Vancouver Island Mountain Centre

Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society

Sources of Funding
ICET:$555,500
Community Adjustment Fund:$1,115,000
Coast Sustainability Trust:$250,000
Comox Valley Regional District:$14,500
Mt. Washington Resort:$250,000
2010 Legacies Now:$20,000
Province of BC:$175,000
Fundraising:$16,961
Loan:$522,974
Total Budget: $2,919,935
Quick Facts: 

The economic output of the centre has been calculated at $7 million in the first year (construction), with operation years starting at $1.3 million.

Mt. Washington is a significant attraction for tourists on Vancouver Island, and it is an asset enjoyed by residents. Economic activity generated by both groups is an important part of the regional economy.

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting Mount Washington and the Strathcona Provincial Park did not have a central location to assemble and learn about the alpine activities available in the region. There was a need for a facility that could accommodate education camps, school retreats and mountain athlete training programs. In addition, the 2010 Olympic Games created an opportunity to attract international athletes to train at Mount Washington creating additional exposure for the region and its attractions.  Consequently, the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society set out to create a unique destination experience in the region, aiming to attract international athletes, competitions and media attention to the region, while at the same time leaving behind an economic development legacy for the community, athletes and other user groups.

The Vancouver Island Mountain Centre was constructed adjacent to the Raven Lodge, cross country ski trails and access to Strathcona Provincial Park wilderness trails. The fully accessible centre has ten dormitory-style rooms, one with four wheelchair-accessible beds. The Centre can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.  The large hostel style commercial kitchen and dining room can entertain fifty people. Fitness facilities promoting Fitness for Life education provides resources for community members of all ages and fitness levels to develop their abilities.  The centre showcases the cultural heritage of the region and displays the work of local artists.

With direct access Mount Washington cross country ski trails and biathlon centre, the Mountain Centre, completed in 2009, has served as a premiere sport tourism amenity.  It has already been used several times as a staging area for international biathlon events, IPC International Paralympic cross country skiing  championships as well as a training camp venue for international athletes, national cross country and biathlon ski teams as well as local and regional teams.The centre also serves as a staging area for alpine access in Strathcona Provincial Park, community group retreats and courses, multi sport camps, outdoor education seminars and special events. 

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

2,600
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$230
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$49.1
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$50.9
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

185
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

150
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

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

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-21 Strategic Plan

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