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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...

  Response from John Hawkings (MFLNRO) to Rainbow Lake Letter Reference: 228771 May 31, 2017 Via Email: powderhounds@telus.net 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: Tim.Sheldan@gov.bc.caDeputy 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...

Callaghan-Lake-draft-plan-FMCBC-correspondance-June-2000a.pdf

Callaghan Lake Draft Management Plan

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: Madeline.Maley@gov.bc.ca 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: suzanne.anton.MLA@leg.bc.ca 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...

Download the Google Earth KMZ file here: https://backcountrybc.ca/images/kmz/PineconeBurkeTrailsProposed-3.kmz {loadmodule mod_zhgooglemap,Zh GoogleMap Pinecone Burke Proposed Trails}  

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...

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