Stewards of Sustainability
Nimmo Bay strives to be an environmentally responsible business operating with conservation and sustainability at the heart of every decision. Sustainable tourism is our future and Nimmo Bay is proud to be a trailblazer in the industry.
We strive to live a life in balance,
explore mindfully, tread lightly and
give more than we take.
Life in Balance: Our 10-Year Plan
Drawing inspiration from the wilderness that surrounds the lodge, our over-arching approach to sustainability is to emulate nature itself. The time-tested pattern in nature is a constant cycle of give and take: the bear eats the salmon and then returns nutrients to the forest. We are a part of this natural cycle and our aim is for a perfect balance between what we take from our habitat and what we give back. Like nature, our vision of balance is not static—it is always changing and the scales are always tipping one way or the other but harmony with our environment is our goal, our North Star.
Click the link to see more about our approach to sustainability efforts and our plans for the next 10 years: Sustainability Vision for Nimmo Bay
We strongly believe that we can be Climate Friendly, and we achieve this through Carbon Responsible actions for both ourselves and our guests.
In our quest to become Climate Friendly, we have:
- Installed a water-powered electricity system
- Reduced our Greenhouse Gas emissions
- Implemented a hydroxyl waste management system
- Adopted an Ecosystem-Based Management strategy
- Defined our carbon emissions as accurately as possible
To offset our carbon footprint, which cannot be further reduced, we have elected to be Carbon Responsible and invest in local carbon reduction and conservation projects.
Bullets for Binos
Starting in 2012, Nimmo Bay presented a unique incentive to hunters in British Columbia. The Bullets for Binos program offered the opportunity to trade in a coveted license to trophy hunt a Grizzly bear for a bear viewing trip for 2 people to Nimmo Bay! Since the inception of this offer, Nimmo Bay has collected over 10 tags, effectively saving as many bears and changing the perception of the hunters involved, as you can see from their testimonials.
We are excited to announce that after years of lobbying, the British Columbia government has banned trophy hunting of Grizzly bears province-wide. Nimmo Bay played a pivotal role in rallying public support for the ban.
Sea to Cedar and Nimmo Bay
Fraser and Becky Murray are founding members of Sea to Cedar and Nimmo Bay works closely with the foundation on various local projects in a funding capacity and with substantial in-kind donations. Sea to Cedar works with a broad network on collaborative projects that support community driven stewardship. We are most involved with the coastal carnivore conservation and mapping project and collecting and documenting salmon genetics with the Catch, Clip, Release initiative.
The coastal carnivore project is a collaborative effort with conservation biologists and volunteers to collect bear DNA samples using non-invasive hair snagging stations. By understanding the territorial habits and diets of these large but vulnerable animals we can help shape decisions at a legislative level—the research can help determine park boundaries and protect areas of wilderness habitat from logging and development. Nimmo Bay guests can participate by collecting hair samples, checking the wildlife cameras in our region and by choosing to support bear viewing lodges.
Salmon are the backbone of the coastal ecosystems. The salmon genetics program is building a robust genetic library for salmon species in the understudied populations of the Broughton Archipelago and beyond. The information contained in salmon DNA helps make management decisions about salmon, their rivers and their recovery. Nimmo Bay and our guests contribute to this research by collecting small fin clippings from some of the most remote rivers, rich in DNA information, before releasing the salmon back to the river. We have unparalleled access to these rivers and visit them frequently, allowing us to play a significant role in the Catch, Clip, Release program.
To learn more about Sea to Cedar, or to donate, please visit their website.
We are the proud recipients of the 2018 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards for Lodging & Accommodation. Hosted by Synergy Enterprises, these awards recognize excellence in environmental achievement and leadership of Island businesses, organizations and individuals. Congratulations to all who continually inspire, share their stories, and work towards a more sustainable future.
Murray Family Climate Fund
The “Murray Family Climate Fund” is our way of facilitating and supporting local projects with global impacts. This fund, officially launching in late-2018, is designed to fast track projects and initiatives that will have significant benefit to communities in our region and inspire sustainable interdependence between humans and the environment.
Three ways the climate fund will be working towards international sustainability goals:
- Providing education
- Creative, long-term support for scientific conservation projects
- Direct funding to support the implementation of green technologies in remote areas
We believe that we can make a global difference starting in our own backyard.