The Terrace Kinsmen”s Kin Kamp came crashing down early this morning as a demolition crew began to remove the buildings to make way for new ones after 50-some years.
An excavator began pulling down the buildings and filling a dump truck with the pieces.
Salvagers had been out at the site for a week taking all the wood that could be reused and spent some time removing some vinyl siding today.
The property was originally acquired from the provincial government via a lengthy lease by the Prince Rupert Kinsmen club in the late 1940s.
In return for the lease, the club made a commitment to use the property as a children’s camp.
The site has hosted a variety of events including the Kinsmen annual Kermode Bear Swim that kicks off the New Year with anyone who wants to brave the cold jumping in the lake under watchful eyes of the search and rescue water rescue team and paramedics, weddings, family reunions and a variety of other events.
Kinsmen say the new camp will have a number of stand-along cabins, a concrete washroom building with a utility room attached and a cookhouse.