The ranch was opened in its present incarnation in 2006 in a remote part of southern BC with high local unemployment and very few non-winter tourist facilities. We have committed to buy all our groceries and the vast majority of our non-grocery supplies from local retailers. We buy many of our vegetables direct from local farmers. More than 85 percent of all food and drink that we serve is grown or produced in British Columbia. We also encourage our guests to make use of local businesses and other tourist-related facilities in the area.
Since taking over we have enacted a series of measures to turn our lodge into a model eco-facility. We have introduced trekking, tree-viewing, scenic rafting, wildlife-viewing and mountain tours. For the latter we use a reconditioned Toyota Land Cruiser and only travel on existing logging and mining trails. Once we reach the alpine, we hike. We have a no-litter policy in place for our activities and encourage guests to pick up litter left by others. Before each of our day tours we hold a safety and environmental briefing during which we instruct guests in no-impact trekking and touring.
We take our guests to view ancient stands of remarkable cedar threatened by logging and encourage them to carry home a message that such natural treasures should be saved from harvesting.
On the construction front, in our latest cabin we have installed a modern composting toilet and a super-high-efficiency on-demand water heater. The body of the renovation is carried out using local wood and all the finishing uses organic products. The floors are treated with a mixture of tung oil, linseed oil, citrus essence and bee's wax, giving a wonderful aroma to the cabin and a long-lasting organic finish.
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