Climate action makes good business sense for the tourism industry, and a growing number of British Columbia businesses are taking steps to be part of the solution.
Here are three of them:
The Fernie Fox Hotel in Fernie aims to become the most sustainable hotel in BC. There are several ways the property is reaching its goal: Using “The Cyclone,” the most efficient hot water heater on the market; actively contributing to local community development projects; and incorporating environmental education into employee training. The Fernie Fox is also the only hotel in BC powered by solar energy. Read more about the hotel’s sustainability initiatives here.
Nipika Mountain Resort in Radium Hot Springs , an off-grid property that uses clean energy sources, helps guests explore its spectacular surroundings in non-consumptive ways. The resort focuses on self-propelled activities; once parked, guests are encouraged to hike, bike, canoe, trail run, or ski. Nipika’s electricity is generated via renewable, clean energy supported by a state-of-the-art solar panel system that can harness up to 15 kilowatts. Plus, all its facilities are built using salvaged dead wood, with logging completed selectively to preserve and enhance wildlife spaces. Learn about Nipika’s eco-friendly attributes here.
The Parkside Hotel and Spa in Victoria holds distinction as the first urban hotel in the world to join Beyond Green, a portfolio of global guest experiences focused on intentional travel. The hotel is climate positive, saving more GHG emissions than it generates, and is Biosphere Certified. It also holds an impressive collection of sustainability certifications, and is guided by a general manager who teaches the theory of sustainability at Royal Roads University. Read about the Parkside Hotel and Spa’s green attributes here.