The phrase “Walking Softly in the Wilderness”, has always been a guiding principal for our lifestyle, and approach to developing Paddlers Inn; although sometimes we do make some noise.
The primary purpose of Paddlers Inn is to provide people with safe and comfortable access to experiences in a wilderness environment, so that the connection between nature and self is nourished, hopefully leading to individual fulfillment, and environmental stewardship.
Both Bruce and Josee spent most of their adult springs & falls (no pun intended), planting trees, hundreds of thousands of them, in BC’s beleaguered forest lands, seeking employment that contributed to the environment, rather than exploiting it. We planted, managed, and eventually ran our own silviculture contracting company, offering high quality, pesticide free, forestry management, and high paying job opportunities for locals.
We have built our homestead and guest buildings, mostly by ourselves, as we have been able to, over our lifetime, using local kayak salvaged drift logs that have been milled here by Billy Proctor.
Some buildings are new, and there are several buildings, and some materials that have been re-purposed. The main homestead building was built in the early 1900’s, and the Float house Lodge used to be the community church.
We have been recycling forever, and are pleased that we can now drop materials off in the North Island, rather than hauling it all down-island as we have done for decades. Our main building is solar powered, and many of our tools are battery rechargeable, and so we only run a small generator when we absolutely need to. We cherish the quiet of nature, as well as the thundering storms…
We do shop organic, sustainable, and as local as possible, even if it costs a bit more, to support our north island economy and community, and we try to avoid purchasing anything that is environmentally toxic. We use as little fuel as we possibly can, and all of the cleaning products we use are environmentally friendly & biodegradable.
As the Inn has become more financially viable, we have looked for ways to improve our facility, as well as share our revenue with other people and projects that could use assistance.
We agree with the concept of “1% for the planet” and that donating 1% (of our gross income) directly to organizations that do “environmentally positive work” is a great idea, and so we look for organizations that we would like to assist, there are so many to choose from! This past year we have donated 2% of our gross income, and in the spirit of reconciliation and support for UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous People) we have directed aprox. half of our donation funds to local First Nations efforts. We will continue to look for ways to expand our support into our community, and already have plans for more in 2020. Supporting us helps us “pay it forward” to these great organizations.
Connecting people to place in the southern Great Bear Rainforest. We actively participated in their paddle program for local First Nations youth. http://www.seatocedar.org
Local community/ tourism/ First Nations people powered boating event. www.alertbay360.org
Advocating for and creating public access to all of BC’s coastline [for non-powered craft]. www.bcmarinetrails.org
Clayoquot Action is a Tofino-based conservation society committed to protecting the biocultural diversity of Clayoquot Sound. Their goals are accomplished through public education, citizen research and monitoring, and advocacy. Clayoquot Action stands for democratic rights, indigenous rights and the rights of Mother Earth. http://www.clayoquotaction.org
Sierra Club BC inspires generations to defend nature and confront climate change, so families, communities and the natural world can prosper together. https://sierraclub.bc.ca/
Together, we’re working tirelessly to protect life giving biological diversity in Canada through strategic research and grassroots public education. https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/
Educate/ Preserve/ Connect. Peruvian Andean community development organization. www.mosqoy.org
First Nations standing up for their rights as stated by UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples), and not giving consent for the oil pipeline to cross their territory.