Take a staycation this holiday season

MLA Oakes encourages stay cations during the holiday season

While we enjoy local holiday activities here in our region, we can contribute to B.C.’s economy by spending vacation dollars nearby — taking a staycation.

Staycations help boost domestic tourism revenues and local economies and as December is a busy time for all of us, staycations are a great way to step back from the hustle and bustle.

The Cariboo offers adventure for people from all walks of life all throughout the year. Winter is no exception. From skiing, to snowshoeing to skating to hockey, there’s lots of fun ways to get outside and get back to nature and enjoy our beautiful region.

While the great outdoors offers a variety of fun activities, there’s lots of indoor activities to enjoy, too.

Williams Lake has lots of local coffee shops that provide a cozy atmosphere to catch up with family and friends over coffee or tea such as New World Coffee and Tea House, Gecko Tree Café and Bean Counter Bistro and Coffee Bar.

Need a holiday read? Head to The Open Book and browse the shelves.

Looking for a fun game? Head to Cariboo Bowl. Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Make a dinner reservation at a local restaurant.

On Jan. 1, families can come and participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Scout Island Nature Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.’ There’s lots of fun activities for people of all ages here in Williams Lake. By visiting local and regional events and venues, not only can we support local businesses here in Williams Lake and the Cariboo, but we can also help to sustain jobs in the tourism sector.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season with your family, friends and loved ones and encourage you to explore all that our region has to offer this holiday season by taking a staycation. Make some memories with loved ones, celebrate responsibly and stay safe.

Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction


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