Raven’s Nest Resort and Campground, Columbia Valley, B.C.’s newest addition to resort camping, has finished building eight cabins, adding to the resort’s 26 campsites and lone tipi site, according to The Columbia Valley Pioneer.
Raven’s Nest was opened mid-summer 2019 by Faro Raven Burgoyne, a member of the Akisqnuk First Nation, and his girlfriend Emily Slobodzian, both in their late twenties. Since he was in high school, Burgoyne had dreams of one day opening his own campground. That dream became a reality after Burgoyne realized the demand from visiting Albertans (the resort’s target market) was significant enough to take the risk and make an investment.
The resort, which is entirely off-grid thanks to 16 solar panels and batteries, received financing help from Community Futures East Kootenay, as well as marketing and business development support from organizations like Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency.
Their first full season took place during the heart of the pandemic. Difficult timing to say the least for a new tourism business. Despite the challenge, Burgoyne and Slobodzian persevered and won the Tourism Business of the Year award from the All Nations Trust Company.
Construction on the cabins began in June 2020. Slobodzian attended to admin work throughout the winter months, while Burgoyne earned additional money working ski patrol at Fairmont’s ski hill.