Barriere Mayor Virginia Smith presented a report at the Apr. 18 council meeting about a Geopark meeting held April 7 at the TNRD.
Smith noted, “There are three major components to a geopark: geological, cultural and historical features.
“The discussion was focused on next steps and what the participants felt about continuing on with the project. The first issue would be to have a feasibility study completed which requires a lot of work and expense,” reported Smith, “There is a need to determine marketing strategies, product development and is there infrastructure (such as cabins, signage) in place for this major tourism draw.”
Smith noted that Simpcw First Nation is doing a wildlife study that would tie in with the Geopark proposal.
“The biggest issue for the participants is around funding,” the mayor said.
The boundary being discussed for the proposed geopark is Mt. Robson to Barriere.