Rocky Mountain vacation accommodation

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The cabins are available May-September inclusive.
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Responsible tourism: Rocky Mountain vacation accommodation

Environment

We are a family owned and operated facility that promotes appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of our fragile surroundings. The facility is located on our own private land; this is our home, and we take care of it. We are completely off-the-grid. The main lodge and all cabins are self-sufficient and powered by both solar energy and hydro-generated power. Waste is kept to a minimum, and safely stored in an air-tight, bear proof, steel shed until it can be transported off-site to a waste processing facility. We also recycle and reuse, and use only natural, organic meats and ingredients in our meals whenever possible.

There is an abundance of wildlife all around us. Anything from moose, elk, deer, hares, skunks, and weasels, to bears, cougars, wolves, mountain goats, and a variety of birds can stop by at any time. To keep our relationship in balance with the local wildlife, we keep all of our food and waste in the main lodge only. We discuss this with guests upon arrival. While out on hikes, we role-model and teach sustainable walking and living practices that are appropriate within different terrains, whether near a sub-alpine lake, or in a high alpine meadow.

Community

This experience promotes social responsibility by offering local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empowering them with training opportunities. Most of our guides - hiking guides, rafting guides, canoeing guides, climbing guides, and yoga instructors - are all local people we’ve contracted out from surrounding communities. They are all paid the standard rate based on current industry practices, and we provide other benefits when necessary.

We also frequently take on volunteer workers. These volunteers get all room and board paid for, and frequent opportunities to join in on any of our intercultural sharing or outdoor programs free of charge, in exchange for helping out around the wilderness centre. We are also frequently asked to host and facilitate intercultural sharing work with youth groups, community organizations, schools, and Aboriginal communities, often through non-profit work, and this we do gladly. These kinds of organizations receive significant discounts.

Finally, we support sustainable and local farming practices by participating in a local community share farming co-op. We receive most of our organic vegetables and herbs fresh weekly from here. Our wild meats are also purchased from regional hunters or farmers, or they are sometimes traded for with regional Indigenous community members.

Reviews of Rocky Mountain vacation accommodation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many memorable moments but here are a few
For me it was making it to the top of Mount Sinclair and seeing the spectacular View.
The centre was amazing. The people made it a great experience and we had wonderful food. The peace and tranquility was wonderful and I appreciated being away from the crowds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Stay for longer!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was impressed with their use of solar power and their efforts to be as eco friendly as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant, it will remain a memorable 60th Birthday present. Thank you for all your help in arranging this vacation and thank you for the vision to make it a unique experience.

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is so hard to pinpoint the best part; it was all a fabulous experience. This is a place where you can completely relax and refresh your mind, body and soul. You can mix with other guests, the family/staff that run it or just 'do your own thing'. The welcome is perfect and they seem to expertly gauge the level of contact each guest wants. It is set in a beautiful, natural environment and they have a deep knowledge of the area and everything that lives there, whether plant or animal life. This is shared with a generosity of time and spirit which I have not come across before. They organised a hike for us and we received a fantastic insight into the world around the accommodation. Our spontaneous walk one evening to go fishing was a great experience. Nothing was too much trouble, and genuinely so. The food, well, even with all our walking, we came out a few pounds heavier; delicious.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The only thing you should do is bring along an open mind to becoming part of what you see. Walking boots are a must or you will miss some beautiful scenery. Don't leave your camera at home either!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The accommodation is run with minimum impact on the environment. Power is produced from an impressive combination of sun, water and firewood. It is very carefully built and cared for; and is at one with the land it's on.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We both have never seen anything to compare and had the most amazing, relaxing and enriching time.
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