O’Keefe Ranch Receives $245K for Glamping Park Establishment

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Funds are being distributed to local tourism initiatives across British Columbia (Canada) to boost local economies and aid communities to recover from the pandemic.

According to a report, Coldstream‘s Okanagan Rail Trail station has received the largest chunk of the funding through the province’s Community Economy Recovery Infrastructure Program.

Historic O’Keefe Ranch got CA$245,085 for its glamping park establishment. Two of the eight planned locations will be ready for renting by spring, and the remaining sites will be accessible once they’re finished.

“The Glamping Park is expected to draw out-of-country visitors to the Vernon area due to the rising popularity of international tourists who wish to experience roughing it in the wild west,” the ranch said.

Vernon Visitor kiosks also received CA$242,000.

“Vernon is an incredible hub for arts, culture, and recreation in the Okanagan, and the industry plays a vital role in our local economy and creating opportunities for people,” Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu said.

“I’m so glad we’re able to support this work with these important infrastructure upgrades, creating new opportunities for visitors to our region and helping people explore even more of the North Okanagan.”

The funds for the projects are part of a CA$21.3-million investment in destination development projects.

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