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In light of the land grab feeding frenzy by Blackcomb Helicopters Ltd., Whistler Mountain Bike Groups, and Sun-shine Coast Mountain Adventures Limited (SCMA) we are beginning to investigate and ask more detailed questions.  We may also begin a campaign and/or petition for a moritorium on these commercial recreation applications in the coming weeks should answers not be adequate or forthcoming.     -x-   Dear Mr. Standen, Mr. Vanderzalm and Mr....

Kees and Clair hut takes shape.  The capacity of the hut, I'm told, is 40 persons. There are 10 tent pads at the northwest corner of the lake with an occupancy of 4 persons each. That's another 40 persons. Since the existing Russet hut will be removed once K&C can be occupied, there is an overnight capacity of 80 persons. I heard BC Parks may add some more tent pads next year. The day visitor capacity in summer should be based on the land base through which visitors can disperse....

Another day, another wilderness commercial land grab. https://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=55367&fbclid=IwAR0DzTxc56b9CMx-0OiEMkePY8fq7VoyjaKSh1NlEgR0EXgl-cezVvfjJOQ Client: Blackcomb Helicopters LtdPurpose: COMMERCIAL RECREATION/MISCELLANEOUSRegion: Lower Mainland, SurreyAgency: Crown Land AllocationFile: #2411936 Location: Pemberton Area (Hectares): 2,531.91 +- BCGS Mapsheet: 92J025 92J026 Legal...

Too many issues, not enough advocates, too many hungry hippos. Blackcomb Helicopters has applied for a heli-biking tenure in the Tenquille Lake Area (Comments close July 19th). Thank you to Steve Jones for raising this issue with us. From the change.org petition (sign by clicking...

This is an older article written in 2013  by Leigh McClurg at http://pebbleshoo.com/athelney-pass-the-park-that-never-was/ I wanted a record of it here so McClurg's article it is not forgotten or lost on the internet: -x- I uttered those words as myself and Spring had just found a large rock that would be comfortable to sit on as we unpacked our lunches. We where sitting atop “The Elephant”, an unofficially named volcanic plug of rotten rock. A few kilometers away we could...

Almost 30 per cent of BC Parks still have no management plans, including 38,000-hectare Pinecone Burke Provincial Park.  A Park Management Plan sets out in writing what can and cannot be done in a provincial park. In the past, some management plans (Such as the 1990 Garibaldi Provincial Park Master Plan) have been rolled out having been crafted secretly in the back room by staff and insiders. This is why almost 70% of Garibaldi Park is zoned a wilderness conservancy and why Heli-Ski...

Article from Larry Pynn of The Province Welcome to Davis Lake Provincial Park, abandoned and abused poster child for the underfunding of B.C. Parks. The government website for the 192-hectare, Class-A park, about a 45-minute drive northeast of Mission, tells visitors to expect nature appreciation, a “unique ecology,” a scenic waterfall, and a 15-minute walk through “a virtually pure stand of western hemlock” to lakeside camping. Anticipate, too, prime bird habitat,...

Another Day, another 15 KM2/1,852 Hectare adventure tourism/commercial recreation permit application (including a Yurt) at Silverdaisy Mountain (see and submit comments on the application at the following link). https://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=55391&fbclid=IwAR0tmrNOKrP9R2bZqKwSfLhRgzBNLwEDEZl4SMJt0dyVZStxplwmP5k9oFg I have never been a traditional "tree hugger" conservationist type and have always believed that there should be a balance between public...

SCRD supports bid by Mountain Adventures - If at first you don't succeed... Article Below From the Coast Repiorter:  https://www.coastreporter.net/news/local-news/scrd-supports-bid-by-mountain-adventures-1.23441111?fbclid=IwAR2biM7aRS-TM5XS3ZCA8vgRvyfPYA-9Y8Ts5ew2GSY8bSSzBC8pUwA9PUg Areas in the Phantom Lake and Woodfibre Lake areas would have overlapping tenure with Sea to Sky Air and Black Tusk Helicopter, which provide similar services based on the Squamish side. Sneddon said the...

The Coast Reporter (primary Newspaper on the Sunshine Coast) today published a decent piece on the mega-adventure Tourism application bid. The supportive position of the Sunshine Coast Regional District to this application is revealing when put in the context of their pro-drain Chapman Lake and Pro-Rezone Tetrahedron Park as of late. I am very pleased to see that the Coast Reporter is starting to take a more assertive role and approach towards reporting conservation, recreation, and land use...

Take the time to add your voice to those opposing logging in Manning Park's "donut hole". https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/take-action/comment-now-new-logging-manning-park-donut-hole?utm_source=root&utm_campaign=a76a5be616-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_19_09_37&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f26346b88d-a76a5be616-98900045&fbclid=IwAR267iE8leQf5jWTTSisZglrMqIor_ppcbNLjxQsCUTYvdth9fJZdzuSkzc#newmode-embed-536-6695

Mountain goat winter range threatened by logging in Manning Park's "donut hole". Last year, on the north slopes of Silverdaisy Mountain across Highway 3 from Skagit Bluffs, we came across tracks of mountain goats above the elevation of 1350 meters. The Chilliwack forest district's ungulate winter range map UWR Plan Number U-2-001 does not show winter range in the vicinity of Smitheran Creek. I plotted the area where we observed goat tracks on top of the official map in red and yellow stripes....

B.C. Parks reservation system protest continues ‘Unhappy campers’ petition against elimination of drive-ups in Golden Ears From the Maple Ridge News:  https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/b-c-parks-reservation-system-protest-continues/?fbclid=IwAR0s5q5SPkF1yLN5-s6ArsP6RddLBSUzHJUXNNAU5Pl3TWQQ-ERcwXcIJQU -x- With the names of close to 6,500 supporters on a petition, a group of ‘unhappy campers’ from Maple Ridge is continuing its fight to stop Golden Ears campsites from...

Lions Bay Parking Progress (2017)

More good news from Lions Bay. Finally, a parking remedy that is welcoming to visitors but not overwhelming the residents (article from 2017) https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/lions-bay-pitches-pay-parking-pilot-project-to-deal-with-the-zoo?fbclid=IwAR3-hlH3_EjWSvj6l3faQvuPWW0NDgYpVjP4dHnRGdwoT4vOPQ9JWj2LbBE Lions Bay is a small village with a big parking problem. That’s why the municipality, which straddles the Sea-to-Sky Highway about 13 kilometres north of West Vancouver,...

Rod Macleod, vice president of planning at Aquilini Group was interviewed by Sea to Sky Podcast in September. The interview is over 30 minutes long but there are a few takeaways that are of interest to the backcountry community. Macleod couldn't help taking a dig into Vail Resorts, owners of Whistler Blackcomb. According to Macleod, Vail doesn't care about the local market. They are interested in the international destination market, whereas Garibaldi at Squamish sees its biggest market as...

Is the Mount Archibald gondola proposal a cookie cutter project on the Sea to Sky template? What are your thoughts? Sea to Sky-style gondola floated for mountains above Bridal Falls in Chilliwack A proposed gondola above Bridal Falls could enhance recreation opportunities in the eastern Fraser Valley, but could it destroy the area's rugged charm? From the Vancouver...

Union of B.C. Municipalities just endorsed resolution B72 from Pemberton to have tourism marketing dollars matched to investment in infrastructure, maintenance, enforcement and staffing. Makes sense?

I'm just looking at the Mount Seymour Provincial Park website and I see that: " Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1." Based on the parking lot map, that means that anyone who is doing an overnight trip needs to park down at the hairpin corner which is a full 1.7 km away from the trailhead. In recent years, there were a handful of designated overnight parking stalls in Lot 2 and that worked out well. Does anyone know if this new policy was in place in the 2017/2018 season?

An interesting article today in the Squamish Chief on current volcanic activity on Mount Meager near Pemberton. Article from: https://www.squamishchief.com/news/local-news/risk-rising-1.23432188?fbclid=IwAR0z8XlpfaKucQT4UnXqyXvBH-8z1if4FDlqvI5Yz2kgEiLlJIrb_ST43sU -x- On July 21, 2016, a local helicopter pilot was flying a group of biologists to the mountains outside of Pemberton, where they planned to conduct a survey of the mountain goat population. But the pilot—who happened to...

Today's news, although underfunding and undermanagement of BC's parks has been an issue for decades:  -x- From the Vancouver Sun:  https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/hiking-reservations-pitched-for-b-c-parks-in-danger-of-being-loved-to-death?fbclid=IwAR3cCg9Uz-8ahey0uW5k9G9PyG7W2rGAZUJo1-sz9-rs4Cah9TmZ3pxZKLc With its turquoise glacial lakes and proximity to Metro Vancouver, it was only a matter of time before Joffre Lakes provincial park became a social media...

And now a proposal to build a tram to "Mount Archibald", above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack. There doesn't seem to be a Mount Archibald on my copy of 92 H/4, but it's pretty clear that it would be on the shoulder if not on top of Mount Cheam. ("the sub-alpine and alpine region above Bridal Falls"). And that although it's billed as a "study", by the time it's done it'd probably be a fait accompli. The...

BackcountryBC met today with Rod Macleod, vice president of planning with the Aquilini Group down at Rogers Arena. We discussed our concerns with the Garibaldi at Squamish development.  https://www.squamishchief.com/real-estate/construction-could-begin-in-four-years-gas-1.23335649?fbclid=IwAR3Seto45mAQigxtS4E1dnh5pxXKcrnfIVWib84xtUP_sA-0rF9JIGMRsHo We strayed onto the topic of Singing Pass access. Mr. Macleod worked at Whistler Mountain when Peter Alder was the general manager. Mr....

From the CBC:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jumbo-s-back-developer-asks-court-to-resurrect-decades-old-ski-resort-project-1.4713016?fbclid=IwAR1AWX2ETWj3nnk0WFMnpWxteC1zgG0Q__Sk0SFTZArI4qsJvhHib4KLxsA CBC Article Below: Developers say 2015 decision to kill project was politically motivated The developers behind one of B.C.'s longest running land-use battles — the Jumbo Glacier ski resort near Invermere — are back in court on Monday trying to resurrect the failed...

Garibaldi at Squamish Resorts just never seems to go away, and it seems ever more likely that it will go ahead. There were a whole pile of shenanigans that we uncovered regarding this proposal a few years ago (see below) and we performed extensive mapping work on it. Reference:  https://backcountrybc.ca/…/backcount…/brohm-ridge-custom-map and https://backcountrybc.ca/…/brohm-ridge-garibaldi-at-squamis… Hopefully the Proponent and Government have come up with a better...

From Mountain FM: https://www.mountainfm.com/2018/06/08/moti-adds-no-parking-barriers-sea-sky-highway/?fbclid=IwAR30nfQMZOwQY_eWrOvLJQaGdZ6_w0poLwleLat6JU1UaZyw-dQvP-LOpM8 The Province cannot say how long temporary no parking barriers along the Sea to Sky Highway will remain in place. Recently temporary barriers were installed at various pull-outs between Squamish and Vancouver to deter drivers from parking illegally. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) says the...

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