- Algonoquin Wilderness Eco-lodge, Ontario - http://www.algonquinecolodge.com
Describes itself as wilderness comfort for those wishing to savour
the wild, without roughing it. The natural opportunities around
the lodge are vast, with a gargantuan trail system for hiking,
skiing, horse-riding, mountain biking and other activities, taking
centre stage. The owners work together with Parks Canada to protect
the local environment and have recently completed their own hydro-electric
- Bathurst Inlet Lodge, Nanavut-http://www.bathurstinletlodge.com
- A true wilderness lodge in the
remote tundra of the Innuit territory, 360 miles north east of
Yellowknife. The main lodge is located in the old 1936 post store
of the Hudson Bay Trading Company. Visiting Bashurst Inlet is
like stepping back in time to the days of remote trading communities
working alongside the indigenous communities -today the Innuit
people are partners in this venture.
- Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Colombia - http://www.wildretreat.com
A luxury campsite featuring tents inspired by 19th century pioneers.
The resort is situated in some of the only remaining temperate
rainforest and offers guests the opportunity to experience the
wild from a luxurious base. The lodge also works together with
the parks service to maintain the conservation area and through
a series of measures, including gravity turbines, recycling,
composting and organic farming, helps to keep the camp "low-impact."
- Cree Village Ecolodge, Moose Factory, Ontario - http://www.creevillage.com
The first Indigenous owned Ecolodge in the northern hemisphere,
the lodge is set in a modern building designed and run by the
MoCreebec people in accordance with traditional value. It offers
twenty guest rooms constructed with natural materials. Toilets
are of the composting type and furnishings and cleaning materials
are organically sourced. The 66-seat pine and cedar restaurant
is modeled on a traditional Cree dwelling, the landmark Shabatwon
or "long teepee with doors at each end". Across the
river from the lodge is Tidewater Provincial Park, where there
are hiking trails and camp sites, or it is a short boat ride
to James Bay where beluga whales and seals can be seen at certain
times of the year. There is abundant wildlife including moose
and caribou, pike and trout, geese, eagles and many other species
of migratory birds. Activities include winter camping, cross-country
skiing, star gazing, bird watching, whale watching, nature tours,
river tours, kayaking and canoeing.
Stunning eco 'chic' hideaway next to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.
The aim was to create luxurious accommodation that coexists in
perfect harmony with the pristine environment of the Niagara
Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. Incorporating a whole range
of environmental features, the building offers six luxury suites
furnished to an exceptional standard with their own decks surrounded
by lush forest. The centre offers a huge range of activities
from kayak to skiing according to season. There is so much more
we could write about this lodge, but why not have a look for
Absolutely stunning, this floating eco-lodge/luxury hotel can
be found on Princess Royal Island and has magnificent views of
the surrounding landscape. Provides guests with the opportunity
to relax in luxury or to take part in a range of activities such
as whale watching, fishing, hiking and kayaking. The lodge works
together with Parks Canada and scientists to minimise its impact
on the surrounding area and also promotes sustainable eco-tourism.
- Kw'o:kw'e:hala Eco
British Columbia -http://www.eco-retreat.com
- Wilderness retreat in the
mountains of the Pacific North-West, one and a half hours from
Vancouver with accommodation in log cabins or 'soft-sided nests'
Meals are provided from their own organic garden. Breathtaking
scenery on seven forested acres alongside crystal emerald
waters of the Coquihalla River.
- Little Slocan Lodge, Little Slocan, Bristish Colombia - http://www.littleslocanlodge.com
Small but extremely welcoming and homely lodge on the edge of
the Valhalla National Park. The lodge offers some fantastic fishing
in addition to a range of the usual activities, including hiking,
kayaking, skiing and horseriding, as well as the opportunity
to relax in the local hot springs. The lodge was constructed
using sustainable materials and is powered by hydro-electricity.
- Nipika Mountain Lodge, Kootenay - http://www.nipika.com
Incredibly simple yet charming resort in the Canadian Rockies.
This lodge has a variety of activities on offer including skiing,
trekking, fishing and other mainly wildlife based experiences.
The lodge is also extremely eco-friendly, with measures including
sustainable materials, solar & hydro-electric power sources
and no cars being allowed, helping to reduce its impact on the
Lake Eco Lodge, Ontario
A collection of comfortable timber cabins on Lake Pineal. Perfect
for getting away from it all into the wilderness of Northern
Ontario and to experience the variety of wildlife the inhabits
the local area. The cabins were constructed using entirely sustainable
materials, uses low energy appliances and is powered by hydroelectricity.
log cabins in the Canadian Rockies at an elevation of 5,000 ft.
surrounded by the Hoff range, Moosehorn Mountains the Willmore
mountains. The cabins are tucked amongst the trees and the cookhouse
is in a clearing left by an abandoned sawmill site. Hearty, wholesome
meals, served family-style in a central cookhouse. The owners
are strongly commited to conserving the subalpine ecosystem.
- Strathcona Park Lodge, Vancouver Island, British Colombia - http://www.strathcona.bc.ca
With a beautiful location, on the shores of Nootka Sound, this
lodge offers guests the opportunity to experience Canada's outdoors
from a rustic, but comfortable base. Many activities are available
in the area, notably sea kayaking, skiing and hiking through
the scenic landscape. The lodge works together with Parks Canada
to maintain a low impact environmental policy which includes
hydro-electric power, recycling and sustainable building.
Ontario - http://www.wabakimi.com
A very nice wood cabin style lodge that provides great access
to Wabakimi provincial park, allowing guests the opportunity
to consort with nature, from a comfortable base. Offers epic
kayaking trips and attempts to maintain sustainability through
building design, natural insulation and the use of sustainable
materials, amongst other measures.
United States of America
Ahwahnee Eco Lodge, Yosemite, California - http://www.webportal.com/ahwahnee
One of the oldest lodges in the United states, this lodge was
opened in 1927. It is one of the most distinctive luxury hotels
in the US and offers fantastic opportunities to experience Yosemite
National Park from a comfortable base. Works together with the
Parks service to protect the national park, uses a green procurement
system, recycling and water conservation.
|Arcosanti, Arizona -http://www.arcosanti.org
Stay in Paolo Soleri's futuristic community in the Arizona desert.
The town has been built and enlarged by the help of volunteers
over a thirty year period, and acts as a laboratory for alternative
lifestyles -a fusion of architecture and ecology. You can stay
overnight or experience arcosanti in one of their one or two
week packages. Accommodation is limited so early booking is advisable.
Big Meadows Lodge, Virginia - http://members.aol.com/adnascar/bigmeadows.html
Comfortable lodging in the centre of Shendoah national park.
Offering a range of hiking and natural experiences within the
national park, all from an easily accessible location. The lodge
has recently started to work hard on its eco-credentials, including
recycling, promotion of green principles, organic purchasing
and energy and water conservation, amongst other methods.
|Lodge at Sun Ranch, Montana - http://www.papoosecreek.com
Luxury lodging close to Yellowstone national park and with easy
access to the park and its wildlife. The lodge itself has all
the amenities you would imagine from a high end hotel, but in
a beautiful rural location. The lodge is committed to conservation
through ethical purchasing, water exchange programs, sustainable
building techniques, and other green policy measures.
Lova Land Eco-Resort,
Advertises itself as a once in a lifetime, off the grid adventure.
The accommodation is either in comfortable yurts, or reconditioned
VW camper vans! Offers a range of eco friendly activities and
is also close enough to the rest of big islands amenities for
everyone to enjoy. Seriously committed to protecting the environment,
the lodge is 100% solar powered, composting, recycling, rainwater
harvesting, recycled furniture, low water showers and much more!
Hill Farm Inn, Maine
Maple Hill Farm's commitment to minimising their environmental
impact and educating their guests earned them Maine's first "Environmental
Leader" green lodging establishment certification. Offers
a range of activities for both business and leisure travelers,
including fishing, hiking and conference facilities. Most of
the inn is powered by a huge solar array and a wind turbine,
while the inn also uses recycling, composting and ethical purchasing
to maintain its environmental stance.
Pollywogg Hollër, Belmont, New York State -http://www.pollywoggholler.com
Named for the serenade of frogs
that can be heard in the evening, this eco-resort / bed and breakfast
offers rustic adirondack timber lodges and a Buckminster Fuller
geodesic dome with eight foot diameter hanging bed in a forest
setting. The solar-powered complex is complete with wood fired
sauna, gravity-fed spring water, lantern light, and wood-burning
stoves. They offer wine tasting, wooded trails and the work of
more than a hundred artists in enchanting scuplture gardens.
Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge, Halibut cove, Alaska - http://www.ridgewoodlodge.com
A rustic, but extremely welcoming and award wining timber framed
lodge on the Kenai Peninsula. Offers a vast range of activities
including whale watching, bear viewing, fishing, kayaking, trekking
and many others. The owners are big on ecological principles
and have environmental policies that extend to both the lodge
and the adjoining oyster farm. These include measures such as
water reharvesting, low energy appliances, recycling and organic
Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins, Nr. Colorado Springs, Colorado - http://www.rockymountainlodge.com
rustic, elegant log lodge nestled on 2 twelve treed acres in
the Rocky Mountains, ten miles west of Colorado Springs. The
lodge is a Bed and Breakfast Inn and has five bedrooms with private
baths & cable TV/VCR's, some having sitting areas and private
This lodge is located on a privately owned beach inside Kachemak
Bay State Park and is rated as one of North America's top 10
Eco-Resorts. Offers guests amazing opportunities to interact
with bears, otters and whales, as well as enjoying the peace
and tranquility of Alaska's wilderness. The lodge is serious
about its environmental policy, with one tree planted for every
guest who stays, hydro-eclectric power, recycling and the entire
hostel built of driftwood.
Falls Retreat, Arizona
- A spiritual nature retreat in
the cool mountain forests east of Sedona, AZ, these personal
forest retreats are about solitude, self-discovery, spiritual
awakening, healing, and creative inspiration. Spirit Falls is
a peaceful sanctuary to share with the wildlife and enjoy each
moment--hiking, swimming, hot springs, massage, and relaxation,
with wind in tall pines and water dancing over rocks. The
spirit of Spirit Falls is making a difference through retreat.
Strawmanor, Texas - http://www.strawmanor.com
Bunkhouse/lodge in the Texas Hill area, which is constructed
from of strawbales. The owner is also incredibly friendly and
offers to organise a wide variety of excursions to explore Texas,
for example wine tours, flower experiences and canyoning to name
a few. He also promote eco-tourism in the region, composting,
recycling and contributes to local environmental organisation
Wildspring Guest Habitat, Oregon - http://www.wildspring.com
Really good website for this beautiful eco-friendly resort, which
is situated in tall pine woodland with views over the Southern
Oregon coast. The owners offer a combination of holistic activities
such as native American drumming along with the usual hiking,
mountain biking and kayaking. The lodge takes steps to conserve
heat, conserve water, install eco-friendly lighting, build sustainably
and recycle amongst other measures.
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