TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – With provincial travel resuming under B.C.’s Restart Plan, the Tumbler Ridge Geopark is excited to welcome visitors.

Geopark Executive Director Manda Maggs says the park staff is mixed with joy and nervous anticipation to see tourists again.

“We are very excited to open up again to all British Columbians and see faces from afar,” said Maggs in a release Wednesday.

Despite everyone facing challenges stemming from the pandemic, Maggs says outdoor activities were easy to accommodate, but indoor events proved difficult. However, there was an upside.

“During this period, we have seen a lot of uptake from local residents, and as visitors start to make their way to our part of the province once again, locals are in a better position to speak about the attraction because of their first-hand experience.”

The attraction is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of visitors, says Maggs.

The Geopark has received support from the Tourism Resiliency Network with help developing a COVID-19 “pivot” plan and providing marketing assistance.

“The pandemic has presented tourism operators with unprecedented challenges, but to now see travel resuming, and knowing the program has helped some businesses get to this point is incredibly satisfying for all involved,” says Northern BC Tourism CEO Clint Fraser.