Visitor Centre will stay where it is

Council made no move to merge the Maritime Heritage Centre and the Campbell River Visitor Centre at its meeting Tuesday night

Council made no move to merge the Maritime Heritage Centre and the Campbell River Visitor Centre at its meeting Tuesday night.

The Maritime Heritage Society asked council to consider re-locating the Visitor Centre to the Maritime Heritage Centre which they felt was a better location.

“It is the opinion of the Maritime Heritage Society Board that this proposal is a win/win for all involved, and would create a tourist focal point that will enhance tourism for the benfit of the merchants and service providers of the Campbell River area,” Marv Everett, president of the society, told council.

Everett went on to say the Visitor Centre is “poorly located” and said the Maritime Heritage Centre could be upgraded to accommodate the extra services.

However, Rivercorp advised council that the Maritime Heritage Centre is not an appropriate location, citing difficulties for large vehicles to access the centre’s parking lot and its distance from the centre of town.

On Tuesday, council refused to make any kind of motion, effectively defeating the proposal.

“If (there’s no motion) we’ll stay with Rivercorp,” said Mayor Charlie Cornfield after asking council if anyone would like to make a motion.