Northern Development funding boosts North Coast marine tourism and other news

April 1, 2015

Favourable winds are blowing for marine tourism along B.C.’s North Coast this year as two projects get underway that will help diversify the local economy. A major boat launch upgrade in Queen Charlotte and a marine ocean boating tourism marketing initiative will provide new incentives and infrastructure for boating and sailing enthusiasts keen on exploring B.C.’s world-class Inside Passage, North Coast and Haida Gwaii. Northern Development has approved $270,000 in grant funding to support both projects:

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The Hazeltons will soon be home to a new recreation centre thanks in part to financial support from Northern Development. The ‘Heart of the Hazeltons’ project (also known as the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre) is a two-phase initiative to build a recreation centre with a proposed completion date of April 2017. At its most recent board meeting, Northern Development approved a $250,000 grant to support the development of the project. The Upper Skeena Recreation Centre will be built on the same site as the existing Ken Trombley Arena, enabling community members to continue using it until construction is complete.
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Businesses across the region are feeling the love this year as Northern Development’s Small Town Love program expands to include up to 10 more communities. Northern Development and Small Town Love partner Amy Quarry were in Northeast B.C. in March to begin recruiting local, independently owned businesses to join the Small Town Love movement in Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope and Pouce Coupe. All three municipalities will soon have their own web portals featuring first-rate storytelling and photography to get the word out about the amazing independently owned businesses in the each community., and will soon join 17 existing community portals that feature nearly 1,000 businesses from Valemount to Haida Gwaii and points in between.
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Joel McKay
Director, Communications
Northern Development