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Kim City tourism suffers.
« on: June 15, 2017, 09:10:37 am »
Normally at this time of year I'm complaining that everything is on fire.




Usually summer in Kim City is an ongoing drama of forest fires, smoke, and falling ash. This year, Mother Nature is changing things up, as nothing is on fire yet.  Instead we have flooding.  An abnormally wet spring, combined with record-breaking snowfall in the surrounding mountains, has caused Lost Lake to rise far above normal levels.   Our beaches, normally full of happy sunbathers and tourists by this time of year, are completely submerged. Lakeside parks are swamps. Barriers have been erected to keep the sand from being washed away.  All the boat launches are closed.  Sandbags are everywhere, as the high lake levels have backed up the creeks that meander through Kim City. In areas where the creeks have low banks, water has spilled over and flooded basements and buildings. Recent windstorms combined with the high water level has destroyed docks and piers and other lakeside structures. The lake is full of debris and floating hazards. Businesses that depend on lake tourism are suffering. Events that usually take place in lakefront parks are being relocated or cancelled. My own recreation has been impacted as normally I'm paddling hours every week in my kayak at this time of year. 

Usually drought seems a bigger worry than flooding. I'm not sure how this year's deluge fits with the climate change narrative, although the one constant in climate change seems to be that unusual conditions become common.   Fires, flooding, I can only imagine what happens next. A plague of locusts?

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Re: Kim City tourism suffers.
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 09:35:28 am »
Do you work in tourism though ?

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 09:47:59 am »
Not directly, but in a community this size the economy is pretty interconnected.  Tourism is one of the major pillars of the local economy.  If it struggles, people will be laid off, other businesses will find fewer customers and feel a pinch as well.  Like throwing a rock into a pond, the ripples spread.

For the short term, all this destruction is actually good for my employer, as many people will no doubt be renovating or rebuilding. In the longer term, maybe people will second-guess projects they were planning.  Maybe people will wonder if this is going to be an annual thing, and maybe people will have second thoughts on whether this is the place they want to plan their future around.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 12:43:39 am »
As Lost Lake slowly recedes toward normal levels (though it's still 60 cm above the "full" mark) the hot dry weather Kim City is known for has finally arrived.

And with it, a familiar refrain...




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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2022, 02:04:39 am »
Believe it or not, Kim City is among the fastest growing communities in Canada, relative to size at least.  I have been here for 15 years now, and I feel almost like an OG resident, the place has grown so much in that time. 

But of course, growth brings growing pains, and Kim City is not immune. We are beginning to see the kinds of problems that one normally sees in bigger cities.  People driving up and down Main Street all afternoon honking their horns, kids hanging out in the liquor store parking lot trying to bribe adults into buying booze for them, increasing reports of cow-tipping, and so on.

There has been increasing concern how to handle this. The RCMP and the Crown prosecutors are blaming each other. And mental health and addiction treatment are stretched thin. All of them say they need more resources.


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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2022, 08:42:56 am »
I am starting to think we need to stop economic growth and focus on making our existing country better...
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2022, 01:31:41 pm »
When I was a sprout living in the south Okanagan we used to visit an aunt and uncle in Westbank. At the time the population was about 2000 with a gas station, grocery store, general store, coffee shop, packing house and several churches. No traffic lights between Peachland and the ferry to Kim City. No bridge back then.
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2022, 02:27:27 pm »
When I was a sprout living in the south Okanagan we used to visit an aunt and uncle in Westbank. At the time the population was about 2000 with a gas station, grocery store, general store, coffee shop, packing house and several churches. No traffic lights between Peachland and the ferry to Kim City. No bridge back then.

Reminds me of highway 44 in South Dakota.  They built a bridge over it and the folks on either side of the Missouri River got to meet after previously not really being 'neighbours'.  Progress ?  Sure. 

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2022, 01:51:18 am »
When I was a sprout living in the south Okanagan we used to visit an aunt and uncle in Westbank. At the time the population was about 2000 with a gas station, grocery store, general store, coffee shop, packing house and several churches. No traffic lights between Peachland and the ferry to Kim City. No bridge back then.

Wow... that's, like, a really long time ago! The original bridge was built in the 1950s, wasn't it?

Several years back, the communities on the west side were amalgamated to form "West Kelowna", and Westbank residents were NOT happy about it. Somebody put up a billboard that says "Historic WESTBANK".  There are still cars driving around with "I (heart) WESTBANK" bumper stickers.  And somebody took black spray paint to every highway distance sign from Vernon to Kelowna to spray over "West Kelowna".

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2022, 01:59:53 am »
Of course, Kim City is not the only place having difficulty attracting tourists in these uncertain times. Brandon Manitoba's tourism campaign has yielded disappointing results. The Beaverton has the details:

Let’s Go Brandon, Manitoba! tourism campaign deemed failure

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Mackenzie Beal, the program’s brainchild, expresses confusion over the failure.

“I just don’t know what went wrong”, exclaims Beal exasperated. “Our research online  showed a huge amount of buzz around the campaign with tens of thousands of people tweeting ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ in support. Some die-hard ‘Wheat City’ fans even getting the slogan decaled on their clothes or the back of their pickup trucks.”

“Obviously displaying their excitement at getting to visit Manitoba’s second-largest city and main agricultural processing hub. What else could it even mean?”



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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2022, 06:50:49 pm »
Wow... that's, like, a really long time ago! The original bridge was built in the 1950s, wasn't it?

Several years back, the communities on the west side were amalgamated to form "West Kelowna", and Westbank residents were NOT happy about it. Somebody put up a billboard that says "Historic WESTBANK".  There are still cars driving around with "I (heart) WESTBANK" bumper stickers.  And somebody took black spray paint to every highway distance sign from Vernon to Kelowna to spray over "West Kelowna".

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Late fifties I think. The ferry was named the Pendozi and it became the clubhouse for the Westbank Yacht Club. My uncle and dad were members in the sixties.



https://www.westkelownayachtclub.ca/about/the-history/

Us old farts can't stand the name West Kelowna.

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