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January 16, 2018 What are the problems at Mount Seymour Provincial Park? Public parking. The public is relegated to parking in winter in lower lot 5, which is about one kilometer from the hiking trailhead. They must walk up the busy road to reach the trailhead. There is no other route. The Mount Seymour master plan is 20 years out of date. Half the ski area is not within the CRA boundary. Some of the runs are outside the provincial park and inside the Lower Seymour Conservation...

December 30, 2017 Blog article written by Mike Quinn of Spearhead Aviation: https://whistlermunicipalheliport.wordpress.com/ I have decided to post the following to this form as this is an issue that needs to see the light of day. There are some unsavoury goings on in the Resort Municipality of Whistler that need to be made public. The issue involves the usurption of a public amenity by a large corporate entity, the aquiessence of the society directors  that oversee the amenity to go...

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Two Online GPX File Editors that require registration (free):  http://trackprofiler.com  http://www.gpxeditor.co.uk Information and Links to Editors and Resources for working with GPX files (inluding desktop applications): http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Edit_GPS_tracks Online GPS KML Utilities and Converters: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com  



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December 20, 2017 RE: 272492 – Cypress Bowl Road Dear [British Columbia Mountaineering Club]: Your email of November 20, 2017, regarding Cypress Bowl Road, has been shared with me. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding. I appreciated the opportunity to review your suggestion to open Cypress Bowl Road one hour earlier in the morning to accommodate visitors to Cypress Provincial Park. While the Ministry owns the road, winter maintenance is funded and delivered by Cypress...

Click on any of the BC Mountains below to access weather forcasting and weather information for that specific mountain (courtesy of https://www.mountain-forecast.com) North Shore Mountains:  Grouse Mountain  Crown Mountain  Mount Seymour  The Lions  Mount Burke  Coquitlam Mountain  Golden Ears  Mt. Crickmer  Robbie Reid  Mount Judge Howay  Burnaby Mountain  Eagle Mountain (Buntzen...

BC Strava Heat Map

This powerful tool created by Strava Labs allows you to view the use of given trail or area by activity type.

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Response Letter from Robert Van der Zalm, Regional Manager, RSTBC, 2017-10-31

November 20, 2017 Grant Main Deputy Minister Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure PO Box 9850 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W9T5 By Email: [email protected] Dear Mr. Main, RE: Earlier opening of Cypress Bowl Road in winter I represent the British Columbia Mountaineering Club which is an organization of over 1,000 members in the Lower Mainland. We engage in backcountry ski trips in Cypress Provincial Park which is reached from Cypress Bowl Road in West...

December 2, 2017 Jesse Morwood, the area manager for MoTI spoke with me about two weeks ago and subsequent to my letter to him on November 19, 2017 regarding "permit for sign, erection or obstruction on Cypress Bowl Road by Cypress Mountain Resort." Here is what I heard. I explored with Jesse Morwood of MoTI the idea of opening Cypress Bowl Road earlier by one or two hours. A 24/7 opening would probably be impractical because MoTI would not agree to have the road open and not maintained. Of...

November 19, 2017 Jesse Morwood Area Manager, Squamish/Whistler Area Office Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Suite 310 - 1500 Woolridge Street Coquitlam BC V3K0B8 By Email: [email protected] Dear Mr. Morwood, RE: Permit for sign, erection or obstruction on Cypress Bowl Road by Cypress Mountain Resort It is my understanding that Cypress Bowl Road was classified as an "Arterial Highway" by Order in Council no. 116 in 1992. As recently as 2011, I am in receipt of an email...

November 19, 2017 The FOI package TRA-2016-65250 is the source of a lot of the information presented in the road clearing contract (the RCC) timeline. September 13, 1984 Original road clearing contract. November 5, 1986 First modification to road clearing contract. Cypress Road Clearing Contract (1986) August 26, 1991 Cypress Bowl Road is transferred from Ministry of Lands and Parks to Ministry of Transportation and Highways. Memorandum of Understanding between MLP and MoTH...

November 18, 2017 An article in the North Shore News, Cypress Mountain 'dawn patrol' dispute resolved, prompted the following letter to the newspaper. The British Columbia Mountaineering Club is one of the specific mountaineering group that requires early access to Cypress Bowl. A 9 AM opening of the backcountry access corridor placed a huge risk on ski mountaineering parties skiing to Lions Bay along the Howe Sound Crest. An early start is necessary in winter due to the short days and an...

August 14, 2010 Vancouver Sun article by Derrick Penner. Your West Vancouver private hideaway? Only $1.8 million Perched on Hollyburn Ridge, overlooking the city, is a patch of mountain forest that could be someone’s private preserve. The 10-hectare square, located a kilometre by logging road off the Cypress Bowl Road, is on the market for $1.8 million. However, anyone thinking it is a bargain, given its location, will have to stop and imagine it more as a rustic park than posh estate,...

Cypress Bowl Road is open in summer all day and night. In winter, the road is closed between 11 PM and 7 AM. Here are somewhat random comments on the winter road closure. If BC Parks has any interest in dealing with demand exceeding capacity on the North Shore (of parking lots, trails, facilities), it would make sense to open the access roads earlier or have them always open except in a severe snow storm, just like any other highway in BC. It is important to clarify that it is the road that...

  The Cypress Backcountry Access Corridor can now be accessed from 7AM. Note however, that the Cypress Bowl Road continues to be gated until 7AM at Chippendale Drive. In contravention to their park use permit, Cypress resorts has been preventing access to the corridor from 11PM to 9AM and this continues to be their official position. While discussions between BC Parks and Cypress continues, the new manager Russell Chamberlain will allow public access through the BAC once the road is...

November 15, 2017 Whistler Blackcomb has raised alarmist predictions that public parking up Fitzsimmons Creek would lead to wildfires on Blackcomb Mountain. Wildfire prevention practices used in Cheakamus Community Forest and Resort Municipality of Whistler are applicable in Fitzsimmons Creek. Risk from public access is manageable by what is called stand thinning according to programs dubbed "fire smart" in British Columbia. To date, no stakeholders, be it Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler...

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About Backcountry BC

This platform has been created as a permanent long term repository of all information concerning issues revolving around non-motorized access to our wilderness areas. We are also a repository of official government documents including master plans, park use permits, and development agreements as well as maps of key recreational area boundaries and trails. On this site, the province has been divided into 7 distinct geographic regions where these issues might occur. We welcome both clubs...

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Access to the Singing Pass Trail in Garibaldi Park near Whistler was blocked by a landslide about 25 years ago. Hikers had used the access route - which is an old mining/logging road for many years to drive to the trailhead five km up Fitzimmons Creek from Whistler Village. The landslide blocked the road about two km from Whistler and then Whistler Blackcomb built a bike park and closed the road for vehicles. This increases the total round trip to 26 km to Singing Pass or 32 km to Russet...

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Scott Donker, Senior Park Ranger - Vancouver, BC Parks, Ministry of Environment, South Coast Region, North Vancouver released a new version of the Cypress Provincial Park Winter Trails Map showing the Backcountry Access Corridor (BAC) through the controlled recreation area managed by Cypress Resort Ltd. Winter trails are marked with red dotted lines. The BAC is a green circle with a striding hiker atop the acronym BAC. The BAC is a corridor through the controlled recreation area that...


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** This article is out of date ** Latest version is here  Issue Lead Advocate - John Baldwin I've been updating the Coquihalla Summit ski and hiking map (which is now out - metric and a bigger scale) and in the process did a bunch of trips to the ridges north of Coquihalla Mountain. The area is stunning and offers outstanding alpine hiking. I've been to Illal and Coquihalla before but this year we poked around a bit more and it struck me that this area would be a perfect...

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October 6, 2017 These are talking points that can be used when addressing concerns to elected officials. Parking and access to recreation opportunities is a huge issue in the Sea to Sky corridor. The road slump on the Whistler side along the park access right-of-way is in a geologically unstable area. The right-of-way was "repaired" at a cost of $50,000 in the summer of 2016. The repaired area washed out a month later in October rains. Land surveys show the slump continues to move downhill...

Early 1900s, Singing Pass at the head of Fitzsimmons Creek had a history of mining and hunting prior to establishment of Garibaldi Provincial Park. October, 1915 the British Columbia Mountaineering Club petitions the Minister of Lands to create a "park reserve in the Mount Garibaldi District...that its remarkable assemblage of glacial, volcanic and other natural features may be preserved unimpaired for the instruction and recreation of the people of Western Canada." April 1917, the...

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Whistler-Blackcomb Park Deletions in context: {GPSCONTENT ["id": 14, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]} The map outline shows the 2016 Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary, Blackcomb Glacier Provicial Park boundary and the 1966 Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary. Alternative Map/Presentation:



Burke Mountain

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About the Document and File Repository and Instructions on Usage This powerful component allows authors, clubs, and groups to upload large quantities of documents for planning and advocacy purposes directly in the front end of the Backcountry Access BC.  It also allows Authors to easily insert any uploaded document into their articles.  By default, uploaded documents can be viewed by the public and can be downloaded by any logged in Registered User.  The Respository also...

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Issue Lead Advocate - Paul Kubik The problem in a nutshell. Government tinkering has granted Whistler Blackcomb 33 km2 of Garibaldi Park. Mountain Resorts Branch is the provincial agency that oversees resort development and approvals for the province. In 2017, the provincial agency approved further expansion of Whistler Blackcomb resort while ignoring provisions of the resort's master development agreement that would have maintained and restored the Singing Pass parking lot up...

Active Campaigns

These are the issues for which we have an active campaign that members of Backcountry BC consider of escpecially high priority and have invested a great deal of time and reasources in trying to resolve. To learn more about each issue, click on the links below Singing Pass Issue Summary and Parking Proposal Cypress Backcountry Access Corridor Non motorized zones

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Who and what is Backcountry Access BC? Backcountry Access BC is a grassroots organization intended to serve as a platform of advocacy for all backcountry users in the province of British Columbia.  This website was built and is maintained exclusively by volunteers. This website is a space for everyone's backcountry access issues, and is a place where we can all work together to try to solve them.  This website has been desgned to accomodate an almost infinite number of authors...

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Snowmobiles and Mountain Goats - a Case Study (3 minutes) Bulkley Valley Outdoor Recreation Society, Smithers, B.C. put together this video that illustrates where mountain goats feed on ridgetops in winter and how snowmobile access scares them from their prime feeding sites and contributes to stress and mortality.  Mountain Goats on a Wild Ridge (4 minutes)

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Our Vision The time has come to stand up for public backcountry recreation and for our diverse wilderness ecosystems. Government for years has failed to prioritize public recreation and conservation for the sake of commercial interests. We are proposing our own, shared vision for backcountry recreation and for the protection of the wild spaces of British Columbia. When we say the word “our” it includes you – the person who visits, hikes, climbs, skis and bikes. Backcountry BC is...

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  Response from John Hawkings (MFLNRO) to Rainbow Lake Letter Reference: 228771 May 31, 2017 Via Email: [email protected] Bryce Leigh Access and Environment Director Alpine Club of Canada – Whistler Section Dear Mr. Leigh: Thank you for your letter of May 6, 2017, to Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, regarding your request to establish a Section 58 order to prohibit motorized recreation use of the Twenty-one Mile Creek watershed...

May 24, 2017 BCMC spoke with Jesse Morwood of MoTI about the winter road closure. He's the Area Manager for the Squamish/Whistler Area Office of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Point summary of Mr. Morwood's statements The closure runs from 11 PM to 7 AM during winter only There is no summer closure The road is not maintained during the hours of the closure and therefore it is not safe for public use The winter closure has been in place since way back before the downhill...

The road is closed and gated just above Chippendale Drive between 11 PM to 7 AM during the winter months.

Backcountry Parking regulations

During the winter months the Seymour Mtn road is closed and gated from 10pm to 7am. 

Rainbow Lake non-Motorized Zone Letter The Alpine Club of Canada- Whistler Section May 6, 2017 Tim Sheldan By email: [email protected] Minister Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations PO Box 9352 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC, V8W 9M1 Re: Rainbow Lake Non-motorized zone and Twentyone Mile Creek RMOW Water Supply Area After eight years of failed efforts to get snowmobilers to comply with the Rainbow Lake Non-motorized zone, it is now time to expand...

Grouse Trails

Here's a map showing most of the trails on Grouse in a downloadable gpx file:  Click Here for Gmap {GPSCONTENT ["id": 57, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]}

April 24, 2017 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure publishes its maintenance specifications including highway snow removal on its website under the heading Highway Maintenance Agreements here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/contracting-to-transportation/highway-bridge-maintenance/highway-maintenance/agreement. Under schedule 8 of the highway maintenance agreement, it shows Cypress Bowl Road is part of the Howe Sound service area....

Solitude Glacier

It should be noted that the Solitude Glacier area is not accessible by the “public” unless you buy a cross country pass from Callaghan Country (Brad Sills). It is primarily used by guides and guests doing trips from the Journeyman Lodge. The access from the Powdercap requires crossing of a motorized snowmobile accessible zone. There should be a BAC required on the side of the provincial Callaghan Lake road which is how this area has traditionally been accessed and still is once Callaghan...

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LRMP Non motorized zones

The Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan was adopted in 2008 and specifies a number of non motorized zones that fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Forestry, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO). The following map specifies the detailed boundaries of these zones. At the present time most of them have not been implemented with a Section 58 order and therefore not enforcable. Negotiations are beginning to get more Section 58s put in place on these zones....

Legal Non motorized zones

This map contains the areas which have legal non-motorized status. It covers the full Sea to Sky corridor from the North Shore to Lillooet and west as far as the Strait of Georgia. If you spot snowmobiles or ATVs in any of these zones please report them to the Conservation Office. They have a 24 x 7 RAPP line which can be reached at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 from a cell phone. They will take a report and may dispatch someone if they are in the area. At the present time, the vast majority...

The problem in a nutshell. Government tinkering has granted Whistler Blackcomb 33 km2 of prime alpine terrain in Garibaldi Park. Mountain Resorts Branch is the provincial agency that oversees resort development and approvals for the province. In 2017, the provincial agency approved further expansion of Whistler Blackcomb resort. Meanwhile, the agency ignored binding provisions that would have restored and maintained the public road and parking lot up Fitzsimmons Creek. Park goers now walk an...

March 29, 2017 Ms. Madeline Maley Acting Assistant Deputy Minister Integrated Resource Operations Division Room 248, Parliament Buildings Victoria BC V8V 1X4 By Email: [email protected] Dear Ms. Maley, Thank you for your email of March 20, 2017 with reference no. 227925. I am writing to advise you that my organization, Garibaldi Park 2020, has written to Honourable Suzanne Anton in her capacity as Attorney General of British Columbia on the matter of the public nuisance created...

March 29, 2017 Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C. Room 232, Parliament Buildings Victoria BC V8V 1X4 By Email: [email protected] Dear Honourable Minister, I am writing to you in your capacity as Attorney General for British Columbia. I am requesting the intervention of the Attorney General in the matter of a public nuisance created by Whistler Blackcomb resort situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler. My organization, Garibaldi Park 2020 has written several times in the last...

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Letter from Garibaldi Park 2020 to Honourable Steve Thomson on the subject of the abatement of the public nuisance created by Whistler Blackcomb resort in the matter of Singing Pass trail head access. Response from Ms. Madeline Maley, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Resource Operations Division assigning reference no. 227925. March 8, 2017 The Honourable Steve Thomson Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Room 248, Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V...

Garibaldi Park 2020 letter to Mr. Norman Lee, Executive Director, Mountain Resorts Branch on the failure of Whistler Blackcomb to satisfy all conditions required in its master development agreement with the Province and calls upon Mr. Lee to withhold approval on all subsequent mountain resort phases of development. Response from Mr. Lee with assigned reference no. 227618. February 10, 2017 Norman Lee Executive Director Mountain Resorts Branch PO Box 9852 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC...

Schedule A, page 2 - Whistler Mountain Master Development Agreement, September 1982  The annotated Schedule A, page 2 shows Fitzsimmons Creek road as a "20 meter wide public access road" and "20 meter wide park access right-of-way".  Also see the document repository at:  ScheduleA-Page2-annotated.png  

Schedule A - Whistler Mountain Master Development Agreement, September 1982  The annotated Schedule A shows the Singing Pass trail and the designated parking lot on Fitzsimmons Creek road. Click Here to view high resolution image or in the document repository at: ScheduleA-annotated-1200.jpg  

Whistler Mountain Master Development Agreement, September 1982   Whistler MountainMaster Development Agreement Part 1 Whistler MountainMaster Development Agreement Part 2   Selected quotes   See Part 2 of the MDA.   Schedule "I", Operating Covenants Whistler covenants and agrees with the Province as follows: (e) to maintain or cause to be maintained and to provide snow removal on all Access Routes and Parking Facilities   Schedule "A",...

Whistler Mountain At Buildout Map This map is part of the Whistler Blackcomb Master Plan Update 2013. Our purpose in publishing it is to show Phase 15, 16 and 17 development. At this time, the plan is not approved. We oppose any expansion of Whistler-Blackcomb until such time as the Singing Pass Trail access problem is resolved to the satisfaction of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. and the Alpine Club of Canada (Whistler section). We are calling on the Mountain Resorts Branch...

View a large image of Whistler Blackcomb right-of-way and legal survey parcels generated on iMapBC. Map of Whistler Blackcomb Right Of Way and Legal Survey Parcels or in the Document Repostory at:  WhistlerBlackcombROWSurveyParcels.jpg

January 10, 2017 In what GP 2020 hails as a victory for accountability, BC Parks provided us with a new map of Garibaldi Park showing the overlapping Wilderness Conservation Zone and heli-skiing permit area boundaries. We were also informed by Ms. Jennie Aikman, Regional Director, South Coast Region, BC Parks that the heli-ski permit area has been significantly reduced in area. Ms. Aikman states in her letter to GP 2020, In the case of the heli-skiing permit Whistler Heli-Skiing has...

Hollyburn Heritage Society (Extensive Information) http://www.hollyburnheritage.ca Hollyburn and North Shore Mountains Historical Timeline: http://www.hollyburnheritage.ca/hollyburn-history/north-shore-mountains-historical-timeline-1875-2010/ Historical Timeline on Cypress Resorts Website: http://www.cypressmountain.com/history/ Friends of Cypress Park: http://www.cypresspark.ca Report of the Special Planning Commission on Cypress Park Report of the Special Planning Commission on...

Link to Exhibit 1 for Cypress Resort Master Plan from 2006: CypressResortPUP1506-Exhibit1.pdf

Crony Capitalism Basics

Crony Capitalism and BC Provincial Parks 101 Requirement:  A relatively unoccupied and thus considered "economically unproductive" piece of land that holds some sort of annoying and restrictive protected status regulated by Government policy and Legislation. Step 1:  Commercial Proponent or Developer comes forward with an idea/plan to plaster an excessive number of condos and houses, build gondolas, pipelines, power project, ski resorts, golf courses or run a guided heli-ski...

Link to a map published by BC Parks showing the winter trails and backcountry access corridor (BAC) through Cypress Resort's controlled recreation area (CRA): Cypress Resort Winter Trails and BAC Map

Link to a BC Parks discussion paper on parking capacity at Cypress and Mount Seymour Provincial Parks: CypressSeymourDiscussionPaperParkingCapacity-2014-08.pdf

Link to Cypress Resort Master Plan from 2006: CypressResortPUP1506Restated-2006-05-26.pdf

Cypress Resort's predecessor was Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd. Here is the link to the original master plan from 1986: CypressResortPUP1506-1986-11-14.pdf

Link to the Cypress Provincial Park Master Plan: CypressProvincialParkMasterPlan-1997.pdf  

Once again, the BC Government and BC Parks has sided with Commercial Interests in a Provincial Park by restricting access to the backcountry and the historic Howe Sound Crest Trail.  Although Cypress Provincial Park is considerably south of Garibaldi Provincial Park, we feel duty bound to also stand up for non-mechanized backcountry users at Cypress.  It seems a pattern has emerged. In January 2016, Cypress Mountain ski area unilaterally implemented a policy preventing public access...

BC Parks Managers have an unspoken and unpublicized policy of concentrating (limiting) non-mechanized access to Garibaldi Park to the "5 Trailheads".  At 2020, we often refer to these as the "4 1/2 trailheads" because one of the five is the Singing Pass Trail.  See: http://backcountrybc.ca/index.php/24-issues/swbc/s2s/singing-pass-issues/70-singing-pass-trail-fiasco The BC Parks policy of limiting access to the 5 trailheads is not mentioned anywhere in the Garibaldi Park 1990 Master...

December 24, 2016 A Lower Mainland mountain club recently criticized BC Parks for its attack on volunteers working at Crest Creek Crags in Strathcona Park. Volunteers for the last thirty years have added $1 million of value to the crags and made it known internationally. BC Parks response is to slap the volunteers with heavy fines and sabotage the spirit of volunteerism in Strathcona Park. BC Parks is indulging in a petty vendetta and behaving like a small child throwing a hissy fit. Letter...

December 21, 2016 In a letter dated December 19, 2016 from Mr. Jim Standen, Assistant Deputy Minister at BC Parks to our organization Garibaldi Park 2020, Mr. Standen has confirmed that the significant irregularities with Whistler Heli-skiing Ltd.'s park use permit (PUP) cited by 2020 do exist. Despite the irregularities the permit was renewed for a further ten years. Highlights from the letter: BC Parks admits the heli-skiing PUP trespasses into the Wilderness Conservation Zone...

December 9, 2016 The B.C. Mountaineering Club with more than 800 members has cited the actions of Cypress Mountain Resort in closing the backcountry access corridor to Howe Sound Crest Trail as harmful to public safety. Meanwhile, BC Parks has stood by doing nothing to prevent it but has endorsed the resort's backcountry access policy by reportedly stationing park rangers to help enforce it. Here is the text of the letter the BCMC recently wrote to Mr. Jim Standen, Assistant Deputy Minister,...

November 29, 2016 Cypress Mountain backcountry access closure not sanctioned in master plan BC Parks is failing to follow their own master plan by preventing access to the Howe Sound Crest Trail between the hours of 10 PM to 9 AM during the winter months. The concern with public safety expressed by Mr. Jim Standen, Assistant Deputy Minister is a sham. For further information on the closure read here: Cypress winter road closure next steps The flag person that is currently preventing...

November 14, 2016 We wrote to the Minister of Environment after uncovering further irregularities with Whistler Heli-skiing Ltd.'s park use permit for heli-skiing in the Spearhead Range of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

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October 22, 2016 To recap, on August 9th of this year, 2020 wrote to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regarding the obligation of Whistler Blackcomb to restore public parking and vehicular access to the Singing Pass trail head at the park boundary. See the news blog here: 2020 presses minister to make good on Singing Pass parking Read more about the Singing Pass Trail fiasco here: Singing Pass Trail Fiasco Summary On September 30th, we received a response...

Mamquam Mountain - 2588 meters/8491 feet - Location: 49.77528, - 122.85083 Mamquam Mountain is the highpoint of the sprawling Mamquam Icefield massif in southern Garibaldi Provincial Park. The approach is fairly long and is often done on skis via Skookum Creek or Elfin Lakes. The standard summit route is along the easy northwest ridge. "Many parties routinely fail to climb this summit" according to Anders Ourom in the Fairley guide.  It was first climbed in 1911 by B. Gray, C....

The following maps pertaining to the Garibaldi Park Wilderness Conservation Zone and the Whistler Heli-Ski Park Use Permit are constructed from BC Park's own map of the wilderness conservancy posted at the Elfin Lakes Trailhead.  The BC Parks map of the Wilderness Conservation Zone suggests that the conflict between Heli-Ski Operations in Garibaldi Park and the Wilderness Conservation Zone is much worse than previously mapped and understood by Garibaldi Park 2020. The blue line...

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