New tourism mobility into Valemount, BC: curse or blessing for the local community?

Authors: Patrick Brouder*, Vancouver Island University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Rural Geography, Canada
Keywords: Canada, evolution, mobility, tourism, Valemount.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Valemount is a village of approximately 1000 residents in central British Columbia (BC), Canada. For much of its history it has been a base camp for resource extraction. It has also had a long history as a tourism base camp for snowmobiling and other mountain-based recreation. Presently, a new residential ski resort development is underway just outside the village. This will bring affluent urbanites into the local setting and raises important questions for the local community. This presentation gives an overview of the new development from the local community perspective and asks whether this new tourism mobility will be a curse or a blessing. The presentation is based on a number of expert interviews with local officials as well as a series of informal interviews with local residents. The evolution of this development offers a unique case study going forward.

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