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Tobiano Golf buys Bruker Marina

The golf course and marina are now under one ownership — that of Kamloops developer Mike Ternier
Bruker Marina
Bruker Marina has 220 boat slips available for seasonal or annual moorage, an observation deck, public boat launch and beach area, a fuel dock, convenience store and availability for various motor-sport rentals.

Two of Tobiano’s three business components — the resort, the golf course and the marina — are now under one ownership.

Tobiano Golf, owned by Kamloops developer Mike Ternier, has purchased Bruker Marina from Bruce Robertson and Kerry Wiebe.

Ternier is also part-owner of Aberdeen Highlands Development Corporation -- which is developing much of west Aberdeen.

“It will primarily be business as usual in 2022 at Bruker Marina, with only a few new faces, an upgrade to the breakwater, minor upgrades throughout the marina and some unique package creations,” Ternier said in a statement, noting bigger changes are planned for 2023 and beyond.

Robertson applauded Ternier’s vision for Tobiano Golf, the Tobiano community and now the marina.

“We personally would like to thank Mike for his professionalism and passion for the betterment of the community,” Robertson said.

The acquisition follows Ternier’s purchase in recent years of the Tobiano Golf Course and Tobiano real estate development, the latter which he sold in 2019.

In 2017, Ternier bought the golf course — repeatedly named best course in Canada by various magazines and organizations — from John Preston and Henry Bereznicki. The two men had purchased the 18-hole track out of receivership from the Business Development Bank of Canada in 2013.

The Tobiano real estate development and golf course went into receivership in 2011 when founder Mike Grenier, through his Pagebrook and Kamlands Holding, was facing a $26-million debt with the Bank of Montreal.

In 2014, Ternier and partners Fred Fischer, Stan Moskwa, Enzo Lizzi and Tarn Ollek purchased the Tobiano real estate development out of receivership.

Between 2014 and 2019, that ownership structure changed, with Ternier and Diverse Properties Ltd. of Abbotsford each sharing 50 per cent ownership. In 2019, Ternier sold his share of the real estate arm to Diverse.

Tobiano Golf general manager Terry Smith said he is looking forward to new opportunities between the golf course and marina, including the development of a unique Birdies, Boats, and Barbecue package involving 18 holes in the morning, followed by an afternoon cruise on Kamloops Lake and barbecue.

Bruker Marina has 220 boat slips available for seasonal or annual moorage, an observation deck, public boat launch and beach area, a fuel dock, convenience store and availability for various motor-sport rentals.

The marina’s rental fleet includes ski-boats, sea-doos, paddleboards, kayaks and pontoon boats.