Woss Fire Lookout Tower

Woss Residents Association

Sources of Funding
ICET:$30,231
Regional District of Mt. Waddington:$1,400
Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations:$31,930
Western Forest Products:$8,242
Total Budget: $71,803
Quick Facts: 

Each daily visit to the lookout tower is estimated to contribute approximately $75 to the local economy.

Old fire towers and lookout sites have heritage and recreational value, drawing tourists and locals alike. The Woss Fire Lookout, a unique heritage model built in the 1940s, offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys in the Nimpkish region.  However, due to major water damage and deterioration, the structure’s poor condition makes it unsafe for public access.

Balancing historical values with practical solutions, it was decided the old lookout should be dismantled. In its place, a replica tower using modern construction was built. Weather and vandal-resistant building materials were used to ensure the life of the new structure while some original wall panels and siding were salvaged and re-used. Other components such as the old wooden cistern and cedar eaves were repaired and incorporated into the new tower. Directional and interpretive signs were also installed. A helicopter landing pad was created to enable construction in the hard-to-reach area and the trailhead and parking area were also improved.

The community of Woss, established as a logging camp, has a long history of forestry. The construction of a new fire lookout complements existing forestry attractions as well as new attractions planned for Heritage Park.  There is a niche tourism market of visitors with a passion for fire lookouts and other forestry related experiences and it is expected that the project will create additional visitation and business opportunities in Woss and other nearby North Island 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

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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