Revelstoke tourism infrastructure projects to receive provincial funding

Revelstoke organizations will receive nearly $435,000 as part of the province's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program.

A racer skis past the Nordic Ski Lodge at Mount Macpherson during an Okanagan Cup race. Photo: Mike Thomas/Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

Thanks to funding from the province’s 2021 Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program and a partnership between the Revelstoke Ski Club and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a new modular building will be installed to the south of Revelation Lodge.

The project will receive $417,865 in funding to build the facility that’s meant to help accommodate ski club youth athletes on program and race days. The building will also be open to resort guests.

“This new facility will help to improve the overall guest experience by providing additional indoor space to support COVID-19 social distancing protocols, and will help accommodate Revelstoke Ski Club operations,” Revelstoke Mountain Resort Vice-President of Operations Peter Nielsen said.

This round of funding for the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program is the second for the program and involves an investment of $21.3 million for more than 50 new tourism projects in the province. The first round of funding, awarded in February of last year, provided $20 million for 54 projects specifically for tourism.

According to a release from the government of B.C., the funds are meant to increase the province’s ability to compete as a premium tourism destination in the wake of effects of the global pandemic while creating jobs that directly support local economies.

“This new, much-needed facility will provide our young athletes and their families with a warm, dry home base on training days, and will also allow our club to adequately host more competitions at the resort, thus supporting regional tourism,” Revelstoke Ski Club President Marnie DiGiandomenico said.

“The Revelstoke Ski Club is thrilled to partner with Revelstoke Mountain Resort on this project that will utilize generous tourism infrastructure funding from the Province of British Columbia.”

The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club will also be benefiting from the program’s funding, with $16,840 allotted to widen the Main Loop trail of the ski club’s trail system in order to increase capacity for events.

As part of the program’s first round of funding last year, $224,750 was awarded to the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society for improved accessibility for disabled visitors and alignment with COVID-19 protocols at the railway museum.

The $30-million tourism infrastructure fund will be accepting applications in the fall of this year and again in 2023.

Cara Smith is a freelance writer from Fredericton, New Brunswick. After studying English literature at St. Thomas University, Cara began writing for the Telegraph-Journal, the provincial daily newspaper in New Brunswick, then worked as a staff writer for Huddle, an online business news magazine.