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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...

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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