Welcome to Blachford Lake Lodge, your home away from home in the serene, Canadian north. Blachford Lake Lodge is located in the rugged wilderness of Northern Canada, in superb Aurora-watching country. Perched on a rock knoll overlooking Blachford Lake, it is a half-hour bush-plane from the city of Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Blachford Lake Lodge is located on Chief Drygeese territory, the traditional land of Yellowknives Dene First Nation Akaitcho, Treaty 8 territory.
Many miles from roads, or national suppliers of electricity and water, our lodge nonetheless provides many of the benefits of a luxury hotel, with the priceless addition of a pristine wilderness environment, unpolluted by artificial light or noise, the perfect setting for watching the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights).
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To live environmentally and sustainably on the land.
We are the most energy efficient lodge in the north
Renewable energy accounts for 62% of our total energy use
Since 2013 we have cut our fuel usage by more than half
Conserving our Freshwater
We purify our drinking water
We try to use phosphate free products, to prevent growth of algae in our waterways
We maintain a garden and greenhouses that produce fresh vegetables for our guests
We offer fair trade organic coffee
Saving Fish Stock
Blachford Lake Lodge is committed to maintaining a healthy stock of fish, and to achieve this we have initiated a fish management program which involves the use of barbless hooks and fish gloves, and a catch and release protocol.
We encourage our guests to conserve energy and water by turning off the tap when washing, brushing their teeth and shaving.
We encourage short showers
We encourage our guests to hang their towels outside as well
We offer fair trade organic coffee
We use 80% recycled plastic garbage bags
We use 100% recycled paper, and products whitened without bleach. This includes table napkins, coffee filters, paper towels, facial tissue and bathroom tissue
We compost leftover fruits, vegetables, eggshells, and coffee grounds and use it in our greenhouse and vegetable garden
Our compost is used for natural flower and shrub gardens
We recycle paper, and newspaper is reused as fire starter for lodge woodstoves.
We use refillable dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and body wash, hand soap and pre-wash dish detergent
We provide recycling bins in all cabins and lodge rooms, and we ship recyclable and non recyclable cans, bottles, boxes and cardboard to Yellowknife where they are recycled or sent to landfill.
Laundry and Dishwashing
We utilize only “Clivus Multrum” and “SunMar” composting toilets to reduce fresh water use and eliminate potential water contamination
Grey water is processed through two settling tanks and a leaching pit well away from the lake
Wherever possible we utilize products with low impact and that prevent growth of algae in our waterways:
We use fabric softener created without phosphates, perfumes, dyes or enzymes
We use oxygenated bleach, formulated without chlorine
Our pre-washing dish detergent is biodegradable and phosphate free
We use vinegar as a biodegradable cleaning product for windows and mirrors
Low Carbon Footprint
We continue to expand and improve our microgrid, which now contains 14.5kW Solar and 1 kW of Wind power generation, 183 kWh of battery storage, and a Tier-4 diesel back-up generator.
We utilize wood pellets and cordwood to provide a majority of space and water hearting in both the cabins and the lodge, utilizing individual wood stoves and a WoodMaster boiler.
All personal vehicles, including motorboats, snow machines, and quads are fitted with efficient, low emission, 4-stroke motors.
We source locally whenever possible to avoid emissions from flights, including using local cordwood and maintaining a garden and greenhouses to produce fresh vegetables for our guests.
We use high-efficiency appliances, and low wattage fluorescent lights.
We turn off lights and electrical equipment when not in use.
We use cold water wash for laundry and in summer we hang our sheets out to dry.