The Regional District of East Kootenay is not lending its support to a recreation project proposed between Kimberley and Kootenay Lake.
The proposal was from Retallack and the Lower Kootenay Band seeking over 70,000 hectares in the area to launch a heli-skiing service in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
RDEK chair Rob Gay says such a development would be intrusive to the area’s wildlife and ecosystems.
“Helicopters on a daily basis is just so disturbing to [wildlife] in both winter and summer. The plans were in 10 years, it would be up to 3,600 visitors in the winter and 3,600 in the summer.”
The RDEK was unanimous in its decision to not support the project.
Gay explains the size of the area Retallack was seeking for their proposal.
“They were looking for 59,000 hectares and another 11,000, almost 12,000 on the Kootenay Lake side of the Purcells. So it’s about 71,000 hectares.
Gay says the developers are considering a reduced project scope but haven’t submitted any plans.
– Rob Gay, Board Chair, Regional District of Central Kootenay