Visitor Information Centre Opens for 2015

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RIBBON CUTTING – (Left to Right) Brenda Krawec, a member at large on the Tourism and Economic Development Committee, Roger Morrill, Mayor of the Town of Athabasca, Warren Griffin, Chair of Athabasca County’s Tourism and Economic Development Committee, Todd Dutchak, President of the Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce and Jack Dowhaluk, Councilor for Division 6, Athabasca County, officially open the Athabasca Visitor Information Centre (VIC) for the 2015 season.

Those who visit the Athabasca region will have a resource to find out about events, amenities and the history of the region. The Athabasca Visitor Information Centre (VIC) officially opened for the 2015 season on Friday, May 15th.

Located in the historic Athabasca Train Station, the operation of the VIC has over the last number of years been made possible through a partnership between the County and Town.

Councillor Warren Griffin,  Chair of the Athabasca County Tourism and Economic Development Committee, brought greetings to those in attendance for the opening. Thankful for the partnership between the two municipalities, he hopes it is something that will continue into the future with a new third partner.

“We welcome the Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce to the VIC for the first time this year,” he said. “This is part of a new partnership to share Administrative staff and it is my belief we will all benefit from this change.”

The event was also attended by members of the Athabasca Heritage Society who have put in place a rail history room adjacent to the VIC for visitors to experience when they check in. It is part of a bigger project to restore the train station to its former glory.

“Our region has a rich history and the ability to share it with visitors is very important. The rail history room, and this train station, both put together by the Heritage Society, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past,” Griffin remarked. “Thank you for your ongoing work to make this possible.”

The VIC will operate from 9 am to 4:30 pm two days a week (Thursday and Friday) from May 15 to June 26, 2015. Beginning June 30, the Visitor Information Centre will be open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, as well as Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. For more about hours of operation and what the VIC offers, check out the Visit Athabasca Region website.