MLA Report: Hope for a strong winter tourism season

Lots of snow, early would sure get us started on what should be a very strong winter tourism season in the Columbia River–Revelstoke.

As I write this MLA report, I can see that the mountains are getting a good dose of snow, and reports from other communities are the same. Lots of snow, early in winter, would sure get us started on what should be a very strong winter tourism season here in the Columbia River–Revelstoke.

And many of the factors that made this last summer a good one for tourism will keep things going through the winter. A low Canadian dollar keeps Canadians travelling here, and entices Americans and Europeans with incredible deals, but the biggest factor that brings tourists here is the tremendous range of winter attractions in this region.

We have five destination ski resorts ranging from the family-friendly Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area to the massive vertical and deep powder of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

We have half a dozen wonderful Nordic skiing centers with groomed trails to match all levels of skiers.

Canadian heliskiing had its start in Columbia River–Revelstoke, with the iconic Bugaboo Lodge, which still attracts skiers from around the world. But there are now so many more world-class heliski operators, as well as cat skiing operations, and a host of incredible backcountry lodges, based right here in our mountain ranges.

The snowmobiling in our area is very well-organized and people from our communities work hard to make sure that trails are maintained and that the activity is as safe as possible.

For those who want a more relaxing time, there are a number of hot springs that are particularly nice on a snowy evening.

The provincial government’s role is to support tourism promotion and infrastructure as well as making investments in highway improvements so tourists can get to our attractions safely and predictably.

We need continued improvements to the TransCanada Highway and to Highway 93. We need top quality maintenance of all our highways, and I will continue to make sure this government hears this message loud and clear. Tourism is very important to all of our communities, so let’s hope for lots of snow and getting the winter season off to a strong start.

Norm Macdonald is the NDP MLA for Columbia River Revelstoke. He can be reached by phone at 1-866-870-4188 and by email at norm.macdonald.mla@leg.bc.ca.

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