The Sea to Sky “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program launched on September 1, with the goal to “spark” new tourism ideas and initiatives along the Sea to Sky corridor. Presented by Destination BC in collaboration with Tourism Squamish, the District of Squamish, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Pemberton, Village of Pemberton, Government of British Columbia, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Indigenous Tourism BC, and the Tourism Innovation Lab, the program matches selected applicants with a tourism mentor and provides a $3,000 seed grant to help develop new tourism ideas.
This program was designed to help entrepreneurs in the area to overcome challenges and barriers often experienced in bringing new tourism products to life. Previous program participants in Ontario were selected for water-based ecotours, agritourism initiatives, Indigenous tourism programs, wine and culinary workshops, interactive walking tours, virtual experiences, aerial adventures, winter glamping retreats, nature orientated vacation packages, and more.
Applications are being accepted now from tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations in the West Kootenay area (see map for reference).
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