Read the FMCBC Letter to Keith Baric, Planning Section Head, Okanagan Region, BC Parks regarding the management of this well-loved BC park. The FMCBC is eager to contribute – in partnership with our member clubs – to the planning process. View the backgrounder for park information and a description of the planning process.
The FMCBC Recreation and Conservation Committee is preparing a response to the Lands Branch regarding a proposed heli-ski tenure near Mount Waddington. In the past, the FMCBC has advocated for no helicopter access for day-use commercial or private backcountry recreation. In 2009, the FMCBC successfully negotiated a joint-use agreement with one such commercial heli-sports proponent, which kept Mt Waddington and surrounding terrain “non-motorized with restricted aerial access”. [...]
As part of the Master Development Agreement (MDA) between the Province and Whistler-Blackcomb, Blackcomb is required to provide public access through their controlled recreation area (CRA) for the public to access the Spearhead Range in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Whistler-Blackcomb (now a subsidiary of Vail Resorts) has been avoiding this requirement for many years. The BC Mountaineering Club (BCMC) found the wording in the MDA and has been [...]
BC Parks released plans for day-use passes in some parks again this year. Our first impression is that they listened to us in part since they removed the pilot project from Cypress and Seymour parks. However, by reinstating the pilot project they have not explained why the program is actually required. Our best guess is that the park employees don't want to deal with the parking chaos [...]
Last summer BC Parks introduced a pilot-project to reduce the risk of COVID to park visitors and staff. We wrote a blog post last summer that discussed the issues around the passes. BC Parks is currently doing a survey until May 8th to determine if the public supports the pilot project being extended to 2021. The feedback from most members has been [...]