Peachland Tourism faces a major blow this year through wildfire

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Peachland TourismFor Peachland businesses that serves tourists, this year, so far has proved to be quite demanding. They were anticipating that the Labour Day weekend would improve the tourism scenario before figures decline in the winters. Nevertheless, on Saturday, there has been a sudden outburst of a wildfire in Finlay Creek of the southwest of the community, placing alert for mass departure in and around the Peachland area and limiting local tourism.

 
“We are noticing that this long weekend, which is usually kind of our big weekend to end the summer, has been pretty quiet,” said Praneil Rai, who owns a restaurant in Peachland.

 
“Wintertime it really really quiets down. Most of the restaurants, pubs and businesses that are here need… four good months out of summer to kind of carry us through the wintertime….there might be a couple months where we might have to close down this winter.”

 
As a result of flood and smoke incidents in central Okanagan, the region already faced a tough summer.

 
A local zipline attraction is one of those properties. President Kevin Bennett explained that if required, they can abandon the park in fifteen minutes and he considers the alert as a preventive measure.

 
“We are definitely seeing a little reduction [in business],” Bennett said. “We are very fortunate here that we have a very unique and very special attraction so people are still coming even though conditions might not be optimum.”

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