Echo Valley Ranch and Spa: Environmental Practices

BY Jody Dahl | Fri 13 Apr, 2012

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, a luxury dude ranch in British Columbia, Canada, and member of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), embraces a “Triple Bottom Line” philosophy, caring as much for the environment as for guests on their dude ranch vacations.

Echo Valley's water is sourced from on-site, naturally-fed springs

Proprietors Norm and Nan Dove established the Canada guest ranch in 1995 as an eco-aware destination long before 'living green' became a mainstream movement. “We are committed,” the Doves say, “to improving ways we can contribute to a carbon neutral operation.”

Echo Valley purchases carbon credits to offset C02 emissions generated by guests taking western riding vacations at the dude ranch. In addition to practising zero-waste in food acquisition and production, the Canada guest ranch features several energy-efficient back-of-house operations.

Echo Valley offers iconic Canada dude ranch vacations with Asian elements, including award-winning Thai and European-style spas. Two self-sustaining geothermal systems heat Echo Valley’s unique Baan Thai swimming pool, as well as the Lookout Lodge. Water is sourced from naturally-fed springs on-site, and a bio-degradable sanitation system recycles waste fluids as organic fertilizers into the surrounding landscape. The kitchen garden uses organic fertilizers and companion plantings that act as natural insect repellents, and there is zero kitchen waste as all leftovers are used in the garden or as food for the guest ranch’s animals.

“We believe that our responsibility as stewards of the land extends to the community with whom we share this wilderness,” say the Doves. “That all cultures can live and learn from each other in harmony, and our staff reflects the traditions of many nationalities. This includes our working alongside local First Nations peoples whose territory lies at our door, as well as our local community, so that we all might prosper.”

For more information on dude ranch vacations at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, view their ranch profile at Top50Ranches.com

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