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The Province of British Columbia launched the Resort Municipality Initiative to help develop greener, healthier, more sustainable resort municipalities that attract more visitors to British Columbia’s resort communities, and entice them to stay longer.


The program recognizes resort-oriented communities’ unique needs in providing high quality visitor services, infrastructure and amenities. Through the program, an estimated $10 million is being transferred to eligible British Columbia communities each year, generated from a portion of the provincial hotel tax, to invest in projects that advance their local tourism economies. Along with the collaborative efforts of communities and businesses, this program is helping British Columbia reach its goal of doubling B.C. tourism by 2015.


There are 14 Resort Municipalities in the province:  Whistler, Tofino, Ucluelet, Harrison Hot Springs, Osoyoos, Valemount, Sun Peaks, Rossland, Kimberley, Fernie, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Golden, and Revelstoke.  Simply put, they have this status because they have:
  • a very high ratio of tourism accommodation units relative to population
  • functional destination marketing organizations funded by the Additional Hotel Room Tax, and
  • Resort Development Strategies with community input and approved by the Province.

Golden signed its first Resort Development Strategy with the Province in 2007 to deliver upon several targeted projects.  The 2011 Annual Report provides both an annual and five-year summary of the accomplishments.

In 2019, the Town of Golden signed a new strategy with the Province with a new set of targets.

The projects outlined in the first and subsequent strategies are idealized by a local advisory committee composed of administrators of tourism invested organizations in the community.  Receiving approximately $500,000 per year for implementation of the projects, RMI is funded entirely by the Province, and not subject to taxation of local residents.

RMI has been a great success in Golden, continuing to build a legacy of tourism amenities that logically complement the tourism economy while also adding to the identity of the community and the quality of life of residents.

The following is a short summary of the many great projects throughout the community that have been made possible by the RMI program:

  • 2007: Community Square planning, mosaics and temporary entrance sign.
  • 2008-2009: Campground hub completed, sign strategy completed, Edelweiss pedestrian bridge completed.
  • 2010: Community signs emerge, new banners up, community bikes project introduced.
  • 2011: More community signs up, tent added to Spirit Square, CPR Bridge cleaned, green gym installed, west bench trails completed, Civic Centre rebirth.
  • 2012: Community signs continue, roundabout completed, Tourism Golden surveys completed, community Wi-Fi in hotspots established, tourist shuttle study, snowmobile trail maintenance, Nordic Centre completion.
  • 2013: Planning for community square amenity hub, Tourism Golden surveys, snowmobile trail maintenance.
  • 2014: Mountain bike trail signs installed on the West Bench, pedestrian path from overpass to Highway 95 begins, snowmobile trail maintenance.
  • 2015-2017: Largest RMI project to date, Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement completed.
  • 2015: Interpretive kiosk implemented, community square seating planning, Selkirk connector planning, snowmobile trail grooming.
  • 2016: Selkirk connector trail roughed-in, snowmobile trail grooming.
  • 2017: Completion of paved trail along Highway 1, new community entrance sign, Selkirk connector built, windstorm salvage, new visitor centre built, pedestrian bridge repaired.
  • 2018: Completion of Selkirk connector trail, snowmobile trail maintenance, mountain bike network maintenance.