We strive to explore mindfully, tread lightly and give more back to the land and our community than we take. From building projects to the details in our guest rooms, decisions are carefully considered to reduce our environmental footprint so guests can celebrate the natural environment in eco-friendly luxury.
Resort-Wide Green Approach
From the beginning, Sonora Resort has invested in operating as sustainably as possible to preserve and protect our pristine environment. With state-of-the-art technologies and conscientious planning, Sonora Resort’s infrastructure is every bit as luxurious as is it sustainable.
RESPONSIBLE WATER CONSUMPTION
- Safe, clean drinking water is derived from seven wells on property that are sand filtered, UV disinfection, and chemical free.
- Reduced flow rain shower heads and low flush toilets in guest rooms.
- Environmentally friendly cleaning products selected across the resort.
- Our laundry and kitchen detergents and equipment are supplied by Haddon including the X3 solid laundry system, which is completely environmentally clean.
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT
- High-efficiency diesel generators for moderate energy consumption.
- Electric carts for local resort transportation.
- 4-stroke outboard engines on guide boats that consume less fuel and meet all California low and ultra-low emissions standards.
- Moderate water and energy consumption laundry program.
EFFICIENT WASTE MANAGEMENT
- Eliminated all single-use plastics in the Tyee Dining Room.
- Rigorous recycling program in partnership with Campbell River recycling plants for aluminum, plastics, glass, batteries, light bulbs, oil, and fuel filters.
- State of the art medical waste incinerator from Infratech for kitchen waste disposal to ensure wildlife safety and protection.
- A Membrane Bioreactor sewage treatment plant designed by Sanitherm. This unique system’s end result is completely harmless to the marine environment is the first of its kind at a coastal resort.
- Sonora made every effort to leave the natural shoreline untouched during construction. For any meter of disrupted natural vegetation, Sonora planted 10 meters of aquatic vegetation to ensure a thriving environment.
Entertainment and Education
We have one goal when we choose what to offer our guests for entertainment: to present and instill a love of some of North America’s most sensational outdoor beauty, while having a minimal impact on the environment itself.
ETHICAL WILDLIFE VIEWING
We respect the needs of wild animals for space, natural vegetation, and ecological community. At Sonora we practice ethical wildlife watching to safely observe animals behaving in their natural habitats.
- Photograph from an appropriate distance, using proper equipment like binoculars and telephoto lenses
- Avoid noises and activity that might stress wildlife
- We do not approach young animals and avoid breeding or nesting grounds
- No feeding wildlife under any circumstances, proper disposal of food products
- Stick to the trails and avoid damaging natural vegetation
- Give back through conservation work, land preservation, vegetation renewal and educational tours to help others learn ethical wildlife viewing
We take pride in practicing, and teaching our guests, the true BC style of sport fishing. Sonora is proud to promote and encourage catch and release fishing, taking only what we need on our saltwater salmon trips. We stringently adhere to all fishing regulations as set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and are a proud member of the Sport Fishing Institute of BC. Sonora Resort proudly supports the Gillard Pass Fish Hatchery to replenish the stock of Chinook salmon.
TOURS IN PARTNERSHIP
The popular Grizzly Bear Tour in partnership with the Homalco First Nation, provides a minimally invasive way to view the bears of the pristine Orford Valley. The Philips River Tours, in partnership with the Kwiakah First Nations, benefit the Phillips River Conservancy which works to rebuild the region’s rich ecosystem.
Sonora Island falls under the domain of several environmental branches at both the provincial and federal levels of government. We are proud to be an active and cooperative partner with all of these agencies. We approach them with our plans, and listen carefully to their suggestions. Our aim is to use the agencies as a resource so we can make the most responsible and sustainable decisions. Since many agencies do not have the funding to travel to remote areas to inspect the work, we hire an environmental consultant to report to directly to them.