Animals lure visitors as BC wildlife park sees surge in tourism

“It’s good. People like to go out, people like to move around and go out where they haven’t been able to for the past few years, so it’s good for everyone.

New visitors to the park have a lot to see at the park, from its bears to its sheep and birds of prey.

Out-of-town tourists say they love summer fun.

“Animals are amazing – Kermode bear, big horn sheep. There are still a lot of things I haven’t seen yet, but I can’t wait to see them,” said one tourist.

“It’s really good,” added another child.

“I’m always fascinated by grizzly bears. But yeah, overall just a great family afternoon,” another man said.

Each month, the animals at the facility need at least $10,000 worth of food.

The cost at the end of the year is over $120,000 just to pay for the park‘s food plus necessary renovations.

With an increase in visitors this year, Grant says donations have poured in.

“With all the visitors we get to the park right now, all the money that we raise or donate – it all gets turned into improvements to the park or animal habitats,” Grant adds.

With future upgrades, the grizzly enclosure should expand to create more room for Dawson and Knute.

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