City of Kimberley Completes Sale of Kimberley Riverside Campground to Northstar Group of Companies
The Kimberley Riverside Campground has officially changed hands after completion of the sale on Friday, June 12th. Following a competitive process, the Northstar Group of Companies was the successful purchaser, with a commitment to expansion and upgrading of the campground. In addition to the Kimberley Riverside Campground, Northstar Group of Companies owns/manages Northstar Mountain Village, Mountain Spirit Resort, Kimberley Vacations, Kimberley Lodging Co. and Realty Executives Kootenay and they have a proven track record in Kimberley’s hospitality industry.
New owner, Pat Elynuik of Northstar Group, says they look forward to continuing to support tourism in Kimberley. “Kimberley Riverside Campground provides a hospitality experience that is very important to the community and is a key factor towards sustainable tourism growth in Kimberley. Our Northstar Group is honored to be given the opportunity to be part of a trusted brand and loyal customer base that has been built over the past 20 years,” said Elynuik. “Our team, led by Jesse Ferguson, is committed to providing our guests with an unsurpassed Kimberley experience, supporting local business, providing employment opportunities for local residents and continuing to make residents of Kimberley proud of their beautiful community.”
Elynuik also expressed thanks to all those previously involved in the campground, “A special thanks to the City of Kimberley, Kimberley Community Development Society (KCDS), and the campground management team, led by Leanna Winter, for their years of dedication towards building an outstanding tourism product. We look forward to working with Leanna and her team to expand Riverside and add new experiences that will continue the Riverside legacy.”
The City of Kimberley also wishes to thank the KCDS for many years of exceptional campground management. The dedicated staff of the campground will remain, ensuring a seamless transition to the new owners and continuation of outstanding service for campers.
City Council decided to sell the campground in late 2019 in an effort to focus on core services and infrastructure renewal. Three million dollars in proceeds will replenish infrastructure reserves and enable the City to leverage grant opportunities. Negotiations on the sale of Bootleg Gap Golf Course are on-going.