Revamped Wells Gray Info Centre opens

A $384,000 project to bring new life to the Wells Gray Visitor Information Centre is now complete

Members of Simpcw First Nation and Canim Lake Indian Band drum and sing at the start of a ceremony held Saturday

A $384,000 project to bring new life to the Wells Gray Visitor Information Centre is now complete, just in time to provide improved service for 150,000 anticipated visitors this summer. Inside and out, the newly renovated information centre has received a major face-lift. A fresh coat of paint, new counters, desks and brochure racks have been installed, welcoming visitors to not only Wells Gray Provincial Park, but the entire region.

New vibrant and interactive displays have been completed, depicting the evolution of the local flora and fauna, and highlighting the significance of the traditional lands to the Simpcw First Nation and Canim Lake Indian Band. Other completed improvements include:

* Replacing the 30-year-old heating and cooling system with a more efficient one, minimizing the centre’s carbon footprint and lowering operating costs.

* Replacing the roof and building siding with low-maintenance, more durable metal.

* Upgrading the electrical system, making the centre more energy efficient.

* Upgrading doors, windows and the fireplace, improving cost efficiencies and eliminating drafts.

* Three more picnic tables for family enjoyment. * Increased accessibility and signage.

* General repairs and upgrades to smaller building elements such as taps.

The information centre is staffed by Information Wells Gray, a not- for-profit organization formed from local business and tourism operators more than 10 years ago. Information Wells Gray worked with BC Parks to transform this once-modest visitor centre into a multi- functional hub that serves the business community, as well as visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park. By providing information to travellers about the unique and wonderful things to see and do both inside and outside of the park, the centre drives visitors to local and regional businesses, helping boost economic opportunities in the region.

“The completion of this $384,000 renovation project truly enhances the overall visitor experience, not just to Wells Gray Provincial Park but for the region as a whole,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.  “The Wells Gray Visitor Information Centre provides visitors from around the world with more information about local businesses and the great things that await them in B.C.’s Interior.”

The Wells Gray Information Centre is open seven days a week from mid-May until mid-October. The Park covers 540,000 hectares and has something to offer every outdoor enthusiast. The unique features of this park include volcanoes, waterfalls, mineral springs and glaciers.

For more information about Wells Gray Provincial Park, visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells_gry/

 

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