With the Summer season kicked off and more travellers passing through the region, the staff at the British Columbia Visitor’s Centre (BCVC) are helping people learn more about what they can do and great places to visit.
“We offer province-wide booking for accommodation and activities and we also offer excellent travel counselling all at no cost. Our well trained counsellors can advise on a variety of things to see and do as well as offering lots of reasons to stay right here in Golden,” said Manager of BCVC in Golden Lynne Romano.
“A few years ago the value of the visitor centre study done here at the BCVC gave us great insight into our ability to serve visitors. (Visit www.hellobc.com for the report). Our new retail selections are fun and exciting and we have Super Natural BC products too.”
During the Summer months Romano said there would be a great deal to do at the centre.
“We have an interpretive program which will be offered again this summer giving local attractions the platform to showcase their business to our visitors. We will also have videos about the Kicking Horse Canyon project and Parks Canada. Burgess Shale will also do a demonstration a few times over the summer,” she said. “BC 100 Moments Campaign has just taken off and travellers and locals can come in for a free postcard that they can send to family and friends to share our magnificent area and province. Burgess Shale is one of the ‘100 moments’ and we are excited to partner with them to make sure people don’t miss the new offering that gets more people in front of the rich history that is just inside Yoho National Park.”
Romano also hoped that more locals come in to plan their BC adventure.
“I am always very proud of what staff can do to save them money and make their holiday a little more enjoyable knowing that accommodations and booked activities are planned, and their job is just to show up and have fun. Once last year we planned a trip for two locals to Toffino for a week holiday booking all of their accommodations, Capilano Bridge and a whale watching tour and saved them over $500. Not only that but when you book here you also get extra benefits like front of the line service or a discount or a free gelato,” she said.
The centre has also recently launched a social media campaign on Facebook at British Columbia Visitor Centre and on Twitter @BCVCGolden.
The centre staff will be a great mix with demographics spanning across five generations.
Romano believes the centre offers a great deal to Golden and the surrounding area.
“Golden is very lucky to have such a beautiful building and the opportunity to be the ‘gateway’ to the province. The BCVC is a hub of information for travellers but also the junction where visitors make big decisions about what they want to see. Our counsellors are trained to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to see all that Golden offers, and we are dedicated to our community and our province. We also feel blessed to work in a LEEDS building with such a unique design. Our Tourism Golden partners do a great job getting people here and then we are the welcoming team,” she said.
They work with activity providers and accommodators to maximize their exposure to the travellers through the Tourism BC listings program and booking systems.
“There is way too much to do in Golden to stay less than three days, so let us help you find that hike, book that raft, voyage that float, or glide the gondola to a fabulous lunch. And that is just the first day. We will also set up a horse back ride, book your tee time and get you close to a grizzly. And that is the second day… You are going to take a trip back in time on the third day and visit the Pedestrian Bridge see a concert in the Spirit Square and eat some fabulous home baked bread from the Farmers’ Market…. I guess you will need more time because you have not seen wolves yet or the buffalo ranch nor have you been to Thompson Falls. The real adventurer will need to stay even longer to take in the Kicking Horse River on a raft, jump from a plane or paraglide off Mount. 7.”
The centre is open 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. until labour day.