I am all for a hotel in Gibsons. I am just against this particular kind of hotel and mentality. We live in certainly one of the most spectacular and beautiful spots on the planet. The proposed hotel should reflect this and draw a world-class crowd to its stage.
I don’t mean grandeur in the gaudy sense. I mean simply and beautifully and sensitively designed.
It shouldn’t overtake the Town and be seen from miles away as one arrives on the ferry. No more than two storeys high with maybe a roof restaurant that looks over the harbour. A glass elevator on the outside of the building could take people up and down. Perhaps a swimming pool in front covered in a modern style atrium so it could be used summer and winter. A place on the water to dock boats and a beautiful boardwalk leading to the hotel.
Many thousands of people own boats. This could be a destination for people of taste and a healthy pocket book who want a really cool getaway.
Gibsons needs an uplift while maintaining a small, fishing village façade to support up-to-date shops and crafts and wilderness adventures that allow all businesses to prosper.
Using the impressive wood that comes from the land around us and glass, a savvy architect is capable of designing a structure to utilize this property in a unique way. So many places you travel today look like carbon copies of each other. Let’s not join that club, but let’s travel the higher road.
Mary Jean Brown, Gibsons