The B.C. government is spending more than $3.3 million to help support eight tourism-related projects on Vancouver Island.
The largest contribution, a total of $999,375, is going to the Kwakiutl First Nation to help upgrade the water supply at the Cluxewe Resort and Campground on northern Vancouver Island, near Port McNeill.
The province will also provide the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society with half a million dollars to update the Shawnigan Lake Museum.
The $500,000 in funding will go towards upgrading its reception area, food service kitchen, Kinsol Trestle Interpretation Centre, the Quw’utsun Gallery and the E.J. Hughes Gallery.
“The Shawnigan Lake Museum has been around for almost 50 years, and since then, both the stories and collections have grown,” said Lori Treloar, executive director of the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society.
“This grant offers us the opportunity to truly showcase local and beloved artist E.J. Hughes, the Kinsol Trestle and other important histories in new exhibits and increase museum amenities so that we can share our amazing history with more visitors, bringing increased economic benefits to Shawnigan Village,” she said.
The eight Vancouver Island tourism projects to receive funding were among 31 across the province that received one-time grants this year.
In total, the 31 projects received nearly $15 million.
The eight Vancouver Island projects, and brief descriptions of each, can be found on the Province of B.C. website.