You may have heard that there’s a proposal for an all-season luxury resort called Zincton in the Goat Mountain range between New Denver and Kaslo.

While the proposal considers many more environmentally friendly approaches than a typical development, it will host 1,750 people a day at the resort in sensitive grizzly bear, caribou and wolverine habitat, threaten access to pristine wilderness for local people and Indigenous peoples, impact drinking water, and increase carbon pollution.

We finally just got the Jumbo Resort development off the table and the lands will be managed by the Ktunaxa Nation. The last thing we want to do is take on another resort development, but what choice do we have? If enough members of the community, especially New Denver, Silverton and Kaslo residents, send their opposition to the project then the BC government will know it will be a public opinion problem to approve this development. Together we can make a difference.

Take action before the deadline of 4:30 pm on June 22. 

Read the Expression of Interest

You can use the form below to add your voice and send an email to the BC government.

Here are some ideas of what to include:

Access for all people

  • The public lands between New Denver and Kaslo are stunning and offer opportunities for residents and visitors to access nature for hiking, berry picking, skiing, biking and fishing. By granting Zincton’s resort application the developer would have year round control to this area and could prevent local residents and visitors from accessing nature trails that have been around and used freely for years, as per Land Use Operational Policy All-Seasons Resort section 7.2.1 Lease (Land Act Section 22-38). Super, Natural British Columbia should be accessible to all, not just the rich.
  • A Master Plan for the region is needed to ensure the directions going forward benefits local residents and Indigenous peoples of the region, and protects public access.

Wildlife deserves a home, too

  • The development is proposed on known pristine grizzly bear habitat. Grizzlies and humans don’t mix, with the bears being the big losers when they encounter humans too often. Not only will individual bears be at risk for being killed for being too close to people and their garbage, but bear populations in the proposal area and areas adjacent will decline without this important corridor to connect their habitats.
  • Wolverines, mountain goats and Western Toads are other animals at risk in the neighbouring Goat Range Provincial Park. There are many skiing and biking resorts in BC, but there are fewer and fewer of these animals at risk in their native habitat.

Not actually a low carbon resort

  • While this resort claims to limit the environmental footprint of the operations by having an emphasis on backcountry adventure tourism, and it may be able to generate enough electricity to power its buildings and chair lifts with renewable energy, and the village itself may be pedestrian only, there is no way the resort could control the transportation of 1,750 people (resort capacity) coming every day to work and play at the resort without an increase in carbon pollution.
  • Additionally, the resort would inevitably generate volumes of garbage and sewage every day that have not been addressed in the Zincton Expression of Interest.
  • The Village of New Denver and the Village of Kaslo along with seven other local governments in the West Kootenays have committed to transition to 100% renewable energy within their communities. Carbon pollution from transportation is the largest source of community carbon emissions in the region and a resort like this will only increase the carbon pollution. This development proposal is out of line with the goals of CleanBC that the provincial government has said it’s committed to meeting.

Clean water does not belong to the wealthy

  • Where will the resort get drinking water and other water for resort uses? Creeks in this area feed into New Denver residents’ well water. Residents of the area deserve clean drinking water, without having a luxury resort divert drinking water for wealthy guests and potentially leave the community with contaminated water from sewage, heavy metals trapped from mining of the past that could be released, or less water. These creeks also drain into Slocan Lake, and contamination could affect fish and the people and animals that eat the fish.

Use this form to send your comments directly to the BC Government. Please write your own comments in the form to make sure it has your point of view and your reasons for caring. Submissions are more effective when they tell your story.

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