The new bathrooms have in-floor heating and include a water bottle filling station and water fountain on the outside. /LAURA KEIL

Centennial Park in Valemount got a special 16-ton delivery last week—a new set of self-cleaning washrooms that will be open year-round. Valemount Economic Development Officer Silvio Gislimberti was on site for the installation by crane. The $386,984 bathrooms—paid for with grants—spent a week on the road travelling from Quebec, manufactured by Urben Blu. Gislimberti said the bathrooms can withstand cold down to -40C. It’s a huge upgrade from the existing summer-only bathrooms, that were not heated or self-cleaning. “It’s the business card to the community,” Gislimberti said. Unfortunately, the Village is still waiting on BC Hydro to hook-up the power. The Village says the bathrooms won’t be open until the spring once power is connected and wheelchair ramps and landscaping is completed. Andrew Hoodless of RecTec Industries, Urben Blu’s B.C. partner, was on site for the install and said this is B.C.’s first installation of self-cleaning washrooms by Urben Blu. Hoodless says RecTec normally installs playgrounds and spray parks, and said he’d welcome the opportunity to come back to install one of those. /LAURA KEIL