Numbers up at Trail Visitor Centre

The Trail Visitor Centre saw a slight increase in visitors stopping by last year compared to 2009 and expects the trend to continue this year.

Staff hopeful

B.C. Senior Games will stimulate

surge in tourists

The Trail Visitor Centre saw a slight increase in visitors stopping by last year compared to 2009 and expects the trend to continue this year.

Last year, about 4,500 people visited the facility located above Trail’s TD Canada Trust – about one per cent more than 2009’s approximate 4,460 guests.

“I anticipate a tremendous increase next year with the fact that we’re hosting the B.C. Senior Games,” said Maggie Stayanovich, executive director of Trail and District Chamber of Commerce, adding that Teck’s interpretative centre also draws curious individuals in.

General inquiries include questions about accommodations and attractions, from ball tournaments to information on Gyro Park and local theatre.

Stayanovich also handles bus tours – welcoming nearly 20 last year.

“A lot of people were very surprised with how friendly Trail is and thought it was a very pretty place.”

Stayanovich already has 10 reservations for the RV park to accommodate guests taking part in the Games, which will be hosted by Trail, Castlegar and Nelson from Aug. 16-20.

“This is an opportunity to impress these people.”