Your new summer adventure destination may soon be... Revelstoke?
Ashley Legassic - Reporter
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February 08, 2017 - 2:42 PM
REVELSTOKE - One day soon, you might be packing the kids in the minivan for the summer vacation of a lifetime — in Revelstoke.
The small mountain town that's already making itself a premier winter destination with Revelstoke Mountain Resort may soon be home to a major summer attraction.
In a news release, the provincial government says it has approved a 30-year adventure tourism and commercial recreation tenure for Illecillewaet Development Limited Partnership’s proposed adventure park. The resort, which is owned by Northlands Development Corporation — owned by the Gaglardi family from Kamloops — is a partner in the deal.
Roughly 321 hectares of land has been approved for the proposed park, which the government says would include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip-lining, bungee jumping, tree-top adventures, mountain coasters and sky swings.
But the land surrounding the park will get a facelift, too. Plans are in the works for an access road up steep terrain to a higher elevation point, day lodge, heli-pad, gazebos and portable sanitation units, and eventually a gondola or chairlift.
The government says several studies have been conducted to assess the potential impact on wildlife habitat, terrain stability and drinking water. According to the release, consultations with the public, First Nations and stakeholders were held.
Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations Minister Steve Thomson says not only would the proposed park add to outdoor recreation in Revelstoke, it would help the job sector.
“Outdoor recreation has always been a big part of Revelstoke," Thomson says in the release. "The proposed adventure park will add more outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors in the region, as well as create local jobs.”
In comparison to the 321-hectare proposed park, California's Disneyland is 34 hectares and Vancouver's Playland is 27 hectares.
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