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Eco-friendly hotels in Canada that are making a difference

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Want to get on the sustainable travel train and go green on your next trip? Start with choosing eco-friendly hotels that do their part for our environment. Here are some green hotels across Canada that go the distance.

What are eco hotels?

Eco or ‘eco-friendly’ hotels are properties that are committed to reducing the negative impact of tourism. These eco hotels prioritize the environment in their business models by integrating practices that reduce waste in small to big ways. Things such as changing guest linen and towels less frequently, providing soap and shampoo in bulk containers instead of travel size bottles, and using alternative energy to power the hotel are all common practices in an eco-friendly hotel.

Some eco hotels in Canada may also be a member of Green Key Global, a green hotel certification program for accommodation (Green Key Eco-Rating) and function venues (Green Key Meetings Program) committed to reducing its carbon footprint and increasing its environmental standards. A hotel will get a rating of 1-5 ‘green keys’ depending on the hotel’s actions and commitment to sustainable travel practices.

12 green hotels in Canada

  1. Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria
  2. Algonquin Eco-Lodge, Ontario
  3. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver
  4. Element Calgary Airport, Calgary
  5. Boxotel, Montreal
  6. Banff Aspen Lodge, Banff
  7. Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia
  8. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
  9. Hotel du Vieux-Quebec, Quebec City
  10. Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  11. Inn On College, Saskatchewan
  12. Around The Sea Rotating House, Prince Edward Island

1. Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for: ocean views and local flavours with sustainable, stylish, and modern suites

The Inn at Lauren Point is British Columbia’s first carbon-neutral hotel. They’ve integrated several eco-friendly features to the hotel to earn them this title, including hydrothermal technology to cool the rooms with ocean water, LED lights that improve energy consumption, low-flow fixtures for water efficiency, and an impressive 7-stream recycling system. The on-site restaurant, Aura, sources sustainable, local, seasonal ingredients that will leave guests coming back for more. You can feel good about staying in this community-driven hotel, all while soaking in the gorgeous views of downtown Victoria and harbour from the private balconies found in the hotel’s luxurious rooms and suites.

2. Algonquin Eco-Lodge, Ontario

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for:
true nature lovers looking for some JOMO

The Algonquin Eco-Lodge in Ontario is one of those eco-friendly hotels that put sustainability first. You’ll be completely off the grid here at this cozy eco-lodge hotel in Algonquin Provincial Park but blessed with lake views, hiking opportunities, and some much-deserved JOMO (the joy of missing out). The lodge runs on micro-hydro electricity sourced from a nearby waterfall, so you know this is a truly green hotel. Some of their environmentally-friendly amenities include a wood-fired sauna and an outdoor carbon-neutral hot tub. Enjoy the company of your travel buddies by the campfire in the evenings and spend your days exploring the provincial park or canoeing in the eco-lodge’s very own private lake.

3. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver

Green Key rating: 4
Best for: luxury eco-friendly stay in the heart of Vancouver

Coast Hotels is a small hotel chain with properties in popular getaway destinations throughout Canada and the U.S, from the Osoyoos Lake in BC to Kauai, the greenest island in Hawaii. Many Coast Hotels have Green Key ratings, including Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver. As one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Vancouver, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel has a Zero Waste management system, which means none of the hotel’s waste will end up in landfills. Enjoy their luxury-end service and amenities, and save on toilet paper by using their installed state-of-the-art Electric Bidet Seat! This green hotel in Vancouver is just around the corner from Stanley Park, where you can spend the day exploring Canada’s beloved urban oasis.

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4. Element Calgary Airport, Calgary

Green Key rating: 4
Best for: Marriott BonVoy members

Element Calgary Airport by Westin is a LEED-certified green hotel. This means they are a member of one of the world’s leading environmental certification program, Leadership in Energy and Environment Designs. Built with the environment in mind, each room at this green hotel features rainfall showerheads and items that have a low impact such as Energy Star appliances. They also provide recycling bins for paper, plastic, and glass to encourage eco-conscious travel.

5. Boxotel, Montreal

Green Key rating: 4
Best for: modern, urban, and eco-friendly hotel for longer term stays in Montreal

Feel right at home in la belle ville de Montréal! Boxotel is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Montreal, and provides a unique boutique hotel concept with 20 rooms fit for travellers looking for a long or short-term stay in the city. Take your pick between a studio, a loft, or apartment space, and lounge on their rooftop which offers beautiful views of downtown Montreal. The spaces are even complete with your very own kitchen and washer/dryer units. Put your food waste in the compost bins, and enjoy the eco-friendly soap products provided. The hotel is located right in the Latin-Quarter, and you’ll be within walking (or biking!) distance to more of Montreal’s impressive neighbourhoods.

6. Banff Aspen Lodge, Banff

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for: nature lovers into environmentally-friendly travel

When one of Canada’s top tourist towns like Banff is located in a national park, going green is a priority. The Banff Aspen Lodge features a property-wide recycling program, low flow toilets, and motion sensor lighting in the hallways. Guest rooms at this green hotel are equipped with eco-friendly containers for vegetable-based soaps. Staying more than two nights and don’t need housekeeping services? As a thank you, the hotel will make a $4 donation to the Banff Community Foundation in your name. Alternatively, enjoy a complimentary drink at the onsite Whitebark Café.

7. Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

Green Key rating: 5
Best for: serenity at a low-impact Canadian eco-lodge hotel

The Trout Point Lodge is a superb wilderness lodge located in East Kemptville, Nova Scotia that encourages sustainability and more purposeful travel. As a rule, local and renewable resources are used to reduce the overall environmental impact. This includes 100 percent solar energy, wood-fired hot tubs, and locally grown foods. You can ditch the devices at this eco-friendly hotel – there’s no mobile service here. Instead, enjoy your time exploring the nearby Tusket and Napier Rivers, and the surrounding Acadian Forest.

8. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

Green Key rating: 5
Best for: Canadian coastal luxury in an eco-friendly setting

The Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island’s west coast in Tofino is luxurious yet sustainable travel at its best. Being a top green hotel in Canada is not something new, as they’ve been committed to sustainability from the beginning. During the planning and building of the Inn, careful thought and consideration were placed on preserving the stunning forest and using trees that needed to be cut to make room for the hotel. You’ll find walls of red cedar and spruce trees in the lobby, café, and library. Not only that, but the Inn is also part of the Clean the World initiative, a global organization that re-purposes soaps and shampoos to support communities in need.

9. Hotel du Vieux-Québec, Quebec City

Green Key rating: 5
Best for: sustainable choice in historic Old Quebec

In the heart of Old Québec is Hotel du Vieux-Québec, a quaint hotel consistently rated the best in Québec City. Operating under carbon neutral standards, this eco-friendly hotel uses natural biogas. This means they use raw materials, such as agricultural waste and plant material, to power the hotel. This beautiful space also has three rooftop gardens that produce organic vegetables, flowers, herbs, and honey for the restaurant. The hotel’s green roof also helps regulate temperatures in the property. As for the design, all new furniture at HVQ is made locally. Don’t expect to take away bath products at this green hotel. Refillable fixed containers in the bathrooms are filled with the hotel soap, shampoo, and conditioner, which contributes to waste-free travel.

10. Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for: Bed & Breakfast packages

Globetrotters B&B is an eco-friendly choice just a 20-minute walk from the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you can find restaurants, boutiques, and award-winning wineries. Plus, one of Canada’s best natural wonders, Niagara Falls, are just a 25-minute drive away! You can choose from one of three gorgeous suites at Globetrotters. Your stay includes fresh and healthy breakfasts with seasonal fresh fruits and home-baked croissants, organic bath amenities, and complimentary wine tasting coupons for the many nearby wineries. The public areas in the hotel showcase original works of art by Canadian artists that guests are encouraged to wander around and enjoy.

11. The Inn On College, Saskatoon

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for: Downtown location

If you’re visiting Saskatchewan, a great budget and eco-friendly option is The Inn On College in Saskatoon. It’s in a quaint neighbourhood on an elm tree-lined boulevard with trendy local cafés, shops, restaurants nearby. It’s an ideal location for both exploring the city and getting outdoors, steps away from a park and the popular Meewasin Valley Trail. You’ll also be within walking distance to Downtown and the Broadway Avenue Business Districts. The hotel has made recent renovations to improve energy efficiency including, earning it a TripAdvisors Green Leaders Award. They are also active participants in the Tourism Saskatoon Green Stem initiative, making it one of Saskatchewan’s best green hotel choices.

12. Around The Sea Rotating House, Prince Edward Island

Green Key rating: not a member
Best for: unique stay by PEI’s beautiful Cavendish Beach

Not only is this vacation rental one of the best sustainable accommodations in Atlantic Canada, it’s one of the most unique. Around The Sea is the world’s first rotating house with luxury condo rentals, offering guests breathtaking views of Prince Edward Island’s National Park Beach on the Green Gables Shore. The entire house rotates slowly throughout the day, so no matter what room you stay in, you’ll have an amazing ocean view. The company that owns it also runs solar tours, including solar boat and pedal bus rides. Book with them for an unforgettable eco vacation in PEI!

Excited about green hotels & sustainable travel?

Sustainable travel means reducing your carbon footprint, and a more holistic, purposeful mindset when it comes to travel. Here are some tips to help you ‘go green’ and travel in an eco-friendly way.

  • Opt for authentic eco-lodges, hotels, and resorts on your trip
  • Learn more about the importance of slow travel
  • Invest in a carbon offset for your flights
  • Take public transport (or better yet, walk where possible!)
  • Always carry a reusable water bottle
  • Get involved in environmental activism in your local area.
  • Invest in reusable travel items: coffee mug, metal or bamboo straw
  • For more tips on how to go green on vacation, see our article here.

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