CHAMBER CHATTER

School is out, bringing the official start of the summer holidays. I have seen an influx of tourists in our area checking out the pictures and exhibits in the Community Centre. Tumbler Ridge is quite fortunate to have great facilities and beautiful surrounding, which at times we tend to forget or take for granted. When was the last time you took a hike out to Quality Falls or cooled you feet in the waters at Flat Bed Falls.

Why not be a tourist in our own town and area! There are plenty of activities and sites to explore.

If you are determined to get out more and check out our many trails and outdoor wonders, but perhaps you are not sure where to go, or you may not feel comfortable going out by yourself. Contact the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society at ksharman@pris.ca or check out their web page at www.pris.ca/wnms/. The Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society is a nonprofit organization that promotes non-motorized outdoor activities. The WNMS has invested countless hours of volunteer time to develop and improve the access of the trails around Tumbler Ridge. The trail information developed by members of the WNMS is also located at our Tourist Information Booth, which is open 7 days a week 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For a nominal annual membership fee you can be a part of this organization and partake in group hikes to various locations in our area.

Have you had a chance to check out the new dinosaur exhibit and theater at the the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (PRPRC). Although still in the construction stage there is a magnificent display of vertebrate dinosaurs, the largest in the Peace region. To view this exhibit and more the Centre is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for lunch between 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. For more information please call 250-242-DINO.

In conjunction with the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre is proud to present ?2009 Summer Education Day Camps?. The camps are especially exciting this year, as all the camps are ?FREE? due to the generosity of sponsors and fund raising efforts. For registration information for the Dinosaur Camps and Wilderness Camps please call 250-242-DINO or www.trmf.ca.

The Northern Lights College is presenting the Youth Summer Art Program. There will be two weeks of art and fun August 17-28, for ages 7-10 and 11-14. The children will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as pottery, dance and music performing arts. For prices and more information please contact the college at 250-242-5591

The Chamber would like to thank Darryl Krakowka for all his contributions and volunteer hours as Chamber President. Darryl has stepped down as President, and will remain a member of the Chamber. On behalf of everyone from the TRCC we would like to wish you the best for the future, and thank you for your accomplishments.

Kirk Fallon of KNF Enterprises is now the new President of the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Kirk has been an active member of the Chamber, previously serving as 2nd Vice president. Congratulations Kirk, we are looking forward to working with you to meet our goals.

What could you do this summer? Support our local businesses and organizations and be a tourist in your own town! Enjoy the summer!