few of its eco-friendly initiatives include harvesting their own honey with three on-site beehives, growing fresh produce year-round, eliminating all plastic water bottles, using solar panels to power a majority of appliances, and employing local craftspeople to hand carve all of the beds and design the native wall art. Most importantly, the lodge’s director conducts a series of eco-camps throughout the year to educate visitors about the region’s natural environment and teach them new ways to give back to their respective communities.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador
The Fogo Island Inn, stationed at one of the four corners of the Earth, goes out of its way to prove that sustainability and luxury can be combined in an architectural spectacle. Both the building and its amenities have been designed to create a self-sustaining space that meets the highest levels of energy efficiency. This includes using filtered rainwater in the washrooms and for laundry, as well as utilizing the property’s 68 solar panels to heat both water and floors. To top it all off, local suppliers and craftspeople are employed whenever possible—from the food, the wooden furniture and even the quilts that are available in every guest room.
Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA, British Columbia
Known as the most sustainable hotel in Vancouver, the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel runs on a Zero Waste management system that ensures none of the property’s waste ends up in landfills. Other eco-friendly efforts include using keycards that are made from 40 percent recycled plastic, biodegradable cleaning supplies, as well as providing tissues, toilet paper, and paper towels that are made from 100 percent recycled EcoLogo-certified products. This saves over 700 trees, 300,000 gallons of water, and 177,000 kilowatts of energy each year. Plus, Coast Coal Harbour is nestled in the beautiful B.C. mountain ranges, so you can spend time exploring Canada’s natural beauty while staying sustainable. It’s a win-win!
Banff Aspen Lodge, Alberta
In the heart of the iconic Alberta mountains, the Banff Aspen Lodge showcases sustainable living at its finest. The lodge is committed to environmental protection through a property-wide recycling program, low flow toilets as well as other water-saving devices, and motion sensor lighting in the hallways. All rooms are also equipped with eco-friendly amenity containers that are biodegradable, hand towels and toilet paper that are made with a minimum of 20 percent recycled material and soaps that are made from a 100 percent renewable vegetable soap base. Best of all, if you’re planning to stay for more than two nights and don’t wish to use the on-site housekeeping services, the hotel will make a $4 donation on your behalf to the Banff Community Foundation, which supports environmental initiatives within the community.
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