Sustainability

To minimize our environmental footprint by: reducing waste, conserving water and electricity, protecting wildlife and their habitat and educating by example.

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We have always been conscious of living lightly wherever we’ve been fortunate enough to dwell, be it an overnight kayak or hiking trip or a 28 year sojourn in Northern BC.

Returning to the Coast in 2011, we’ve drawn new inspiration from the rugged coastline, lush temperate rain forests and the water that surrounds us and occasionally falls on us.

Being involved in many green initiatives in Dawson Creek including sustainable tourism, green meetings, certified “Backyard Habitat” (Canadian Wildlife Federation), we kept the same principles in mind when we set out to develop our current property.

While we were not able to achieve all our lofty goals over the course of such a long and costly construction period we were able to get a few things right to ensure our guests enjoy our spectacular natural setting and the exceptional amenities and services we provide in an Earth friendly manner. Were pleased to be recognized with Silver award  from Green Tourism Canada in April, 2015. Read our Responsible Visitors Charter for suggestions on how we can work together for sustainable tourism.

Some of our Successes
Livable Design
  • Passive solar features
  • Extensive glazing for natural light
  • Views & nature highlighted
  • Adaptable design for aging in place
  • Open plan
  • “Not so Big House” principles
  • Beautiful as well as durable materials, meant to last
Water Management
  • Super efficient Peat System for grey water and waste treatment
  • Butterfly rooflines, feature scuppers and rain chains channel water to integrated drainage to prevent erosion and allow rainwater to percolate back into the soil or runoff naturally
  • Conservation is achieved with low flow, dual flush toilets and shower heads and waterwise practices,  & towel and linen re-use programs
Energy
  • Two Daikon heat pumps with solar assisted hot water and in-floor heating (Pointhouse)
  • HVAC system augments efficient heating and air circulation (Pointhouse)
  • High efficiency boiler and in-floor heat (Aerie)
  • Triple glazed, lowE windows
  • State of the Art home automation allows precise control of lighting, climate, entertainment for safety, security, and efficiency
  • Energy star appliances
Sustainable Materials & Practices
  • Locally harvested and milled beams and posts; Local stone from excavation for landscaping
  • Local labour market support
  • Many fixtures reused in some capacity; balance donated to Habitat for Humanity
  • Wood ends and salvaged items used for custom furnishings; Other furnishings refinished to extend their life
  • Exterior and interior finishes strong & long lasting
  • Community involvement with local conservation groups
  • Recycled paper products; overall paper waste reduced by using electronic documentation
Natural Landscaping
  • Native and near native trees planted and nurtured throughout the property
  • Household waste water collected for indoor & outdoor plants
  • Waterwise gardening practices; mulching to conserve moisture
  • Tiny lawn with automatic sprinkler system for most effective turf watering
  • Green roofs on several buildings
  • No chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Wildlife and Habitat
  • Majority of property maintained as natural forest and shoreline, for food, shelter & biodiversity
Healthy Home
  • Porcelain tile through out home; Most area carpets made from natural fibers
  • Screened, opening windows used for ventilation, fans for circulation vs air conditioning
  • HVAC for air quality
  • Linens hung outdoors whenever possible for drying & natural bleaching
  • Non toxic cleaning products
Food & Amenities
  • Durable service items ie. reusable cutlery, dishware etc
  • Locally sourced and organic food when possible
  • Bulk buying to reduce packaging waste
  • Food waste composted, diverting organic material from the landfill
  • Refillable containers for guest amenities