Tourism and Reclaimed Extraction Sites
Many people are not aware that after a quarry or mine has reached the end of its life cycle, it can become not only a place of value to a community, but also a turned into a beautiful attraction for visitors.
Every aggregate facility in the province has not only an operation plan, but also a reclamation plan for once the site reaches the end of its cycle.
BC has some incredible exampes of post-operational success with reclaimed sites, known by travelers internationally. Butchart Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park and Towne Centre Park, to name a few. These sites were developed into places of beauty over time, but in each case there was a firm vision of the end result, as well detailed strategy to realize this vision. These transitions are a reminder to us all of what can be accomplished with reclaimed quarry and mine sites.
Tourism for these sites generates revenue for the local economies of our communities.The international attention on our reclaimed quarries have turned into a huge economic boost in tourism for the province of BC. These reclaimed spaces are used for sporting tournaments, community events, and seasonal flowers and lights are presented at the gardens year round. Reclaimed sites have been turned into parks and walking trails and are used everyday by people of all ages. Almost all the reclaimed sites that are now green spaces have some redeeming feature that makes them favourite go to spots for locals and visitors alike.