In 2007, District of 100 Mile House received a $24,135 grant from Northern Development through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards this $80,450 project. This has been a funding partnership of South Cariboo Visitor Centre, Northern Development, and Towns for Tomorrow
2012- In the 1930’s, the Martin Exeter Hall was built in 100 Mile House as a roadhouse which catered to the original gold rush seekers. The historic 100 Mile House Lodge and Conference Centre property was donated to the municipality in 2006.
The ageing hall and lodge facilities have been upgraded to modern standards, including building repairs, parking lot improvements, and interpretive display materials.
Now, the hall is a graciously appointed lecture and performance venue. This hall features an open foyer and bench-style theatre seating for up to 275 people facing a 478 square-foot stage. The hall is used for various events from the performing arts to weddings, memorials, concerts, dinners, auctions, and other community events.
"100 Mile Lodge was the original roadhouse for this area's gold rush and has great historical significance for our community. The upgrades to both it and to Martin Exeter Hall, named after Lord Martin Exeter, a founding member of our community, will be a great benefit to our community, preserving a vital piece of our history. These facilities enhance our quality of life, both for the public and private sector, showcasing many events."Donna Barnett, Former Mayor, Distirct of 100 Mile House
The historic nature of this building provides new tourism opportunities for the community. The Gold Rush Trail has always sparked interest to tourists of the region and this is a perfect opportunity to benefit from that.
In addition, local small businesses have benefitted from providing services to the hosted events. Visitors come to the region for a variety of events, spending money at local hotels, restaurants, and retail stores.