After a request to purchase the land under the BC Visitor Centre in Golden goes through

Visitor Centre will remain open until land purchase deal goes through

After much speculation about the fate of Golden's BCVC, the GAI Board has begun to take steps to divest itself of the facility.

After much speculation about the fate of Golden’s BC Visitors Centre, the Golden Area Initiatives Board has begun to take steps to divest itself of the facility.

Although the building is owned by the GAI board (even though the organization no longer exists, the board remains intact as it still has assets under its control), the land underneath it is owned by the Province.

“It’s really hard to sell the building when the land doesn’t come with it,” said board member Jon Wilsgard.

Currently the building is being leased by Destination BC to use as a BC Visitors Centre, which covers the costs associated with owning the facility. But once the proper steps have been taken, and the building is sold, the proceeds will be split evenly between the Town of Golden and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD).

Step one is reaching out to the Province with a request to purchase the land. The GAI coffers have enough in them to cover that cost. Once that goes through the building will be put up for sale.

“We’re looking at about a two-year process for this to happen,” said Wilsgard,

Destination BC has been looking at the way they offer visitor services around the province, and here in Golden. Visitor trends show that online sources for information are more frequently used.

But the organization will likely wait until the building sells before making any major changes.

One of the options that is being looked at, which will require collaboration from the municipality, Tourism Golden, and the Chamber of Commerce, is to use the Crown land on the highway strip (where the old weigh scales were) as a seasonal hub for visitor information.

“We might even look at bringing some of the outdoor infrastructure (such as picnic benches) from the current Visitors Centre down there,” said Wilsgard. “That is going to be a long process, I wouldn’t expect to see anything physically there for about four years.

 

Just Posted

15 new mayors to take office across the Kootenays

Here’s a look at the highlights from across the Kootenay region in B.C.

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Why municipal elections are important

Voting helps shape our community

Director happy with referendum results

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A residents voted in favour of the… Continue reading

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read