Where Human Meets Nature: The importance of protecting Canada’s natural beauty


Staying informed about your environmental footprint doesn’t only have to happen when you’re awake. When you’re traveling, the place you sleep at night — whether it’s a large resort or a secluded bed and breakfast — plays an important role in sustainability.

Hotels generate about two pounds of waste per guest per night, and this excess waste only adds to landfills’ negative effects, namely air, water, and soil pollution. Plenty of large hotels — like the Banff Aspen Lodge and the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto — have implemented sustainable initiatives such as installing low flow toilets, using motion sensor lights, and switching to electronic receipts, which saves around three million sheets of paper annually.

At Fogo Island Inn, you can experience contemporary luxury while still getting the opportunity to connect with nature. The Inn, located on Newfoundland’s Atlantic coast, focuses on environmentally friendly design and operations. The building is on stilts in order to reduce its impact to the surrounding area, and includes energy-efficient features such as solar thermal panels that supply hot water and a system that filters rainwater for use in toilets, laundry, and appliances. Above all, Fogo Island Inn ensures that both guest rooms and the dining room showcase front-row views of the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

If you’re looking for a secluded accommodation that puts you right in the middle of the forest, there are places like Algonquin Eco-Lodge.

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