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Parksville resort completes special $8.5M green initiative

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort announces re-opening of newly renovated Oceanview rooms
The Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville. (Photo courtesy Tigh-Na-Mara)

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort has announced the re-opening of its newly renovated Oceanview guest rooms, an $8.5-million investment part of a commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The new rooms were designed by Studio AE Interior Design Inc. out of Lantzville and built by Nanoose-based TS Williams Construction, according to a news release.

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, which holds a 4 Green Key certification, ensured the renovation adhered to the circular economy’s principles - reduce, reuse/repair, redistribute, recondition, recycle. These principles guided the process, from the choice of materials to the construction methods employed. The resort aimed to minimize its ecological footprint and lead the way in responsible tourism.

“We are committed to our community and environment, and using sustainable practices is part of our culture here at the resort,” said Paul Drummond, Tigh-Na-Mara general manager. “From our guest rooms, the kitchen, laundry, our Grotto Spa, to watering our plants using our own wells.”

The newly renovated Oceanview guest rooms now feature air conditioning and porcelain countertops, locally crafted Live Edge Design log furniture sourced from Vancouver Island and inviting high-efficiency gas fireplaces.

The rooms all look out over the Salish Sea with stunning views of the tides and distant islands. Many include full kitchens and all have a unique tub/shower concept in the bathrooms.

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To conserve energy, solutions such as key card activated lighting and fireplace controls were used. Recycling and compost facilities have been integrated into each room.

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort also incorporated various eco-friendly features into its infrastructure, including the use of energy-efficient LED lights, low-flow plumbing fixtures, water-based paints, and energy-efficient gas fireplaces and boilers, electric vehicle charging stations and electric golf carts for the team to get around the 22 acres.

The resort was the first on Vancouver Island to utilize renewable gas, which earned it the Fortis BC award in 2016.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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