Several BC Interior tourism-related projects funded

Tourism projects funded

The provincial government has announced funding for dozens of tourism-related projects, including many in the B.C. Interior.

Fifty-four projects worth a combined $20M have been funded by the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program.

The following projects were funded in the Thompson-Okanagan.

  • Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association — Mt. Morrisey destination trail: Build a 14-km network of free-to-access mountain bike trails. $297,875
  • Bonaparte Indian Band — McAbee Trail System Project: Phase II: Building trails and creating interpretive materials, fencing and access, signage and guidebooks. $820,951
  • Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association — Complete the Shuswap's largest cultural heritage attraction: Finish three dioramas in the Montebello building and install COVID-19 physical distancing supplies. $102,900
  • North Okanagan — Okanagan Rail Trail Resort Trail Connection: Build a 1.3-km section of 3-m wide gravel-surfaced multi-use trail. $210,000
  • Osoyoos Desert Society — Osoyoos Desert Centre boardwalk trail rehabilitation and pergola construction: Replacement of existing 22-year-old 1.5 km elevated wooden boardwalk trail. Build a new steel pergola. $834,789
  • Greater Kamloops Motorcycle Association — Duffy Lake Recreation Site destination and trail development: Provide a high-quality, COVID-19 safe public campground, increase day-use parking and various trail improvement. $800,000
  • Kamloops Wildlife Park Society — Accessibility improvements: Improve accessibility of attraction by paving pathways; renovation of all outdoor washroom facilities, purchase five electric mobility wheelchairs; install park maps. $149,000
  • Nicola Valley Fall Fair Association — Nicola Valley Fall Fair building roof replacement Repair the roof of the Nicola Valley Fall Fair Exhibition building. $65,000
  • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC — Merritt and Nicola Valley Fishing Access Improvement Project: Enhance and develop infrastructure to improve access. $366,347

"Our laser focus right now is on helping people and businesses during the pandemic, while making sure we're ready to welcome visitors and explore B.C. when it is safe to do so," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

"Investing in community-based tourism infrastructure not only creates good-paying jobs, it also helps to rebuild this hard-hit industry and ensures B.C.'s reputation as a world-class travel destination remains strong."

A full list of projects funded elsewhere in B.C. can be found here.

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