Two music festivals slated for this weekend on Quesnel Lake will go ahead as planned says a statement released Thursday by the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
The second annual Hot Summer Nights Music Festival on Quesnel Lake will continue as planned Saturday, Aug. 9, says Elysia Resort and Lodge manager Harmy Bercar.
Headlined by Angela Hehr of Victoria, Hot Summer Nights kicks off at 2 p.m. featuring eight unique acts and is expected to attract upwards of 130 people.
Given the recent tailings pond spill at Mount Polley Mine Bercar says Elysia Resort is bringing in a 5,000-gallon tank for potable water to ensure guests continue to enjoy not only this event, but the resort’s regular operations..
Plato Island Resort and Marina, also on Quesnel Lake, host their annual Musik Fest 2014 on Sunday, Aug. 9 and owner Marita Boxrud confirms that this event is also a go.
Williams Lake performers include Perfect Match. Boxrud adds that Plato remains fully operational as their water supply is from a nearby spring, isolated from the Mount Polley event.
On Monday, Aug. 4 the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam breached, resulting in a precautionary water use ban while officials determine the extent and reach of the environmental impacts.
Public safety remains the top priority and during this time of uncertainty tourism operators in the area remain open and fully operational, states the CCCTA.
Today, more than ever these small businesses need your support,” says CCCTA CEO Amy Thacker.
“Our operators in the affected area are family run. They don’t just work here, these people are part of the community, they are first responders, clean-up crews, support volunteers and business owners.
“Come visit this beautiful part of our region and support the great work that our tourism operators do in our rural communities.”