Sunshine Coast Visitor Information Park

Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce

Sources of Funding
ICET:$55,356
Town of Gibsons:$25,000
Community Organizations:$30,000
Corporate Community:$29,000
Chamber of Commerce:$24,951
Inkind Contributions:$95,710
Total Budget: $259,981
Quick Facts: 

This project increased the usability of the location to service a variety of needs and uses for visitors, businesses and residents.

During the summer months, the traffic coming off the Langdale Ferrry and making its way to Sunshine Coast destinations can be as high as 16,640 vehicles per day.  The area had little direction signage and no proper visitor orientation area, services or amenities.  This led to a poor first impression and the loss of opportunity to properly greet and orient visitors.  In addition, there were no rest area amenities, such as washrooms, dog walk, or seating available.

Recognizing the opportunity to promote the region, the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce set out to create a functional, attractive visitor information area.  The project was embraced by the community with significant in kind, cash and labour donations from businesses and residents.  A new roadside visitor information park was developed including convenience washroom facilities, a rest stop for bicycle users, a pet leisure area and benches in a landscaped park. A beautiful log structure now houses easy-to-read maps complemented with quality graphics highlighting each region along the Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Powell River.  A community information board also keeps locals up-to-date and lets tourists know about local and cultural events.

Completed in 2012, a proper Gateway to the Sunshine Coast is now providing visitors with comprehensive information about the region available via the maps and QR codes along with appropriate “rest stop” amenities to meet today’s travelers’ expectations.  The site has also been successfully used as a marketing tool for business and residential opportunities in the neighboring communities. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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