With its proximity to spectacular mountains and waterfront escapes, it’s no wonder that Vancouver is such an environmentally conscious city. While you’re here, there are a number of options for enjoying the city’s natural splendor and maintaining a low carbon footprint, from eco-tours to nearby mountain bike trails. But even before you lace up your hiking boots or strap on a helmet, book a room at one of Vancouver’s green hotels to make the most of eco-friendly perks and waste-reducing amenities.
As an inaugural participant in both the City of Vancouver's "Corporate Climate Leader" and Tourism Vancouver's "Tourism Ambassador for Conservation" programs The Listel Hotel is a veritable green giant! In addition to 20 solar panels and a state-of-the-art heat capture program (reducing the hotel's natural gas use by 30% annually), countless water reduction and air quality programs and an ambitious bulk amenities program, the hotel has also been 100% Zero Waste since 2011. The hotel's restaurant - Forage - is a showcase in sustainable operations and is an active member of both the Green Table Network and the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise seafood program. Chef Chris Whittaker's farm to table small plate menu is locally sourced. Better yet, it features 10 BC craft brews on tap and 8 of BC finest wines!
If you’re planning to drive an environmentally friendly car to the hotel, you’ll love staying at The Fairmont Waterfront, a green hotel where hybrid and electric cars get complimentary parking. The hotel also has an electric vehicle charging station so you’ll be charged up and ready to continue your travels after checking out. On-site dining choices include Herons Bar and Herons West Coast Kitchen, which both use local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible, including fresh herbs and honey from the rooftop herb garden and honeybee apiary. Looking to explore the area’s parks and gardens? Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary BMW bicycle rentals and ride around town, sans the carbon footprint.
At The Westin Bayshore, all guest rooms have energy-saving appliances and in-room recycling bins, and visitors can take part in the “Make a Green Choice” program, where each day of declining housekeeping will earn them a $5 voucher. This incentive program helps reduce water, electricity, natural gas and chemical waste. The Westin Bayshore also composts organic food waste from the kitchens and donates servable food leftovers to Vancouver Food Bank. Learn more about their extensive efforts to reduce waste here.