KELOWNA – A chainsaw attack has carved up the planned opening this weekend of a new tourist attraction near Kelowna.
Someone put deep cuts into three main support trees for the challenge rope course at the Myra Canyon Adventure Park.
The vandalism delays the opening of the park by about three weeks during peak tourist season.
The trees will have to be replaced with poles with the owner estimating the repair bill and revenue losses will be at least $70,000.
“We have to take down everything which is complicated. Put in the poles and reconnect everything. It’s more or less a redesign of the course. It’s not just one tree, it’s the complete line,” says Rolf von Andrian.
He suspects a neighbour who opposes the new facility, citing increased traffic and fire risks, may be responsible.
“He tries to fight me all the time but I have no proof so I can’t say anything.”
von Andrian has filed a complaint with police and says security cameras will now be set up around the 20 acre site.