Victoria Report – Looking for Gold – at home

MLA Jackie Tegart's monthly report of what's happening in the riding.

With the great weather and low Canadian dollar, it’s not surprising that many people in Ashcroft and Cache Creek are choosing to stay close to home and enjoy the wonderful tourism experiences in their own backyards.

“Staycations” give us a chance to enjoy our province’s world-class travel experiences first-hand. They also keep your vacation dollars circulating in B.C.’s economy.

By visiting regional events and attractions, you’re supporting local businesses and helping sustain important jobs in the tourism sector.

In Fraser-Nicola, one such experience worth checking out on the Labour Day weekend is the Gold Country GeoTourism Program’s geocaching event called Cache for Gold, in which participants have a chance to win prizes including a genuine gold bar worth $1,500!

Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that leads hundreds of new and repeat visitors to dozens of sites of historical and cultural interest, beginning in Lytton on Sept. 4 and ending in Merritt on Sept. 7.

Geocaching is a great way for a family to experience what my grandchildren refer to as a “scavenger hunt” with all the treasures put in place by someone else.

We have spent wonderful hours, sometimes an afternoon and often whole days searching and exploring the Gold Country region looking for geocaches. If you’ve never tried it, you should. It is educational, a great way to see B.C. and so much fun!

Cache for Gold has a gold rush theme with entertainment, games, vendors and all kinds of family fun in addition to the treasure hunt. Join in for as many or as few of the four days as you wish. Full details are at www.goldcountry.com .

Gold Country is the name given to the tourism region that covers roughly the area around the communities of Clinton, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Lillooet, Lytton, Logan Lake and Merritt.

The Gold Country Communities Society was established in 1991 after the mayors of Clinton, Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Lytton got together to address the significant loss of tourism traffic that occurred after the opening of the Coquihalla Highway.

Today, Gold Country is successfully promoting tourism and economic development in the region. In the face of adversity, the founders turned a troubling situation into a sustainable regional tourism industry.

Our region has stunning natural beauty and is rich in history. I encourage everyone to visit an area of Fraser-Nicola you haven’t visited before – and maybe even go home with a bar of gold!

Jackie Tegart, MLA Fraser Nicola

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