Residents of Burton, a small community on the Arrow Lakes south of Nakusp, are losing their post office.
“We can confirm that the franchise postal outlet in Burton is closing today due to unforeseen circumstances,” says Nicole Lecompte, a media relations officer with Canada Post. She did not explain what those circumstances were.
Lecompte told the Valley Voice that residents of Burton were notified September 14 of the post office closure, which took effect last Monday, September 20. A resident who contacted the Valley Voice blasted the decision.
“We have many home businesses here that receive supplies plus mail their products out,” wrote Gail Detta. “Now we will have to go to Nakusp (24 miles away) to mail parcels, receive parcels, buy stamps and other postal services, and with the high price of gas, most only go to Nakusp once a week or two weeks.”
She said this potentially exposes Burton residents to COVID, and places a “real burden” on the community’s many seniors.
Canada Post says residents will be able to pick up mail and parcels at new community mailboxes located at Burton Frontage Road and the corner of Burton Main Road. They were given a day to pick up new keys in Burton, or alternatively at the post office in Nakusp.
Detta is also unhappy with the location of the new mailboxes. “They put them at the end of the Frontage Road with no off access, so a lane will be blocked as people get their mail,” she said.
Other services, like picking up oversized parcels, or items requiring signature, will now have to be done in Nakusp, about 35 kilometers away.
If customers have questions regarding mail delivery, they can contact Canada Post at 1-866-267-1177.
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice