Update: Charlie Lake Caves could become a tourist attraction

Mayor Bruce Lantz says there’s a huge tourist attraction just outside our door and it comes with a long history.

He says the Charlie Lake Caves are an untapped resource that has the potential to draw visitors to the North.

The caves are reported to be one of the only sites in North America to date back to before 10,500 years old.

Animal bones and plants have been excavated from the site.

***It was thought a human skeleton was found at the site, however, it turned out to be animal bones.

Lantz brought the idea of developing the site to the Peace River Regional District meeting last Thursday.

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The site is on private property, but Lantz says the property owner is willing to work with the region on developing the site.

Lantz wants the region to look into building a secure walkway to the caves.

He says the City owns property close to the site, so there is a possibility for private businesses to run concessions.

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Lantz says the Regional District will research the possibility of developing the site.

Once a report is completed, Lantz says he will present the idea to City Council to see if there is an appetite for the project.

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