Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce president Ron McKenzie (left) receives funds from CVRD Area F (Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls) director Ian Morrison (right) to go towards the operations of the visitor centre. The chamber also received funds from Area I (Youbou/Meade Creek).

Update from the Visitor Centre

Chamber of Commerce's visitor centre gives an update with busy season underway

The visitor centre is a vital asset to the communities and the businesses around the lake, and funding is an important component to making sure that the services offered are not decreased or discontinued.

Your support monetarily and through in-kind man hours throughout the year is appreciated and always welcome.

In November of 2013 the chamber started a metal drive fundraiser in order to raise much needed funds to support the summer student wages to operate the visitor centre in the peak season…this project has helped to support the CICV Radio with $800.00 plus recycled fencing to fence the new tower location valued at $1000.00 and the 2014 Grads received $800.00….  the metal bin is now located at Beaver Lake resort and the communities can continue to support this fundraiser by dropping off their metal castoffs.

This year we have three local part time students working at the visitor centre and they have already received reports from some of the thousands of visitors that have enjoyed our communities for the wonderful hospitality, service and natural beautiful attractions.

Many of return visitors commented on the many changes of the street scape and how wonderful it all looks.

They look forward to the completion of the new town square at the new library location.

Still the big request are where are the big trees, how can they get into the river and lake, there were many suggestions made for what they would like to see here in our area…like a water park, street vendors, bike rentals, and ball rentals for the volley ball court and tennis court.

From January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, we had a total 30,187. Total visitors to date are at 14,943.

Our month of June saw a 36% increase of visitors…with the annual Lake Days weeklong event bringing in over 2,000 local and far away visitors to the centre.

July we expect to see an even bigger increase as the temperatures will soar and bring more visitors out to area to relax and cool off in the river and on the lake.

While you are out enjoying the refreshing river and lake and the beautiful scenery remember to stop into the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Visitor/Business Centre where you can get all the information you need about our area and beyond. Whether you’re using our business services, seeking local information or joining the Chamber, we look forward to meeting you.

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