Pinecone Burke Provincial Park’s pristine, remote-feeling wilderness belies its location just a short hour’s drive from Vancouver on Katzie First Nation traditional territory. Yet despite its proximity to the densely-populated Lower Mainland, it sees relatively few visitors, primarily due to access issues, limited facilities, and the generally low-profile it’s maintained throughout its 20 year existence.
Last fall, the provincial government and Katzie Nation finally committed to developing a management plan for the underserviced park, seeking input from backcountry hikers, paddlers, campers and naturalists. The FMCBC took part in the stakeholders workshop and sent a letter to BC Parks outlining areas of concern.
With the draft plan scheduled for release this spring, and the final plan (and implementation) coming later this summer, the FMCBC is hosting a presentation to educate the public about the park and ways people can access it.
BC mountaineer and photographer Justin Brown will lead a visual and descriptive virtual tour of the 17 days he and his partner Ian Koch spent traversing and exploring the remote reaches of Pinecone Burke in 2014. Author Lyle Litzenberger (whose book “Burke and Widgeon: A Hiker’s Guide” covers two of the most accessible areas of the park), Steve Chapman, owner of Canadian Map Makers, and Vicki Haberl, planning section head for BC Parks’ South Coast Region, will also be on hand to answer questions and speak to their respective areas of expertise.
Friday, June 12, 2015
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
UBC’s Buchanan Building, Room A101
Admission is by donation.
Come early to ask questions, chat with fellow members and friends, and don’t forget to bring some cash to pick up some great swag! We hope to see you there! Please get in touch with us for more information.
Here are some more images of Pinecone Burke Park taken by Justin Brown: