Sustainable Hotels: Fogo Island Inn



On a remote island off the northern coast of Newfoundland, sits a striking example of modern architecture — the Fogo Island Inn. Every single one of its 29 suites offer sweeping views of the stark landscape and powerful coastline of the Labrador Sea. But the Fogo Island Inn wants to be more than just a stunning place to stay, it’s aiming to become a sustainable centerpiece of the local community.

The whole operation aims to provide a platform for guests and locals to interact in a way that’s mutually beneficial, something the hotel staff take seriously — as, “100% of operating surpluses are reinvested into the community to help secure a sustainable and resilient future for Fogo Island, Newfoundland.”

The view from the restaurant at Fogo Island Inn

The view from the restaurant at Fogo Island Inn

Fishermen supply the restaurant with freshly-caught cod, members of the community lead “Guided Outings” where guests can experience local culture, and the interior of the hotel is decorated with woven rugs and other accents from Newfoundland artists. Even all of the handcrafted furniture and furnishings are available to purchase through The Woodshop, priced “to create a 15% net surplus, 100% of which is returned back to Shorefast to support ongoing charitable programs on Fogo Island.”

Thomas McDermott