||Low Water Consumption - we are on a well water
system and have a limited supply of fresh water. As a result we encourage
guests to limit their water consumption by having short showers and turning off
the taps while using the sinks. We also use the "2 sink" method for washing all
dishes, greatly reducing the amount of water we use in that task.
water is processed through our sceptic tank and weeping tile bed, thus being
cleaned and returned to the natural environment.
||Low Energy Consumption - we use high efficiency
appliances, CFC and LED lights, and human manpower. The Lodge is a wilderness
setting, and at night it is kept dark outside so that you can appreciate the
stars and the Milky Way galaxy.
||Cleaning - while we endeavour to keep the Eco-Lodge
very clean, we only clean guests rooms before they check-in. We do not change
your bedsheets every day, and guests bring their own towels. We use natural
cleaning products like vinegar to clean all surfaces.
||Off Grid - Alternative Energy - we use our
micro-hydro generator to create 100% of our electricity, and this is combined
with some solar lights, wood heat, and human power.
||Locally Grown & Organic Foods - we try to buy
most of our food from the local farmers market, or direct from the farmers. We
also grow our own organic herbs.
||Light Vehicle Traffic - we minimize the trips we
need to make with our van by maximizing the tasks we perform in one trip. We
also use an ATV or snowmobile with trailer to bring in supplies or take out
rubbish, waiting until we have a full load.
||Support Local Economies - we make use of local
businesses and services for all of our needs and supplies. Everything from food
purchases, vehicle repairs, and laundry are performed or provided by people in
our local community.
||Promote Environmental Awareness and Wilderness
Appreciation - we will happily teach people about the local environment, the
wolves, how to paddle a canoe. We also have a number of animal and plant guide
books that guests are free to utilize.
||Spreading Knowledge of Environmental Technologies -
we increase the knowledge base of local contractors in environmental
technologies by involving them in the design and installation of our
micro-hydro turbine system. Furthermore, we have an active outreach program to
schools, colleges, and universities in Ontario offering tours of our