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The Bar-F ranch land east of Hinton, British Columbia, Canada will soon give way to a new, 103-site Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) facility complete with a sheltered kitchen area, five cabins, and an area history museum.
Owner Jim Brown expects more than 20,000 visitors a year at his campground and estimates that 20% to 25% of his guests will be American RV tourists, most of them stopping for a few days on their way to Alaska.
All this follows a five-year period during which Brown wrangled with the courts and Yellowhead County officials to get all of the proper permits in place for a park that not everyone in the area wanted. In fact, the Seabolt Watershed Association last year appealed to the provincial court to overturn the decision by Yellowhead County to allow the development to proceed, claiming the campground would be unsightly and cause traffic and water pollution problems.