Around Island, tourism prompts tensions – Times Colonist

Around Island, tourism prompts tensions – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on June 23, 202083 Views

June 23, 2020

Even though the B.C. government hasn’t give the green light to non-essential travel yet — it could happen this week — people are already visiting tourist hot spots on the Island’s west coast, creating tensions between communities that want to protect their COVID-19-free status and business owners trying to survive.

Port Renfrew’s Wild Renfrew, which operates oceanfront cottages, the West Coast Trail Lodge, the Renfrew Pub and the Coastal Kitchen, opened its doors on June 1 and has been welcoming weekend visitors from Vancouver, Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

One of the property’s owners, Jack Julseth of Three Point Properties, said the reopening was done in close consultation with the Pacheedaht First Nation. The Pacheedaht-owned Soule Creek Lodge, which offers oceanfront yurts and cabins, opened to visitors on June 11.

Julseth said it’s difficult to balance economic recovery for businesses with travel restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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