The new $85,000 church is providing an opportunity to further develop the economic potential of the historic site by bringing in visitors and users from various location around British Columbia.
2012- The 100 Mile and District Historical Society began construction of the Historical Society Heritage Church, located at the 108 Mile House highway rest stop in 2006. This project was a collaboration between the 100 Mile and District Historical Society and Northern Development with private sector contributions from local businesses, Sanders Redi-Mix and Canada's Log People. The project involved the complete construction of a log-home style chapel to compliment the existing heritage tourism industry in the 108 Mile. The funding contributed to the purchase of building materials, equipment rental, and interior furnishings.
Positive Economic Impacts in 108 Mile Ranch
The 108 Mile Heritage Site on Highway 97 in the heart of the Cariboo receives an estimated 15,000 visitors during the four month season that the museum is open to the public. The addition of the heritage church, with its capacity of 75 people, is creating local employment in 108 Mile, increasing revenues for the Historical Society, and for local businesses including marriage commissioners, florists, banquet facilities, hotels and caterers. The new church has generated in excess of $8,800 in additional donations to the heritage site and produces approximately $6500 in annual revenue, strengthening the local economy.