Coyote Cruises seeking long-term park lease to attract new investment - InfoNews

Current Conditions

14.1°C

Coyote Cruises seeking long-term park lease to attract new investment

FILE PHOTO - Channel tubing operator Coyote Cruises is looking for a long-term lease on city parkland on Riverside Drive in an attempt to attract new investment in order to enhance and grow the tourism facility.
January 09, 2019 - 1:27 PM

PENTICTON - A request to tie up Penticton city parkland for two decades has Penticton city council asking a few questions.

K’ul Group director of projects and partnerships Mike Campol appeared before council yesterday, Jan. 8, to discuss plans by the K’ul Group (formerly the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation) to build a world class tourist attraction at Coyote Cruises on Riverside Drive.

The business, which offers tubes and rafts for rental to travel down the Penticton River Channel, is looking to attract new partners in a joint venture to “build an authentic tourism offering, rich in culture and environment.”

Campol was seeking a 20-year lease on the Riverside Drive property in order to attract new investors to the project. Coyote Cruises currently has a five-year license to use agreement with the city.

Campol said investment was needed in order to improve existing infrastructure, build “discoveries” in the channel, and provide an immersive tourist experience, in addition to creating more employment opportunities for Indigenous youth.

The proposal is also looking at creating food and beverage amenities as well as a souvenir shop. Campol said they are looking at a possible first year investment of $100,000.

Several members of the new city council weren’t familiar with the new park master plan instituted by the last council following the controversy and protests around the proposed development of water slides in Skaha Park.

Mayor John Vassilaki asked whether the city could allow a 20-year lease in the park, with development services manager Anthony Haddad answering under the right conditions the city could offer a lease for up to 30 years.

Haddad said the application process would involve the new park dedication bylaw and parks protection and use policy, eventually requiring elector approval for a longer lease.

Council decided to refer the proposal back to staff in order to acquire further details about the request from the development corporation.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad or call 250-488-3065 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

News from © Infotel News Ltd, 2019
Infotel News Ltd

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Most expensive house in B.C. Interior could be sold for property taxes owed
    KELOWNA - It will cost only about $2,000 for the owners of the most expensive home in the B.C. Interior to come off the City of Kelowna’s tax sale list. The home at 4358 Hobson Rd. was
  • Orchard Park mall in Kelowna to shrink some more
    KELOWNA - Kelowna's Orchard Park mall is applying to the city for permission to shrink for the second time in five months. In April, the city's largest mall received permission from
  • Kelowna’s Tolko lumber mill has shut down
    KELOWNA - Instead of returning to work after a six-week shutdown next week, 127 Tolko lumber mill workers in Kelowna will be off the job indefinitely. Tolko Industries announced today, Sept.
  • Kelowna road sign goes viral ... again
    KELOWNA - Noel Wentworth’s tongue in cheek approach to marketing is a welcome mood lightener for Kelowna commuters. Outside of Wentworth Music’s Highway 97 location, a portable s
  • Shuswap home at centre of escalating vigilantism torn down
    SCOTCH CREEK - Residents fed up with crime that appears to be escalating across some communities in the Shuswap are demanding action. While communities throughout the Kamloops and Okanagan r
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile