Waters Edge Eco Lodge is an all-season, lakeside lodge nestled in the boreal forest at the water’s edge on Greig Lake. Luxurious accommodation is set in the beautiful natural environment of the Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Three seasonal lakefront rental cottages are also available for families or groups. Two unique event venues are available for weddings, reunions, retreats, and conferences.
Sustainable ecological practices have been incorporated in the design, construction, and operation of Waters Edge Eco Lodge. We strive to practice environmental sustainability by making decisions and taking actions that are in the interests of protecting our planet by practicing and promoting energy efficiency, water conservation, organic gardening, composting, and the 3 R’s-Recycle, Reduce and Reuse.
The creative force behind Waters Edge Eco Lodges is Shelly Pikowicz. She had a dream to create a quiet, secluded place enwrapped by nature, where anyone can escape and rejuvenate. In 2012 she saw a request from Saskatchewan Parks to develop rental accommodation in Meadow Lake Provincial Park near Greig Lake. She submitted a proposal and won.
Kelly, Shelly’s son is a skilled contractor, journeyman millwright, and generally a jack of all trades. He was the perfect fit for the builder and general contractor. Kelly’s wife, Carolyn, brings her artistic talent to developing the website, marketing, and operations. They all deeply care about nature and share this with their guests. They hold great respect for our planet and strive to practice environmental sustainability. Read more about them here.
I love this place! I’ve stayed at Waters Edge several times in multiple seasons because it’s such a great gem in northwest Saskatchewan. Shelly really is what makes this place so special as her care and attention to detail stand out.
It’s one of those places you go to get away and enjoy hanging out on the property (hiking, cross-country skiing, paddling or just lounging in the hammocks or the cozy corners perfect for reading or playing games. In front of the fireplace is one of my favourite spot.). Since each room faces east, you’ll always get woken by the most gorgeous sunrises over the lake. I highly recommend a getaway to Waters Edge!
Local labour and local material were used in construction. Rough cut lumber was used extensively on the outside and inside of the building. Every effort has been made to minimize the disturbance to the land.
The ground has been restored to a natural state as the wild grasses, plants & flowers have been allowed to come back in abundance.
During excavation no mature trees were taken down. They have used the existing landscape as much as possible and natural species native to the area have been preserved and planted to showcase the beauty of all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Walking paths are mowed through the wild grasses as an alternative to extensive landscaping.
Highest level of energy efficiency
Geothermal heating and cooling are used to harness energy from the earth which reduces our fossil fuel consumption.
Triple pane windows are used to reduce energy loss.
LED and fluorescent lighting reduce power consumption.
Washer, dryer and dishwasher are water and energy efficient.
They made a conscious decision to not provide TVs in the lodge.
Landscaping is at a minimum to reduce fossil fuel emissions from lawn mowing and reduce disturbance to the natural environment allowing native species to flourish.
Pioneer in waste management
Recycling, reducing and reusing are in the fore front of our thoughts during construction, design and operation of Waters Edge Eco Lodge. The 3 R’s and an awareness of environmental sustainability are encouraged.
Many recycle bins are located around the lodge available to store recycled materials before they are hauled to recycling depots.
They are taking measures to reuse wherever they can. This may come in the form of using cloth napkins to turning off lights to conserving water. Some examples of this are making signs from the old tin found on site, using old bottles and jars found during excavation in the décor, composting, and finding uses for left over construction material.
To use water responsibly guest rooms have showers not bath tubs since generally showers use less water. Water faucets and toilets are flow restricted. Wash clothes are used to dry hands in our public washrooms to reduce paper towel waste.
Soaps and Lotions are purchased in bulk and put in decanters to reduce disposable containers.
They do not use disposable plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths in the Lodge or Event Venues or allow the use of these items when the Event Venues are rented out. They provide glassware, cutlery, cloth tablecloths and napkins.
Fully organic and chemical-free operation
They use earth friendly laundry detergent. Soaps and Lotions are 100% natural personal care products.
Chemicals are not used in the organic garden. Crop rotation, cover crops and companion planting are practices that are used to maintain healthy soil. Mulching is practiced for weed control and water retention.
Our on-site organic garden produces a fresh, healthy, sustainable food source and allows us to reduce transportation pollution.
Organic produce is purchased when possible to support agriculture without pesticides and fertilizers.
Local goods are sourced and purchased whenever possible.
Actively protects nature and community
They work with Saskatchewan Parks and Tourism Saskatchewan to jointly promote and provide opportunities for guests to appreciate the natural environment.
They actively develop a trail system utilizing previous roads and trails.
They partnered with local associations, artisans and entrepreneurs to promote this area.
Invasive plants not native to the region are being removed as requested by Saskatchewan Parks like caragan, camomille, tansley or water hemlock which is an extremely poisonous plant but taking care to preserve native species.
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