Resorts of the Canadian Rockies says changes to BC’s Family Day will be a blow to local ski hills.
The NDP government have finalized their decision to move Family Day to the third week of February, aligning it with the rest of Canada and President’s Day in the United States.
Matt Mosteller with RCR says having the holidays on back-to-back weekends created huge opportunities for tourism in East Kootenay communities.
“For all of the people in the Province of British Columbia that would travel during that time frame, they had less crowding or less busyness in resorts,” Mosteller says. “Now moving into the Alberta Family Weekend, we know in the East Kootenay the Alberta Family weekend is vital and its also busy.”
He’s worried the change will create overcrowding and force people away.
“It certainly will create challenges because that holiday was already full or nearly full,” Mosteller says. “Certainly, there won’t be space for all of the people that would have visited having two holidays.”
Mosteller worries the change will create a tourism revenue challenge for resort communities.
He says hoteliers, restaurants and retail outlets will likely lose out.
– Matt Mosteller, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies