Tourism 100 Mile House

South Point Resort : An all season resort to watch

New Owners Give The Canim Lake Resort & Campsite A Massive Upgrade

Nestled into a forested point on a sandy Canim Lake beach, you will find South Point Resort. This resort, previously known as the Ponderosa Resort, has been a Cariboo staple for 45 years. Karin and Wolfgang Martens retired and sold the resort to Leanne and Kevin (Bear) Sallenback. The Sallenbacks are a young, energetic couple with plans to modernize the resort. Bear’s parents had a family cabin on Canim Lake where he spent every summer and Leanne had visited the area for about 13 years quickly falling in love with the Cariboo and Canim Lake.

When they started to examine the quality of their lives in the Lower Mainland, they quickly realized they were working to pay a mortgage for a house they didn’t love, paying for vehicles they didn’t need and ending up with very little time to actually get out and enjoy life. Leanne has a BA in Business Administration, where she focused on Marketing and has also spent time working in both tourism and corporate environments. Bear is the ultimate handyman who has spent his life building and renovating. They believe theirs is the perfect combination for creating an exciting resort business.

“The Cariboo is really an outdoor mecca for adventure seekers. 100 Mile is not just a drive through town – if you step off the highway, there are endless trails to explore, lakes to fish, shops to peruse, paths to ride, and mountains to conquer. We love it.”

Leanne sat down and answered some questions for me. The first thing I noticed is that Leanne is definitely an enthusiastic “Caribooster”. Leanne’s favourite things to do at the resort are evening bonfires and getting on a wake-board or Hobie-board! Her least favourite – raking in the spring! They are looking forward to getting their ice fishing hut and enjoying the winter.

South Cariboo Campsite And Resort Near 100 Mile House

An energetic young couple, they have ambitious plans for their resort and have already begun to make some changes. Along with their canine companions, Ryker and Roxy, they have enthusiastically engaged with many people in the community and are building up a positive reputation as being community minded with a fresh perspective for the Cariboo. “We’ve only been here six months, but have already done a ton of work and have lots of plans for this place.” said Leanne. They brought in about 20 truck loads of gravel to level out some of the RV sites to reduce the amount of mud and potholes in the area. They’ve taken out a lot of danger trees throughout the property and opened up some additional spaces. A new pontoon boat was also purchased for guests to enjoy. They are currently in the process of updating the condos (interior and exterior) and, over the next couple of years, plan to give them a more modern look. They are also creating different landscapes on their acreage to create a variety of settings for wedding ceremonies, family reunions, and more. Next on their list, hopefully by next summer, they hope to have a new playground for children. Leanne stated, “We have lots of ideas on our wish list of things we want to do in order to continually improve the guest experience at our resort.” They are also building and utilizing great partnerships in the area and enjoy working with local business people to build a stronger local economy.

Cariboo Fishing Boat Rentals & Kayak Rentals

Knowing that the environment is a priority for many of their guests, Sallenbacks have also added Hobie Mirage Stand up Peddle Boards to the Lake Standard of kayaks, boats and lots of water toys. The Paddle Boards, kayaks and canoes are a great eco-way to get around the lake. Conscious of the need to manage the resort’s waste, they have implemented recycling bins and have reduced the plastic present in the amenities they provide guests.

Winter view of Canim Lake Falls.

The Salllenbacks recognize how, especially for the GenXers and Millennials, digital/social media has become an integral part of today’s culture. If people want to attract this generation, they need to approach them on their terms, which means being internet savvy. As a result, they engage with the public on several social media connections including:

  • Website (https://southpointresort.ca);
  • Blog (https://canimcaribooster.wordpress.com);
  • Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/southpointcanim);
  • Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/southpointcanim/ );
  • Twitter (https://twitter.com/southpointcanim); and
  • LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-point-resort/about/?viewAsMember=true) .
Birdseye view of the South Point Resort on the shore of Canim Lake, British Columbia.
Panoramic view showing RV campsites.

The Next Hot Cariboo Wedding Venue

They picture South Point Resort as a “destination event” resort. Being a “destination event resort”, means developing a variety of experiences for their guests. People nowadays are looking, not only for a cabin on a lake, but they are prioritizing according to the activities and seeking unique experiences. It is no longer only the destination that draws people in, but the experiences they will have once they arrive. Resorts, and the tourism sector in general, have started creating these experiences. This means weddings, reunions, year-round seasonal events, classes, hikes, Canim Lake Falls and more. Wanting to bring a new vibe to the resort, they have offered classes like sign painting and events, like a Halloween ghost hunt and fire works weekend. These events attract not only folks from outside the Cariboo, but also people who live nearby. At this time, 90% of their guests happen to come from BC, and 10% are from Europe. Locals also seem to like the experience getaway, even if it is only for couple of hours at a sign-painting class while they enjoy a breathtaking view of Canim Lake. In addition to providing for family vacations, they are creating custom packages for curious folks looking to experience something new and unique.

Cabin Rentals Near 100 Mile House

Another example of what makes South Point Resort unique is the mix of accommodations: condominiums, cabins, RV and camping sites. The diversity of options makes the South Point appealing for large events, like a family reunion, because they have options for all of the guests. Guests will have a choice of places to stay, right on site, and avoid the complexities of finding hotel rooms in town. Additionally, they are positioning themselves as providing year-round accommodations and activities on Canim Lake. At this time, South Point is the only Canim Lake resort open all year. They will be offering winter discounts, targeting snowmobilers, Christmas and New Years packages, ice-fishing packages in February, and more.

They are now actively reaching out to the wedding market and promoting year-round weddings. For example, their Spirits & Ales Halloween Weekend (Oct. 25, 26 & 27) is set up for those who want to get away for the weekend and for locals who are looking for something fun to do for a day or in the evening. People can reserve a room or campsite for the weekend and take in the activities on Saturday evening (Oct. 26th) which include a ghost hunt, hot cocoa and fireworks! Folks can also sign up to attend the ghost hunt and/or come out for the hot chocolate and fireworks later in the evening. This is the kind of experience and flexibility that allows folks from near and far to join in. Keep an eye on their Facebook page because they have a lot of events planned for the coming year. They will release a full calendar of events in January. After the Halloween weekend events are done, they’ll be announcing Christmas and New Years specials, and perhaps some winter sign-making classes.

Enjoying a hike on a frozen Canim Lake.

“South Point Resort was a dream for my husband and me, and we want to turn it into something special. We have a five year plan and are going to invest the money we make back into the resort. We want South Point to be thought of as a great place to visit, no matter what the season. We will always have activities and events to bring people to Canim Lake.” said an enthusiastic Leanne.

Black Bear Photo

New WildSafeBC Coordinator for the Cariboo

Photo of Amber Gregg, WildSafe BC Coordinator for the Cariboo,
Amber Gregg, WildSafeBC Coordinator

Meet Amber Gregg, the WildSafeBC Community Coordinator for the Cariboo Regional District. Her office in based in Williams Lake, but she will be working throughout the Cariboo Regional District (CRD)

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. It evolved out of a successful Bear Aware program. While addressing human interactions with bears was their original focus, they realized that people had experiences with and questions about the other wildlife native to British Columbia and expanded their mandate to better server the public.

In May of 2019 the Cariboo Regional District took the pro-active approach to hire Gregg as the WildSafeBC Coordinator for the District. This is in response to an increase in negative experiences with wildlife during the Fall of 2018. In an effort to increase community security, the safety of waste management staff and to improve the way in which community members live alongside wildlife.

108 Mile Ranch is one residential area being focused on. Because of the nature of the community’s physical layout and the inclusion of large green spaces, the probability of resident’s coming into contact with wildlife is increased. CRD Director, Al Richmond, has been very active in exploring ways to improve community interactions with wildlife and supported the concept of finding ways to educate residents about best practices in living and working alongside the District’s range of wildlife.

As a part of the program, Gregg has been visiting various neighbourhoods in 108 Mile Ranch and 100 Mile House this summer to do regular garbage tagging. If garbage cans are set out too early, the can gets tagged with a bright sticker, because garbage is the #1 attractant for bears. Residents are advised to only set out cans on the morning of their designated garbage pick-up. This reduces the amount of time the cans and their contents are out and attracting bears.

WildSafeBC recommends removing attractants (things animals like to eat) from your yard:

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WildSafeBC sticker warning that garbage is a bear attractant
  • Do not store garbage outdoors;
  • Pick up fallen fruit;
  • Remove bird feeders or at least keep the area under the feeder clean and reduce the amount of seed you put out at a time (no more than a cup at a time);
  • Do not feed pets outdoors;
  • Keep your barbecue clean;
  • Manage your compost correctly:
    • No meat, dairy, or bones;
    • Use equal parts of brown and green material;
    • Do not overload the compost with fruit – if need be, store material indoors (or freeze) and add gradually.

Here is a list, from the WildSafeBC website (https://wildsafebc.com/) on additional actions community members can take to achieve a WildSafe yard:

  • “Landscaping to remove cover and food for wildlife
    • Trim trees and shrubs so as to remove branches that could provide ground cover
    • Design your yard with clear sight lines (don’t have trees or shrubs that create blind-spots that allow wildlife to hide)
    • Consider plants that are less attractive as a food source for wildlife
    • Remove or limb trees that are adjacent to your home so as to prevent access points for arboreal animals such as raccoons, rats or squirrels
  • Fencing your perimeter
    • solid fencing (such as wood panel fences) help deter deer as they usually will not jump a fence unless they can see where they will land
    • continuous concrete foundations will deter animals that might otherwise dig under the fence
  • Using electric fencing to protect backyard chickens, bees, or fruit trees
    • Highly attractive assets like chickens, bees or fruit trees can be protected through the use of easily installed electric fencing.
  • Storing firewood, lumber or other materials in a way so as to reduce its attractiveness as a home or hiding place for smaller animals
    • Create small stands at least 15 cm off the ground to store materials like lumber on. Smaller mammals will not be afforded a hiding place once the material is off of the ground.
  • Blocking off access points for smaller animals that may be looking for nesting cavities
    • Always ensure no animals are inside of the area you are about to close off
    • Use metal sheeting or heavy gauge mesh wire of small enough dimension to exclude your target specie(s)
    • If excluding wildlife from under decks or sheds be sure to bury the mesh or metal sheeting and to have it angle back outwards
    • If excluding wildlife from attics be sure to provide sufficient overlap of the mesh that is in turn covered (with boards or metal sheeting) to prevent wildlife from gnawing underneath the cover.”

Gregg has also attended several local events such as the 100 Mile House Senior’s Resource Fair and the Williams Lake Stampede Street Party. At these events, she provides information on how to manage attractants for a variety of species, as well as how to prevent conflict while camping and recreating in wildlife areas.

By providing education to residents about attractant management through initiatives such as garbage tagging, WildSafeBC, in coordination with the Cariboo Regional District, hope to prevent human-wildlife conflict.

If you have any questions about our local wildlife and things you can do to create a WildSafe yard, or if you have an event at which you would like a WildSafeBC presentation, WildSafeBC and Amber Gregg’s contact information are below.

Wildlife BC Contact Information:

Poll: Developing A New Economy By 2020

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Poll: Developing A New Economy By 2020

Recent mill closures have left the South Cariboo community in a difficult position. The towns largest taxpayer and employer is shutting down and the ripple effect is enormous.

How do we recover? If you were to look ahead 5 years, what industries are going to be flourishing here? Will we be a ghost town? Or will we be the next tourism destination?

Take a moment to complete our short survey. Pick what industries deserve the most development and promotion. What industries will deliver the best results for our town?

Parkinson Superwalk 2019

Parkinson Superwalk 2019

Location: Centennial Park – 105 Evergreen Cres

Date:  Saturday, September 7th

Registration begins at 1:00pm, walk starts @ 1:30pm

Contact Philip for more info @ 250.395.3925

Self-guided Art Tour 2019 – Studio 2

South Cariboo Health Foundation Presents our Annual Fundraiser – Saturday Sept 7th from 10am to 3pm

Studio to Studio 2019 Self Guided Art Tour at the 108 Mile Ranch

25% from art sales plus all donations go to support the South Cariboo Health Foundation.

Art Tour details and map of artists’ homes available at Didi’s Boutique, Donex Pharmacy & Dept Store, Pharmasave, Save-On-Foods, 100 Mile Hospital Reception, local health clinics and various businesses around town.

Everyone Welcome – No ticket required!

For more information call 250-706-2101, or email southcariboohealth@gmail.com

Blast of Autumn: Evening of Painting with Bobbie Crane

100 Mile House Community Club presents – An Evening of Painting with Bobbie Crane – “Blast of Autumn”

Wednesday, September 4th from 6:00 – 10:00pm at the 100 Mile Community Hall

$45 per person which includes all supplies

There will be No host Wine available – Complimentary appies and dessert – This event is a fundraiser for the Community Hall – come enjoy a social evening to help your community gathering place and take home a beautiful painging on an 11 x 14 canvas

Pre registration and payment is required:

Elaine Saunders 250.706.8112 or Linda Jefferson 250.706.9662

Ghost Hunt at the 108 Heritage Site

Saturday, September 1st

Start time 8:00pm sharp, with registration beginning at 7:30pm

Charity fundraiser for 108 Historical Society $20.00 per person

Tickets purchased at the museum house the night of the Investigation  Max. 20 people per hunt (All participants must sign a waver before the event)

For more information call Dave at 250-945-4557 or Lona at 250-706-49027

ATV Raffle 2019 – Greeny Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Greeny Lake Volunteer Fire Department

ATV Raffle 2019

1st Prize

Yamaha JKodiak 450. EPS Fuel Injected, Racks, On-Command 4WD System, Beige with Camoflage, Winch, Power Steering

2nd Prize

Artic Cat Alterra 500cc. Red with Winch, Racks, Rapid Traction System

3rd Prize

South Cariboo Motor Sports Ltd Gift Certificate valued at $385.00

Draw Date: September 1, 2019 at 2:00pm.

All prizes will be awarded as drawn f.o.b. Greeny Lake Fire Hall.

Greeny Lake volunteer Fire Department

Box 67, Lac La Hache, B.C. V0K 1T0

Tel 250-396-7463

Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor to the minor’s parent, legal guardian or trustee. Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia.

Know your limit. Play within it! Only 1500 tickets Sold!

Price of ticket – $20.00

B.C. Gaming License#116133

Cariboo Garlic Festival

South Cariboo Garlic Festival is a celebration of all things garlic – vendors, entertainers as well as fun and games. Have your picture taken with Garlina , Fresh Garlic as well as Artisans and Live Entertainment all weekend long. Entertainment for the children include: Petting Zoo, Clown, Face Painting and Pony rides.

Times:
Saturday, August 24
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
&
Sunday, August 25
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location
Garlic Festival Grounds (3380 Hwy. 97)
Lac La Hache, BC

Admission
$5.00 adults (covers both days)
Children 12 years and under, FREE

Parking
FREE DAY PARKING – All Vehicles, including RVs
(Overnight parking is not allowed due to security reasons)

Pets
For the comfort and safety of all, the Garlic Festival strictly enforces a ‘NO PETS’ policy on the grounds.

EdgeFest 2019

Giving back to the community while having fun is how Lori-Lyn Graham describes the EdgeFest 2019 festival.  Lori-Lyn and Dave have schedules don’t allow them to attend or support many local events and after hearing about how there used to be a nearby music festival that had recently ended the idea of Edgefest was born. The first Edgefest was a bit of serendipity. It was planned as a 50th birthday party for her partner Dave. After not being able to find a place to have their party they decided to have it on their acreage in the 111 Mile Valley, playfully named “The Edge of Nowhere”. That was 13 years ago and they are still going and growing.

Two years ago, Dave was in a serious vehicle accident two weeks before the event. Then, two days before their dog was accidentally run over by a friend. Bothe Dave and their dog still have some issues from those accidents, but the show has always run with the help of family, friends and volunteers. In fact, Lori-Lyn points out that this is her favourite thing about hosting this event – seeing people, sometimes complete strangers, pitch in and work together. “We take care of each other wile having fun in a safe and peaceful setting, all the while raising money for some unsuspecting non-profit organizations and individuals.”

This enthusiastic and hard-working couple have gradually added amenities such as a stage and eight permanent outhouses. One has been dubbed “The Castle” and has been decorated accordingly. A couple of trailers to accommodate band members; an outdoor “kitchen” area where they have two refrigerators; a coffee machine perking away all weekend; two barbecues and, when permitted, a fire pit. This year they have set up a “kitchen” station, so folks have a way to wash their dishes.

Rustic camping is the theme. While they have a lot of space, they don’t have hook-ups. You can bring your tent, camper or RV and have plenty of space and friendly neighbours.

An adult only weekend, they encourage each person to bring a dish to share for the Saturday night potluck as well as a “breakfast by donation” on Sunday morning.  Breakfast includes potluck leftovers and eggs, sausage, and toast provided by local sponsors. Folks who can’t bring a dish to the potluck can contribute some money to the donation jar. That money will go towards the cause. Everyone is also responsible for their own beverages and food supplies during the day. 

Attendance varies each year, sometimes they get as many as 100 people. Some people have been attending for 13 years. One year a couple of friends traveling North America, having lost their homes to a volcano eruption in Hawaii, spotted the Edgefest poster and since they were wearing, “Life on the Edge” t-shirts, had to investigate. They ended up staying for a week and did a lot of work on the grounds. They haven’t been able to come return but keep in touch. The nice thing about having a smaller event is that long-time friendships are made, and, by the end of the weekend, attendees have become like family with everyone looking out for each other.

Conscientious of their neighbours, a bible camp, they try to end music by midnight.  Picking up trash on the roadway is a priority as they don’t want litter marring the reputation of their friendly get-together.

Each year they have donated proceeds from the event to local charities. The first year, Dave’s birthday party, they raised $50 and donated it to the Lac la Hache (LLH) Arena. Since then they have donated to: 100 Mile House Hospice Society, 100 Mile House SPCA, LLH Volunteer Fire Department’s (VFD) Christmas Hamper Fund (and still do annually), LLH PAC, Forest Grove VFD, and in 2017 helped out a single Mom and her family who suffered as a result of the forest fires.

Striving to use local bands, sponsors and food, they are determined to also support local causes. Even empty cans and bottles are donated to the LLH school/OAPO/rink. Leftover and freezable foods are donated to the LLH school lunch program and they try to get perishables to Loaves and Fishes.

Please don’t bring pets to this event. Because they have two dogs, they can’t allow other pets.

Music for the weekend includes a Friday night jam session, and rock bands “Space Waste” and “I’m Not Steve” playing on Saturday night.  Yard games and horseshoes will help entertain attendees during the day. Conversation and friendships are always welcome. If folks aren’t planning on camping can come out for the live music on Saturday night, usually show up after 6. If you plan to partake in potluck, Lori-Lyn suggests you come out a couple hours earlier. Otherwise most people arrive between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and get their campsite set up (no individual fires, pets or children please). They will have canned rock music playing when there isn’t a band or a jam. Coffee and water are available all weekend. Unless folks are in the band, they are expected to provide meals and beverages for themselves in addition to bringing a dish to share at the potluck. The stage will be set up with band gear on Friday.

Additionally, if looking for something to do during the day, folks are encouraged to attend the South Cariboo Garlic Festival at the Lac la Hache community grounds (3380 Highway 97) which is a short drive down the highway.

This coming weekend, August 24, 25 and 26th you’ll find a bit of camping, camaraderie, music and fun at this home-grown festival.