Lumby council puts the deep freeze on winter camping

Council voted Monday not to allow camping at the Lions Campground between November and April.

The Village of Lumby will now allow winter cam

Anyone wanting to camp in Lumby this winter has been left out in the cold.

Council voted Monday not to allow camping at the Lions Campground between November and April.

“There are no lights, running water or septic,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“Because of safety reasons, you must have those basic necessities.”

The Lions lease the land from the village and the lease agreement does not allow for camping during the winter months.

Lions members accepted seven RV units for the winter, saying there was strong interest for the service.

“All have been advised that services are limited to electricity. No water, washroom facilities or snow removal would be available,” said Keith Milne, club treasurer, in a letter.

“We have provided for all to use a porta-pottie transporter which enables them to empty their holding tanks into the existing year-round sani station.”

Milne added that the seven campers would provide $2,000 per month in income, which would be distributed back to the community.

Village staff recommended to council that winter camping not be allowed after concerns were expressed by the fire department, public works and the RCMP.

In the case of the RCMP, the agency pointed out that Vernon has shut down homeless camps and displaced people could arrive in Lumby.

“The village will see an increase in property crime and illicit drug use/abuse if this happens. This has the potential to overburden current police/bylaw resources and available social services,” states a report.

The village will work with the seven campers to ensure they have places to go.

“We won’t just throw somebody out on the street,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

Coun. Julie Pilon admits council struggled with the issue.

“It wasn’t easy for any of us,” she said, adding, though, that the village must consider safety and liability.

Mindnich insists council isn’t opposed to winter camping in the future if planning occurs.

“If they can supply a caretaker and onsite water and sewer, it may be a great idea. People are not going south and they are living in their fifth-wheels,” she said.














Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon basketball product’s college career ends in loss

Michael Rouault scores 23 points for TRU but team falls; sister’s squad also eliminated

Vernon Vipers entertain Merritt in Monday afternoon tilt

Vipers sit in fourth place in BCHL Interior Division, three points behind Wenatchee

Vernon Winter Carnival 60s theme a hit with residents

Milestone 60th anniversary Carnival wrapped up Sunday

North Okanagan delegates off to BC Winter Games

Athletes, coaches and officials making the long trek north

Top senior curlers converge on Vernon

Vernon Curling Club hosts B.C. Senior Men’s and Women’s finals, starting Tuesday.

Kelowna’s Family YMCA opens doors on Family Day

The entire day was free for the community

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Kelowna RCMP arrest alleged impaired driver

The driver is facing potential charges after power pole collision

South Okanagan mountain bore racist name for a half century

Nkawala Mountain was initially named in connection with the deaths of two black men.

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Most Read