B.C. Destination Development Fund has awarded a $999,250 grant for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Story Experience Enhancement Project at the Squamish Adventure Centre.
The project aims to engage visitors in cultural history and environment unique to the region while improving public awareness of the Indigenous traditions and experiences available throughout the Sea to Sky.
“The Squamish Adventure Centre is an important anchor in our community and a key point of entry for our visitors,” said Mayor Armand Hurford. “This funding from the Province allows us to deepen our integration of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language, stories and wisdom into the immersive experiences that we offer so that we can educate all that we welcome on our regional natural and cultural assets. We thank the Province for this funding that will allow us to further enhance this iconic facility and provide a vastly improved visitor experience in Squamish.”
The work will be completed in collaboration with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw to share their narrative through accessible interpretive experiences in and around the SAC.
“The generous grant will have a transformative impact on the Squamish Adventure Centre. Through the enhancement of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Story Experience, we not only engage visitors in our unique cultural history and environment, but also support reconciliation, sustainability, and inclusivity,” says Tourism Squamish Executive Director Lesley Weeks. “This grant empowers us to showcase the rich Indigenous traditions and experiences throughout the Sea to Sky, reinforcing Squamish as a premier tourism destination committed to embracing our shared heritage.”
Once complete, the experiences in and around the SAC will include:
New Squamish Adventure Centre entrance sign
Enclosed natural play area
Reconfigured entryway to highlight existing amphitheatre
Two Interpretive Trails to highlight traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh uses of the local area
The total project value is estimated at $1,034,250 with additional contributions by the District related to in-kind support such as associated permitting costs. The B.C. Destination Development Fund provides one-time grants to projects that increase community vibrancy, strengthen a year-round visitor economy, support sustainability, accessibility and inclusion, and build resident support for tourism.