FMCBC Update on Planning for Uphill Ski Routes through Blackcomb Resort

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 [...]

Day Use Pass Review by BC Parks

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 [...]

Joffre Lakes Park Visitor Strategy – Public Review

Introduction BC Parks is asking for public input on a strategy to control the number of hikers that can hike the popular trail in the summer.  The Federation is concerned since this is the first proposed implementation of a day-use reservation system after the the pilot-project last summer.  We think that BC Parks is proposing to allow too many people to hike this trail, but the [...]

FMCBC Report on Recent Court Decision: No Public Right to Cross Private Land to Access Recreational Assets

In the recent decision, Douglas Lake Cattle Company v Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club (2021 BCCA 99), the BC Court of Appeal determined that the Douglas Lake Ranch could block the public from crossing its property to fish in the Crown owned Minnie and Stoney Lakes. The outcome is very disappointing not only for the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, but for all who had hoped [...]

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