Mt Cain Hostel Lodge and T-Bar Upgrade

Mount Cain Alpine Alpine Park Society

Sources of Funding
ICET:$90,000
Coast Sustainability Trust:$60,000
Mt Cain Alpine Park Society:$106,984
Total Budget: $256,894
Quick Facts: 

Skier visits have increased 11% per year over the past 13 years.

The Mount Cain is a community owned ski hill, nestled in the remote backcountry of northern Vancouver Island. It offers a unique experience to skiers, snowboarders, and backcountry skiers and is particularly popular with the younger demographic. Visitors wanting to enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities the mountain provides were deterred by the lack of convenient overnight accommodations. To support the Regional District of Mount Waddington’s long term plans to develop Mount Cain into an all-season destination, a hostel lodge needed to be built. Additionally, the T-bar system required upgrading as a number of T-bars were very old and expensive to maintain.

The Kapitany Lodge was built right beside the ski run and offers a warm and inviting environment for visitors. The rooms above the lodge facilities provide hostel style accommodations, allowing guests to ski-in and ski-out as they enjoy the mountain. The old T-bars were replaced, reducing maintenance costs and providing safe, reliable access to the ski hill.

With the project completed in 2012, outdoor recreation enthusiasts can now enjoy the abundant natural beauty of Mount Cain year round. Mount Cain has deep powder, 21 runs, with 1499 vertical feet of terrain for visitors to enjoy. Schools and youth organizations can now schedule group trips for skiing and alpine hiking. The new amenities created have significantly increased the number of visitors to the  mountain and have created additional seasonal employment.  The additional revenues generated by the Kapitany Lodge are reinvested in the long-term sustainability of Mount Cain, to ensure continued winter tourism attraction for the region. 

2,570
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,595
post completion jobs created
4.61
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$270
million leveraged into the region
46.5
million disbursed
49.6
million committed
160
economic development projects
130
projects completed
38%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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