Visitor Centre reopens on Saturday

The building will serve as the headquarters for Hope’s tourism and economic development services

Riley Forman

The Hope Visitor Centre is reopening this Saturday with a new vision under the management of AdvantageHOPE.

The team put the finishing touches on the interior space this week, which will serve as the headquarters for Hope’s tourism and economic development services. This will allow staff to immediately assist visitors who have inquires about moving to or investing in Hope.

“When we have all these things working together, we’re going to have more efficiency,” said Riley Forman, who is in charge of tourism services for AdvantageHOPE.

“They’ll work hand-in-hand. Certain things about economic development and certain things about the visitor centre have different functions, but where there is crossover we want that crossover to be strong.”

Tourists and locals will now be able to purchase Hope-branded gear and fun memorable souvenirs from the visitor centre. AdvantageHOPE is also currently seeking local people who create unique artisans, giftware and souvenirs to showcase in the new #MadeInHopeBC gallery.

“We want people to know that quality is made in Hope. We really want to brand that,” said Forman.

“This is an opportunity for us to sell Hope, B.C. and really start to capitalize on the traffic that’s coming through Hope. We don’t want to be a pit stop in Hope anymore.”

As for the museum, AdvantageHOPE is planning to modernize how the stories and history of Hope are presented. The museum is slated to reopen for the May long weekend, but it will be an ongoing project.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the museum,” said Forman.

“We really want to move the museum in a new direction in a more engaging way to tell the history.”

The visitor centre will be open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours in the summer. A grand opening celebration is in the works for March.

For more information about the Hope Visitor centre or the new #MadeInHopeBC gallery, email or call 604-869-2021.

Just Posted

Kent looking to replace Ferny Coombe pool with indoor facility

The facility being built is dependent on grant funding from the province and federal government

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Escape room brings ‘out of the box’ activity to Agassiz

AESS alumni and teacher developed the concept to bring teamwork-based entertainment to the town

Hatzic man charged with assaulting Chilliwack RCMP officers

Jason Roberto Vatcher was out on bail facing firearms charges

Mattress Recycling lays down roots in Hope

The recycling firm—the largest of its kind in western Canada—has opened a facility in Hope

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Dog shot in foot with BB gun during cellphone sale at SkyTrain station

William Ayers, 28, is facing a number of charges after incident in Burnaby

Man, two children sent to hospital after Vancouver carbon monoxide leak

Nine people were evacuated from the home in south Vancouver

Most Read