The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is committed to fulfilling Biosphere Tourism certification requirements as part of responsible tourism in the Okanagan, British Columbia.
Being a part of Biosphere goes beyond "being green". Biosphere Adhesion Program deliverables are based on 17 sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations. These goals include gender equality, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, industry innovation, and infrastructure.
At the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, the biggest component of the hotel’s energy efficiency strategy is a state-of-the-art geothermal system. The geothermal system draws naturally occurring heat from the earth to provide the hotel’s cooling and heating systems, including heating of the year-round outdoor pool and two hot tubs.
All suites and common areas use energy-efficient LED lighting.
Get back to nature and experience the peacefulness of one of the only five natural wetlands in Lake Okanagan located directly in front of the Summerland Resort.
The development of the resort was very mindful to conserve the one acre of the wetland area. To integrate the wetlands with the resort a boardwalk was established to encourage guests and visitors to experience the number of birds (including a number of species on the endangered list), a resident beaver, muskrats, turtles, ducks, aquatic and plant life. Continuing with this positive approach and through cooperation with government bodies, the resort has added interpretive signage.
The resort also encourages sustainable behavior from their guests by providing recycling bins in all suites and common areas, water fill stations instead of single-use plastic bottles, and providing the option of reusing linens and towels.