Golden’s Swiss Village Foundation raises crowdfunding to save property – Smithers Interior News

The Swiss Edelweiss Village Foundation, the institution behind efforts to save the historic Swiss village on the outskirts of Golden, secured the property and launched a crowdfunding campaign today (April 13).

Crowdfunding will help to formally purchase the property to preserve it.

The deadline for finding financing has been set for mid-July for the first deposit and mid-December for the purchase.

The campaign includes a GoFundMe page, as well as a NFT ‘Swiss Guides’ collection. The GoFundMe goal is set at $2,300,000, with $900 raised to date through 10 donations.

The digital art collection is inspired by the mountaineer look of the Swiss guides. Each NFT purchase comes with an original piece of art associated with one of the village’s 10,000 signature plots.

To help offset the carbon footprint generated by blockchain technology, the foundation has partnered with the Blockchain for Climate Foundation.

“It’s exciting to see that our actions are having an impact,” said Dr. Ilona Spaar, one of two Swiss-Canadians who organized the campaign to save the village.

“We are excited to move into the next phase of our strategic plan,” said Dr Johann Roduit, another of the movement’s organizers.

“Creating a digital art collection using blockchain technology is very exciting. It brings innovation to the world of history and culture and builds on the innovative heritage of Swiss mountain guides.

The first phase of rescuing the Swiss village involved an awareness campaign, which resulted in the National Trust for Canada recognizing the village of Edelweiss as one of the 10 most endangered places for 2022.

The Swiss Village Edelweiss is made up of six Swiss-inspired houses, on a 50-acre property, which was built between 1910 and 1912 for the Swiss guides.

Guides were brought to Golden to guide tourists through Rogers Pass, Banff and Lake Louise.

The property was first offered for sale in early 2021.


Claire Palmier

Writer for the Etoile d’Or

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