The provincial government is providing a tourism boost of 5 1/2 million dollars for projects in the Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast region.
Amy Thacker, the CEO of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, says the money is spread across the region…
“They are spread throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Everything from updating accommodations and accessibility in Barkerville to interpretive sites and campgrounds in Cariboo Mountain Park, from projects across our municipalities and south to the village of Clinton and west to Tsideldel and our expansion in indigenous tourism, so a good range of projects, a good range of geography and a great investment level to expand experiences for residents and visitors alike.”
A large chunk of the money ended up in the North Cariboo as the Barkerville Heritage Trust is getting one million dollars to upgrade accommodation to four seasons as well as to upgrade accessibility.
The City of Quesnel getting almost 485 thousand dollars for Lhtako Dene Park Cultural renovations, the Gold Rush Cycling Club is getting 465 thousand dollars and change for the Quesnel Bike Park, and the Three Nations Store in Nazko is getting half a million dollars for a revitalization project for the store and the lodge.
The Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club is getting 365 thousand dollars to upgrade its grooming equipment, and Barney’s Lakeside Resort development is receiving a million dollars for the lodge on Puntzi Lake.
Other projects in the region that received money include the Wells Wheels ATV Club, 193 thousand dollars for trail improvements, and the Cariboo Mountains Parks Society received $218,449 for an Interpretive Site and campground.
Thacker says this funding benefits both residents and visitors.
“These particular funded projects are looking at new development, improving accessibility, adding grooming to some of our Nordic ski clubs that will make it tournament ready and improve the trails for local use, and there is some new infrastructure recreation to be accessed by anybody that enjoys recreation and tourism experiences across the region.”
Thacker says this was an application based program.
She says their staff provided assistance in some cases, but others secured it fully on their own.