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Campbell River likes to Campbell River has a tradition of doing things in a big way. Right from the start, the community first gained fame for the giant salmon people were catching on the then-remote outpost on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Already, the area had been drawing loggers into the region to harvest the massive trees and seemingly endless forests. Lumber was already king but the giant salmon began drawing anglers to the mouth of the Campbell River and the tradition of rowing for Tyees began. Tyees are chinook salmon that are larger than 30 pounds and in the early days of 20th Century, chinook of 50 pounds or more were commonplace. The word soon got out and the Campbell River area had a new industry to add to the already dominant logging and the handful of farmers eking a living out of the soil. That new industry was sportsfishing-based tourism and it wasn’t long before lodges sprang up to service those tourists hoping to land a big one. And the river rolled on. Eventually, someone eyed it up for the potential hydroelectric power it could provide and the Strathcona and John Hart Dams came online in the 1950s, boosting the economy to the point where it attracted an industrial project that would drive the local economy for the next 60 years. The Elk Falls pulp and paper mill was built, the economy boomed and the population exploded. Campbell River established itself as a


major economic engine on Vancouver Island, dominating the central and North Island for half a century. Mining came online as well to join the pulp and paper industry as a major contributor to local wealth. The Myra Falls mine and Quinsam Coal mine diversified the economy even further. But again, the winds of change blew at the turn of the 21st Century. Economic factors forced the closure of the pulp and paper industry in the community as well as diminishing the community’s sawmilling capacity. Mining continued to chug along but also at a diminished rate as the world-wide economy sank into recession. With the pulp mill closed and dismantled, the local economy bottomed out. But nobody gave up on Campbell River itself. Unlike other communities that lost their major employer, Campbell Riverites “voted with their feet” by keeping those feet curled up on the coffee table and ottomans in the homes they bought and built in the city during the good times. Many chose to commute to the jobs in Alberta and keep their homes in Campbell River. In the long term, a commuting workforce is difficult to sustain and the spirit that wouldn’t let people abandon the dream lifestyle they had built in Campbell River has been working on creating new economic opportunities. But not all was stagnant, throughout the downturn two other sectors were hard at

work. Local First Nations communities were at times the only enterprises in construction mode as commercial developments were built at Quinsam Crossing and on First Nations land in Campbellton. In addition, a cruise ship dock was built. Other First Nations groups were developing destination tourism facilities in traditional territories as well as resource harvesting operations. Also on the water, the aquaculture industry was thriving, being held back only by regulatory nervousness on the part of the provincial government. Sometimes you need a little luck and Campbell River has caught a break and it came from the old hydroelectric project that spurred on the boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Provincial power utility BC Hydro recognized that the old John Hart Dam needed an upgrade to keep it sustainable as a power producer. And the price tag for that upgrade was big. In keeping with Campbell River’s tradition of doing things in a big way, the power company decided it needed to invest approximately $1 billion in upgrading the John Hart generating station. Big dollars. Big project. Big opportunity. Added to that an incredible string of luck is the decision by the province to build a new hospital in Campbell River to replace

the old one and you have an economic boom that will be heard around the country. In addition to the major projects about to get underway, smaller announcements took place. One of the most impactful was the purchase of the old Elk Falls Mill site by Quicksilver Resources which sees the site as perfect for a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant. There’s a lot that has to happen before an LNG plant is a reality but, all of a sudden, Campbell River is a community with options. However, it has to be ready to take advantage of those options. “We have a job to do,” said Colleen Evans, President and CEO of the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce. And that job is to be ready to welcome the contractors and workers that will work on the dam and hospital. Because these large projects are a one-

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time boost, the job at hand will be to convince the people that come here to work on the projects to stay and make a long-term home here. “We can’t be complacent,” Evans said. “We need to ensure that we have a high level of projects and services. That is what is going to keep people coming back to the community.” Whether those people are contractors looking for workers and supplies or workers looking for a community to live and invest in, they will demand the best from whatever community will provide it. And if Campbell River thinks big enough, these people will choose Campbell River. “That’s what’s going to diversify our economy,” Evans said. That’s a big task but Campbell River has a history of thinking big.


4 INLAND KENWORTH/PARKER PACIFIC Anyone looking for clues to what Campbell River’s economic future holds would do well to look toward the companies who have for years served the city’s resource sector – the undeniable drivers of the local economy. Any such prognosticator observing the actions of Inland Kenworth/Parker Pacific would have cause for optimism. The company, which sells and services Kenworth trucks and other heavy equipment for the logging and construction industries, is constructing a new, 20,000-square foot facility that general manager Falko Heuser expects to move into by November. “Like everyone else, we had to pull in the horns four years ago, but the economy has rebounded and the future looks positive,” says Heuser. “We’re a resource-based community, and logging is going full bore right now.” The new site, which will house Inland Kenworth/Parker Pacific’s inventory and shop, is located at 2900 North Island Highway just a few blocks north of the current location its occupied since the 1970s. So does the company’s investment in Campbell River signal confidence in the local economy? “Absolutely,” says Heuser. “The economy’s strong, the community’s strong and we’re all very excited.” To learn more about Inland Kenworth, including information on new and used equipment,  parts,  service and financing, visit  www.  or call 250-287-8878.

Quicksilver overwhelmed by local support Quicksilver Resources Chief Operating Officer Dave Rushford says his team has been “overwhelmed” by the support it has received from Campbell River since the oil and gas exploration company purchased the abandoned Elk Falls pulp mill site. It’s not hard to appreciate why the city has given Quicksilver such a warm embrace. The Calgary-based company has come to town with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal that could pump millions into the community. “We were looking for a supportive community and we’ve had nothing but support since we got here,” Rushford says. “The other thing that is great about Campbell River is that we’ve got a huge educated work force existing here already so, as we staff-up down Dave Rushford, the road, we will be able to do a lot of that hiring locally because the Chief Operating Officer skill sets exist from of the old pulp mill days.” Recent construction activity, including the new hospital and a billion dollar BC Hydro generation station refit have lifted spirits, but the Quicksilver venture, called Discovery LNG, holds the promise of enduring prosperity after the hospital and Hydro construction workers have downed tools. As keen as Campbell River is to welcome its newest corporate citizen, it is going to have to exercise uncharacteristic patience. By no means is this a done deal. Discovery LNG will undergo comprehensive environmental assessment and impact studies to ensure the project has no significant effect on the environment. Pending regulatory approvals and permits, construction is expected to take approximately four years with the LNG plant operational by 2019. The company is already fully engaged in an environmental assessment of the site including the drilling of test holes to explore for environmental damage. Rushford says nine of 10 questions he is asked about the project are about jobs. “Jobs are a while out,” he cautions. “There are a few years of work ahead of us before we start getting into demolition (of the old pulp mill). We have a long road ahead of us before we get to a final investment decision. The community is not going to see things happen very quickly.” The hurdles are significant. Quicksilver has identified gas resources in northern BC’s Horn River Basin that can deliver 1,500 million cubic feet of gas a day ... enough gas to run two plants for 25 years. But, the company will need to build a 36-inch pipeline to get its gas reserves to Campbell River. Rushford says the company has done a lot of preliminary work “and we are very confident we can get the gas out here.” Another challenge, “the most important,” is finding a joint venture partner. “This project is far too large for us to do ourselves,” Rushford says. “We are working very diligently right now to bring in some joint venture partners. We need to do that before we can move ahead. We don’t have an exact timeline, but we’re working on that as we speak.” Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway says when Quicksilver starts to build it will be “fantastic” for the city. “About the same time as the BC Hydro and the new hospital projects are winding down this project will be winding up,” Jakeway says. “For Campbell River this project is wonderful. It comes with virtually no pollution. It’s a very good replacement for a large pulp mill.”

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Campbell River rises from economic slumber In the past year the Chamber So much for the notion that to a skilled workforce. This has been Campbell River is a sleepy old mill a huge issue since the Elk Falls pulp launched its “Think Local” campaign. town whose best days are behind it. mill and sawmill closed between Through video interviews the Campbell River and District 2008 and 2010 and many hundreds of Chamber has been finding out why Chamber of Commerce President skilled workers migrated to northern entrepreneurs choose Campbell River. Colleen Evans says her team B.C. and Alberta. “For businesses it has to be “Local businesses have told us has never seen busier and new more than quality of life,” construction and major Evans says. “We are hearing projects are injecting her from businesses that they membership with renewed feel there is a community of vigour. mentors here; there is strong “There is so much good collaboration; they find they news, such synergy. Projects can make mistakes and take continue to drive construction risks in ways they could levels beyond anything we’ve never do in a large urban been in the last six years. 2013 Chamber Staff environment; they find people New people are moving to the Michelle Fontaine, Colleen Evans, Lindsey Innes are much more honest about community. New businesses are opening. We’ve not only been the number one barrier to growth what they need; and, they are finding able to keep some of the businesses is the lack of a skilled workforce. that great customer service gives that were just hanging on, but they But, we’re starting to see our them a competitive advantage.” In the coming months the are growing,” Evans says. skilled workforce move back to the One of the biggest challenges community. To have them return has Chamber’s Major Projects Portal will kick into high gear with new coping with rapid growth is access been huge,” Evans says.

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initiatives to maximize jobs and business opportunities arising from the hospital and Hydro projects. The final bid proponents for the two projects will be announced between October and February. Evans says: “One of those initiatives will be a two-week online jobs fair in early 2014 to capture all those skilled workers who want to come home to Campbell River. We will promote the jobs employers are looking for. We will create

opportunities for job seekers to submit résumés. We’ll also arrange online Skype interviews between employers and job seekers. “Whether we are talking Think Local or the Portal jobs fair ... it’s all inter-related,” the Chamber president says. “We want job seekers to think about Campbell River; we want businesses to think about Campbell River; and, we want new projects to come here.”

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Rivercorp looks ahead... far ahead At Rivercorp, Campbell River’s economic development corporation, CEO Vic Goodman does not see the world through rose-coloured glasses. He sees it through a very long lens that looks decades down the road to economic security. Goodman’s mandate is to diversify the industrial tax base, “to find new major taxpayers and investigate new economic engines that will sustain this community over the course of the next 25-40 years.” “This community continues to be resource based. In a perfect world we want to do more than just cut trees and dig ore and ship it away. But our ability to do that depends on the economics of those sectors,” the CEO says. Goodman says in the past year, Rivercorp and the provincial government’s Jobs Plan initiative

laid some of the groundwork that gives industry incentives to make investments here. There were three initiatives: The North Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project that is generating geoscience data to attract new mineral exploration and investment; the Biomass Research Project that has established a reliable biomass inventory and an assessment of biomass technologies to encourage investment in the forestry sector; and, the Consolidated Community Marketing Initiative to leverage marketing efforts underway by multiple community partners both domestically and internationally. “In the case of the geoscience project, if we had waited for industry to invest in a major geological study of the North Island it would not have happened,” Goodman says. “The

exploration sector is going through a slow period and they weren’t going to invest a million dollars to look for a needle in a haystack. Sometimes we need to get involved to generate information that will provide industry with information to make investments.” Goodman says the Consolidated Community Marketing Initiative resulted in the development of a fundamental resource, a Site Selection Guide that is being posted on Rivercorp’s website (www. “It contains 1,200 points of data about the community that covers everything from our demographics, to how many churches we have, how many doctors, how many hospital beds, the tax rates, the utility rates ... everything you need to know if you are thinking about living, working or

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investing in Campbell River.” In the coming months Goodman says he’ll be working on three fronts with the Campbell River business community. “We need to continue to leverage the human resources we have. We need to generate a greater culture of entrepreneurship ... because it is what will help us diversify our

economy and generate sustainable jobs because the small businesses will become the major employers.” The Rivercorp CEO wants to focus on working with Campbell River’s young professionals and bring them together with older entrepreneurs. “We need to pay attention to succession planning. The businesses we have are going to need to be transitioned to new ownership groups as the entrepreneurs in them choose to retire. We need to work with the players in the community that can help us create more momentum.” Goodman also wants to bring Campbell River’s languishing tourism sector together “to try to identify ways for the players to collaborate and compete co-operatively to ensure that our place on the global tourism map is sustained and growing.”



A look back.... View of the Campbell River Hospital in 1929. Operated by the Sisters of St. Ann, it was called the Lourdes Hospital at the time and was located off St. Ann’s approximately where City Hall now stands. The Quinsam Hotel and Crawford’s General Store 1932. Construction on the Quinsam Hotel began in 1917 by Mr. Tom Laffin, who then sold the incomplete hotel to Mr. Ken Bergstrom (known as ‘Brannigan’). Brannigan only owned the hotel for a few years before selling in 1924 to Jim English (known as ‘the Bishop’) Crawford’s General store opening in Campbellton in 1917.

This is the area the Foreshore Park (later known as the Robert V. Ostler Park) was built in 1968, just prior to it being reclaimed. Visible in the background is the Iaci Building at the instersection of the St. Ann’s and the Island Hwy.

Island Highway through downtown Campbell River in the 1950’s

The above photo taken in 1915 of the third Willows Hotel. The second Willows Hotel which was built in 1908 promptly burned down in 1909.

The Lilelana Pavilion was located on the Island Highway south of the Island Hwy. & St. Ann’s intersection. It was built in 1918 by the Thulin’s and named for the three Thulin girls, Lillie, Anna and Elin. It was the site of many events in Campbell River until it was demolished in 1946.


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Seymour Pacific Developments, changing the face of downtown Seymour Pacific Developments is arguably one of the most recognized names in the local construction industry. The company, which was founded in Campbell River by Kris Mailman more than 20 years ago, has been a big contributor to the local economy with its biggest contribution currently in the works. Seymour Pacific’s new headquarters building is currently being built on five lots bordering Alder, St. Ann’s, Dubeau and Beech streets and is expected to open in

July, 2014. The company is moving from its existing headquarters next door because it’s outgrown its space. From its humble beginnings with just five employees, the company has now grown to employ 216 people in four different offices – one each in Campbell River, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The new headquarters, planned to be a four-storey building with a plaza area and two infinity water walls, will also house Broadstreet Properties which is also owned by Mailman

and employs 175 people. Broadstreet manages the residential and multifamily housing complexes built by Seymour Pacific. Amanda Raleigh, Mailman’s daughter and public relations director for both companies, says it was only natural to locate the new building in Campbell River. “Campbell River has always been our home base,” Raleigh says. “Having our headquarters in the town that the family resides in is the best place for it.” Despite the company’s success

across four different provinces, Mailman – who has five family members working for the company – has a special place in his heart for Campbell River. “The founder of the company was born and raised in Campbell River,” says Raleigh. “He raised his family in Campbell River. It is important to the entire family to give back to the community that not only it resides in, but the community that gave them their start.” Whether it’s donating lumber to the carpentry program at Carihi

or writing cheques to help out nonprofits like the Hospice Society for new computers, the company likes to do what it can. One of its biggest contributions to the company came in 2012, says Raleigh. “Seymour Pacific, with the help of some other community supporters, built the Ed and May Mailman Life Skills House. The house is located at Timberline Secondary (and) is a place where special needs and high risk students can learn valuable and life changing skills.”

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Timberline Village, being built on the corner of Dogwood and Hilchey, will be Campbell River’s newest shopping centre. The complex is aimed at pedestrians and residents living on the south end of the city. Jim Dobinson, one of two owners of Timberline Village, said it was an opportunity the pair couldn’t pass up. “It was just access to quality tenants and a quality site at the same time,” said Dobinson, who noted the property was purchased within the last couple of years specifically for the project. “There won’t be any drive-throughs (other than at the TD Bank) on purpose. It’s targeted to the local foot traffic.” Dobinson said the complex will connect to the Penfield West Linear Park on College Drive, which will provide pedestrians with a connection from the park to the Beaver Lodge Lands. To

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accommodate the foot traffic, the complex will have extra wide sidewalks. TD Canada Trust Bank and Shoppers Drug Mart will be the major players in the complex but other big names like Subway and Papa Murphy’s will also be tenants in Timberline Village. Papa Murphy’s pizza is made fresh for each customer but is designed to be taken away and be cooked in the customer’s own oven. Campbell River’s will be just the second franchise on Vancouver Island. Fresh Dental will also join Timberline Village as a tenant as will Quinsam Medical Clinic. “It’s important to make clear, that Shoppers, TD, and Quinsam Medical – these are all second locations, there’s

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10 DR. JANIS GUTHY Campbell River’s first Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression-Traction (DTS) and Laser Therapy Clinic is now open. If you are suffering from low back or neck pain, such as sciatica, herniated, protruded disc, or degenerative disc, associated with neurological symptoms, you may benefit from DTS and Laser therapy. “Spinal Decompression relieves pressure on the spinal nerves through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through a highly sensitive computer,” explains Dr. Guthy. “It’s completely painless and, as the name suggests, non-invasive.”. With spinal decompression’s precise, computer-controlled tension, the appropriate disc levels are gently and painlessly distracted to achieve a negative pressure within the disc. The negative pressure created in the nucleus pulposus allows compressed discs to be re-oxygenated, rehydrated and re-nutrified as they draw in moisture and nutrients from surrounding body tissues as well as promote retraction of bulging or herniated discs. While results obviously vary, Dr. Guthy notes that many Spinal Decompression patients including post-surgical patients and those with long-term chronic pain, are soon able to resume normal activities. For patients with sports or repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis and the like, Dr. Guthy often employs another new, non-invasive treatment: lowintensity laser therapy. “Essentially, the laser initiates a cascade of physiological reactions within the affected area,” she explains. “The result is restoration of cell structure and function; it’s highly effective and has no known side effects.” In addition to a Ph.D and a Doctor of Chiropractic,

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Retiring in Campbell River will be a little more luxurious next year. That’s when the Berwick By The Sea retirement residence will open. The 133-unit, six-storey, state-ofthe-art facility broke ground in May on two empty downtown lots at the corner of 16th Avenue and Roberts’ Reach. With a fall 2014 projected opening, Jessica Stigant, a community relations manager for Berwick, said that people have already been asking about the facility. “We’ve had lots of interest in it and people wanting to sign up,” Stigant said. “There’s a lot of pretty excited people wanting to go on the wait list.” Once opened, Berwick by the Sea will cater to independent seniors

who are looking for someone to cook and clean for them. The facility will offer a games room, an exercise room, a small theatre, two lawn bowling greens, a bistro and a rooftop garden and greenhouse where residents can socialize with one another. Berwick by the Sea will also feature ground level gardens and landscaping, with a walking path that will circle the building. The facility will offer studio rooms, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rooms, and a penthouse. Residents will pay a monthly rate which will include meals, recreational programs, emergency response services, heat and Hydro.

PIONEER HOME HARDWARE Established in 1937 and locally owned by four generations of the Thulin family, Pioneer Home Hardware has seen Campbell River through good times and bad. It’s current owners, however, couldn’t be more excited about the future. “We’ve come out of the recession very strongly,” says Allison Kilby, who owns and operates Campbell River’s most trusted building supply store with her father, Gary Thulin. “A lot of people moved away to find work, but now they’re coming back and I think everyone’s energized because of it.” While the current construction boom is certainly helping his store’s bottom line, Thulin says he’s more interested in the long-term benefits to the community. “A lot of these projects are looking to make Allison Kilby and father Gary Thulin, owners lasting connections with the community,” of Pioneer Home Hardware, are excited about Gary Thulin says. “I see this as long-term Campbell River’s future. progress for Campbell River, and we’re really happy to be a part of it.” A local business that prides itself on its personalized service and community values, Pioneer Home Hardware has won several local business awards, including environmental stewardship and large business of the year. Last year, Gary Thulin himself was named business leader of the year. “Our mission is to give back to the community,” We’re a Canadian company that is proud to be operating in Campbell River over 75 years.”



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New hospital will have the latest technology By 2017, the city will have a brand new hospital. It’s one of two new hospitals being built in the region – the other is in Courtenay – under one umbrella: The North Island Hospitals Project. Campbell River’s new hospital will cost approximately $266 million and is being built under a public-private partnership, typically known as P3s. The advantage is the private consortium, working under the Vancouver Island Health Authority, will take care of maintenance and

repairs for the next 30 years after the hospital is built. Three consortiums of North American companies have bid on the contract to build both hospitals. The winning group will be selected in January with construction expected to begin by April 2014. The new hospital will be located on Birch Street, on the current hospital property, and some work has already begun. A new parking lot opened in September and

demolition of the old seniors’ care facility has begun. Over the course of construction, the hospital project is expected to create an estimated 800 direct jobs and 700 indirect jobs.

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13 video to provide distance training. Work stations will be ergonomically designed, based on consultations with staff and the hospital is also designed from the patient’s point-of-view. The emergency department will be three times bigger and new moms will be able to go through labour, birth, recovery and postpartum care all in one “home-like” room. In fact, most of the 95 beds will be in larger,

single-patient rooms with self-contained bathrooms. Work is expected to be completed by spring 2017, to be followed by several months of orientation and training for hospital staff. It’s due to open to the public in fall 2017.

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Johnson Locksmiths – celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Founded by Ernie and Bonnie Johnson 10 years ago, Johnson Locksmiths has seen plenty of change, especially lately – some good and some bad. On the more somber note, Ernie Johnson passed away this spring, leaving the company that he and his wife built together in Bonnie’s capable hands. “He was obviously a huge part of our success over the years and we miss him dearly,” says Bonnie Johnson. “I do want our clients to know, however, that his absence has not changed anything as far as service goes – we’re still here, we’re still going strong and we’re still dedicated 100 per cent to serving our customers, just like we’ve always done.” On the positive side, Campbell River’s only locally owned and operated locksmith store has just expanded into Port Hardy. Bonnie Johnson recently purchased an established local business from there, Hardy Lock & Key, meaning the not-so-small company now services the entire North Island from Campbell River onward.

Johnson Locksmiths has also hired more qualified help to service this vast area, and will be able to provide the same great service that its customers have grown used to.

Like many local businesspeople, Johnson says she’s optimistic about Campbell River’s economic future. “The economy of Campbell River is definitely growing,” she observes. “Everybody sees it and feels it, and we’re feeling it as well. With all of these new

projects that are coming into town, they’re all saying they want to buy local as much as possible. Being the only locally owned and operated locksmith store in Campbell River, we’re ready for that growth.” J o h n s o n Locksmiths is centrally located at 590B 11th Avenue in downtown Campbell River. Bonnie invites all of her customers, new and old, to come down and see what they can provide for the security of construction projects, institutional needs and local business, home or automobile needs. For more information, call 250-287-2878, visit, or look for Johnson Locksmiths on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Some say time travel is impossible. And yet there exists an almost magical place just 10 minutes from Campbell River where you can step back more than 100 years into the West Coast’s rich past. That place is Heriot Bay Inn, a symbol of local pride and a beacon of West Coast hospitality that has been welcoming visitors to Quadra Island since 1895. Though fire claimed the original building overlooking the calm waters of Heriot Bay, it was rebuilt in 1912 and stands to this day, one of the oldest buildings on Canada’s West Coast. “You don’t have to have travelled the world to know when you arrive here that this place is special,” says Lois Taylor, Heriot Bay Inn’s general manager and one of 19 “Community Custodians” who purchased the Inn five years ago. “We consider ourselves its caretakers; our goal is to ensure the Heriot Bay Inn remains a hub of the Quadra Island community while sharing with the touring public.” In 2008, Heriot Bay Inn was listed. A few developers were looking at it with the thought to replace it with a modern facility. That’s when Taylor and 18 other self-described “hippies gone corporate” joined together to preserve the Inn. “The local community came out in droves to support us,” recalls Taylor. “That support carried us through the ensuing economic downturn and one of the roughest times in the tourism industry.” Today, Heriot Bay Inn boasts 10 modern rooms, three ocean-view cabins, a suite, a campground and a full-service marina. Guests and locals mingle in Herons Restaurant, which offers casual seaside dining, and the HBI Pub, a spirited venue with live music every weekend. “The atmosphere in there is just so great,” says Taylor of the pub. “The people here have so much history together, and it’s really something to just watch us interact. There’s laughing, joking and even the occasional act of absurdity; it’s a really fun place to be.” That camaraderie, along with the jovial, welcoming spirit that pervades everything at Heriot Bay Inn, is truly what makes it so special. Though replete with modern comforts and amenities, it doesn’t pretend to be a flashy, big-city resort. The goal, says Taylor, is to remain “locally authentic.” She beautifully sums up that authenticity, and indeed the entire Heriot Bay experience, in just seven words: “When you’re here,” she says, “you’re one of us.” To learn more or book your stay, call 1-888-605-4545 or visit

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One of the key attributes of progress, be it economic or otherwise, is continual improvement – something the Managers of Campbell River’s Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex have taken to heart. Over the summer, the Gardens’ 42-year-old Rod Brind’Amour Arena was refitted with a new concrete slab and brand new boards that should see it through the next quarter century of use. The Strathcona Gardens Facility Manager Josie Rohne 1970s-era lighting above the main and Manager of Operations Lorne Parker are overseeing pool was replaced by high-efficiency big changes at the recreation complex. LEDs that are much brighter yet draw only 30 per cent of the energy, and the entire facility received a safety upgrade with the installation of a modern fire alarm panel. What really has operations manager Lorne Parker excited, however, is what’s currently underway: the installation of a heat recovery loop that’s expected to save the complex between $50,000 and $60,000 per year. “We’ve got the pool that we’re trying to keep warm and the arena that we’re trying to keep cool,” explains Parker. “So we’re going to take waste heat from the arena and use it to heat our pools.” The system, which will be operational before the end of the year, is also expandable; Parker notes a building in Langford that uses a similar system to recover 100 per cent of its heat energy. “Eventually,” he says, “we could be heating a large part of our building like this.” “Like the summertime upgrades, the heat recovery project is being done without any additional pressure on taxpayers,” adds facility manager Josie Rohne. “We’ve worked this out through grants and prior planning.”

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The number is staggering. Approximately $1 billion dollars. That’s the amount to be spent by BC Hydro on the John Hart Dam Generating Station replacement project. The power utility will replace three 1.8 km long pipelines with a 2.1 km tunnel (6.5 metres to 8 metres in diameter), and construct a replacement generating station beside the existing station, a new water intake at the John Hart Spillway Dam, and a new water bypass facility. Campbell River’s outspoken mayor, Walter Jakeway – never one to mince words – put it succinctly. “This is wonderful…this is Fort McMurray-sized,” Jakeway said after the project received the green light from the B.C. Utilities Commission in February. It’s a massive project and while it’s going to have a positive impact on Vancouver Island’s power grid, it’s going to have an even larger impact on the Campbell River economy. “The economic impact is going to be felt both directly and indirectly,” said Collen Evans, President and CEO of the Campbell River and District

Chamber of Commerce. There is going to be hiring within the community by contractors but there is also going to be the purchasing of local materials and services. Preliminary estimates are that the project will require an average of about 400 jobs per year, peaking at nearly 500 jobs in the second year. And one of the most immediate spinoffs from the project will be the provision of housing for the workers that will be needed to fill the jobs. BC Hydro has already received significant interest from the community regarding the provision of rental housing and the City of Campbell River has been in discussion with the power utility over how it can assist in the provision of accommodations. Mayor Jakeway said that he would like to see workers being put up in local homes, which would be a good way of distributing income around town. Workers pay rent to local landlords and buy groceries in local stores. One way of providing rental stock the city has already identified is with secondary suites in homes. Evans agrees. “They are going to be spending some of that disposable income in the community,” she said.

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PROGRESS 2013 The impact on the service community will be significant – restaurants, groceries, any consumable goods, Evans said. But housing is only the start of it. Prime contractors working on the project will be encouraged to engage local suppliers of materials, equipment, expertise and labour. there are no guarantees that local business will get the opportunities in a massive project like this, but the community, lead by the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce, is positioning itself to take advantage of project. The local Chamber has taken the lead in linking the project to local businesses by creating a Major Projects Portal ( which showcases local businesses for prime contractors seeking local services, products and access to a skilled workforce. The portal has been set up to serve two huge projects currently underway, the John Hart Dam project and the construction of a new hospital in Campbell River by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Evans said that the chamber is preparing the community to be ready for the project to begin, and Campbell Riverites need to be ready. The portal profiles the capabilities and capacities of local suppliers of construction equipment, processes, labour and support services through a searchable database using construction and contracting industry coding. This information is put in front of the bid proponents well in advance of the procurement and construction phases. The prime contractor, when selected,

17 has access to tools and information, encouraging them to engage local suppliers and to develop procurement strategies that maximize local resources. On the other side of the coin, the portal benefits local suppliers in a number of ways. Prior to the warding of a contract, businesses can view a project’s description and outline, including projected trade requirements and timelines. Notices of meetings and related news items are aggregated, centralizing the information in an easy to find manner. By making this information available, potentially years in advance of the actual awarding of the contract, local businesses are able to prepare and position themselves as an attractive resource to the prime contractor. For now, preliminary work is underway with BC Hydro rerouting popular public walking trails and the road into the site, which is accessed off Highway 28. And the company is almost at the stage where it is ready to review bids by three companies to design and build the new generating station. Once the contract has been awarded, construction will begin shortly after. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2018.



The words “Campbell River” and “dynamic arts scene” are not often spoken in the same breath. But if you think Campbell River is a cultural wasteland, you’re dead wrong. “This has always been a rough and tumble town,” acknowledges cultural maven Heather Gordon Murphy, who’s watched the city evolve over the last five decades. “But underneath there’s always been this really eclectic, interesting arts scene. You still have to dig for it, but it’s bubbling to the surface.” If anyone knows the local arts scene, it’s Heather Gordon Murphy. She’s a dance teacher, a choreographer, a costume store owner and a yoga and bodywork teacher through her company Core Moves. She’s a director of Shoreline Musical Theatre Society. She was one of five choreographers chosen for the 2010 Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. Last year, she was hired by Cirque du Soleil to help create the opening ceremonies for the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Championship in Azerbaijan. Locally, Murphy operates Sweet Tease Burlesque/Cabaret; is artistic director of RainCoast Creative Arts, Campbell River’s first musical theatre school; and recently founded Crow Theatre, based entirely around what she considers the world’s most fascinating bird. Heather’s newest project is iEcotherapy. “We have the opportunity to actually create things in Campbell River,” she muses. “That’s the Campbell River spirit – we’re pioneers.” To learn more, call 250-287-4536 or email

Crown Pacific Homes Campbell River-based Crowne Pacific Homes – one of the city’s leading developers – has many new developments in the works for the city. Completed in 2010, the Waterside Apartment Complex contains 36 view suites situated on the waterfront and set into the hillside along the South Island Highway. Legacy Estates is located beside the Beaver Lodge Lands a 500-acre forest reserve. Surrounded by parkland, your doorstep opens out onto protected streams and tall fir trees. Georgia Park, meanwhile, has panoramic views of Discovery Passage and beyond where owners can watch the eagles, cruise ships and other marine traffic navigate local waters. The Newport subdivision is a waterfront gated community located on the Campbell River where its waters meet the Pacific Ocean. It includes eight lots, complete with 40-foot custom-fabricated docks in place. In 2012, Crowne Pacific also completed the Westwood residences with eight units, and this year they are completing the Cornerstone apartments residences with 47 units. Coming in 2014 is the Pacific Wynd apartment residences with 39 units. President and CEO of Crowne Pacific Homes, Brett Giese, is only 26 but is a fourth generation builder. He proudly draws on the expertise of those who’ve gone before them but moves ahead in his own style.

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“With our business, we push a lot of paper, but we also have fire pumps, a fleet of pickup trucks and other big toys. Our clients are sophisticated, multinational companies, and our employees are just as comfortable in the board room as they are getting their fingernails dirty out in the field.” The new development, construction of which is expected to begin this fall, couldn’t be more conveniently located. On the doorstep recently improved Campbell River Airport, it offers instant access to the world via the skies, and its location on the Inland Highway makes it equally accessible to Island-based companies. “For the North Island to have this kind of professional space in the vicinity of an airport,” says Zimmermann, “and located at the centre of coastal B.C’s resource industry, this is truly a unique opportunity.” Zimmermann encourages prospective tenants to contact him early to take advantage of preconstruction design flexibility. Square footage can range from 2,600 to 13,000 square feet, built to suit each tenant’s particular needs. To view plans and artist’s renderings, visit http:// For more information, contact Jason at or 1-888-611-1585.


DiveSafe International faces an interesting challenge The largest dive school on the West Coast, DiveSafe turns out between 70 and 100 professionally trained and certified commercial divers every year – far more than any other school in Canada. Its international renowned as a dive school, however, belies its “secret identity” as a fully certified, 100% local commercial dive outfit capable of performing nearly any underwater task. “We’re kind of a well-kept secret,” admits Kelly Korol, a highly respected diver with 36 years of commercial diving experience and the founder of DiveSafe International. “The most disappointing thing for us to hear is that a local company calls in someone from Vancouver for a dive that we could have done from here. It doesn’t make sense economically for the client, and it does nothing to support the local economy.” Though DiveSafe International doesn’t do a lot of work on fish farms – leaving that work to other local companies that specialize in the industry – Korol says they do virtually any other type of underwater work. That includes everything from welding, salvage, construction and engineering inspections to dredging and even cleaning drinking water reservoirs, which has to be done every seven years under legislation enacted in the wake of the Walkerton tragedy of 2000. DiveSafe International works mostly along the coasts of Vancouver Island and northern B.C. but, as the name implies, its divers have worked around the globe, including a recent environmental assessment for the World Bank in Senegal. Wherever they go, though, one thing is certain: they’re some of the best-trained divers in the water. “Because we have the dive school, we’re able to sort of milk the best graduates to work for us,” says Korol. All of his divers, he says, are qualified to CSA standards, registered with WorkSafeBC and certified by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). Korol sits on the national committee that sets the standards all Canadian divers must meet, and DiveSafe International itself is fully insured. visit or call 250-287-3837.

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20 ASSOCIATED TIRE & AUTO In Campbell River, there’s been a tire shop at 1710 Island Highway since the 1950s – and if Kermit Dahl has anything to do with it, there always will be. Kermit opened Associated Tire & Auto at that very location in March 2011, the next logical step in his family’s decades-long history in the tire business. Today, he runs the shop with his wife and son, along with three full-time employees.

Comfort Inn & Suites “When we opened there were two of us working here,” recalls Kermit. “Over the past 35 years, they’d always employed about three people from this location, and now we have five full-time. Our family’s been in the business for so long in Campbell River, we have a pretty good following of loyal customers.” The way they treat their customers could also have something to do with that loyal following. A proud Rotarian, Kermit asserts that community – not sales, profits or new customers – is the most important part of his business. “We try to run our shops, me and my dad before me, by providing the kind of service you used to get. We believe in things like old-fashioned values and doing right by your neighbour. It seems to work for us.”

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With the recent construction boom in Campbell River, three business partners thought it was an opportune time to invest in a new development. The trio of Jonathan Shead, Colyn Clay and Ken Clay formed Letoh Holdings to buy into Choice Hotel Group in order to bring a Comfort Inn and Suites to Campbell River. Letoh, which is ‘hotel’ spelled backwards, is investing in a brand-new hotel at the entrance to Shoppers Row. Shead said they chose the company because of its reputation and its loyal guests. “Why we chose to go with Comfort Inn and Suites is that Choice Hotels is a global brand that is very strong all over Canada,” said Shead, who noted the company just secured its millionth customer for its rewards program. Travellers who are part of the program and come to Campbell River will be inclined to seek out a Comfort Inn, he said. Shead, who also owns Intersport in Tyee Plaza, said the new hotel will have 55 rooms with a mix of suites, singles and doubles and will have an indoor pool,

a fitness centre, a business area with computers and printers for guests to access the Internet during their stay, as well as two meeting rooms. The four-storey building will be built to a West Coast theme with lots of open wood. Construction is planned to begin within the week on the hotel, which will be located behind the former Super Valu building in Tyee Plaza. Letoh Holdings’ goal is to have the hotel open to guests within one year. Shead said Letoh was encouraged to take on a second commercial property because of “all the good news and everything that’s happening in Campbell River and we had a prime piece of land on the waterfront downtown,” Shead said. “We found the perfect location in Campbell River. It’s centrally located, it’s near the bus hub, restaurants, and it has oceanfront views. “Because of all the good things happening here in town, it just came together.”


When the world’s resource companies need to develop effective systems, policies, operations manuals and the like, they often look to Campbell River’s Zimmfor Management Services Ltd. for assistance. “We help some of the world’s largest resource firms improve efficiency, obtain environmental certifications and ultimately become more profitable,” says owner Jason Zimmermann. His small company works in Asia, South America and across North America, but its heart and soul remains right here in coastal B.C. “Locally much of our work is with Taan Forest, which is owned by the Haida Nation,” explains Zimmermann. “We help them manage their forest Jason Zimmermann, owner of lands on Haida Gwaii and ensure they’re harvesting Zimmfor Management Services Ltd., in a sustainable manner. For our Asian clients, we helps resource companies manage their help establish policies and procedures that put policies, protocols and procedures. them on par with, if not above, North American environmental standards.” With Zimmfor’s client list, which also includes names like Western Forest Products, Dow Corning, Teck Resources and Weyerhaeuser International, Zimmermann is often asked why he’s based in Campbell River rather than a big city like Vancouver. “We don’t want to be a business that functions out of an ivory tower,” is his frank response. “We’re resource professionals, and we live in a resource community. You don’t have to go to a big city to find world-class management and consulting services.”

PROGRESS 2013 NEW HORIZONS Seniors who need more care than they can receive at home may view admission to a care home with apprehension, perhaps imagining a joyless institutional setting. But that is not the reality at the bright, cheerful New Horizons Community of Care in Campbell River. “It’s not like what a nursing home used to be,” said Residents’ Council President Margret Ellen Coolin (Alice), who was among the first to move in. “From the time I moved here, you get the care you need and if you need anything more, you just ask. I find it really good living here.” Recent progress in seniors’ residential care has changed the philosophy of care to focus on the individual and not just on illness. Families have peace of mind, knowing their loved one is safe and receiving needed care. Residents have help from caring staff who recognize each individual as unique and entitled to an enriching life. Opened in 2008, the 94-bed care home’s philosophy has always been the provision of personalized care. New owner Park Place Seniors Living, was selected by the previous owners in part because of a similar personalized philosophy of care called Resident’s Day. At the core of Resident’s Day is a question: incoming residents and/or family are asked: How do you want to live here? From this, an individual schedule for each resident is developed. If mom likes to sleep in, she is served breakfast upon awakening and not wakened for a scheduled meal. Favourite activities, food preferences, TV shows and other individual choices are noted on the dayto-day schedule and implemented by care aides. In 2011, this innovative approach to care was recognized by Accreditation Canada as a leading practice in seniors’ care. The Resident’s Day concept was developed by Park Place Seniors Living owners Al and Jenny Jina, who established Park Place 20 years ago. Their core philosophy is to ‘enrich seniors’ lives.’ Resident’s Day is the practical application of that mission. “We recognize that our residents are individuals with a rich life experience, whose current health challenges have brought them into care,” Al Jina said. “These individuals have the right to make choices in how they live and to have those choices respected and implemented in their home.” New Horizons is the 17th residence to join the Park Place family, which owns care homes, assisted living apartments, and independent living residences in B.C. and Alberta.


First Nations are key players in region’s economy Campbell River is home to three First Nations Bands: The Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River Indian Band), Wei Wai Kai (Cape Mudge Indian Band), and the Homalco. The first two are the largest and have been here the longest. They are also key players in the region’s economy and are expected to continue growing their respective business portfolios. The business centrepiece for the Campbell River Band is Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre and Discovery Harbour Marina. The side-by-side enterprises are located on the waterfront. The mall is home to anchor tenants Canadian Tire, Staples, Great Canadian Superstore and Target which opened in May. The band also owns and operates the Wei Wai Kum Cruise Ship Terminal, Thunderbird Campground and the House of Treasures, a gift shop and gallery located at the mall. The Cape Mudge Band has two main reserves, one on Quadra Island (Cape Mudge) and the other in Campbell River (Quinsam). Adjacent to the reserve in Campbell River is Quinsam Crossing, a commercial development with room for future growth. BC Hydro is constructing its new works yard at Quinsam Crossing which which is also home to the Quinsam Liquour Store and Lee’s Famous Chicken Menu, both owned and operated by the band. The Cape Mudge are also the owners of Campbell River’s oldest eating and drinking establishment, the Quinsam Hotel in Campbellton. Also, at the north end of the city, the band is embarking on a broad industrial operation, Middle Point Terminal, in partnership with Campbell River’s Pallan Group. On Quadra Island, the band owns and operates the We Wai Kai Seafood Corporation and the We Wai Kai Campground located at Rebecca Spit. The Homalco Band operates Homalco Forestry Ltd. Partnership and Homalco Wildlife Tours which offers grizzly bear watching tours at Orford Bay on the Mainland. For more information, visit online at or The Homalco website is presently being rebuilt.

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22 CENTURY 21 ARBUTUS REALTY One of Campbell River’s most trusted realty companies is reinventing itself – just as the city itself undergoes its own economic renaissance. The local Century 21 firm, known for half a decade as Century 21 Gold River Realty, is now “Century 21 Arbutus Realty.” “We don’t just serve Gold River,” explains owner and managing broker Janet Janet Scotland in front of Century 21/Arbutus Realty’s Scotland. “We serve the entire new location on Shoppers Row. North Island from Campbell River north, focusing mainly on Campbell River, Gold River and Tahsis.” “Our roots are in Gold River,” explains owner and managing broker Janet Scotland. “but we serve the entire North Island from the Comox Valley north, from our two offices in Campbell River and Gold River.” Along with the new name come new digs – Scotland and her team moved into a new downtown location at 1100 Shopper’s Row in September following a busier-than-projected summer. “We’re showing our confidence in the North Island by expanding to a larger and higher visibility location,” says Scotland. While the new location is no doubt good for her clients’ visibility, Scotland says the technological tools available to them as Century 21 Realtors are also unrivalled in that capacity. “The Century 21 website, and the tools they give us, are far superior to any other franchise we could find,” she says. “Most of our listings appear on the first page of search results – often in the top five.” Scotland and her team can be reached at 1.888.771.2111 or online at www.century21. ca/arbutusrealty.

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Salmon farming contributes $800 million annually Salmon farming is a vital part of the health of B.C.’s coastal communities, which is remarkable considering that it is relatively new in this province. Largely based out of Campbell River, the industry employs over 6,000 people in direct and indirect jobs, and contributes more than $800 million annually to the provincial economy. Salmon farmers produce about 75,000 metric tonnes per year, making farm-raised salmon B.C.’s largest agricultural export. Salmon farms operate according to very high and exacting standards. In fact, aquaculture is the most strictly regulated agricultural industry in the province. For salmon farmers, sustainability means making the right decisions today to ensure a healthy tomorrow. This is why they pay attention to the environmental, social and economical implications of its industry. This three-pronged approach is critical to reducing risk to the marine environment, making sure the industry contributes to local, provincial, national and international economies, and helps communities where they operate thrive. They back up this commitment through the transparency of their actions and by sharing information about plans, principles and programs. – From

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Sales Activity Strong Heading Into the Fall

ERIKA HALEY - ROYAL LEPAGE A rapidly growing economy, both locally and globally, signals good news for Campbell River homebuyers, according to local Realtor/Associate Broker Erika Haley. “It’s an excellent time for people to get into the local market,” says Haley, noting that interest rates will almost certainly climb over the next several years. “Campbell River has seen significant growth, especially in the last couple of years. I’m very optimistic.” Erika has her finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. She is a full-time professional Realtor; has an Associate Broker’s license, signifying an advanced level of education in BC Real Estate and is one Campbell Rivers limited number of successful Personal Real Estate Corporations.  Erika loves Real Estate and it shows in everything she does. Another way she stands out to her clients is through the use of technology. Erika has been working with her husband, Reg Creighton, for 21 years. He has been involved in professional IT and Marketing for 14 years.  Together they leverage every piece of technology from social media to online video, and Skype to Digital Signatures to benefit their clients buying and selling real estate. Erika Haley Personal Real Estate Corporation can be reached at 250202-1058,, or search Facebook for erikaleighhaley.

After experiencing a relatively slow first quarter in terms of sales, market activity began to rebound during the spring, leading to a more balanced marketplace in the second half of the year. “Energy in the Vancouver Island real estate market has been building for some time, and it appears that pent up demand, coupled with signs of an improving economy and the continuation of relatively low interest rates have resulted in a positive effect in this transitional market,” said VIREB president, Gary Gray. Recent sales statistics confirm that real estate activity across Vancouver Island is improving, with steady growth reported across the VIREB coverage area over the last two quarters. With consumer confidence on the rise, it is anticipated that this trend of positive growth will continue on throughout the year. In terms of the local market, VIREB director, Heather Parker feels that growth in the Campbell River area will continue for the foreseeable future. “With so many economic drivers creating employment opportunities in the community, it is no wonder that the market in Campbell River is improving and in recovery from the recession experienced in recent years,” she said. “As demand continues to increase and supply decreases, we anticipate rising market values.”

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weddings, reunions, workshops and corporate retreats Includes 10 rooms in the Inn, three cabins & the two bedroom suite. The Heriot Bay Inn is a great place for gatherings of all types. Overlooking scenic Heriot Bay, the Inn is available for private accommodation rentals November 2013 through April, 2014. (subject to availability; long weekends require a two night booking. Whole hotel rental avaiable in summer months too... inquire for rates).

Great meals... the HBI Pub and Herons dining room are open to the public seven days a week, making it convenient for your group to enjoy great meals! Private party... Herons and the Bay View meeting room are available to rent for private functions with a variety of catering options available. Our experienced staff are happy to assist you whether you are planning a wedding, corporate meeting, private party or retreat. Give us a call, we look forward to hosting you!

Live music every weekend in the HBI Pub, and these upcoming events... October 19

November 10

stories from the world of freediving with Kirk & Mandy-Rae Krack; a fundraiser to support Carihi’s new Nautical Sciences Program.

gritty, groove-fueled blues.. virtuosic blues guitar performance

The Path Less Travelled

$49 includes two course dinner. October 25

Island Rootz Reggae Band

funky Hallowe’en dance party in the spooky HBI Pub


David Gogo

$39/show & two course dinner; $19/show only. November 29 & 30

Harry Manx

highly acclaimed award winning musician

$79/show & two course dinner

call the Inn 250.285.3322 to reserve a seat at one of our events!

this fall the Inn is offering something new...

the HBI Pub Party Six Pack 6 friends + 6 dinners + 3 rooms for $99. Yes, $99 total. dinner is a choice of any HBI Pub menu entrée; rooms are above the Pub. subject to availability and only available September 20 thru November 16, 2013. Tax not included; call for details.

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