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$1 million for Powder King adventure centre

A new adventure centre at Powder King Mountain Resort is receiving $1 million in provincial funding.
Powder King
A snowboarder carves his way through the powder at Powder King Mountain Resort on November 14, 2019, prior to the ski hill's opening on November 21.

A new adventure centre at Powder King Mountain Resort is receiving $1 million in provincial funding.

The new Pine Pass Adventure Centre will be built at the mountain base to allow expansion of shoulder and summer season activities, the province said Tuesday. It is one of 38 rural projects receiving $20 million in rural economic recovery grants as part of the announcement.

The funding was granted to the Regional District of Fraser - Fort George, but is to going towards capital improvements at Powder King.

"The improvements expected from the funding will create immediate construction employment for local workers and create an opportunity to expand the resort's summer employment and recreation activities, as well as increasing the resort's capacity during winter operations," reads a release by Powder King.

The regional district and Powder King will be meeting in the near future to discuss the details of the project and the funding.

"We are working to support economic recovery in every corner of the province, so families and communities can get through the pandemic and start looking towards their futures again," said Premier John Horgan in a release.

"These shovel-ready projects will put people living in rural British Columbia back to work immediately and support building diversified economies in their communities."

Other northern B.C. projects receiving funding are:

The approved funding for projects in northern B.C.’s region, or within travel proximity to Prince George, are as follows:

Fraser Headwaters Alliance, Historic Goat River Trail Upgrade ($202,924) - Construct elevated supports for cable car operation to ease hiker crossing and reroute trail’s western portion

Dunster Community Forest Society, Inventory Storage ($88,000) - Expand woodworking building to air dry lumber, store finished materials and increase production abilities

Fort St. James Ski Club, Murray Ridge Ski Area Revitalization Project ($605,360) - Expansion for year-round tourism by resurfacing lift, rehabilitating t-bar and building two new mountain-bike trails

Burns Lake Native Development Corporation Forestry Operations Expansion Initiative ($779,433) - Increase capacity through new band-owned forestry business facility for repair, maintenance and training

Gold Rush Cycling Club, Wonderland Trail Network Expansion ($87,520) - Expansion of trail network in Quesnel

Williams Lake Mountain Bike Trail Upgrade Project ($253,085) - Construct machine-built downhill mountain bike trail and improve uphill route on Fox Mountain trail network

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