A labour of love.

Black Spruce began in 2019 with a passion for two things: design & sustainability. Construction took place over the course of 2019 and 2020 with the official opening coinciding with the global pandemic. After a pause and business pivot, Black Spruce is pleased to welcome guests back in 2022.

Some of our unique building techniques:

Shou Sugi-Ban

Shou Sugi-Ban is a Japanese technique of treating wood by burning. Every cabin is clad in Shou Sugi-Ban siding, using local Yukon spruce. The black siding inspired the project’s name.

Clay Plaster

The cabins are finished with a hand-troweled clay plaster. This earthen plaster is more delicate than your typical drywall, but it creates a beautiful natural hue. You can expect to see some nicks and dings in the surface.

Straw Bale

At the back of your cabin you will see a small truth window which reveals the interior insulation – straw bales. Each north wall of the cabins features straw as an infill insulating material, which has a low embodied carbon footprint.

Non-Toxic Materials and Finishes

Black Spruce features zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) paints, silicones and sealants, including hardwood oils and beeswax finishes.

Local Yukon Wood

The interior of each cabin is detailed with rough cut local Yukon Spruce.

Passive Solar Design

The cabins follow passive solar design principles, including high r-values, south facing windows, sheathing free construction, and detailed air sealing. The buildings feature high performance dense pack cellulose insulation in double stud walls.

Utiliduct

Due to the rocky nature of the site, Black Spruce is fed by a utiliduct, which is an insulated box that carries both freshwater and sewage. This is the first permitted utiliduct in the City of Whitehorse.

FSC Wide-Plank Fir Flooring

The cabins feature Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wide plank flooring from British Columbia. This flooring was treated with Eco-House mineral oil.

Net Zero – New!

During the fall of 2022, Black Spruce is installing a high efficiency wood boiler and a grid tied solar system to work towards becoming one of the first certified net zero accommodations in the North!

 

Shou Sugi-Ban

Shou sugi-ban is a Japanese technique of treating wood by burning. Every cabin is clad in shou sugi-ban siding, using local Yukon spruce. The black siding inspired the project’s name.

Clay Plaster

The cabins are finished with a hand-troweled clay plaster. This earthen plaster is more delicate than your typical drywall, but it creates a beautiful hue and natural finish to the interior of the cabins. It is completely non-toxic.

Straw Bale

At the back of your cabin you will see a small truth window which reveals the interior insulation – straw bales. Each north wall of the cabins features straw as an infill insulating material.

Non-Toxic Materials and Finishes

Black Spruce features zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) paints, silicones and sealants. You can sleep easy at night without worrying about offgassing of chemicals.

Local Yukon Wood

The interior of each cabin is detailed with rough cut local Yukon Spruce.

Passive Solar Design

The cabins follow passive solar design principles, including high r-values, south facing windows, sheathing free construction, and detailed air sealing. The buildings feature high performance dense pack cellulose insulation in double stud walls.

Utilidor

Due to the rocky nature of the site, Black Spruce is fed by a utilidor, which is an insulated box that carries both freshwater and sewage. This is the first permitted utilidor in the City of Whitehorse.

FSC Wide-Plank Fir Flooring

The cabins feature Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wide plank flooring from British Columbia. This flooring was treated with Eco-House mineral oil.

Net Zero – New!

During the fall of 2022, Black Spruce is installing a high efficiency wood boiler and a grid tied solar system to work towards becoming one of the first certified net zero accommodations in the North!

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