Cariboo MLAs and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association want British Columbians to take a staycation this month and support local tourism.

“Government has proclaimed August as Staycation Month in British Columbia and our region offers world-class attractions and outdoor experiences,” says Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “Our local tourism businesses are all open for business and ready to provide a first-class experience. Visit the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast this month to support the great work that our tourism operators do and see a beautiful part of B.C. – from the ocean to Barkerville, there’s something here for you.”

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast has a diverse landscape covering more than 100,000 km of the province and relies on visitors from within British Columbia for accommodation and spending in the local tourism industry.

“There are so many interesting attractions and recreational activities in the Cariboo Chilcotin,” says Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “Whether you’re drawn to water pursuits such as freshwater and saltwater fishing and kayaking, canoeing and white-water rafting opportunities, or if you want to head inland to explore vast parks, canyons, volcanic mountains or heritage sites, you’ll find unique places and experiences here.”

 

Tourism operators across this vast region remain open and ready to welcome visitors. Only a very small area was impacted by the Mount Polley incident.

“The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast offers so much for visitors to see and do,” says Amy Thacker, CEO of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association. “With August being staycation month, it’s a great chance to explore the province and support our local businesses, most of which are family run and are proud to show off their region. Our message is simple: we’re open for business and look forward to seeing you.”

Tourism is an important economic driver in British Columbia and is one of the eight key sectors in the BC Jobs Plan. In 2011, the tourism sector generated revenues of $13.4 billion and employed 127,000 British Columbians, almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C.  The industry supports businesses of all sizes – with approximately 18,000 tourism-related businesses in B.C.