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COVID-19 Update – May 12, 2020

(There’s useful information in our first update from April. Check it out, too.)

Before any of this started, we’d planned to open on May 9th for the season–not only did that not happen, but we’re still not sure when we might be opening this year; there’s still too much unknown about the sorts of restrictions and adaptations that will be required by our Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Fortunately, after 143 years, we know the spectacular heritage of this place isn’t going anywhere and we are finding ways to manage through this challenging time.

We’ve now cancelled all concerts, weddings, in-person workshops, dinners and more that we had planned for this summer. If you’ve already made a paid reservation or paid an event deposit, please get in touch so that we can sort out reimbursement.

These unique challenges have required us to be creative and so we’ve launched a new-and-improved Pantry Share program (with delivery to your door!), we’re offering daily “Virtual Field Trips” on Facebook Live and YouTube. Our Online Store is filled with all sorts of new products as well, and if you live in the Okanagan, Similkameen or Lower Mainland we can deliver them to your door!

One of the most straightforward ways you can help support us through these challenging times is to buy a Season Pass to the site right away. (And one for your friends, of course.) If we’re open for less than 75 days this year, your Season Pass will automatically be extended to the 2021 season. But in the meantime, that money will make a real difference for us.

As things change, we’ll be sharing more information regarding our plan for the season and how we hope to take care of ourselves, our site, our employees, our vendors and our community. You can always follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates.

Ultimately, we’re all in this together, even if we’re apart.

We ❤️ you. (Go wash your hands.)

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