When it comes to traveling, people who have sustainable lifestyles might think that they have to leave their green practices at home and tolerate an overwhelming amount of wasted resources when staying at a hotel. However, lodging doesn’t have to be classified as “wasteful” anymore. Today, an increasing number of hotels and resorts have been using more sustainable practices – possibly the result of a more environmentally conscious population. With all of this in mind, implementing green practices in hotels and resorts doesn’t necessarily mean that these places lose their level of comfort, quality and service. If you try to be as eco-friendly on your vacation as you are at home, stay at one of these green hotels and resorts in Canada.
This cultural hub in Ontario is recognized as “Canada’s favorite Boutique Art Hotel” and showcases 37 hotel rooms that are custom designed by various local artists. In addition to its unique design, The Gladstone Hotel incorporates many green practices into its daily hotel operations. Some of these sustainable initiatives include using non-toxic cleaning supplies, composting waste and installing two green roofs that help with storm run-off and flooding.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
More than 100 years old, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park. This mountain resort commits to the best sustainability practices, as stated in its Sustainability Partnership Program. With this program, the hotel’s goal is to conserve resources and minimize waste, and this is monitored closely by a sustainability team.
Hotel du Vieux-Quebec
Due to its award-winning environmental efforts and 1,500 independent online reviews, Hotel du Vieux-Quebec has a 99% approval rating. Its website says it’s the only carbon-neutral hotel in the province and has been awarded five out of five Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program. Whether it’s implementing beehives, rooftop gardens or solar-powered energy into its green practices, this hotel shows that you have the ability to reduce your carbon footprint even when you’re traveling.
Trout Point Lodge
Located in Nova Scotia, the Trout Point Lodge has received various green accolades throughout the years because it continues to uphold sustainable practices within all areas of hotel operation. In 2014, the wilderness resort was awarded again with a five Green Key rating from the Green Key Global program, which is the best sustainability rating that a hotel can receive. The hotel first received this honor in 2007. Through architecture, housekeeping, food and more, Trout Point Lodge sets a high standard when it comes to sustainable tourism. Some of the following green practices are highlighted on the hotel’s website:
- Using energy-efficient lighting as well as natural light when possible
- Monitoring overall energy use
- Composting organic waste that can be used in the resort’s gardens
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Located within the heart of Victoria’s wine country, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa is not only known as the perfect location for a romantic getaway, but it also implements eco-friendly attributes in its facility. The British Columbia hotel is considered the area’s “only five-star oceanfront boutique hotel, resort and spa.” Through its Eco-Adventure Centre, guests have the opportunity to participate in sightseeing tours and recreational activities such as kayaking and hiking. Also, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa promotes sustainability through its architectural design and daily operations. The resort offers the following green practices and more for its guests:
- Compostable disposables
- Recycling bins
- Organic and eco-friendly food