Hope council has awarded the contract for operation of the district-owned Coquihalla campsite to Holiday Trails and Resorts.
The major recreational campsite company owns or operates campsites throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State.
Locally, they own and operate the new Sunshine Valley RV Resort, as wells as Camperland RV resort in Bridal Falls.
“One of the assets they bring with them is a huge marketing capacity,” said Mayor Laurie French. And “they are talking about bringing our campground up to some pretty high standards.”
Council has granted the company a 10-year operating contract, with the company’s promise of investing $150,000 in capital improvements, including upgrades to the washrooms and other facilities.
The company will also pay to the district the taxes on the property of approximately $9,000 per year.
“We are hoping that in the future the business will build to include higher revenues to the district through profit sharing,” said French, who insisted that the final contact, currently under development, contains a re-evaluation clause and a requirement for the company to submit yearly financial statements.
Although Holiday Trails Resort is a membership-driven private company, the Coquihalla Campground will continue to be operated as a public facility, assures French.
The Coquihalla Campground will be managed by Hope resident Mike Barker.