What Eco Means To Us

View of the Lodge thru the garden
Waters Edge Eco Lodge strives to practice environmental sustainability by making decisions and taking actions that are in the interests of protecting our planet.  We are committed to doing our best to make responsible decisions that minimize our impact on the environment.  Having said this however we do not claim to be the perfect example of environmentalism but we believe every act even small ones are beneficial to sustaining our earth.  It is our hope that we may bring awareness to the environment and conservation practices.  

The following are examples of how we are Eco:

* Local labour and local material were used in construction
* Geothermal heating and cooling are used to harness energy from the earth which reduces our fossil fuel consumption
* Triple pane windows are used to reduce energy loss
LED and fluorescent lighting reduce power consumption 
* Reclaimed lumber was incorporated into the design
* Water is conserved whenever possible
* Guest rooms have showers not bath tubs since generally showers use less water
* Water faucets and toilets are flow restricted
* Our Washer, Dryer and Dishwasher are water and energy efficient
* We practice the 3 R's - Recycle, Reduce and Reuse 
* Our on-site organic garden produces a fresh, healthy, sustainable food source and allows us to reduce transportation pollution
* Composting is practiced to reduce garbage and to provide an ever ready source of organic material to enhance soil fertility
* Chemicals are not used in the organic garden
* Crop rotation, cover crops and companion planting are practices that are used to maintain healthy soil
* Mulching is practiced for weed control and water retention
* Organic produce is purchased when possible to support agriculture without pesticides and fertilizers
* Local goods are sourced and purchased whenever possible
* We do not use disposable plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths in the Lodge or Event Venues or allow the use of these items when the Event Venues are rented out
* Wash clothes are used to dry hands in our public washrooms to reduce paper towel waste 
* Soaps and Lotions are purchased in bulk from Green Cricket a Canadian company that specializes in 100% Natural personal care products and put in decanters to reduce disposable containers
* TV's are not provided reducing power consumption and encouraging enjoyment of nature and participation in activities
* Guest rooms are not cooled in the summer months and the heat is reduced in winter months to a minimum if they are not rented
* Landscaping is at a minimum to reduce fossil fuel emissions from lawn mowing and reduce disturbance to the natural environment allowing native species to flourish
* We live in harmony with the wild animals on the land and try not to disturb them
* An appreciation of our natural world is encouraged to those who visit the Lodge

Construction On The Land

The process of construction is generally not very environmentally friendly however efforts in our actions and use of materials reduced some of the negative impact involved.  To name a few examples, product packaging and empty paint cans were taken for recycling, leftover construction material was retained for future use, local labour and local materials were used as much as possible, reclaimed lumber was incorporated into our design and we stayed in campers on-site as often as possible to reduce travel from Meadow Lake during the construction process.

Disturbance To The Land

Every effort has been made to minimize the disturbance to the land.  The ground has been restored to a natural state as the wild grasses, plants & flowers have been allowed to come back in abundance.  During excavation no mature trees were taken down.  Invasive plants not native to the region are being removed as requested by Sask Parks.  We have used the existing landscape as much as possible and natural species native to the area have been preserved and planted to showcase the beauty of all that Mother Nature has to offer.  Walking paths will be mowed through the wild grasses as an alternative to extensive landscaping.

Energy From The Land

Waters Edge Eco Lodge is proud to have a Geothermal heating and cooling system to harnesses the energy from the land through underground loops.  Solar energy is absorbed by the ground resulting in a constant moderate year-round temperature below the surface of the ground.  This system allows us to reduce our fossil fuel emissions significantly. 

Food From The Land

Our on-site organic garden provides guests with healthy food from the land.  We use a gardening technique called the Lasagna approach to gardening which allows us to build rich organic soil.  Our garden is comprised of raised garden beds that have been layered with peat moss, cardboard and newspaper, top soil, dried grass or hay, manure, and mulch.  We maintain compost bins to use in the garden as it provides an ever ready source of organic material to enhance soil fertility allowing us to avoid using chemicals.  Crop rotation, mulching, cover crops, and companion planting are practices that are used to maintain healthy soil.  The following photo illustrates all the layers of material used to build our garden.

Lasagna technique to gardening

Compost Bins.

Summer Produce.

The 3 R's-Recycle, Reduce and Reuse

Recycling, reducing and reusing are in the fore front of our thoughts during construction, design and operation of Waters Edge Eco Lodge.  Many recycle bins will be located around the lodge available to store recycled materials before they are hauled to recycling depots.  Waters Edge Eco Lodge will be taking measures to reduce wherever we can.  This may come in the form of using cloth napkins to turning off lights to conserving water.  In design and operation the lodge reuses as often as possible.  Some examples of this are making signs from the old tin found on site, using old bottles and jars found during excavation in the décor, composting, and finding uses for left over construction material. The 3 R’s and an awareness of environmental sustainability are encouraged.

Garbage to some,treasures to us






Garbage to some, treasures to us!  

These old bottles were uncovered during the excavation and they will definitely be finding a home in the Lodge.