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Community Profile - Savona

Table of Contents





Community Overview

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Geographic Location

2

Climate

3

Trading Area

3

History

4

Economic Base

4

Important Economic Activities

4

Demographic Profile

6

Population Characteristics

6

Income Characteristics

6

Employment Characteristics

6

Construction and Housing Characteristics

7

The Business Community

8

Community Infrastructure

8

Transportation Infrastructure

8

Communications Infrastructure

9

Utilities

10

Taxation

10

Education

11

Community Services

11

Emergency Services

11

Court Services

11

Community Lifestyle

12

Parks

12

Annual Events

13

Community Groups

13

Churches

13

Key Contacts

14


Community Overview

Nestled on the west end of Kamloops Lake Savona is a thriving community with a rich history.


Originally located on the north side of Kamloops Lake, Savona was the drop off point for the BX stagecoach. Those passengers wishing to travel further east had to transfer at this point by steamboat to Kamloops. It was not until 1885 when the Canadian Pacific Railway came to the region that the present day location of Savona was established. Legend has it that some of its first buildings came from the original community location across the lake and were pulled across the lake on the ice in winter.
The low cost of living and peaceful lifestyle make Savona a relaxing and enjoyable place to live or visit. The desert area surrounding the community is historically used for ranching, and remains that way today. The community is conveniently located near three beautiful provincial parks, various picnic areas and a popular boat launch.
Areas of interest include Dead Man Valley west of town where one can view the Hoodoos and the Dead Man Falls. This is a scenic trip with several lakes, lava cliffs and waterfalls.
The rest stop to the east at the top of Savona Hill offers a spectacular view of Kamloops Lake. The Balancing Rock can be seen looking to the west from the lookout. This huge boulder sits on top of a huge clay hoodoo pillar that has been eroded by thousands of years of wind.
Savona fishing derby offers a great weekend in July and several thousands of dollars in prizes are offered.
There are many activities within a short drive and many lakes to explore.
Come and enjoy our community.

Geographic Location




Located 30 km west of Kamloops, along Highway 1 (The Trans Canada Highway) in the Thompson-Nicola Region, Savona is a picturesque community. Savona lies at an elevation of 343 metres above sea level and is an area of high plateaus dotted with sagebrush and some of North America's largest cattle ranches.



City

KM

Miles

Travel Time

Calgary

666

414

8

Edmonton

856

532

10 ½

Kamloops

45

28

½

Kelowna

220

136

2 ½

Prince George

485

301

6

Vancouver

373

232

4

Seattle

484

301

5


Climate




The climate in the summer is usually hot and dry, while in the winter, snow falls at higher elevations and mild temperatures prevail in the low lying areas. The Savona region has diverse vegetation ranging from semi-arid desert plateaus to lush river valleys.

Climate Statistics

Sunshine (hrs)

2047

July Mean

20.8

January Mean

-4.8

Rainfall (mm)

217.9

Snowfall (mm)

75.5

Source: Environment Canada, information recorded from nearest weather station in Kamloops.
Trading Area

Savona has a trading area that encompasses the communities of Cache Creek, Clinton and Kamloops.


Cache Creek
Cache Creek is situated at the junction of Trans Canada Highway #1 and Highway #97, approximately 40 kilometers west of Savona. Since the mid-1800’s, Cache Creek has been an important stop for travelers. Today visitors come to enjoy the scenery and participate in outdoor activities. Cache Creek’s economic base lies in tourism, forestry, and waste management. Cache Creek is a strong community with a positive attitude towards new industry and new residents. Strategically located at a major highway junction, combined with the readily available land, opportunities for investment are endless.
Clinton
The Village of Clinton, “The Guest Ranch Capital of Canada”, is located 90 kilometers north of Trans Canada Highway #1. As a midway point between Vancouver and Prince George, the community serves as a centre to both its residents and the traveling public. Clinton’s economy is driven mainly by forestry, although ranching and tourism are significant contributors.

Kamloops

Kamloops, located at the junction of the North and South Thompson Rivers, is approximately 45 kilometres east of Savona and is the largest city in the region. Kamloops has a population in excess of 80,000 and serves as a major service centre for the entire region.


Kamloops is a hub for transportation with both major railways passing through the city and several major highways passing through including Trans Canada Highway #1 and Yellowhead #5 Highway.
Kamloops has a diversified economy with a base that includes manufacturing, tourism, forestry, mining, agriculture and service sectors. The large employers in the area include Weyerhaeuser Canada, Highland Valley Copper Mine, Royal Inland Hospital, School District #73 and the University College of the Cariboo. Kamloops is also home to many regional and district government offices, agencies and crown corporations.



History

On the shores of beautiful Kamloops Lake, just 45 kilometres west of Kamloops, is the Gold Country community of Savona, named after Francois Savona who in 1859 established a ferry service across the Thompson River where it flows out of Kamloops Lake.


Between 1865 and 1885, Savona was the eastern terminus of the BX Stage Coach Line. In addition, it was the western terminus of two steamship lines that provided regular service to Kamloops and ports on the Shuswap Lakes.
The first steamboat ever built in the interior of British Columbia, the Martin, was launched in Savona. The steamship era came to an end when the track of the Canadian Pacific Railroad reached Savona from Port Moody in 1885.
Today this charming community invites you to discover the area's outdoor attractions, and relive the excitement and romance of the age of the gold mines.

Economic Base




Important Economic Activities


Agriculture
Agriculture is an important component of the local economy and has been since the establishment of pioneer settlements during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Agriculture in the region has traditionally been forage and livestock operations including beef, sheep, dairy, and horses. The large valley with the lake and river provide fertile soil and a ready water supply. The diverse climate of the region supports major crops like alfalfa, hay, most vegetables, and hard fruit along with specialty crops such as herbs, berries, and ginseng.

The agriculture industry is a major employer in Savona and the TNRD. Besides direct employment, a strong service industry including equipment, irrigation, and general supply firms, supports the agricultural sector.



Forestry

The Ainsworth Lumber Co. operation in Savona is one of the largest plywood plants in the world specializing in overlay products. The plant manufactures two primary products: medium density overlay (MDO) and high density overlay (HDO). The MDO is mostly sold in Canada, with some sales to Europe, the UK, the Pacific Rim and South America. The operations supplies about 70% of the Canadian market requirement for this panel with only one major competitor in North America located in the US.


The plants products have been used in some high profile projects, including the construction of PEI’s Confederation Bridge, the Montreal Forum and the Toronto Skydome. The company now has an active workforce of about 225 employees, a substantial increase from about 165 two years ago.

Natural Gas Pipelines
Duke Energy Inc. is one of the largest energy corporations in North America. Duke’s total buyout in 2002 of Canada’s largest natural gas pipeline company resulted in the company’s acquisition of the pipeline pumping station in Savona. Within a year the energy giant has totally refurbished the station, turning it from an outdated operation with pump engines larger than railway engines, into modern facility powered by silenced jet engines and controlled entirely with computers and other electronics.
Tourism
Not many communities have as much to offer in scenery as Savona. On driving down the hill into Savona from Cache Creek you can’t help but be impressed by the sudden change in scenery from dry sagebrush hills to the large sparkling lake bordered with Poplar and Ponderosa pine trees.
The steamships and paddlewheels of yesteryear have been replaced by ski boats, canoes, sea-doos, sail boats and fishing boats of all different sorts. Having only one public boat launch on the lake keeps the park at the main beach busy all summer long. Swimmers can enjoy the enclosed swimming area and the diving raft while picnicking under the shade of the trees.
Hiking in the area is very rewarding; with surrounding hills steep enough to be a challenge even to the seasoned hiker, but for the casual hiker there is always a place to climb or walk with no difficulty. The different views of the lake are the rewards, and on the north side there is often a glimpse of mountain sheep. During the winter months the large flock of the Whistling and Trumpeter swans are picturesque along the lakeshore.
Challenging rides on horseback, motorbikes and mountain bikes will take you through the beautiful countryside around Savona. The same areas take on a completely different look in the winter, with several of the small lakes freezing giving some great skating and family fun.
Just east of Savona we have the Kamloops lookout where you can enjoy the view of picturesque Kamloops Lake and look across to the “Painted Bluffs,” so named because of the variety of minerals such as copper, mercury, and cinnibar deposited in the exposed cliffs. If you walk from the viewpoint on Savona Hill for about three minutes you will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous “Balancing Rock” at Deadman’s Creek, which has defied gravity for hundreds of years.
The whole area is also becoming known for recreational fishing and in 1993, the world fly-fishing championships were held at Six Mile Lake.
Six Mile Ranch was recently purchased with plans to develop the property into a destination resort and gold course for an up-scale market. The project is describes as a large scale resort community comprised of a 27 hole golf course, approximately 970 units of housing, a theme village, a 100 berth marina, 3 hotels containing a maximum of 450 rooms, an equestrian centre and an agri-tourism ranch business on the shores of Kamloops Lake.
Savona is a leading community in the sector of tourism with so much to offer and so much to be discovered.


Demographic Profile


The following information is based on Statistics Canada’s 2001 Census, unless otherwise stated.

All Statistics Canada Stats are based on numbers provided by Statistics Canada for the Thompson-Nicola J Region

Population Characteristics

The community of Savona has a population of 640 residents, and is part of the Thomson-Nicola Regional Electoral District J, which has a population of just over 1,500 people. Savona is the major community in this electoral region and occupies over 40% of the total population.




Age Distribution

Age Group

Male

Female

Total

BC

0-14

135

135

265

706,065

15-24

65

65

135

514,340

25-44

210

205

410

1,174,775

45-64

240

235

475

979,455

65+

120

105

225

533,085

All Ages

760

745

1,510

3,907,740

Source: Statistics Canada
Income Characteristics

The average male income in this region is $36,099 and is above the BC average annual income of $31,544. The community and the electoral area have a slightly lower annual income, which makes Savona a business friendly community with low labour costs compared to the rest of BC.




Average Annual Income

Income

Male

Female

Community

BC

Average

36,099

18,722

27,648

$31,544

Source: Statistics Canada

Employment Characteristics

Savona is near the City of Kamloops and The University College of the Cariboo allowing for a skilled labour force to be obtained. This region has a comparable unemployment rate to the rest of BC at 8.5%.




Unemployment Rates

Rates

Male

Female

Total

BC

Unemployment

9.2%

12.5%

12.0%

8.5%

Participation

71.3%

57.1%

63.7%

65.2%

Source: Statistics Canada
Main Industries in the area are resource based dealing with agriculture and forestry for the most part. There has been major growth, and now the leading industry in the region is the business services sector. Like all of BC, tourism has become a leading industry and it is no different here in Savona making up a large portion of the total labour force in the area.


Labour Force By Industry

Industry

Community
BC

Total Experienced Labour Force

770

2,014,600

Agriculture and other resource-based industries

18%

5%

Manufacturing and construction industries

13%

16%

Wholesale and retail trade

16%

16%

Finance and real estate

3%

6%

Health and education

9%

17%

Business services

22%

20%

Other services

19%

21%

Source: Statistics Canada

Construction & Housing Characteristics

Housing in the region is very affordable compared to provincial average; with a value 40% less then the provincial average for a home. Renting in Savona is comparable to the rest of BC at a monthly payment of $742 compared to $751 provincially.




Dwelling Characteristics

Characteristics

Community

BC

Dwellings Owned

520

1,017,490

Avg. Major Payment

$599

$904

Dwellings Rented

85

512,365

Avg. Rent

$742

$751

Avg. Value of Dwelling

$148,035

$230,645

Source: Statistics Canada
Building in the area has increased over the past five years with 2003 having a total of 44 building permits issued, over half the permits were issued for residential construction alone.


Building Permit Activity




Residential

Commercial

Industrial

Remaining

Total

Year

#

Value($)

#

Value($)

#

Value($)

#

Value($)

#

Value($)

2003

24

2,712,000

2

103,000

0

-

18

262,000

44

3,077,000

2002

21

1,773,000

0

-

0

-

17

318,500

38

2,091,500

2001

9

1,073,000

1

2,000

0

-

14

115,000

24

1,190,000

2000

12

924,000

2

22,000

0

-

15

171,000

29

1,117,000

1999

10

1,078,000

0

-

0

-

21

592,000

31

1,670,000

Totals

76

7,560,000

5

127,000

0

-

85

1,458,500

166

9,145,500

Source: Thompson-Nicola Regional District (Based on Thompson-Nicola Region J)

DWELLINGS BY

The Business Community

The business community in Savona is small but accessible with over 30 businesses to serve the needs of the community. With the City of Kamloops only a 30 minute drive down the road it gives the community access to businesses that Savona is unable to offer.




Number of Businesses by Type

Categories

#

Categories

#

Apartments/Mobile/Trailer

2

Hair Stylist/Barber

1

Automotive

2

Heating/Plumbing

1

Bed & Breakfast

2

Motel/Hotel

2

Confectionary/Bakery/Deli

1

News/Advertising

1

Excavating

1

Retail

2

Logging

3

Service Stations

1

Trucking

4

Grocery Stores

2

Equipment Manufacturing

2

Post Office

1

Gas Fitting

1

Other

3



Community Infrastructure




Transportation Infrastructure


Major Highways
Savona is located along the Trans Canada Hwy #1, 45 kilometres west of Kamloops and 40 kilometres east of Cache Creek. Savona being the midpoint of these two communities gives Savona great access to the rest of British Columbia with these communities being at a crossroads of all major highways in BC.
Rail Services
The Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R) provides cargo service to and from Savona.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Canadian Pacific Railway Phone: 1-800-704-4000 Web: www.cpr.ca
Air Services
The closest scheduled air service is provided at the Kamloops Airport.
The Kamloops Airport accommodates three scheduled airline companies that provide flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Prince George. There is an average of more than 75 scheduled flights in and out of the airport every week. The runway and the navigation system allow for the landing of modern commercial jets and turbo-prop aircraft.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kamloops Airport Phone: (250) 376-3613
Bus Services
Bus services are available in Savona.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Greyhound Bus Lines Phone: (250) 373--2541 Web: www.greyhound.ca
Communications Infrastructure


Newspaper
The community of Savona has its own newspaper for its citizens; “Savona News” is distributed quarterly to give the residents a brief look at their community. The newspaper is run and operated by volunteers of the community.
Radio
• CBC - 860 A.M. • B 100 - 101.3 F.M.

• CIFM - 98.3 F.M. • The River - 97.5 F.M.


Television
Off-Air:

CFJC (CBC affiliate) channel 04

BCTV channel 06

Cable:

40 channels are currently available in Savona.


Telephone Services
TELUS provides telephone services to Savona and area via one exchange: 373
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
TELUS Phone: (250) 372-4264 Web: www.telus.com

Toll Free: 1-888-811-2323


Internet Services
In Savona, residents have dial service with 56K access or cable access via Copper Valley Cable.

Utilities


Natural Gas
Natural Gas is available in Savona.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Terasen Phone: 1-888-224-2710 Web: www.terasen.com
Propane
Propane can be purchased in bulk in Savona from a number of suppliers.
Electricity
The area is serviced by BC Hydro’s provincial grid system.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BC Hydro Phone: 1-800-BCHYDRO (224-9376)

Web: www.bchydro.bc.ca


Sewage System
Septic tanks are utilized for sewage disposal.

Taxation

Taxes are not collected locally. The Provincial Surveyor of Taxes is responsible for collecting school, provincial and local taxes. The following table shows tax rates over the past five years for electoral area J – Thompson-Nicola Regional District.




Tax Rates




2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Residential

1.6074

1.6039

1.5905

1.3146

1.1075

Utilities

5.6259

5.6137

5.5668

4.6011

3.8763

Light Industry

5.4652

5.4533

5.4077

4.4696

3.7655

Business/Other

3.9381

3.9296

3.867

3.2208

2.7134

Recreation/Non-Profit

1.6074

1.6039

1.5905

1.3146

1.1075

Farm

1.6074

1.6039

1.5905

1.3146

1.1075

Source: Ministry of Provincial Revenue – Property Taxation Branch


Education

School District No.73 currently enrolls 16,467 students while the school in Savona currently has a student body of 84.


Primary:
• Savona Elementary School Phone: (250) 373-2520
Secondary:
• Secondary Schools are Available in the City of Kamloops for Savona students accessed by school bus.
Post-Secondary:
There are a number of post-secondary and continuing education opportunities available in Kamloops, including:
• The University College of the Cariboo Phone: (250) 828-5000

Web: www.cariboo.bc.ca


• Secwepemc Education Institute Phone: (250) 828-9779
•Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Phone: (250) 378-3300

Fax: (250) 378-3332



Community Services




Emergency Services


9-1-1 is now the emergency telephone number for all residents of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. You can reach Police and Fire Departments as well as Ambulance Service by dialing 9-1-1.
Savona also has a Volunteer Fire Department to serve the community
• Savona Volunteer Fire Department Phone: (250) 373-2257

Court Services

Supreme and Provincial Court Services are available in Kamloops.



Supreme:

• Court of Appeals • Divorce • Adoptions

• Adult Criminal • Small Claims • Probate
Provincial:

• Criminal Youth • Small Claims

• Traffic • Family Court
The courthouse also provides settlement conferences and masters chambers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kamloops Court House Phone: (250) 828-4344



Community Lifestyle

Parks


Steelhead Provincial Park:
A Convenient overnight camping and picnicking spot for travelers in Hwy #1, this is also a popular destination camp for visitors enjoying boating and fishing on Kamloops Lake, at the head of the Thompson River. The park offers 240 meters of beach on the lake and 1,000 meters of frontage along the river.
Mount Savona Provincial Park:
The park was created as a result of recommendations made in Kamloops Land and Resources Management plan. Visitors can enjoy hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing and hunting. Scenic and cultural heritage appreciation is also popular. The summit of Mount Savona – accessible by 4-whell drive – affords excellent views of the dry Thompson River Valley and Kamloops Lake.
Tunkwa Provincial Park:
Tunkwa Provincial Park contains two large, man-make trout-fishing lakes, Tunkwa and Leighton, with campgrounds located on both lakes. Tunkwa is listed in the top 10 provincial rainbow trout fisheries. This park protects mid elevation grasslands, forests, lakes and wetlands including bogs and ponds. This is a year-round recreation area, noted for camping, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Juniper Beach Provincial Park:
The park protects a representative desert landscape that contains sagebrush, prickly pear cactus and or course, juniper. Part of the landscape includes deep post-glacial deposits and large scale erosion features. It is a convenient overnight camping spot for travelers on Hwy #1 and provides access to the Thompson River. Both CNR and CPR railways run by the park and provide an attraction of train-buffs. This park is also a popular base camp for visitors enjoying boating, fishing, photography and touring historic Hat Creek Ranch and Ashcroft manor, both nearby.
See www.gov.bc.ca/bcparks.com for more information on all of the above parks.

Annual Events


Savona Fishing Derby:
The Savona Lions Club hosts the Annual Savona Fishing Derby, which competes on Kamloops Lake in early July. The derby is known for its large trout, and the prizes it gives away, which makes it very popular event for the community of Savona. A concession is available from early morning breakfast throughout the day and entertainment at the Park in the evening. Rules and regulations are available at the weigh-in-station on the day of the Fishing Derby. Savona invites all the public to join this annual community event.

Community Groups

• Savona Ceramics Club • Western Wranglers 4H Beef Club

• Savona Carpet Bowling • Savona Volunteer Fire Department

• Savona Girl Guides/Pathfinders • Savona First Aid

• Savona Community Association • Savona Food Bank

• Savona Garden Club • Savona Old Age Pensioners

• Savona Heritage Club • T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

• Savona Lions Club • Tunkwa Lake Livestock Association



Churches

• St. Hilda’s Anglican Church




3Key Contacts



Community Futures Development Corporation of Sun Country

310 Railway Ave.

P.O. Box 1480

Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0

Tel: (250) 453-9165 • Toll Free: 1-800-567-9911 • Fax: (250) 453-9500

Web: www.cfdcsuncountry.bc.ca

E-mail: vision@cfdcsuncountry.bc.ca
Thompson-Nicola Regional District

300-465 Victoria Street

Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2A9

Tel: (250) 377-8673 • Fax: (250) 372-5048

Web: www.tnrd.bc.ca
Venture Kamloops

#2- 510 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC V2C 1W3

Tel: (250) 828-6818 • Toll Free: 1-888-Kamloops (526-5667) • Fax: (250) 828-7184

Web: www.venturekamloops.com

Email: info@venturekamloops.com


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