Backgrounder: West Kootenay communities receive over $1.2 million to revitalize public spaces and enhance tourism experiences  


Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $1.2 million in PacifiCan funding for 12 projects across the West Kootenays. This includes over $574,000 for three projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and over $643,000 for nine projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund.

The projects announced today include:

Canada Community Revitalization Fund

Village of Nakusp
Funding will go towards revitalizing the downtown core and creating pedestrian-friendly spaces in Nakusp. Project activities include installing new lighting, street furniture, accessible sidewalks and wayfinding signage.

Kootenay Robusters Society
Funding will go towards constructing a dragon boat and equipment storage facility in Christina Lake. Project activities include site preparation, framing, roofing, electrical, and the installation of solar panels.

Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association
Funding will be used to upgrade the Nakusp Rail Trail to improve its safety and accessibility for both residents and tourists.

Tourism Relief Fund

Valkyr Adventures Inc.
Funding will be used to expand the capacity of a backcountry ski lodge on Mount Lequereux.

Sol Mountain Touring Ltd.
Funding will be used to build additional guest rooms in a backcountry lodge, and develop a new mountain biking and hiking trail near Nakusp.

Valhalla Mountain Touring Ltd.
Funding will go towards expanding visitor experiences for the summer season, including yoga, hot tubbing and hiking.

Big Red Cats Inc.
Funding will go towards building two new snowcat cabins with enhanced health and safety protocols for ski tourists in Rossland.

Hurley Holdings Inc.
Funding will be used to renovate cabin accommodations and modernize tour operations in Slocan.

Snowwater Heli-Skiing Inc. 
Funding will go towards expanding the company’s mountain trail network to facilitate shoulder season activities such as hiking and biking.

Kootenay Mountain Holidays Inc.
Funding will be used to improve backcountry ski lodge facilities on Mount Carlyle.

Tamarack Alpine Adventures Inc.
Funding will be used to renovate a backcountry lodge in the Purcell Mountains to increase guest capacity and update the kitchen.

Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association
Funding will be used to develop an interactive underground tunnel experience to portray Rossland’s rich mining history and provide a realistic interpretation of life in the Red Mountain mines. 

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Haley Hodgson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development

Jillian Glover
Communications Manager
Pacific Economic Development Canada

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