FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club day lodge project manager Eliza Stanford is over the moon now that construction on the structure has been completed.

“It feels incredibly great having spent the last three to four years planning, putting all the pieces in place, and filling out grant applications. It’s nice to have arrived at the end,” Stanford stated.

The project utilized multiple grants to make the building a reality, including over $357,000 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program.

Stanford says after initial budgeting, the cost of construction for the building had gone up, prompting the ski club to reconsider the lodge’s design and apply to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for the rest of the funds.

“Those two grants were instrumental in making this project a reality,” Stanford said.

Stanford says the final cost of the building was approximately $650,000 after factoring in pre-construction costs.

Going forward, the club plans to open the lodge to the public this winter after installing a few finishing touches, like building a waxing area and shelving for skis and a wheelchair-accessible ramp from the parking lot of Beatton River Park to the lodge.

“We’re going to be doing that hopefully in May, once it’s a little bit drier out. It’s still slightly wet right now,” Stanford said.

She says the lodge will benefit all winter visitors to Beatton Park.

“We plan to be open to anybody who’s there. It’s not a closed facility. It’s going to be a game-changer for us in terms of additional programming and events that we can offer,” Stanford said.

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