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Environmental Initiatives

BLL Solar Pannels, Solar Power Energy

Our Goal: To live environmentally and sustainably on the land.

Generating Power

  • We have 4 sets of solar panes that generate the bulk of our power necessary
  • We have 1 wind turbine that charges our batteries during the nighttime when we would otherwise not be producing power
  • We operate daily on power collected from our solar panes, wind turbine and 5 sets of batteriies; all with diesel generator back up
  • We run the generator for only a few hours daily in the summertime, and less than half the day in the winter time - we are the most energy efficient lodge in the north
  • 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

Laundry and Dishwashing

  • We use cold water wash for laundry to cut our carbon emissions
  • We use fabric softener created without phosphates, perfumes, dyes or enzymes
  • We use oxygenated bleach, formulated without chlorine
  • In summer, we hang our sheets and clothes outside to dry and we encourage our guests to hang their towels outside as well
  • Our pre-washing dish detergent is biodegradable and phosphate free
  • We use vinegar as a biodegradable cleaning product for windows and mirrors


  • 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
  • Grey water is processed through two settling tanks and a leaching pit well away from the lake
  • Our composting toilet system handles waste without any water, and this 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.

Saving Energy

  • 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 use high-efficiency appliances, and low wattage fluorescent lights
  • We turn off lights and electrical equipment when not in use
  • A hybrid power system, combines a large battery bank, solar panels and efficient diesel generator to provide electricity
  • Motorboats are fitted with efficient, low emission 4-stroke motors

Saving Fish Stocks

  • 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.