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Backcountry BC (BBC) is a group of like-minded individuals whose aim is to protect access to the province's backcountry and advocate for new non-mechanized trails by lobbying government. To facilitate the interaction between its members, BBC operates a website that allows members to create unique personal profiles online in order to find and communicate with old and new friends. By using the BBC Website you agree to the Terms of Use, whether or not you are a registered user. BBC is a general...

The BC government publishes the boundaries of approved mountain goat winter range as part of the Forest and Range Practices Act. The map below shows approved mountain goat winter range in Garibaldi Park and surroundings bounded by Sea to Sky Highway. Approved means as set out in the Order - Ungulate Winter Range #U2-002. The GPX were generated from ARC INFO shape files at 100 meter spacing.Click Here for Gmap Rendering (use this option if map below fails to display) {GPSCONTENT ["id":...

May 18, 2016 Response from Jim Standen, Assistant Deputy Minister re: Dispute over public access through Whistler Blackcomb CRA to Singing Pass trailhead Jim Standen's reply to the letter of April 21, 2016 (see below) Thank you for your email of April 21, 2016, addressed to the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, regarding over public access to the Singing Pass trailhead. As Assistant Deputy Minister for BC Parks, I am pleased to...

Exploring Garibaldi Park, Volume 2, 1977 Article from Exploring Garibaldi Park: Volume 2. Author is Dan Bowers. Published in 1977. Describes the Mamquam Lake Trail from Elfin Lakes. MamquamLakeTrail-DanBowers1977.pdf Photo: Pyramid Mountain above Mamquam Lake A Guide to Ski Touring in the Lower Coast Range, 1983 Article from A Guide to Ski Touring in the Lower Coast Range. Authors are Bruce Blackwell, Alan Dibb, Jay Page and Paul Phillips. Published in 1983. Describes the...

Stop Work Order and Trespass Notice   DarlingLakeTrailStopWorkOrder.pdf On August 26, 2015, the BCMC was served with a Stop Work Order and Trespass Notice delivered by registered mail and issued by Murray Watt, Compliance and Enforcement Officer of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 2020 Commentary The trespass notice contains what we consider major factual errors. Our position: The alleged impact on sensitive ecological...

Golden Ears Park boundary

Click Here for Gmap Rendering {GPSCONTENT ["id": 15, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]}

Pinecone-Burke Park boundary

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Garibaldi Park boundary

This is the Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary from Open Street Map. The waypoint density is thickened to 200 meters. Click Here for Gmap Rendering {GPSCONTENT ["id": 17, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]}

Skookum RA1 zoning - non-motorized boundary. Click Here for Gmap Rendering {GPSCONTENT ["id": 26, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]}

Advocacy Videos

Monster in the Woods Trail Daze 2015 Trail work by Heathens Mountaineering Club at Crest Creek Crags Vancouver Island B.C.

Do you concur with the mission statement of the Outdoor Recreation Council? Promoting access to and responsible use of BC's public lands and waters for public outdoor recreation We do. We restored access to the heritage Darling Lake Trail in 2015. It is an existing trail in a lawfully recognized backcountry recreation corridor. It would seem uncontroversial and beneficial to public outdoor recreation. Instead, our efforts stirred a hornet’s nest starting with BC Parks,...

Singing Pass Trail Fiasco Summary

All through the 1960s through 1980s the public were able to drive to the Singing Pass trailhead at the Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary up Fitzsimmons Creek. The right to do so was assured by Ken Kiernan, Minister of Parks and Recreation as early as 1968 and enshrined as a legal right in the 1982 Master Development Agreement between Whistler Mountain and the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing. The right has never been extinguished. It is in the public interest and the public...

Heritage trail approaching the Mamquam Icefield and Mamquam Mountain from logging roads in Skookum Creek. In spring and summer of 2015, the volunteer trailbuilders from the outdoor hiking and climbing clubs of Southwestern British Columbia held several large work parties and reestablished the trail. A scant few weeks later resource officers from the Enforcement Branch of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations descended on the trail. Stop work orders were posted....

September 9, 2015 Letter from Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. to Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations stating the position of the mountain clubs on re-establishing private vehicle access to the Singing Pass trail head. 2015-09-09-LT-FLNR-Singing-Pass.pdf FMCBC position statement on re-establishing private vehicle access to Singing Pass trail head. Singing Pass parking proposal posted by FMCBC October 13, 2015 Response from Ms. Tori Meeks, Senior Manager,...

July 22, 2015 Minutes from the site visit of Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. to Resort Municipality of Whistler. Objective: to meet at the Sliding Center and walk through the center to the cat track that may provide walking access up to Fitzsimmons Creek and the proposed bridge location. This will give the participants the opportunity to see the site and observe the pros and cons of this access option. SingingPassSiteVisitMinutes2015Jul22.pdf

December 17, 2013 From: "Tisdale, John ENV:EX" <John.Tisdale@gov.bc.ca> Subject: RE: Snowmobiing Restrictions in Callaghan Lake Park and Callaghan Lake Conservancy...and more compliance/information activities Date: December 17, 2013 at 3:02:14 PM PST To: [email addresses withheld] Hello folks,  I appreciate the focus and activity in the Mount Sproatt/21 Mile Creek area this fall, to which all involved deserve credit for their efforts.   I wish to also now draw your...

Link to document: Fitzsimmon Landslip Survey - October 2013 Summary

September 10, 2012 The meeting was convened to discuss issues and concerns related to improving access to the Singing Pass trail from the north side of Fitzsimmons Creek (Blackcomb side) from the upstream Innergex power generating facility. A roundtable discussion identifying each stakeholder’s concerns or issues was followed by identifying some potential options. Minutes of the meeting: 2012-09-10 meeting-notes Fitzsimmons Creek Trail Bridge Options Parking in Lot 8 on Blackcomb- lead...

February, 2011 The attached sheet was provided to the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO Kamloops) in 2013. It is FLNRO's master tracking document that collected comments on Whistler Blackcomb's draft Master Plan. It states RSTBC would like to promote free and easy access to the Singing Pass Trail through crown land/the CRA in winter and summer.  RSTBC agrees with BC Parks's position that:  Singing pass...

Sea to Sky LRMP

Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan (S2S LRMP) The Sea to Sky LRMP is the land use polcy document covering all of Garibaldi Park.  Those documents pertaining to Garibaldi Park, and in Particular Mamquam Mountain, the Skookum Valley and the Darling Lake Trail are included below. All Sea to Sky LRMP documents can be found using the external link:  https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/tasb/slrp/plan79.html Backcountry BC Hosted Sea-to Sky LRMP...

We rely for our understanding of the doctrine on an article entitled Highways, Parks and the Public Trust Doctrine, by Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law in the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, October 2007 published by Thomson Canada Limited. While the common law doctrine of dedication and acceptance is most well known as a means of creating public highways, Canadian courts have also applied it to the creation of other public spaces, including “playgrounds, greenbelts,...

May 31, 2004 Garibaldi Civil Defence Zone and conflicts with climber’s access to Rogues Gallery Rogues Gallery Risk Assessment Report

November 2001 Garibaldi Civil Defence Zone Land Management Plan prepared by Ms. Marnie Skolbaski, Gryphus Land Use Planning Corp. and submitted to Mr. Wayne Dauphinee, Provincial Emergency Program, Ministry of Attorney General. This document has some formatting errors. It originates from an earlier version of MS-Word. GaribaldiCivilDefenceZoneLandManagementPlan-November2001.pdf The document was obtained from Mr. Ryan Wainwright, Emergency Program Manager, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

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