Members of the McLean Mill board of directors are beaming with pride, after being credited with helping bring cruise ships back to Port Alberni.
Cruise Ship agents have said the Steam Train ride to McLean Mill is one of their highest rated excursions on their Alaskan run, and a reason why they want to bring their passengers here.
McLean Mill executive director Deanna Beaudoin says the confidence of the cruise ship industry is a major victory for the Alberni Valley
Beaudoin says when cruise ships come to Nanaimo or Port Alberni, they rent the entire site for their passengers, and bringing more ships to the region means sustainable tourism funds that goes towards polishing the product and mill assets.
She said they are working to repair the trestles that would allow their big Steam Train to get back on track, but could not give any timelines on bringing the Steam Mill back to life
Earlier this week the city agreed to release $126,000 to the McLean Mill Society, prior to the municipal budget being approved, so track repairs can begin as soon as possible.
The board also earns increased negotiating power with governments and funding agencies after being credited for helping bring cruise ship tourism back to Port Alberni.