Amenity Migration: the movement of people for pleasure rather than economic reasons.
There’s hardly a more obvious example of the phenomenon than the growth that has completely changed the face of Whistler and Canmore over the past two decades.
And there’s hardly a more suitable venue at which to host a conference examining the trend than the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture.
And running May 15 thru 19, the Banff Centre will host a conference
Understanding and Managing
Amenity-Led Migration in Mountain Regions. Participants will explore the
current state of knowledge about amenity migration and share existing and
proposed ideas for planning and management of such communities, with an aim
toward drafting guidelines that will help mountain communities to manage the
changes that come with amenity-led migration.
About 70 researchers,
land managers, community administrators and political representatives are
scheduled to participate in the event, sharing their expertise and suggestions
for solutions to the challenges faced by communities that attract full and part
time residents primarily for the beauty of the surrounding natural landscapes
and quality and quantity of recreational opportunities.
“It’s a very relevant
and timely topic locally, regionally and internationally that will only grow in
the future,” said conference coordinator Amy Krause.
While a forum
exploring the phenomenon that took place in Ketchum, Idaho in February was designed
for the benefit of planners and politicians, the Banff Centre conference, the
latest in its Mountain Communities Conferences series, will be the first such
event devoted solely to the phenomenon of amenity migration as a whole, with
presentations examining such elements as second homes, retirement homes,
tourism and driving forces, as well as strategic tools, methods and planning in
response to amenity migration.
Results from the
conference will be published and available in the conference proceedings, and
some steering committee members have expressed interest in creating a handbook
that could be referred to in the long term by managers and planners.
The conference will feature seven plenary speakers from near and far, including Idaho, Alaska and Switzerland, as well as panel discussions examining topics such as affordable housing delivery in areas of high-value landscape such as England’s Lake District, managing amenity migration in Golden, B.C., and affinity to place, serious leisure and community resilience in amenity communities.
Among the case studies being presented are one by Smithers, B.C. town councillor Jo Ann Groves, which examines how Smithers might benefit from large-scale industrial development projects as well as possible ski hill expansion plans, while retaining its small town character and the many amenities that attract people to Smithers as a community of choice.
speakers include Dr. Lawrence Moss, a member of the board for the Canmore based
Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship who has spent the past 15 years
targeting cultural and environmentally sustainable issues in mountain regions,
and who, with his wife, Dr. Romella S. Glorioso, an environmental change
analyst and planner, established the International Amenity Migration Centre in
Other speakers include
Dennis Glick, director of the Northern Rockies Office of the Sonoran Institute
and Linda Kruger,
research social scientist with the United States
Forest Service’s Alaska Communities and Forest Environments Team in Juneau,
Alaska. Another paper being presented is the work of
Albertan Dr. Raymond Chipeniuk who has published numerous peer-reviewed
articles and book chapters on his research in regional, resource and park
planning and planning for amenity migration.
To learn more, visit www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/mtnconferences/am