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Posted: June 21, 2016

Tourism highlights in our resort communities

The province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) allocated $10.5 million to 14 resort communities for the 2015-16 fiscal year to boost tourism infrastructure and amenities, including in four East Kootenay communities.

Kinsmen Beach, Invermere. Images by Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
Kinsmen Beach, Invermere. Images by Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

This funding helps communities diversify their tourism offerings and ensure visitors enjoy a world-class experience when they visit British Columbia. RMI communities include Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Golden, Rossland, Revelstoke, Whistler, Harrison Hot Springs, Osoyoos, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet and Valemount.

Some local and nearby RMI summer highlights include:

* Events in downtown Fernie, such as Summer Socials (lead image) and Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening entertainment.

* Invermere has Thursday Beach Parties for family fun at Kinsmen Beach, movies in the mountains in July and August and Valley Appreciation Day for live music, a logging show and kids entertainment.

The imposing Bootleg Mountain keeping watch over Kimberley.
The imposing Bootleg Mountain keeping watch over Kimberley.

* Kimberley’s Bootleg Mountain Trail for excellent downhill mountain biking.

* Events in Radium Hot Springs included the ever popular Radium Days which was held this past weekend, with a pancake breakfast and car show.

* The Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement in Golden, which makes the community even more inviting to visitors.

* New public art, Blowin’ in the Wind, at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre Garden.

* Banners throughout Rossland featuring local artists.

Radium Hot Spring's VIC
Radium Hot Spring’s VIC

Since the RMI’s inception in 2006, over $98.1 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.

“Whether it’s a Canada Day celebration in Whistler or a walk along the new Cranberry Marsh Trail and Boardwalk in Valemount, the range of tourism opportunities supported by the province through Resort Municipality Initiative funding is as diverse as they are exciting. I hope British Columbians get out and explore some of the tourism offerings in the participating 14 resort communities this summer and see first-hand what people from around the world are coming to B.C. for,” stated Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour in a press release.

In 2015, 4.9 million international visitors came to B.C. – a 7.9% increase compared to 2014.

Tourism provides a job for roughly one out of every 15 people employed in B.C.


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