New purpose-built track announced for Smallwood Recreation Site
A bear-safe program and a new mountain biking route are the two projects slated for the Nelson region as part of new infrastructure tourism grant program.
As part of the Destination Development Fund, the Nelson Cycling Club (NCC) will be receiving $65,000 for the Smallwood Recreation Sites and Trails network, with a purpose-built, low angle up track and two new descent options proposed.
The Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism Society will be receiving $287,500 for the installation of 54 bear-safe garbage containers throughout the region.
The two Nelson-based projects are part of a total of 31 new infrastructure tourism projects funded across the province to help enhance visitor experiences and create vibrant communities throughout B.C.
“The past three years have been incredibly challenging for people in the tourism industry, especially after years of economic uncertainty and extreme weather events like the recent wildfires,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, in a statement.
The Destination Development Fund supports tourism businesses by developing and rejuvenating tourism infrastructure. The 31 new recipients will receive nearly $15 million in 2023-24 with one-time grants.
Since 2021, more than $60 million has been provided through the Destination Development Fund helping rebuild tourism revenues to 2019 levels and strengthening a year-round visitor economy for people in B.C and for those who work in the tourism sector.
Projects were chosen for their contribution to communities, benefits to the tourism economy, and support for sustainability and accessibility.
The Province is also supporting the sector with $3 million through the B.C. Tourism Climate Resiliency Initiative.
This will support education, assessments, expert coaching, action planning and adaptation to help tourism businesses and communities measure, track and improve sustainable and environmentally responsible practices in their operations.
Led by Destination BC, the initiative will develop climate preparedness and adaptation strategies and action plans to mitigate climate risks, as well as provide a foundation for a long-term sustainability and climate-adaptation approach for people in the B.C. tourism sector.
The B.C. Tourism Climate Resiliency Initiative also supports the preservation of B.C.’s natural spaces, responsible travel and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Source: Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport