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An inside look at life in the Site C work camp

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This is part two in a three-part Global BC series examining the Site C dam. Read part one here and read part two here.

Imagine a remote job site where the steak dinners are unlimited and the bed is made for you. It does exist — in northeastern B.C.

The work camp at the Site C dam near Fort St. John offers cruise ship-style amenities to the more than 1,300 people currently staying there.

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It has a coffee shop, a lounge with craft beer, a theatre, gyms and personal trainers, tanning and hair salons and a kitchen that never stops.

“As long as you come up one at a time, you can absolutely have six steaks. There are a lot of big guys here who like to eat,” said executive chef Robert Varga.

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PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at the Site C work camp

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The bedrooms at the camp look much like a hotel room. Jordan Armstrong
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Cafeteria facilities at the Site C camp. Jordan Armstrong
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Gym facilities at the Site C camp. Jordan Armstrong
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Outside the Site C work camp. Jordan Armstrong
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Chefs at the work camp must prepare food for more than 1,300 hungry workers. Jordan Armstrong

Everyone gets their own bedroom and washroom — perks that used to be unheard of in work camps.

“Just the comfort of some of the appointments in the room are a lot nicer than a lot of the other facilities on the market. That’s purposefully done from an aspect of worker attraction and retention,” said facilities manager Brian Hussain.

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The meals and most of the amenities are free, but a few, like the tanning salon, are pay-per-use.

The wages at Site C are good. Heavy equipment operators earn between $35 and $45 an hour.

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“I love my job. If you’re wanting to get money fast and work towards a career goal, I think this is the way to do it,” said Malia Salvas, a rock truck driver from Vernon.

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“For me, I travel. If I want to take off some time in the winter and put that money towards travelling, I’m happy.”

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The budget to build, operate and dismantle the work camp over nine years is nearly half a billion dollars.

It will be torn down after dam completion in 2024.

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