We strive to improve our performance each year in four major areas: energy efficiency, protecting the natural environment, conservation of natural resources, and support of our local community. All of this, of course, is in the context of providing our guests with a very comfortable and convivial experience.
Energy efficiency begins with our building, which is thoroughly insulated, has double glazed windows and uses individual thermostats for each room. Most lighting is by way of LED compact bulbs. Our electricity comes from hydroelectric projects throughout BC, but most recently from a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations micro-hydro project located on Canoe Creek about thirty miles from Tofino. Our lodge has no TVs, to reduce energy use, but has an excellent bookshelf and common areas for activities, and we encourage you to spend time outside in this pristine natural environment.
Protection of the environment begins in the garden, which is thoroughly organic. We have never used chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. All kitchen waste is composted in bins that are part of our public education programs. Herbs and greens from the garden are available for guests to use in the kitchen and are used in our own Darwin’s Café. Native plants comprise more than ninety-eight percent of the biomass on our twelve-acre property.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is a local organization and has been involved in the community since its founding in 1997. George Patterson served as a director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust for the first five years of the CBT’s existence.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is involved in several initiatives addressing indigenous peoples’ governance and economic development. We are an active supporter of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Tribal Park Allies.
In May of 2010, we co-hosted the 12th Biennial Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology – an organization devoted to the conservation of biocultural diversity. More than 350 participants from 55 different countries attended the week-long event. We still have returning visitors from the event!
The Ecolodge’s history as The Clayoquot Field Station for research and education programs demonstrates its commitment to increasing knowledge and understanding of the area.
We continue to host study groups, conversations, and retreats on a broad range of subjects. Philosopher’s Retreats, Sustainability Camps, yoga retreats and photography workshops, Master Gardening courses, family groups, weddings, reunions, and more – the central theme coming out of all these diverse topics and activities:
Our mission is to shape an environmentally sustainable future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship.
Our mission is to protect our oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
A group of dedicated naturalists living and working on the waters of west coast Vancouver Island BC, conducting primary research and monitoring of various marine ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound.