Meet Caretaker Barb Bell
Barb has been the caretaker at Peace Island Park since 2008. She loves her job and the people she works with. Barb says the District of Taylor’s Facility Coordinator, Troy Gould, is wonderful to work with and her Office Manager, Janet Eisler, is Barb’s “right arm” and very helpful. Barb’s brother is the main mechanic and mower for the facility. She employs about twelve people to work in Peace Island Park. “I like watching the students here and seeing them grow socially,” she said, “that’s been very rewarding.” Barb genuinely enjoys her work, being outdoors and seeing the wildlife in the park. Barb is proud of the ongoing beautification. Her job is social and she likes meeting the guests and providing excellent visitor services. “It’s a wonderful satisfying feeling to make people happy,” Barb knows many of the local people and these friendships make running the park that much easier. “We’ve known each other for years,” she said, “there is a real family atmosphere here and I’ve watched the children in this community grow.”
Barb likes to paint and carve when she isn’t busy with her work. She loves being in nature and appreciates that Taylor has a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Barb believes that Taylor is going to grow. “But I don’t think Taylor will ever change its dynamic,” she said, “It will always have this serenity and have its small town feel.”
Relaxing. Beautiful. Fun.
Peace Island Park is a large campground with an impressive and scenic riverside location. The site spans 3.5 kilometres along the Peace River and is just off of the Alaska Highway. The park has numerous powered, non-powered and full-service sites and during large events can accommodate more than 1,000 camping units. At Peace Island Park campers and visitors will find nature trails, picnic areas and ample green space for playing or relaxing. The park also has a popular boat launch, a children’s playground and during the winter, a variety of cross country ski trails.
The Rocky Mountain Fort General Store as well as the Rocky Mountain Fort Museum are located in Peace Island Park. The park hosts a number of events including CanolaFest, the famous Worlds Invitational Gold Panning Championships, annual World Jet Boat Championships, Sand Sensations BC, weddings, anniversaries, and more events. At Peace Island Park, guests will feel rested and rejuvenated. The park has a five star accommodation rating and is praised for its ample room, plenty of green space and riverside location.
Peace Island Park is an amazing community asset for the residents of Taylor and for the visitors to their community. The land is owned by BC Hydro and leased by the District of Taylor. The District hires a contractor to manage the campground and host events in the park throughout the year.
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