Posted October 01, 2018 06:23:20 In a move that could impact the resort’s business model, the Jade Mountain resort in B.A.C.’s Northwest Territories could be at risk due to the development of a new road through the area.
“I don’t think we want to have a road that runs through our pristine wilderness,” said Steve Jones, owner of Jade Mountain.
“We’ve had some good conversations with them, and I think it would be an awful shame if we had a road going through the wilderness that’s going to kill our tourism business.”
According to the Canadian Government’s Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the road would cross a river and pass under a scenic waterfall in the area, which could kill salmon, steelhead, and walrus.
Jones is concerned that this road could be built at a high-profile location in the community.
“I think it’s an important project, but I’m not sure it would get off the ground,” he said.
The road would also be in a remote area, making it difficult for people to use it safely.
“You could lose people that have never been in the wild, and that could be devastating,” Jones said.
“It would be a real shame to have this road in this area.”
Jones says he would like to see the project stopped.
“We have to make sure that it’s not going to happen, because it’s been in this location for a long time,” he told CBC News.
“The people in the region don’t want to see it happen.”
The project is currently being assessed by the province’s Ministry of Environment.
In a statement to CBC News, the agency said, “A feasibility study is currently underway to determine the feasibility of a road through Bryce, Tradeway, and Eagle Crest, and a final decision is expected in the fall of 2019.”
If approved, the road will create a new crossing, and Jones said it could also threaten the wildlife in the surrounding area.