Homegrown volcano near mine is ‘home to a thriving population’
A homemade volcano near a small town in western Canada is home to a booming population.
“You can walk around and see the people in town, it’s pretty amazing,” said resident Susan Schoepel.
She said the town is surrounded by mountains and has a population of around 70.
“There’s really a community here that is pretty well-established,” she said.
Schoeper says the town has also attracted visitors from across the world.
“I’m really excited to be here, I love it,” she added.
“They’ve built a little community here, it feels like home to them, and we have a lot of people here that are very active.”
In the late 1990s, Schoebel’s mother died of a rare form of cancer, leaving her husband and two daughters in charge of raising the family.
“It was hard on me, I didn’t know where to go and where to put the money and I had no one to support me.”
So, when I heard about the volcano and saw the pictures I thought, I could make this work.
“She started her own business with the help of friends, including her former husband, who had gone into a business as a truck driver.”
We made this small cottage out of wood, and it was a real struggle, but we’ve been here for four years and we’re still going strong,” she told CBC News.
Schobel said the family has now expanded into an entire home, which is now home to around 80 people.”
People come from all over, from all walks of life, all ages, all different cultures,” she explained.”
If you look at the pictures, you can see that it’s very vibrant, and people are very engaged.
“Schobels family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of renovations, and will soon have a new home built.