SOUTH SURREY — Following last month’s state-of-the-city address by Mayor Linda Hepner revealing her desire to fast-track a water park resort in South Surrey, Great Wolf Lodge vice-president Keith Simmonds confirms the company is considering the area as a possible location.
“Our company sees a strong potential for a water park resort in British Columbia,” Simmonds told Black Press Tuesday in a phone interview from the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ont.
“We’ve been looking at potential locations for a while. We have nothing secured or finalized at this point of time.”
Minimal details of the water park were unveiled through Hepner’s May 18 announcement of a 10-year economic growth strategy. She said a $150-million, 400-room hotel and water park resort would have “transformative potential” for the community and is a priority for her.
She said only that the idea came from Jim Pattison Development Group.
JPDG purchased exclusive franchise rights to the Great Wolf Lodge brand in Canada in 2004. Currently, there’s only one Great Wolf Lodge in the country.
Discussions about Great Wolf Lodge coming to B.C. can be traced back to 2015. At that time, the Squamish Chief newspaper reported that JPDG had purchased a two-acre parcel of land in Squamish for a hotel, but required more land for the resort.
Surrey communications manager Oliver Lum told Black Press this week that the city is not prepared to release the specific location in South Surrey that’s being considered, or any further details on the project.