Minimizing Fossil Fuels, Eliminating Waste, and So Much More...
Our clean energy system with a 12KW photo voltaic solar array allows us to use power derived from the sun for all of our electricity needs. A back-up generator turns on when sunshine is sparse, however the Cariboo region is known for being hot and dry during our operating months, so our minimal fossil-fuel usage is relatively steady throughout the year — on average no more than two hours per day of generator run time. While operating at a maximum capacity, power consumption levels amount to approximately 30 KWH per day, and our solar array can power up to 72 KWH per day. We store the excess in a 48V battery bank.
Wood burning furnaces are used to heat the majority of buildings in the resort. We have an extremely robust recycling system and as a result our garbage output per week in peak season is one bag or less, which we haul to the local transfer station on specific supply days. With only biodegradable cleaning products going into our waste water, our eco-septic systems regenerate grey water for irrigation purposes.
As a majority Indigenous owned company with a female CEO, we are an equal opportunity employer, embracing diversity in the workplace. And, in an industry that is known for recruiting internationally, we do our best to ensure that our staff is Canadian sourced, with the majority from BC.
Our guests dine on savoury, organic, ranch-produced food — enriched by the Siwash Lake culinary team with fruit, vegetables, and flora foraged straight from the ranch garden and surrounding forest. Food waste is scarce, for the Siwash hens enjoy left-overs on a daily basis, and in turn provide the operation with a steady supply of farm-fresh eggs. We also utilize a composting system for vegetable scraps and our ranch dogs are fed the meat scraps.
We offer captivating and educating wilderness experiences in Nature. With our plethora of guided eco-adventures, guests are encouraged to embrace everything the land has to offer. Our guests leave minimal carbon footprint as they explore BC’s backcountry by using our horses as their trusty tour guides — other low impact modes of transportation include bike, foot, and canoe. To help offset our fossil fuel use, including gas and diesel for ranch trucks and equipment, propane for cooking and hot water, and the occasional helicopter charter, our rates include an eco fee that helps fund our many environmental initiatives.
Read more about our Sustainability Strategies & Green Practices.