Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort prides itself on being committed to the triple bottom line of sustainability while continually striving to remain in the top echelon of sustainable properties in the world.
Located in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve – the best intact example of a temperate rainforest remaining in the world - Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has introduced an innovative program to involve and educate guests about the environment. The $3 million, five-year program is funded solely by resort revenues and focuses on the key areas of research, conservation and rehabilitation. The initiatives are all a part of the Resorts’ ongoing commitment to the Biosphere Reserve, and provide participants with a once-in-a lifetime, hands-on opportunity that allows them to leave their mark – and improve the world.
As well, all aspects of resort operations are low-impact and are updated as technology allows. Comprehensive recycling governs food and beverage service, organic gardens reduce commercial dependency, gravity-fed turbines generate fuel-less electricity and hot water, toilets compost waste materials into organic matter, local men and women are employed, and all marine and land adventures are non-intrusive and conservancy-driven. The resort is currently measuring its carbon footprint and intends to reduce it by 5 per cent per year.
As part of a guest’s visit to the resort, a percentage of package rates will go to the non-profit British Columbia Wilderness Tourism Association to assist in environmental stewardship activities, which ensure ongoing viability through the protection of the wilderness tourism land base. As well, funds support the Resort’s Environmental Legacy Program (ELP).
The ELP provides seven stewardships for groups to sponsor and participate in; Bear Mapping (DNA mapping and habitat research for black bears); Whale Acoustics (marine traffic impacts on Orca - also known as Killer - whales); Bedwell River Basin Restoration (salmon spawning habitat restoration); Raptor Rehabilitation (birds of prey – eagles, falcons and owls project for their rehabilitation and release); ROV Research (remote unmanned submersible deep water marine life research); Winter Feeding Ground Enhancement (Roosevelt elk and black deer); and Forest Management.
Individual projects or “Eco-Stewardships” are also available for sponsorships. These research and rehabilitation projects can be taken on as an entire project or in part, and are tailored to suit a variety of budgets and time commitments. Some endeavours, for example, are short term and can be completed as part of a three-day corporate retreat or meeting, while others require a longer period of time. For its work, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort was nominated for an Ethics in Action award in 2007.
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