People pop into the Hope, Cascades & Canyon Visitor Centre by the thousands through the busy tourism season. Now, they will have better access to bathroom facilities. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)

People pop into the Hope, Cascades & Canyon Visitor Centre by the thousands through the busy tourism season. Now, they will have better access to bathroom facilities. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)

Three new toilets rolling in for Hope’s tourism centre

Washrooms will be wheelchair accessible and will require a key for access

Hope will be a little more welcoming to all this year.

The Hope, Cascades & Canyon Visitor Centre will be installing three wheelchair accessible port-a-potties in time for the busy tourism season. The District of Hope will fund the project from a surplus from previous years, at a cost of up $4,500.

There is currently just one washroom on site for both the public and the centre staff, and it is not wheelchair accessible.

With the removal of COVID-19 restrictions, tourism is expected to be strong this summer. Hope, Cascades & Canyon Visitor Centre is likely to see upwards of 50,000 visitors from May to October. Staff of the centre are concerned that they will be facing long lines for the washroom, and that buses may reconsider stopping there in the future.

The new washrooms will include handwashing facilities and will be brought in by the District of Hope’s contractor, who also provide servicing for the units. The public will only have access to the washrooms through keys held by visitor centre staff.

“We are moving out of the pandemic period and seeing more people traveling,” said John Fortoloczky, the district’s CAO.

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