Showcasing B.C. Communities Resourcefulness Success Stories

Cumberland's Mountain Biking Trail

Network – Village of Cumberland

Without legal access to an extensive mountain-biking trail network on land owned by forestry companies, Cumberland wasn’t able to showcase one of the area’s most thrilling natural attractions. By way of a strong partnership between the municipality, a local mountain-bike club, and private landowners, the Village of Cumberland is finally showcasing the adventurous spirit of the community and hosting world-class mountain-biking events.


Mobile Press – Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake

In its first year of operation, the Kootenay mobile fruit and vegetable press has produced a wide range of benefits for local farmers and the broader community. It has led to added-value agrifood opportunities for producers, created jobs, increased businesses’ viability, provided environmental benefits and an increase in food donations. With a clear vision to fulfil the agricultural potential of the Creston Valley, Fields Forward is taking one industrial juicer and making a big difference in the community.


Wildwood Ecoforest – Cedar

In December 2016, the Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) celebrated its acquisition of Wildwood Ecoforest, saving it from a private sale and keeping it in the public domain. For three years, EIS partnered with citizens, advocacy groups and conservation agencies to raise legal and acquisition funds, promote public awareness and develop the legal instruments needed to protect Wildwood forever, ensuring its place as a unique demonstration ecoforest and learning centre.          


A Community Forest License – Barriere

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) is located in Barriere, B.C. and was created by volunteers in 2004 to pursue a Community Forest License for the Lower North Thompson Valley.  


Elk Falls Suspension Bridge – Campbell River

The vision of the Rotary Club of Campbell River, the Elk Falls Suspension Bridge was developed in partnership with BC Parks and BC Hydro. With funding from community, government, business and Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), it is a demonstration of the important role non-profits can play in rallying support for economic development. The bridge will provide opportunities for new target markets such as bus tours, mobility challenged visitors, more adventurous thrill seekers as well as other new hospitality and business opportunities to service and grow these new markets.


SunMine – City of Kimberley

SunMine is a community-owned one megawatt peak production solar facility constructed on reclaimed mine land in the City of Kimberley. The facility features 4,032 photovoltaic panels mounted on 96 solar trackers that track the sun in two dimensions and produces power for 200 to 300 homes. The power is sold to BC Hydro through a 25 year contract.


Agri-Tourism – Regional District of Central Okanagan 

Traditional commodity farmers have long faced challenges that make it difficult to make a living from farming alone. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) developed a business coaching program and materials that help farmers explore agri-tourism opportunities and strategies to develop value-added products that appeal to the experiential ecotourist.