Open houses to discuss Global Geopark proposal

The meetings will be held in the Dutch Lake Community Center on March 3, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.

Logo for Global Geoparks Network

Logo for Global Geoparks Network

Potentially important meetings regarding a proposed Global Geopark for Wells Gray Park and area are coming up in Clearwater on Tuesday, March 3, councillor Gord Heisterman reminded town council recently.

The meeting will be held in the Dutch Lake Community Center, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.

Heisterman said he hoped other council members would attend one or both of the open houses.

The Clearwater councillor’s interest was echoed by Myles Bruns, regional manager with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

“If people have ideas about interesting geological features that would be good parts of the geopark, I encourage them to come out,” he said.

The open houses also will be an opportunity for people to learn about the potential economic development opportunities a Global Geopark designation could create for this community.

“I’m quite excited about the opportunities … but we need to keep the momentum up,” Bruns said.

The Clearwater open houses will be part of a series of meetings to be held in the North Thompson and Robson valleys.

The first will be with Simpcw First Nation in Chu Chua on March 3.


Following the two Clearwater sessions, there will be one in Valemount on March 4, and a fifth in McBride on March 5.