A new hostel is being planned for Jasper, Canada:
Now that the Canadian Hostelling Association has made the administrative modifications needed to finance construction, Jasper could see a new hostel in its townsite by 2013.
A special general meeting was held two weeks ago by the members of the northern Alberta district in which they merged with the Pacific-mountain region, which operates youth hostels in British Columbia and southern Alberta.
The $5-$6 million project was presented to the public in 2004, as a result of a Parks Canada plan to decommission the Whistler’s Hostel building. More steps have to be taken before the project can be officially approved; a piece of land has been made available, adjacent to the lumber yard on Sleepy Hollow Road, but no permits have been issued.
“Conceptually, we have an agreement that the hostel will be in town, but the building has not been approved, and the approval of the building requires a development permit and building permit and we are nowhere near that stage yet,” said Barry Romanco, Manager of Realty and Municipal Services for Parks Canada.
The new hostel would have 120 beds, and some of them will be available for a transient working population, in search of a job as well as a place to call home.
“We are absolutely elated, it couldn’t come soon enough,” said Jack Davies, Jasper’s general manager of operations for the northern Alberta division of Hostelling International.
New jobs will also be created for the new hostel and economical impacts for townsite businesses will be seen.
“It is going to create three new full-time positions and we are not planning to have any food and beverages outlets,” Davies added, in thinking that the local businesses around town will have their piece of the commercial pie as well.
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