WILLIAMS LAKE (July 13, 2018) – Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA and Rural Development Critic Donna Barnett says local tourism operators will lose a whole summer of business now that the Northern Sea Wolf ferry project has been delayed yet again.
The introduction of the direct B.C. Ferries service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola was supposed to begin on June 19th, but was delayed to July 20th and now there’s word it’s delayed again until October.
“This ferry serves as an important link to tourists who make their way from the coast into the Cariboo-Chilcotin,” says Barnett. “Our former government worked hard with tourism operators and First Nations chiefs to make this happen, but the current Minister clearly isn’t on top of the file and whatever is causing all these delays.”
Barnett notes the news of this third delay is another blow to the tourism industry.
“Many of these operators are still rebuilding after last year’s devastating wildfire season, and the terrible floods of this past spring,” says Barnett. “They’ve already learned this week that Greyhound will stop bringing visitors their way, and now this.
“Tourism is a key driver of our rural economy, and this government needs to show some leadership in helping operators get back on their feet after all these setbacks.”