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                                                                       News on Mount Washington                           Summer/Fall/2006          Volume 16, #2
                                                                                                                                                            Photo: Tony Radomi
                                                                                                                                                    Courtesy Mount Washington




                                                                                                    Vaulted ceilings,
                                                                                                    exposed cedar and
                                                                                                    a design inspired
                                                                                                    by the confluence
              Yaletown Meets Mount                                                                  of forest and sky
                                                                                                    makes Wildwood
                                                                                                    a grand addition to
             Washington at Wildwood!                                                                home living at
                                                                                                    Mount Washington.
Leslie and Terry Farmer walked into              Mount Washington. Wildwood comprises
the great room of their new home at              eight luxury townhouse chalets in two,
Wildwood and gazed upward in awe.                four-unit buildings, located on Nordic
                                                 Road near the intersection with Henry
   The vaulted ceiling, constructed with
exposed cedar and inspired by the con-           Road and perched at the entrance to
fluence of forest and sky, was a big selling     Strathcona Provincial Park. The Wildwood
point for the Farmers – in fact, Leslie hadn’t   site was selected for its convenient access
even wanted to look in Wildwood at first,        to the Hawk chairlift and the trailhead to
until she saw the ceilings.                      Paradise Meadows.



                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Rick Gibson
   “My wife wasn’t keen on this at first            The first phase was completed in late
because it’s three floors,” Terry Farmer         June. The luxury chalets are the first of their
said in a telephone interview from his           kind at the Resort and some have likened
home in Victoria. They had first looked at       Wildwood to Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown.           Exclusive to
units elsewhere at the Resort. Terry                Architect Colin Kwok of Azurean                 The Marmot...
arranged for a viewing at Wildwood and           Architecture Inc. said his inspiration wasn’t
                                                                                                   Mount Washington
urged Leslie to come with him. “Once             so much Yaletown as the thought of build-
she got into it on the ground floor she was      ing something in which he would love to           Accommodation
sold immediately.”                               be snowbound – “A place that felt like it         Guide
   The Farmers are the first buyers in           was in the mountains without a mountain           Paradise Meadows &
Wildwood, the newest development at              vernacular being forced onto it,” he said.
                                                                    Continued on page A14          Buttle Lake Trail Maps & Guides

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                                                                                                                    The View
                                                                                                                    From Here




                                                                                               Photo: Rick Gibson
                                                                                                                     Wildwood at Strathcona is taking
                                                                                                                    real estate in the Mount Washington
                                                                                                                    area to a new level. This is the first
News In Brief                                ativity together with the ability to improvise
                                             when dealing with the unexpected.                                      project designed and built to truly
Encompassing people, places and
                                                Meertens certainly knows the improvisa-                             take in the four seasons of the area.
happenings at Mount Washington.
                                             tion angle: he arrived at Mount Washington
                                                                                                                      They are also the first development to                     www.rickgibson.ca
   Mount      Washington       Operations    right before the infamous “no snow” sea-
Manager Erik Meertens has won a top          son. Then this year – his second at the                                promote themselves as being located
industry award, this one from the Canada     Resort – Mount Washington experienced                                  directly adjacent to Strathcona Park              washrooms and marveling at the water
West Ski Areas Association. Meertens was     the third deepest snow season on record.                               (approx 60 feet away) with a ski area out         swirling down the toilet bowls!
presented with the Lars Fossberg Award at                                                                           the back door! (Note: The name is Wildwood           Current day, we get to drive up to the
the CSWAA’s annual conference in May.            Mount Washington Alpine Resort is                                  at Strathcona - NOT Wildwood at Mount             mountain in an incredible storm, on pave-
The award is presented annually to an up-    king of the marketing world – at least in                              Washington).                                      ment. Upon arrival, we get to drive into an
and-coming manager or supervisor who         the eyes of the National Ski Areas                                        Wildwood is a different recreational           underground parking lot, load our gear
shows a high degree of initiative and cre-   Association (NSAA). The Resort was hon-
                                                                                                                    home option with an attention to detail that      into an elevator and go up to our warm
                                             oured in May with an NSAA marketing
                                                                                                                    will give owners reasons to visit in all sea-     suite that is fully furnished. With a click of
                                             award, which Mount Washington Director
     THE INSIDE                              of Sales and Marketing Karen Bonell                                    sons.                                             a switch the fireplace breathes to life.
                                                                                                                       This is another major step in Mount
       S C O O P                             accepted.
                                                                                                                    Washington’s positive growth. And it all
                                                                                                                                                                         If one wants, a remote control for the TV
                                                “This is our first award from the NSAA                                                                                gives one 43 channels of programming.
A5   • Paralympic Cup Race coming            and gives Mount Washington Alpine Resort                               started some quarter century ago.                 AND if you need it, even telephone and
     • “Spirit Sasquatch” sited?             exposure to the entire North American                                     I grew up with a family cabin on               high speed internet is available! There are
                                             market,” Bonell said. “It’s an honour to                               Forbidden Plateau that had no electricity,        fridges, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves,
A6   • Stay & Play, Shop & Dine
                                             receive an award among the high-quality                                no running water and the toilet was an out-       TV’s and almost every creature comfort is
A8   • Mount Washington Trail Map
                                             Resorts represented at the NSAA.”                                      house (a 50 foot slog out in the snow)!           available somewhere! (even some bidets).
A9   • In Profile: The Ericksons
                                                The Resort submitted its new “1,2,3,                                   Our weekend holiday would start with a         Some people even have gas powered snow
A10 • Winter Wrap                                                                                                   1000 foot trek through waist deep wet
                                             Free!” Discover Skiing and Snowboarding                                                                                  blowers and remote start vehicles so their
     • VI Mountain Sport Society                                                                                    snow. Once arriving at our cabin, the wood
                                             initiative in the Best Program to Increase                                                                               truck is warm when they get outside!
      Teams up for Success                                                                                          stove would be started, candles would be
                                             Trial by New Participants category.                                                                                         We have come a long way and our
A11 • In Profile: Tim Defert                                                                                        lit and finally by the time departure day
                                                “Mount Washington delivered a unique                                                                                  expectation have also changed!
     • New Paradise Meadows Trailhead                                                                               Sunday came around, we would all be                  Wildwood at Strathcona is another major
                                             campaign that truly appeals to not only
A12 • Marmot Momentum Grows                  new participants, but skiers/riders of all lev-                        warm and dry!                                     step forward in the area evolving into an all
A13 • Ski Area... “Closed”                   els,” said NSAA judge Senan Gorman,                                       But at that time, what we had, was state       season community. Wildwood offers buyers
     • The Snow Pack is Back!                chief creative guy of the North Pole Design                            of the art! I was so lucky back then to have      a four season home that opens onto
A14 • Air Canada is Back too!                Company. “The 1,2,3, Free! Program is the                              that opportunity (thanks Mom and Dad).            Strathcona Park. Wildwood promises the
A16 • Real Estate Opportunities              beginning of a beautiful relationship.”                                   When Mount Washington became a                 same things that Mount Washington offered
B1   • Exclusive! Mount Washington              The NSAA represents 326 alpine resorts                              reality, and was about to open, the staff at      for so many years- a new recreational
       Accommodations & Events Guide         in the United States and Canada that                                   the Resort gave guided tours of their state of    home opportunity that truly gives buyers a
B3   • Buttle Lake Map & Guide               account for more than 90 per cent of                                   the art flush toilets! You may laugh now,         four season choice. (Wildwood even has
                                             skier/snowboarder visits nationwide.                                   but I can remember traveling up a horrendous      flush toilets, I have seen them!)
B5   • Forbidden Plateau Map & Guide
                                                                                                                    dusty trail of a road and going into the public
                                                                 Continued on page A15
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo: Tony Radomi
                 Celebrate Summer
               at Mount Washington
“We’ll be hosting our most popular events
again,” says Don Sharpe, Director of
Business Services for Mount Washington.
“We’ll also be tweaking and enhancing
them this year.” he added.

   Two events that are sure to catch the
attention of food and beverage lovers are a
beer pairing dinner July 14, the evening
before the Beer Fest, and a wine pairing
dinner July 21, the evening before High on
Chocolate. Both events feature a five-
course, tapas-style dinner with accompa-
nying beverages at Fireweed’s.
   While the mountain biking set might not
be interested in a wine pairing dinner, they
will be stoked to hear that Mount
Washington is hosting the Canada Cup
Race Series July 20-30. Racers in multiple                                                                           “Boomer Crazies”

                                                                                                Photo: Tony Radomi
classes will compete on an as-yet-to-be-
announced route.                                                                                                     LOVE The Outback
   August 26-27 it’s time for the B.C. Cup
Finals, featuring the cross-country and                                                                              A black diamond skier, Mark                         “I don’t think any other mountain around
                                                Who can resist limitless chocolate? Not many,
downhill finals.                                                                                                     Proudfoot craves the steep and the               here has any more to offer an expert skier,”
                                                based on the number of visitors who show up
   More interested in feeling the adrenaline    at mount Washington’s ChocolateFest, one of                          deep. And up until this year, his                he said. Proudfoot was already familiar
rush yourself? The Hawk and the Eagle             the may events to check out this summer.                           hometown mountain couldn’t deliver.              with the north face territory, having done
high-speed chairlifts are equipped to take                                                                           Then the Outback happened.                       some back-country skiing there in the past.
riders and their bikes up with ease, provid-    washrooms and coin laundry – during busi-                                                                                “We always skied back there before the
                                                ness hours.                                                             The brand, spanking new $3.5 million
ing full access to mountain biking terrain                                                                                                                            chairlift was there. It was always stuff we
                                                   The new trailhead by Raven Lodge will                             Boomerang Quad stood idle during its
ranging from beginner to expert.                                                                                                                                      had to hike to; and now it’s all opened up.
                                                be completed this summer. It already fea-                            debut season in 2004-05, as the snow on
   For those who would rather just take a                                                                                                                             “It was a lot bigger than I thought it would
                                                tures a meandering gravel trail leading into                         the new face never got deep enough. The
scenic chairlift ride to the mountain’s sum-                                                                                                                          be.”
                                                Paradise Meadows. Everyone from casual                               Boomerang is Canada’s first double offload
mit, the chairlift is open daily from June 30                                                                                                                            Proudfoot skied 20 times last year, many
                                                strollers to day hikers and hardy backcoun-                          chairlift, and opened up 162 hectares (400
to Sept. 24. The summit offers panoramic                                                                                                                              of those days in powder. He said that’s a
                                                try hikers can gain access to Strathcona                             acres) of new black diamond and double
views of Strathcona Park, Comox Glacier,                                                                                                                              slow year for him. “Usually it’s around 100
                                                Provincial Park from the trailhead.                                  black diamond terrain on the mountain.
the Strait of Georgia and the Beaufort                                                                                                                                times.”
                                                   Other outdoor activities available at                                It’s the best thing the Resort ever did, in
Range of mountains.                                                                                                                                                      He skis with a big group of friends, and
                                                Mount Washington include flyfishing,                                 Proudfoot’s eyes. Proudfoot, 20, is a busi-
   Looking to camp at Mount Washington?                                                                                                                               stays at home with his parents in
                                                horseback riding and ATV tours.                                      ness student at the University of Victoria,
The Resort offers free group camping near                                                                                                                             Courtenay. One friend does own a chalet at
                                                                                                                     but he grew up in the Comox Valley, at the
Raven Lodge, which means campers have           For a detailed list of this sumer’s events go                                                                         Mount Washington, and they’ll sometimes
                                                                                                                     bottom of Mount Washington. He learned
access to the lodge’s facilities – showers,     to page B2 of the Marmot.                                                                                             stay there. “It’s good when we can all make
                                                                                                                     to ski at Mount Washington.
                                                                                                                                                                      it home,” he said. Continued on page A15


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                    Paralympic Cup comes                                                                   ‘Spirit Sasquatch’ Rumoured
                    to Mount Washington                                                                 to be Roaming in Strathcona Park
   Mount Washington Alpine Resort                the beginning are the reasons that the IPC       The deep snowpack at Mount
will host an International Paralympic            event is coming to Mount Washington.             Washington has revealed a new secret
Committee World Cup race next win-               That and the fact the Club and the Resort        about the sasquatch that are
ter. The resort was awarded the event            have been slowly phasing in improvements         rumoured to roam the alpine areas: an
in early June, after months of negotia-          to the Nordic facilities, like new terrain and   albino cousin.
tion.                                            competition trails.                                 The albino species differs from the other
   “It is a big deal,” said Len Apedaile,           “We have superb facilities here, so why       white sasquatch, colloquially known as the
President of the Strathcona Nordics. “It is      wouldn’t we attract them? To go into an IPC      Abominable Snowman. That particular
the top athletes in these sports. It’s a high-   World Cup right away, before we’re even          species has different DNA characteristics.
level international event and any high-level     ready, is an exciting opportunity.”                 The albino is related to the brown
international event for a community is a big        The event will give the Vancouver             sasquatch, much like the Kermode or Spirit
deal. “Short of them approving our final         Olympic Committee, Cross-Country B.C.            Bear is white in colour but really related to
application with some of the finer business      and Cross-Country Canada some much-              black bears.
details, it’s a go.”                             needed experience early in Vancouver’s              The sasquatch’s winter coating, found to
   The International Paralympic Committee        Olympic process leading up to 2010, he                                                             This photo of a somewhat surprised ‘Spirit
                                                                                                  be coarse hairs mostly snow-white in
(IPC) race circuits comprise 140 nordic ski      said.                                                                                              Sasquatch’ was apparently shot on the trail
                                                                                                  colour, usually turns to a finer, more choco-     along Battleship Lake using a combination
and biathlon athletes from between 20 and           “This becomes an early test event. The        late brown in the summer. However, this              of infrared digital technology using a
23 countries. Not all competitors would be       fact that we’re having it now … if it was        albino cousin’s fur doesn’t appear to                motion sensitive trigger mechanism,
able to make the trip to North America,          another year or two down the road we             change. That makes them more difficult to           allowing the photographer to be miles
Apedaile explained – most of the races are       wouldn’t be getting it. They would be                                                                        away in a safe location.
                                                                                                  spot.
based in Europe, and some teams can’t            going into the Callaghan Valley,” he said.          Cryptozoologist Sven Yetichercher said it
afford to attend races off that continent –      Callaghan Valley near Whistler is where          is unusual for the albino sasquatch species       year-round population increases at the
but many of them would.                          the Nordic facilities will be built for the      to go this long into the season without           Resort; the sasquatch is becoming used to
   The event would see four nordic and           2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.             shedding its winter coat. “It must be pretty      seeing humans.
biathlon events take place over five days.          The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport           hot under all that insulation,” he said puz-         Because not much is known about the
The Mount Washington races would be the          Society, now an umbrella organization tak-       zledly.                                           eating habits of the sasquatch, Mount
final events of the season, meaning not          ing charge of the sport centre development,         The sasquatch’s footprints have been           Washington property owners are being
only race winners, but the champions of          hopes to attract world-class skiers to its       spotted in some of the more remote areas          asked to keep their garbage locked up in an
the entire IPC World Cup series will receive     facility in events and practices leading up      of the ski hill, including the new Outback        appropriate manner – just in case.
their trophies at a ceremony following the       to the 2010 Olympics.                            terrain; as the thicker parts of the snowpack        Meanwhile, crews doing some excava-
race.                                               “Our vision here is to have a facility, a     slowly melt away, the holes left from the         tion for new development at Mount
   There hasn’t been a Paralympic World          centre of excellence for athletes who are        creature’s footprints can be seen.                Washington were tight-lipped about a fossil
Cup in Canada in several years; Quebec           standing on the Olympic podium down the             Yetichercher expects there will be more        find, but the Marmot has learned it might
was the last province to host such an event,     road; 2012, 2014, 2016. There will be            sightings of the brown-coated sasquatches         possibly be connected to the albino
Apedaile said. Apedaile said the develop-        homegrown people like Alison Forsyth (a          this year as they forage for food in lower        species. No sources were willing to be
ment of the Vancouver Island Mountain            Mount Washington Ski Club alumni) who            elevations. In years when the snowpack            quoted for the article.
Sport Centre – of which he is Project            will be there,” Apedaile said.                   melts early, they are seen above the 4,000-          For more information and an opportuni-
Manager – and the community co-opera-            “With 2010 coming along, we can do what          foot altitude level. He also predicts this par-   ty to hear sasquatch sound files go to
tion that has surrounded the project from        we dream of doing.”                              ticular species is becoming braver as the         www.bfro.net




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                                                                                                Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                                                                     named for the Addams Family movie, but               Alpine Lodge. Jordan worked at Fat Teddy’s
                                                                                                                     because “he’s anti-social; never turn your           as a dishwasher, Jared worked at Altitude
                                                                                                                     back on the cat.”                                    and Aaron spent as much time on the hill
                                                                                                                        The couple has just finished its first real       as he could.
                                                                                                                     winter at the Resort (the first one last year
                                                                                                                     really didn’t count, as most people living
                                                                                                                     and working at the Resort would likely
                                                                                                                     say). “Through the winter it’s a really differ-
                                                                                                                     ent atmosphere,” Janyce says. “It’s frantic.
                                                                                                                     When the mountain closes you see the res-
                                                                                                                     idents come out in the sun, blinking their
                                                                                                                     eyes.”
                                                                                                                        The Ericksons have 40 bosses in the dif-
                                                                                                                     ferent suite owners, but say the relationship
                                                                                                                     between all of them has been great. Janyce              Check our searchable data base
                                                                                                                     receives chocolate and flowers from the               and find the style of accommodation
                                                                                                                     owners’ kids whenever they’re around,                  that suits your needs and budget.
                                                                                                                     which she loves.
                                                                                                                        This was the first year that caretakers at               www.mtwashington
                                                                                                                     Paradise Ridge looked after both the build-                 accommodation.com
                                                                                                                     ing and snow removal in the parking lot.
                                                                                                                     Considering Mount Washington had its
                                                                                                                     third-deepest snow season on record, it              $10,000 Raised for
           Caretaking Paradise...                                                                                    was a job and a half.
                                                                                                                        The Ericksons moved to Mount                        Island-based
                                                                                                                     Washington two summers ago, before the
The Marmot continues its feature on           explains. “We can tell what it’s like by the                           “no snow” winter. They had spent the pre-
                                                                                                                                                                               Athletes
the caretakers of Mount Washington            direction it hits the suite. It’s wussy snow if                        vious 11 years living in downtown Victoria,             The Save-On-Foods Black on White
Alpine Resort with Janyce and                 it comes from over Strathcona Park. “If it                             managing a social housing complex.                   Gala Dinner held in April helped raise
Lawrence Erickson of Paradise Ridge.          comes from the mountain, watch out – bat-                              Janyce had formed a kids’ club to keep the           $10,000 for amateur athletes on Vancouver
   The most fascinating part of living at     ten down the hatches!”                                                 street kids off the street.                          Island.
Mount Washington, say Janyce and                 Still smarting from memories of his                                    “We liked that part of it, but we didn’t             The event was held by the Vancouver
Lawrence Erickson, is the ever-changing       snow-clearing days, Lawrence lamented                                  like what was happening to the city,”                Island Mountain Sport Society, which funds
weather. “The mountain has its own weath-     that the snow came from over the moun-                                 Jaynce said. “We needed to get out of the            Island-based athletes who compete in
er pattern,” says Lawrence, who spent         tain “all of January.” Their corner unit is                            city,” Lawrence said. “We wanted some-               mountain sports such as Nordic, alpine and
countless hours clearing the Paradise Ridge   often buried during snowstorms, but                                    thing rural. So the city folk went to the            adaptive (formerly disabled) skiing and
parking lots after each snowstorm last win-   reveals the most stunning sunsets from the                             country,” Janyce added. “We’re really rural          snowboarding, biathlon and mountain bik-
ter. In the summer he tears up the mountain   picture window in the living room.                                     now.”                                                ing.
bike trails, enjoying whatever summer            The deck is also where Janyce adopted                                  Working at Mount Washington Alpine                   VIMSS-funded athletes include biath-
weather Mother Nature can throw at him.       Chester the chipmunk. “He comes here                                   Resort is a family affair for the Ericksons.         letes Sarah Green, Sharleen Jackson and
   Coming from “down below,” as Janyce        every day. If I don’t have nuts outside by                             Not only do Janyce and Lawrence Erickson             Jessica Sedlock; cross-country skiers Krysta
describes Victoria, the couple didn’t know    9:15 a.m. in the morning I hear about it,”                             manage Paradise Ridge Lodge full time, but           Wark and Andrea Lee; downhill skiers Julie
snow. Now, they really know snow.             she says. Chester competes for Janyce’s                                Lawrence’s sister, Linda Wicks, runs the             Peters and Mathieu Leduc and snowboarder
“There’s different kinds of snow,” she        affection with the couple’s two black and                              General Store and two of her sons – the              Megan Chamberlin.




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                                                                                              Photo: Tony Radomi / Courtesy Mount Washington
                          Winter Wrap
    The snow came back – and boy, did it ever stay around!
   Mount Washington Alpine Resort
enjoyed its third-deepest snow season last
                                                   If the Resort had been able to open for
                                                the Christmas holiday, it would have added
                                                                                                                                                      Vancouver Island Mountain Sport
winter, a year after a virtual no-snow year.    about 7,000 skier visits per day between                                                                 Society Partners for Success
   “Overall it was a success, with the crazy    Dec. 24 and New Year’s, easily surpassing
amount of snow we received,” said Brent         the record.                                                                                    Things are starting to steamroll for the             ( Above) An empty parking lot uphill from
Curtain, Resort Public Relations Director.         The winter season was very uplifting for                                                    Vancouver Island Mountain Sports                     Raven Lodge could be the site of the pro-
                                                                                                                                               Society. Earlier this year the Society,              posed Vancouver Island Mountain Sport
Although they’re still counting snowflakes,     Resort staff members, who still cringe when
                                                                                                                                               which was created four years ago in                  Centre and stadium for Nordic and
Curtain estimated the Resort received           people want to talk about the season of no
                                                                                                                                               response to the growing financial                    biathlon events.
1,200 centimetres of snow.                      snow last year. “A lot of people were ask-
                                                                                                                                               needs of Vancouver Island mountain                   (Below): Vivian Dean, VIMMS chair
   “We had a lot of powder days and the         ing, did we think skiers were going to come
powder was great.”                              back. The skier visits in January and                                                          athletes, took on the Nordic training
   The highlight of the season was the          February answered that question,” Curtain                                                      centre project.
opening of the $3.5 million Boomerang           said. “As far as people coming back to                                                             Then that project was twinned with B.C.
Quad chairlift and double black diamond         Mount Washington, that wasn’t a prob-                                                          Parks’ efforts to build a visitors’ centre near
terrain in the Outback, on the north face of    lem.”                                                                                          the new trailhead into Strathcona Park,
the mountain.                                      There were even new season pass hold-                                                       which will be located near Raven Lodge.
   Because the snow didn’t come until after     ers this year, although not as many as they                                                     “What’s really unique with this project …
Christmas, it wasn’t a record year as far as    normally get before the season starts.                                                         it’s a project that not just one group has
skier visits. Still, 300,000 visitors between   Because there weren’t very many snow                                                           owned,” VIMSS Chairwoman Vivian Dean
December and April is not too shabby,           days the previous season the Resort decid-                                                     said.
Curtain said. “We did have our busiest          ed to honour 2004-05 season’s passes in                                                            The VIMSS has received $674,000 in
January-to-April period ever,” he said.         2005-06.                                                                                       public and private money, which will be
                                                                                                                                               spent on the first phase of the project –
                                                                                                                                               planning. Work will continue on trail
                                                                                                                                               upgrades this summer and project manager
                                                                                                                                               Len Apedaile hopes to complete site sur-
                                                                                                                                               veys for both buildings before the snow
                                                                                                                                               falls.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                                                                                                   The second phase of the project will be
                                                                                                                                               the building itself. “This is all about bricks
                                                                                                                                               and mortar and design – about building the
                                                                                                                                               building,” Apedaile said. A final location
                                                                                                                                               will have to be decided. Then various user             Sharpe and Apedaile are excited at the
                                                                                                                                               groups will be asked for their input on what         prospect of teaming up with Camosun
                                                                                                                                               they want to see in the building.                    College in Victoria to offer an elite sports
                                                                                                                                                   Along with the physical structure will be        centre. Camosun will spend $32 million to
                                                                                                                                               consideration for an educational compo-              build such centres in five or six locations
                                                                                              Photo: Tony Radomi / Courtesy Mount Washington




                                                                                                                                               nent. What sort of programming will work             around the south Island. What they don’t
                                                                                                                                               for both the sport and visitors’ centres?            have down there is an alpine environment
                                                                                                                                                   “You don’t design a building and then            and Sharpe will do his best to convince the
                                                                                                                                               figure out what to do with it,” said Mount           college president to look north to Mount
                                                                                                                                               Washington Director of Business Services             Washington.
                                                                                                                                               Don Sharpe.                                            The third phase will be to put together a
                                                                                                                                                   Strathcona Park proponents are excited           business plan, showing sustainability of
                                                                                                                                               at the prospect of offering interpretive pro-        both the sports centre and visitors’ centre.
                                                                                                                                               gramming for park users.                                                 continued on page A15
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                                                                     favourite places to be.
                                                                     Although he cooks at
                                                                     home, “I’m not a very
                                                                                                                               New Trailhead for
                                                                     good gourmet cook,”                                       Paradise Meadows
                                                                     Defert admits.
                                                                        His favourite type of
                                                                     food is Italian. And just like
                                                                     Alfredo Yabut left his mark
                                                                     at Mount Washington with
                                                                     his penchant for Chinese
                                                                     food, some of Defert’s
                                                                     choices are influenced by
                                                                     his passion for pasta.
                                                                        He intends to rebrand
                                                                     Fireweeds this year, open-
                                                                     ing it up for breakfast in




                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                     the summer and as a place
                                                                     of pizza, pasta and prime
                                                                     rib by next winter.
                                                                        Fireweeds has usually
                                                                     been used for the grocery
                                                                                                      Paradise Meadows is getting a new                   ed process. “There is strength in unison,”
                                                                     store in the summer, but
                                                                                                      trailhead, nearly 20 years after the                Smith said. “We are together. We’ve got
                                                                     that is changing this year.
                                                                                                      idea was first mentioned.                           buildings that can be used by everybody,
                                                                     Altitudes will now absorb

    Tim Defert,                                                      the grocery business and
                                                                     the restaurant will operate
                                                                     as a restaurant.
                                                                                                          Later this year B.C. Parks will unveil its
                                                                                                      gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park. A
                                                                                                      kilometre-long crushed gravel trail was cre-
                                                                                                                                                          not just the park.”
                                                                                                                                                             About $5.5 million will have to be raised
                                                                                                                                                          to build the sport centre and visitors’ cen-


    In Profile                                                          Fat Teddy’s – which           ated last fall, before the snow started             tre. The building will be multi-functional,
                                                                     used to be open for break-       falling, to lead hikers, walkers and runners        providing space to run workshops such as
                                                                     fast – will continue to          to the new entrance to the park.                    Leave No Trace and avalanche training.
                                                                     serve lunch and dinner in            Andy Smith, spokesman for B.C. Parks,           While he would love to see an educational
                                                  Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                     the       summer,         and    said the landscape plan has yet to be done.         component to the new centre, Smith said it
Mount Washington Food and
                                                  Fireweeds will hopefully add patio seating.         “We have some visions of what it will be            won’t be limited to sports. “The sky’s the
Beverage Manager Tim Defert has
                                                  Starbucks will be back in Fireweeds this            like. Maybe carvings out of wood or rock,”          limit as far as programs go with the visitors’
had his learning year. Now he’s get-
                                                  summer – a no-brainer, he said, since it            he said. The trailhead will create a new            centre,” he said.
ting down to business.
                                                  was so popular in the winter. They’ve also          entrance into Strathcona Provincial Park,              Smith and his committee members are
   Defert joined the management team last         bought a high-performance cappuccino                and it will solve some issues the old trail-        also looking at ways to sustain the centre
September. He says it’s one of the best           machine to keep the speed up.                       head was never able to solve, like bath-            once it’s built. B.C. Parks is looking at cre-
management teams he’s ever worked for.            Beaver Tails, which was successful when it          room facilities and parking.                        ating a group camping site on the Plateau
   “It’s a great organization, with a great       was located beside Mountain Tek in the                  “It will be a much nicer access. People         and the revenue from the campsite would
atmosphere and a great management team            winter, will be moved to a different loca-          will have a parking lot right there, which          go back into the interpretive centre.
to work with,” he said. Defert kept change        tion near the Alpine Lodge. And Defert is           we’ve never had,” Smith said. A grand                  Where it will be situated is still up for
to a minimum as he headed into his first          trying to organize a food kiosk by the Hawk         opening will be held sometime in August.            debate, although Smith said a logical place
winter season.                                    chairlift in time for mountain bike season          The old trail will eventually be upgraded so        would be somewhere in the vicinity of
   “This year we’ll have some operational         (or winter for sure).                               it’s accessible by wheelchair and stroller          Raven Lodge. Some would like to see it
changes,” he said. Defert’s department is            “If you come to the Hawk, you don’t              alike.                                              where the snow dump is now. That’s
important to the success of Mount                 have to go all the way to the main lodge to             The trailhead and visitors’ centre project      doable, Smith said, but it would mean lev-
Washington, and he takes his job seriously.       get a hot chocolate,” he said.                      really got off the ground this year when the        eling part of the parking lot.
“I think it’s a key component (at the Resort).       Despite spending five years managing             project was amalgamated with the                       The main thing with the building design,
It touches almost all the guests on the           two resorts for Oak Bay Marine Group (one           Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Centre.             whatever it may be, is that it is accessible
mountain and it can really make or break a        resort in the Bahamas for two years and             The non-profit organization and B.C. Parks          to people both in winter and summer, with-
customer’s experience.                            Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River for three         were able to team up in asking for govern-          out taking away from the outdoor experi-
   “They could have the greatest day skiing,      years) Defert is happy where he is.                 ment grants and to streamline a complicat-          ence, he said.
but a cold cup of coffee is enough to ruin           “It’s definitely not an easy job. You’re
it,” he said. Every year staff tries to improve   dealing with a large base of staff that’s ever
on food and beverage service at the Resort.       changing. Because there’s great support
While the winter sees around 200 staff                                                                                                                     A view of Paradise meadows as seen from
                                                  from other management team members                                                                         the extensive boardwalk trail system.
members, the summer kitchen usually               like Don Sharpe and Peter Gibson, it does
employs 30-50.                                    make it easier to work.”
   “Summer is a huge area for growth,”               Defert said when he returned to the
Defert acknowledged. “There’s still room          Island he knew he would one day work at
for winter. We’re not done there yet.”            Mount Washington. His wife Simone spent
   The catering department is busy, with          six years working in the food and beverage
weddings booked into 2007. Catering               department as well as the kids’ centre, and
Manager Rob Robertson has provided sta-           constantly raved about the experience.
bility to this particular department, and that       “Which is one of the reasons I knew I
has opened up opportunities to cater to           wanted to work there,” Defert said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Neil Havers




conferences and corporate events.                    He and Simone have settled in their
   Defert began his food and beverage             home in Campbell River with children
career in the kitchen. It’s still one of his      Gracie, 4, and Ava, seven months.
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                                                                                             Basically, it happened because of
                                                                                             people like you.
                                                                                                We began a captive-breeding
                                                                                             program in 1997 with a handful of
                                                                                             marmots. Through the Marmot
                                                                                             Recovery Foundation, donors
                                                                                             from around the world supported
                                                                                             this program and the scientific
                                                                                             research needed to make it work.
                                                                                             And worked it has this spring
                                                                                             we've had 14 litters of pups born,
                                                                                             including 8 born at the facility
                                                                                             here on Mount Washington.
                                                                                                But breeding marmots was only
                                                                                             the first step. Now we've begun
                                                                                             the process of restoring wild pop-
                                                                                             ulations by releasing captive-born
                                                                                             marmots back to the wild. We
                                                                                             started slowly, in 2003, by releas-
                                                                                             ing 4 marmots. In 2004 we
                                                                                             released 9 and in 2005 we
   Vancouver Island Marmots:                                                                 released 15. Over the coming
                                                                                             weeks our field crews plan to
                    The Momentum Grows                                                       release about another 30 to the wild. Most                Marmot Meets Royalty
                                                                                             importantly, we've learned that marmots
ANDREW A. BRYANT Scientific Advisor,          Our marmots are one of 14 distinct mar-        released in previous years are behaving just            Sophie Rhys-Jones holds a stuffed toy
Marmot Recovery Foundation                 mot species in the world. Canada is home          as wild-born marmots do, eating grasses              Marmot, a gift for her daughter from Lt.-
                                                                                             and flowers, digging burrows and yes,                Gov. Iona Campagnolo. The Countess of
                                           to 4 species (Hoary Marmots, Yellow-bel-
As the last of the winter snow melts                                                         sleeping as only marmots can do!                     Wessex received the plush marmot, an
                                           lied Marmots, Woodchucks and Vancouver
and the cool days of spring lead to                                                             We have high hopes that this year will            island icon, at Governor House where she
                                           Island Marmots), but only the Vancouver
warmer weather, some of our friends                                                                                                               and her husband, Prince edward, had
                                           Island species has unique chocolate-brown         see another milestone achieved -- pups
return.                                                                                                                                           lunch.
                                           fur and such unusual behavior.                    born in the wild to captive-born parents.
                                              One notable trait is their capacity for        Stay tuned! In a very real way the popula-
   They have names like Shelby, April,
                                           sleep -- Vancouver Island Marmots hiber-          tion decline has been stopped, and
Chance, or William. Actually, "return" is
                                           nate for over 6 and a half months each            reversed. It will take years, of course, to
not quite correct, for I'm referring to
                                           year! Here on Mount Washington, mar-              achieve the recovery goal of a self-sustain-
Vancouver Island Marmots, and in fact
                                           mots typically enter hibernation in early         ing wild population of 400-600 marmots.
they've been here all along. Sleeping deep
                                           October, not emerging until mid May in the        Which is why your ongoing support is so
underneath the talus slopes and ski-runs.
                                           following year. That fact means that the          critical for this species.
Now that spring has sprung, Mount
Washington's permanent residents have      urban legend that Mount Washington clos-             To learn more about Vancouver Island
emerged from hibernation and begun their   es each spring to protect the marmots is just     marmots, please visit our website at                       The Marmot On-line
annual cycle of mating, eating grasses and that -- there is in fact no overlap between       www.marmots.org or visit the Marmot's                  Want to read past issues of the Marmot,
producing pups.                            the ski season and the "marmot season".           Den, which is located on the ground floor                you can read them on the web at
                                              And that's good news for North                 of the main day lodge.                                        www.themarmot.ca
                                                            America's rarest mammal.
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                                                                                                                          The Snow Pack
                                                                                                                             is Back!
                                                                                                                      Drought will not be a problem at
                                                                                                                      Mount Washington this year, or the
                                                                                                                      Comox Valley either.

                                                                                                                         After a year of virtually no snow threat-
                                                                                                                      ened water levels in the Valley in 2004-05,
                                                                                                                      there is no such thing now: the Resort
                                                                                                                      closed in mid-April with 15 feet of snow.
                                                                                                                      And that snow at the top of the mountain
                                                                                                                      translates into water at the bottom.
                                                                                                                         As of June 1, – June! – snow conditions
                                                                                                                      on Vancouver Island were above normal,
                                                                                                                      about 118 per cent, even though the
                                                                                                                      snowmelt rate was high.
                                                                                                                         Despite the early melt and higher-than-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                                                                      usual May runoff, the River Forecast Centre
                                                                                                                      noted there were no water supply concerns




                                                                                                 Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                                                                      on the Island.
                                                                                                                         One of the snow reporting areas is Jump
                                                                                                                                                                         Snow was still deeper than a ski pole
                                                                                                                      Creek in the Central Island. Snow pillow
                                                                                                                                                                          on May 10, three weeks after Mount
                                                                                                                      readings are taken from there four times a
                                                                                                                                                                        Washington Alpine Resort closed for the
                Ski Area... “Closed”                                                                                  month. (A snow pillow is an apparatus that
                                                                                                                      measures snow water equivalent using the
                                                                                                                                                                        winter season. The resort still had 15 feet
                                                                                                                                                                                 of snow when it closed.
                                                                                                                      weight of the snow on an antifreeze-filled
Mount Washington Alpine Resort fin-              Shawn Quinton, left, daughter Sierra, 3                              rubber bladder.)                                 big enough snowpack to provide 50 to 80
ishes their ski operations in late April         and son Phillip, 5, get set to enjoy an off-
                                                                                                                         Snow is a great substance to play in, but     per cent of a typical year’s water supply.
but this has never deterred people               season hike through Paradise Meadows.
                                                                                                                      beyond its recreational appeal, snow in the         “Despite an overall positive water supply
from visiting the Resort and nearby              Quinton, a snowshoe guide and luge
                                                 coach at Raven Lodge, says hiking in the                             ski hills is important as a source of water in   outlook, we’re still encouraging British
Strathcona Provincial Park during the
                                                 shoulder season can be dangerous if one                              western Canada.                                  Columbians to conserve water whenever
so-called shoulder season between
                                                 is not prepared. He was equipped with                                   The relationship between snowpack and         possible,” Environment Minister Barry
winter and summer.
                                                 skis for himself and a homemade sled for                             the amount of snowmelt is complex. Many          Penner said. “It’s an incredibly valuable
   Shawn Quinton is a snowshoe guide and         the kids.                                                            factors have to be taken into consideration,     resource.”
luge coach at Raven Lodge in the winter,                                                                              such as moisture content of the soil, ground
                                                                                                                      water, weather patterns, and changes in air      DID YOU KNOW? Snowpack is measured
but doesn’t stop enjoying the Park once the                                                                                                                            in centimeters. One centimeter of snow is
                                                                                                                      temperature.
final chairlift is turned off for the season.                                                                                                                          equivalent to one millimetre of rain once
                                                                                                                         For instance, if the ground was dry
   On a sunny June weekend he brought                                                                                                                                  the snow is melted.
                                                                                                                      before the snow started to fall, it won’t
his kids – Phillip, 5 and Sierra, 3 – for an
                                                                                                                      absorb the runoff as readily as if it was        Mount Washington had its third-deepest
afternoon hike. “We’re just going to play in                                                                          rainy before snowy.                              snow year ever in 2005-06. The record still
the snow,” he said as he portaged his kids                                                                               In the West, according to www.nation-         stands at approximately 21 feet, which fell
over the gravel-encrusted snow piles                                                                                  alatlas.gov, high mountain ranges hold a         in 1995. In fact, it was a world record!
                                                                                                 Photo: Susie Quinn




beside the Raven Lodge parking lot to their
sled a few metres away.
   He brought his own skis, just in case.
And he says he’s familiar with the terrain
                                                 Mount Washington puts up signs indicating
and its hidden springtime dangers.                  the Resort is closed at the end of the
   This time of year visitors to the Park want      winter season in April. Although the
to watch out for snow bridges, made when          Alpine Lodge is open some of the time,
runoff melts the underside of a snow pile,        the resort doesn’t officially open for the
leaving a weakened bridge above with no            summer season until the end of June.
sign of the danger below.
                                                 Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre
   “People can use the Park whenever they
                                                 and Paradise Meadows Visitors Centre are
want,” B.C. Parks spokesman Andy Smith
                                                 progressing, saying it will affect how peo-
said. “What is restricting people right now
                                                 ple use the Park.
is all the facilities, campsites and bath-
                                                    A proper Visitors’ Centre will make
rooms are buried in snow.”
                                                 Paradise Meadows an all-season place to
   The Park becomes a safety hazard for
                                                 visit, and an interpretive program will help
about a month, as warm temperatures
                                                 get the message out about safe recreation.
quickly melt the snow. Crevasses form
                                                 In late June, when most of the snow in the
around the boardwalks snaking through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo: Susie Quinn




                                                 lower elevations is gone, it’s all right to
Paradise Meadows and they’re big enough
                                                 hike without skis or snowshoes. But it’s best
to give people grief if they are unfortunate
                                                 to be prepared to spend a night out in the
enough to fall into one. “That’s the time of
                                                 weather, Quinton said.
year we put a lot of caution out there.”
                                                                                                                                    Is it Sasquatch? No, it’s a bear already beefing up on tasty grass
   Smith is excited about how the                                                                                                      by the side of the road on Strathcona Parkway in late May.
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                                                                                                      Photo: Boomer Jerritt / Courtesy Comox Valley Airport
                                                                                                                                                                             Wildwood
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                                                                                                                                                              At the same time, he didn’t want to design
                                                                                                                                                              “a city project lost in the woods.”
                 Air Canada Back at                                                                                                                              “Like Yaletown, an area that balances             Raymond Lam, left, and wife Jaya, front,
                                                                                                                                                              wonderfully aged exteriors with a certain             of Lam Family Ventures Ltd., join Leslie
                Comox Valley Airport                                                                                                                          up-to-the-minute modernity, we (Kwok and             and Terry Farmer in the Farmers’ unit at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wildwood, the first phase of an eight-unit
                                                                                                                                                              developer Raymond Lam of Lam Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                luxury chalet development. Photos: Susie Quinn
Air Canada has a presence again at               Improvements to Comox Valley Airport continue                                                                Ventures Ltd.) very much wanted a fresh,
Comox Valley Airport, after a four-year          to attract charter aircraft (shown below), and in                                                            updated version of what to do in the moun-        sense of openness even while outside. We
                                                 the summer a new passenger carrier: Air Jazz.                                                                tains,” Kwok said. “If it feels like Yaletown
absence.                                                                                                                                                                                                        wanted lots of decks to get outside into the
                                                 This will make it even easier for people to visit
                                                                                                                                                              – and you like Yaletown – I would say we          fresh air and admire the breathtaking views
   Beginning August 1, Air Canada Jazz will      Mount Washington.
                                                                                                                                                              were successful.”                                 of Strathcona Park,” he said.
provide regional jet service between             Cottingham Terminal opened just over a
                                                                                                                                                                 Lam is more pragmatic. “Wildwood at               “We wanted well-appointed interior fin-
Comox and Calgary. “It’s direct to Calgary;      year ago.
                                                                                                                                                              Strathcona was not created to be more             ishes like maple cabinets and flooring, tile
they will fly Air Jazz’s 50-seat CRJ,” Airport      “We’re up 10 per cent for the first quar-
                                                                                                                                                              upscale, but simply to be different and pro-
General Manager Chuck Fast said. Flights         ter,” Fast said. “What’s outstanding is that’s                                                                                                                 in the bathrooms with slate floors and a
                                                                                                                                                              vide more options for buyers on the moun-
will leave Calgary at 11:50 a.m. and arrive      up 10 per cent over last year, which was up                                                                                                                    sauna,” he said. The kitchen is in the cen-
                                                                                                                                                              tain,” he said. “We feel that the character-
in Comox at 12:20 p.m. The flight back to        26 per cent (over the year before). “The                                                                                                                       tre of the main floor living area.
                                                                                                                                                              istics that make Wildwood at Strathcona
Alberta will leave Comox at 12:50 p.m.           passenger loads are good. I think the (Air                                                                                                                        “We feel that a comfortable living space
                                                                                                                                                              different will be the reasons for its success.”
and arrive in Calgary at 3:10 p.m.               Canada) service will add some stimulation                                                                                                                      provides for a sense of calm and relaxation.
                                                                                                                                                                 Both Kwok and Lam have experience
   The Air Canada flight originates in           for the market as well.”                                                                                                                                       We envisioned a space to invite and enter-
                                                                                                                                                              designing and developing high-end units;
Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories,           Because passenger numbers are up, the                                                                                                                       tain family and friends, but also feel cozy
                                                                                                                                                              Lam with a five-unit project in the Victoria
continues on to Calgary and then Comox.          airport maxed out on its parking during                                                                                                                        when only two are snuggled up in front of
                                                                                                                                                              area last year and a triplex conversion in a
This routing will offer Comox passengers         peak periods last year. So the Comox Valley                                                                                                                    the fire.”
                                                                                                                                                              turn-of-the-century home this year; Kwok
all new territory. “We’re encouraged             Airport Commission is looking at doing a                                                                                                                          The Farmers haven’t owned a ski chalet
                                                                                                                                                              with numerous projects from airports to
they’re going to Yellowknife instead of the      small expansion in behind the “Welcome                                                                                                                         since their children were young (they used
                                                                                                                                                              industrial parks, resorts to restaurants like
same old, same old,” Fast said. “It’s a new      to Comox Valley Airport” sign, along                                                                                                                           to have a townhouse at Mt. Baker in
                                                                                                                                                              Lumiere and Cioppino’s (now Tojo’s), also
market for us.”                                  Knight Road. “And then we’ll run out of                                                                                                                        Washington State). Now that their daughter
                                                                                                                                                              in places like Sydney, Australia, Toronto,
   Air Jazz is connective to all other Air       property,” he said.                                                                                                                                            has had a child, Terry and Leslie thought it
                                                                                                                                                              Whitehorse, Vancouver, Seattle, Shanghai
Canada flights, which is another bonus for          Air cargo has taken a back seat at the air-
                                                                                                                                                              and Argentina.                                    was time to invest in another place.
passengers, he said. Air Jazz will have its      port in favour of its new passenger termi-
                                                                                                                                                                 The uptown nature of the design is what           Wildwood is ideal because their daugh-
own counter in the departure area of the         nal, but only because of supply and
                                                                                                                                                              drew the Farmers to Wildwood. “It was an          ter, son and their respective spouses are all
airport and will employ five or six people       demand, Fast said.
                                                                                                                                                              attraction,” admits Terry. “Not only the look     outdoor enthusiasts and the family home is
Fast said.                                          In order for, say, seafood producers to be
                                                                                                                                                              and space, but also the way Raymond has           located across the road from Strathcona
   Air Canada terminated direct flights from     able to use air cargo effectively from
                                                                                                                                                              focused it. It’s going to be a beautiful place    Park. Terry skis, but Leslie does not
Comox Valley Airport in 2002 when its            Comox there has to be consistent cargo
regional AirBC pulled out, handing over its      space on the aircraft flying in and out of                                                                   to live.”                                         (although she might try snowshoeing).
passenger service between Comox and              there. “It just doesn’t seem viable at this                                                                     Early on in the planning process, Kwok            Farmer, who owns the Accent Inns hotel
Vancouver to Pacific Coastal Airlines.           time” because airlines don’t have enough                                                                     and Lam decided to keep an exposed struc-         chain, will likely keep his home for family
   Central Mountain Air, which came back         extra space beyond passengers’ luggage,                                                                      ture on the inside of the high-vaulted ceil-      and friends, refraining from renting it out.
to the Comox Valley Airport in 2003, had         Fast said.                                                                                                   ings in the upstairs living areas of each unit.   “We will use it a lot, and year-round,” he
been Air Canada’s third-tier airline in the                                                                                                                   That theme is carried on with the polished        said.
late 1990s before that service disappeared                                                                                                                    banister and wood floors, as well as                 The Lams will probably buy a unit in the
off the radar. Central Mountain Air will                                                                                                                      exposed wood baseboards and trim.                 second phase. Raymond Lam and his three
continue to provide connecting service                                                                                                                           “We wanted to use a very natural colour        sisters grew up on Vancouver Island and
with Air Canada flights in Vancouver, Fast                                                                                                                    palette consisting of a dark brown siding         enjoyed Mount Washington for many
said.                                                                                                                                                         and accented with lots of natural cedar,”         years.
   The next step for Air Canada in Comox                                                                                                                      Lam said.                                            “Now with husbands, wives and grand-
                                                                                                     Photo: Susie Quinn




would be to reinstate the Comox-                                                                                                                                 “The sophistication came in the building       children around, we knew that our families
Vancouver service. Passenger numbers at                                                                                                                       design. We wanted Wildwood to stand tall,         would be around to enjoy it for many more
Comox continue to balloon since the                                                                                                                           allowing for high ceilings to provide a           years to come,”Lam said.
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          Boomer Crazies                             Opening up the backside of the moun-                                    Vancouver Island
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          continued from page A3                  tain was not only a good thing for skiers                                Mountain Sport Society
                                                  looking for a challenge, it also freed up ter-                                 continued from page A10
                                                                                                                                                                         BROADCASTING LTD.
   “That’s where we usually meet up, is
                                                  rain on the front side, giving beginners and                                                                             is a locally owned and operated
Mount Washington.”                                                                                                         Of course, all these plans have to dove-          digital broadcast Cablevision
                                                  intermediates more room to breathe.
   With the near-record snowfall the Resort                                                                             tail into Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s       system serving Mount Washington.
                                                     There were no real hiccups with the
received came a pile of perfect powder                                                                                  operations in and around the centres,
                                                  Boomerang in its first full season of opera-                                                                           2    Program Guide
days. And because the Outback is on the                                                                                 Apedaile said.
                                                  tion, Curtain said. There was a lot more                                                                               3    CBC North
leeward side of the mountain, it received                                                                                  The key component to the whole plan is        4    Mount Washington Real Estate
its fair share.                                   avalanche control on the backside, though.                            group accommodations, Apedaile said.
                                                  “There were no significant accidents or                                                                                5    ABC KOMO Seattle
   “It just loads up,” says Brent Curtain,                                                                              “The programming would not be sustain-           6    CBS KIRO Seattle
Resort Publications Director. And that, says      avalanches. It’s all avalanche controlled, so                         able because we would be limited to day          7    KVOS Bellingham
Proudfoot, is exactly what Mount                  there’s no real danger there,” he said.                               use only,” he said. “And day use is a small      8    ITV
Washington needed. “It was kind of neat              There were also fewer skiers and snow-                             time in the whole of 24 hours.”                  9    NBC - King
because everyone was lined up at the top          boarders going out of bounds or attempting                               A hostel-type accommodation would             10   Mount Washington
and waiting for (the powder). Before, if it       back-country excursions, he added.                                    allow the centre to diversify. It would pro-          Community Channel
was a powder day, the powder would last           “Because of the quality of terrain they don’t                         vide accommodation for world-class ath-          11   FOX-KCPQ Seattle
for half an hour.                                 need to go out of bounds to get that expe-                            letes coming to train at the Centre, but it      12   BCTV Vancouver
   “Sometimes they kept the suspense              rience anymore.”                                                      would also allow the VIMSS to rent out the       13   TSN Toronto
going because it took them a long time to            The Boomerang was busy at the begin-                               facility to school groups, visiting teams and    14   TBS
open (the run),” he said, “so you could ski       ning of the season, as the curious wanted to                          park use groups.                                 15   The Learning Channel
powder in the middle of the day.” Even at         take a peek. Although the terrain is labeled                             B.C. Parks is also looking at creating a      16   YTV Toronto
Whistler, the powder is usually gone in an        double black diamond, there are some                                  group campsite somewhere in Paradise             17   WGN Chicago
hour, Proudfoot added.                            areas an intermediate skier could negotiate.                          Meadows, Andy Smith said. Any revenue            18   Knowledge Network
   Curtain returned to Mount Washington           The problem, said Curtain, is that none of it                         from the campsite would go back into a           20   Super Channel (Pay TV)
last fall after working and traveling abroad.     is groomed. And that can be disconcerting                             proposed Strathcona Park Visitors’ Centre.       21   Movie Max (Pay TV)
Also a powder hound, he was eager to try          for a skier used to groomed runs.                                        The VIMSS doesn’t want to end up in a         22   TFC Family Channel
out the new terrain, and wasn’t disappoint-                                                                             situation like the Nordic Centre in              23   CHVU
                                                     “We do recommend if you’re an inter-
ed.“I got out there tons,” he said.                                                                                     Canmore, Altberta, which was built for the       24   CH
                                                  mediate skier you’re probably best to wait
   “A lot of my days were spent on the back                                                                             1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Alberta’s          25   Much Music
                                                  before going on the back side.”
side. The quality of skiing was amazing.”                                                                               provincial government continues to heavi-        26   WSBK
                                                  Not sure if you’re good enough for the                                                                                 27   CBUT
Curtain said 100 per cent of the feedback                                                                               ly subsidize that particular centre, and just
                                                  Boomerang? If you can ski down Powder                                                                                  28   CBMT
he received about the Outback terrain was                                                                               sunk $23 million into upgrades. “That’s not
                                                  Face on the front side without too many                                                                                29   CTV
positive. “If anything, it was a bit of an ego-                                                                         where we want to be,” Sharpe said.
                                                  issues, you’re ready for the Outback, he                                 A group of people from VIMSS, Mount           30   CNN
bruiser for some,” he said.
                                                  said. And take a buddy along who knows                                Washington,       Strathcona      Wilderness     31   KCTS PBS Seattle
                                                  the new terrain.                                                      Institute, Rehabilitation in Motion and          32   CMT
                                                                                                                        interested individuals met in June to talk       33   CNN Headline News




                                                                                                                                                                                                     ✂
                                                                                                                        about moving the project forward.                34   A&E
            News In Brief                           He turned up an early Cretaceous turtle                                                                              35   Discovery
                                                                                                                           Volunteers were assigned to different
          continued from page A2                  shell in Bower Basin, 450 kilometres north                                                                             36   CBC Newsworld
                                                                                                                        sub-committees        examining       building
                                                  of Terrace. Less than an hour later, after                                                                             37   Prime
   He found out what a half-metre of snow                                                                               design, sport needs, educational opportuni-
                                                  knocking a rock off an overhang, he dis-                                                                               38   Outdoor Life (Pay TV)
falling in 12 hours looks like. He also dis-                                                                            ties and twinning with a Strathcona Park
                                                  covered a three-pronged track of a carniv-                                                                             39   Sportsnet (Pay TV)
covered the joys of clearing the Resort’s                                                                               Visitors’ and Interpretive Centre.
                                                  orous raptor encased within the rock.                                                                                  40   Extreme Sports (Pay TV)
parking lots three times in one night, only                                                                                More volunteers are welcome. For more
                                                    Both fossils can now be found in the                                                                                 41   Space (Pay TV)
to repeat the same task a day later!                                                                                    information on the VIMSS or if you’re inter-
                                                  Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria.                                                                                         42   Speedvision (Pay TV)
                                                                                                                        ested in joining one of the working com-
                                                                                                                                                                         43   History (Pay TV)
                                                     Foodies, take note: the Mountain Wok                               mittees, please call Anya MacLeod at 334-
   Speaking of parking lots... skiers tired of
                                                  is morphing into a chicken rotisserie this                            1144 or e-mail her at anyamac@shaw.ca.
looking for a parking spot on the crazy-
busy days at Mount Washington can take            summer. And Fireweed’s will now serve
heart. The Resort is hoping to solve that         pizza, pasta and prime rib. The Resort has
problem over the summer. Parking will be          also created a food kiosk at the Hawk
expanded by 100-120 spots and new                 chairlift for those who just can’t wait for a
crushed rock laid down.                           good nosh.
                                                  Got any news tidbits to share about Mount
   The parking lots aren’t the only part of
                                                  Washington or its residents? Contact us at
the Resort to get a facelift this summer: the
                                                  info@rickgibson.ca and dish.
buildings will get a fresh coat of paint and
new carpets will be installed.

    Peter Mustard, an Earth Sciences pro-
fessor from Simon Fraser University who
was profiled in our Summer 2002 Marmot
for the geological exploration he was doing
at Mount Washington, was in the news
again earlier this year.
   Mustard and partner Mike Boddy, a
provincial geologist, were in remote north-
west B.C. in the summer of 2004 when
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo: Susie Quinn
                                                                                                   Photo: Susie Quinn




                                                                                                                         VIMSS Project Manager Len Apedaile
Mustard stumbled upon two important fos-                                                                                 explains a flow chart during a meeting
sils, according to a report printed in British                                                                           of interested stakeholders in June.
Columbia magazine.
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                                            Green chairlifts is Parkview Place.      Built with extras and better quality
views of the ski runs. Suite is                                                                                                                                                    from ski runs, has 3 levels of liv-
                                            This 4 bedroom mountain home             finishing this 4 bedroom chalet sits                   Contemporary!
totally furnished and is ready                                                                                                                                                     ing area and can be divided into
                                            offers easy access to Mount              on a knoll with views up the slopes              Seldom does a home of this quali-
for you to move into or to start                                                                                                                                                   2 units; a 2 bedroom suite, and a
                                            Washington and Strathcona Park.          and into Strathcona Park. Loads of               ty hit the market. Four bedroom
renting. Deer Lodge offers                                                                                                                                                         3 bedroom suite. 3 fireplaces, 2
                                            Built to exacting standards by the       windows allowing lots of natural                 West Coast contemporary home
slopeside access with under-                                                                                                                                                       saunas, 2 hottubs, 5 bathrooms
                                            same builder as Raven Lodge, this        light. Sun will rise in the kitchen &            with huge cathedral styled living
building parking, hot tub and                                                                                                                                                      and 2 laundry areas! The top
                                            is a must see on your list. Four bed-    set off the living room & large out-             area. Large deck to take in south-
live-incaretaker.    $349,900                                                                                                                                                      floor is reserved as a Masters
                                            rooms, double garage, sauna,             side deck. Hot tub, sauna, 4 bed-                western sky. Four spacious bed-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Suite with 16 foot ceilings glass
                                            propane fireplace & very spacious        rooms and 2 kitchens. $574,900                   rooms, easy access to slopes in
                                                                                                                                                                                   block ensuite and games room.
                                            main living area.           $474,900                                                      winter & Strathcona Park in sum-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Much attention to detail with
                                                                                                                                      mer. Plus there is approximately
                                                                                                                                                                                   oversized windows and a won-
                                                                                                                                      1500 sq. f.t of unfinished basement
                                                                                                                                                                                   derful use of a variety of local
                                                                                                                                      to create more living space or
                                                                                                                                                                                   woods are just a few of the
                                                                                                                                      owners suite.              $699,900
                                                                                                                                                                                   numerous features.      $899,900


                                                                                                                                                Watch the Sunsets from
                                                                                                                                               your deck on Fosters Place!
 Bear Lodge Beauty!                                                                      Paramount Views!
3 bedroom corner suite in Bear                                                                                                        Cathedral ceilings and open
Lodge! Fully loaded & ready to
                                               Perched on a Ridge!                   The epitome of a ski chalet in the
                                                                                     woods! Perched on a ridge with                   planned chalet on Fosters
                                            WOW!! Perched on a ridge with
move into. Views of Comox                                                                                                             Place. Easy access to slopes
                                            breathtaking views into Strathcona       paramount views, this log home is
Glacier and Strathcona Park.                                                                                                          and drive to your front door.
                                            Park. Cathedral ceilings and very        a must on your list! Special touches
Locks into self-contained bach-             easy access to Alpine skiing &                                                            Great owners suite down and
                                                                                     include cathedral ceilings, stained
elor suite (with kitchen unit)              Nordic skiing. Very well thought                                                          bright living area up. Huge
                                                                                     glass, wood fireplace with hand
and 2 bedroom suite or use as 3             our design and floor plan. This                                                           outdoor patio to watch the
                                                                                     carved mantel, guest suite down
bedroom suite. Bear Lodge is                chalet has never been on the mar-                                                         sunsets from. Efficient pellets
                                                                                     with 2 bedrooms, pellet stove and
Mount Washington's newest                   ket and is still owned by the origi-                                                      stoves (one in main, second in
                                                                                     separate entrance. Gourmet
development & is perched                    nal owner! Deck is perfectly suited                                                       suite). This is a great deal!
                                                                                     kitchen, sunset views. The word
slopeside to make skiing in and             for a hot tub. located in the heart of
                                                                        $499,900     WOW says it ALL!          $599,900                                      $549,900
out a breeze!!        $349,900              Alpine Village.


        Contact: Rick Gibson, Royal LePage in the Comox Valley Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Direct: 250-338-1723 www.rickgibson.ca
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                            Recreational Real Estate Continues to                                                                                 Buy Now!
                            be the Hottest Investment Choice Today!
                            Here is your opportunity to buy in to a proven winner!                                                             Over 50% SOLD OUT!
                             F E A T U R E S          I N C L U D E
                             • 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms • Fully furnished                                       Priced from
                             • Rain Screen Technology • Slopeside access                                    $229,900




                                                Mount
                                                Washington’s
                                                Finest!
                                                    Absolutely the finest
                                                 property available on
                                                 Mount        Washington.
                                                 Located at the end of
                                                 Fosters Place, this truly
                                                 ski in and ski out chalet
                                                 is situated to take in the
                                                 morning and afternoon
 sun yet less than 100 feet away from the slopes.
   The mountain home was custom built by the present owners with
 insulated concrete walls with R50 insulation. Inside, are two
 propane fireplaces, HRV system, Low E windows throughout, 4                     What You’ve Been Waiting For!
 bathrooms, central vacuum, 2 hot water tanks, and private concrete           Lovingly maintained chalet on Fosters Place with 3
 patios (both wired for hot tubs).                                            bedrooms in the main area with a separate 2 bedroom
   The home has been split into two areas, the main living area with 4                                                                               Bright LOG Home
                                                                              suite down below. ALSO there is an unfinished base-
 bedrooms and the spacious owners suite below. Plus, the overheight                                                                      WOW! Log home for sale on Fosters Place. 9 bed-
                                                                              ment for further investigation. Each suite offers a rock   rooms and 3 kitchens or 3 separate areas with liv-
 basement (11 foot ceilings) is ideal for getting out of the winter weath-
                                                                              faced fireplace and is totally furnished. As it sits the   ing room, kitchen and 2-3 bedrooms in each! The
 er or workshop or ??? In the main area, take advantage of the spectac-
 ular views of the Beaufort Mountain Range and the vistas of                  upper suite handles 12 people and the lower handles        chalet is fully loaded with a sauna, outdoor hot tub
 Strathcona Park from the expansive outdoor patio, or put a hot tub on        7. Many other features like two decks and sauna and        and a billiards room. Comes fully furnished and
 the upstairs deck located privately off the master bedroom.                  ample storage. Price includes web site                     ready for you to live in part or all. Proven income
                                                                 $849,900     (www.chalet19.com)                              $639,900   winner!                                    $725,000
 Downstairs, check out the patio as well!




      Why List your Mount Washington home with Rick Gibson
      and Royal LePage in the Comox Valley?
   The Royal LePage website receives over 800,000 visits per month.                     Rick Gibson resides on Mount Washington and has 17 years
                                                                                        experience promoting and selling on Mount Washington.
   Rick Gibson's 3 web sites receive over 7000 unique visits per month.
   Photo displays in the Alpine Lodge showcase properties for sale.                     The Mount Washington Marmot newspaper boasts
                                                                                        an annual circulation of 80,000 copies.
   The Mount Washington Real Estate Channel shows your property 24/7.
   Royal LePage has four office locations in the Comox Valley including the Comox Valley Airport.




                                                                                                           250-338-1723 (24 Hours)
                                                                                                           www.rickgibson.ca
                                                                                                           www.themarmort.ca
                                                                                                           www.milehigh.ca
                                                                                                           www.mtwashingtonaccommodations.ca
                                                                                                           rick@rickgibson.ca
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                                                                             Only a few...
                                                                             will have the opportunity to purchase
                                                                             these luxuriously appointed townhomes
                                                                             adjacent to Strathcona Park.

                                                                             All eight homes
                                                                             have three bedrooms plus a loft and basement area.
                                                                             •              •                        •
                                                                              Sauna 3 bathrooms Roughed in for hot tub
                                                                             •Open plans with ample storage

         Finishes include:                                                   •Rain Screen technology
                                                                             •Ten Year Home Owners’ Warranty
       • Engineered maple wood flooring in most rooms
       • Tiled flooring (bathroom/ensuite)
       • Maple slab cabinetry
       • Fir French doors • Appliance package • Sauna
         Electric fireplaces                                                 Now Selling!                                              Only 3 left in Phase 1
       • Hot Tub rough-in                                                     Sweeping Strathcona Park and Mount Washington views with
       • Contemporary light and plumbing fixtures                             easy access to slopes with the Hawk loading area just across the street!
       • Wood blinds
       •

                                                                         Where Yaletown meets Mount Washington...




  Contact: Rick Gibson, Royal LePage in the Comox Valley Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Direct: 250-338-1723 www.rickgibson.ca




• Corporate & Commercial Law • Civil Litigation
     • Wills & Estates • Real Estate & Property
       Development • Divorce & Family Law
 • ICBC and Personal Injury Claims • Collections

                 • Paul R. Ives                                           For up to date Properties For Sale see
                • Mark Burger                                              Channel 4 on Mount Washington.
              • Kevin D. Landry                                                                                                           BUYING, OR RENOVATING?
                                                                         Cablevision on Mount Washington!                             • Unbiased Opinion
                     334-2416                                                    Access to 35+ channels plus movie                    • Client Participation Encouraged
                                                                                  channels (for an additional cost).                  • Immediate Reports
  Contact us for all your Mount Washington                                                                                            • Home Reference Book
 conveyancing needs… we have over 25 years                                  Interested in Cable Internet access on                    • Maintenance & Repair
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      Mount Washington transactions.                                            at coastline@cablerocket.com                          • Prompt Service - Flexible Hours
                                                                                   Visual Sound Store                                  1-800-667-0150
                                                                                 Ph (250) 338-5177 Fax 334 0235
                                                                                                                                         In the Comox Valley Phone: 339-5399
         505-5th Street, Courtenay (Corner of 5th & Fitzgerald)
     Fax: 334-3198 web: www.gkilaw.com email: gki@gkilaw.com                     8A 625 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C.                         ibi@island.net
                           C O A S TA L T R E K
                                           H E A LT H & F I T N E S S R E S O R T                                                                                                                              Chairlift Rides &
                                                       FORBIDDEN PLATEAU                                                                                                                                        Mountain Biking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                June 30 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sept. 24, 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Conditions permitting,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   biking starts mid-July)




                                                                                                                                                 Stay & Play
                                                                                                                                                 in the Mile High Alpine with a
                                         R E C L A I M YO U R H E A LT H                                                                         Getaway Package featuring luxury
                                                                                                                                                 Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast
                                         with our 7 day Hiking & Fitness Program
                                                                                                                                                 and a Scenic Chairlift Ride.
                                                                                                                                                 Two Nights from $
                                                                                                                                                                                  99             *

                                                                                                                                                 *Per person, four sharing two bedroom condo, taxes extra.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reservations:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   250-338-1386
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   or Toll Free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1-888-231-1499



                                              250-897-8735                                                                                                                                                    Special Event Listing
                                  W W W. C O A S TA L T R E K R E S O R T. C O M                                                                                                                             www.mountwashington.ca




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                     Enhance your Mountain Adventure!
                                                                                            In the infrared sauna, your heart rate,
                                                                                            cardiac output and metabolic rate
                                                                                            increase to improve your overall
                                                                                            cardiovascular fitness. You can burn 600
                                                                                              or more calories in just one 30 minute
                                                                                              session. Muscles relax most readily
                                                                                               when tissues are warm, for greater
                                                                                                  flexibility and range of motion. Top
                                                                                                   athletes are using the Soft Heat
                                                                                                   Sauna to warm their muscles before
                                                                                                 and after their events to maximize
                                                                          performance, prevent injuries and promote relaxation.
                                                                          Used by athletes and aided their performances at the
                                                                                        Games
                                                                          1996 Olympic Games.
                                                                           The ultimate portable sauna
                                                                            for mile-high living!
                                                                          • Delivered to your door • Easy in-home assembly
                                                                              • No plumbing required • Plugs in to Standard Outlet
                                                                                 • Short warm up time • Built in stereo speakers
                                                                                   • Economical to run; just pennies an hour while in use
                                                                                     • Provides remarkable pain relief and many other benefits




                                                                For your free information package, or to arrange a viewing
                                                                or complimentary session, please go to www.infraredsauna.net
Photo: Tony Radomi




                                                                or call Robyn Rea at (250)204-1512.
                                                                (Be sure to mention the Marmot to take advantage of this special offer).

                        Manufactured in Canada since 1991• Lifetime Warranty on Heat Emitters • 5 Year Warranty on Electrical Components
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  RIDE THE CHAIRLIFT • TAKE IN THE VIEW • MTN BIKE THE TRAILS • HIKE THE MEADOWS • INDULGE IN AN EVENT




                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Jesse Dewhirst / Courtesy Mount Washington
July 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, Aug. 5-6,                       July 21 • Wine Pairing Dinner
12-13, 19-20, Sept. 2-3 • Pipers Pale                        Enjoy a 5 course (tapas style) dinner and                                                                                                                 Mount Washington Phone
Ale Music In The Mountains Free live                         experience wine pairing at it's finest in                                                                                                                 Directory (Area Code 250)
outdoor concert series. Enjoy some live                      Fireweeds Restaurant, 60 people max.
outdoor music from folk, R & B, world                        July 29-30 • Mount Washington
music and more. Different performers                         MTB Open Part of the Canada Cup Race                                                                                                                     Altitude Sport & Gift . . . 334-5721
each weekend.                                                series, a world class mountain bike racing                                                                                                               Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911
July 1-2 • Canada Day Family Picnic                          event.
and Games Celebrate Canada Day with                          Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 • Lucky Thursday                                                                                                                       Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5757
your family playing fun picnic games with                    DH Race Series Sponsored by Dodge                                                                                                                        Central Res. . . . . . 1-888-231-1499
prizes sponsored by Save-on-Foods.                           City Cycles, this DH race series runs for
July 9, 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 24 & 25                           four Thursday evenings in the month of               tons of great prizes.                                                                               Fat Teddy’s Grill . . . . . . . 334-5716
• Edge of the Rock Rally Car Series                          August. Enter one or the whole series of             Aug 26-27 • Island Throwdown - BC                                                                   Fire (To report a fire) . . .792-1209
Event Rally Car Series held in the Sunrise                   races. Great prizes!                                 Cup Finals One of the finest mountain
Parking Lot. Offers drivers of all skill lev-                Aug 5 • Sprint to the Summit                         bike racing events, featuring the Cross                                                             First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5741
els a chance to test their cars and their                    The Sprint to the Summit is a gruelling              Country and Downhill Finals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      General Store . . . . . . . . . 334-5721
abilities on a flat gravel course. Contact                   2km running race, straight up the face of            Sept 16 • VERTIGO The Mount
Glynn Trafford, Organizer for more details                   Mount Washington. Vancouver Island's                 Washington Hill Climb Challenge                                                                     Police      (EMERGENCY ONLY)         . . . . . 911
at (250) 246-8282 or gtrafford@shaw.ca                       ultimate test of mental and physical                 presented by the Comox Valley Cycle
                                                             strength. Come on out and strive for Glory!                                                                                                              Police      (NON EMERGENCY)          . 338-1321
July 14 • Beer Pairing Dinner                                                                                     Club. A road cycling race of the highest
Enjoy a 5 course (tapas style) dinner and                    Aug 5-6 • Mad March                                  climbing category. Mount Washington                                                                 Raven Lodge . . . . . . . . . 334-5764
experience beer pairing at it's finest in                    Ride/Skills/Race - 2 Day Camp                        offers the most challenging hill climbing
Fireweeds Restaurant, 60 people max.                         Designed for those riders who want to                road course this side of Rogers Pass.                                                               Real Estate (Rick Gibson) . . 338-1723
                                                             learn how to ride faster, more aggressively          Info at www.cvcc.ca
July 15 • 7th Annual Beer Festival                                                                                                                                                                                    Resort Info . . . . . . . . . . . 338-1386
Tickets include unlimited samples, sou-                      and with more confidence.                            Oct 7-9 • Alpine Octoberfest
venir sampling glass and live entertaiment.                  Aug 11 • Wine Pairing Dinner                         Entertainment, yodeling contest,                                                                    Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5753
                                                             See July 21 for details.                             Food & Beverage specials.                                                                           Security (after hours) . . . . . 792-1204
July 20 • Women's Day Escape
This one's all for the ladies for just $59!                  Aug 19-20 • VPS Fest Free mountain                   For up-to-date Mount Washington
Available every Thursday. Let a female                       bike & rider ticket for Norco bike riders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Utility (after hours) . . . . . . 792-1209
                                                                                                                  event information go to
instructor show you how to ride our ter-                     on Aug. 19 and 1/2 price on Aug. 20. Free            www.themarmot.ca                                                                                    Banner Photos Above: Tony Radomi
rain. Includes Lift, Guide and Snack.                        tech support for all Norco bike riders and


 1 or 2 Night Mile High Packages                                                    Enjoy your day at Mount Washington.
 Your fabulous package includes:                                                    In the evening, relax with the Best!
 * 1 or 2 nights in a 1 bedroom,                                                    • 108 guest rooms and executive suites
   2 bedroom or 3 bedroom suite
                                                                                    • Heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness center
 * A scenic chairlift ride                          STARTING FROM...

 * Breakfast each morning plus...
 * Dinner in the evening
                                                $  92.99                            • Pay per view movies • In room coffee maker
                                                                                    • Pub, Restaurant & Lounge
                                                                                    • Attractive Golf & Fishing Packages
                                          Per person based on two people in a
 Ask about our Group Packages.               one bedroom, taxes not included        • The Comox Valley’s largest Private
                                                     and subject to availability.
                                                                                      Liquor Store featuring the
 Book Early!

                                                                                                                                                     1 or 2 Night Mile High Packages
                                                                                                                                                     Your fabulous package includes:
                                                                                                                                                     * 1 or 2 nights in a 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom suite
                                                                                                                                                     * A scenic chairlift ride               STARTING FROM...
                                                                                                                                                     * Breakfast each morning plus...
                                                                                                                                                     * Dinner in the evening
                                                                                                                                                     Ask about our Group Packages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         92.99
                                                                                                                                                                                              Per person based on two people in
                                                                                                                                                     Don’t miss out on your                   a one bedroom, taxes not included
                                                                                                                                                     Christmas/New Years accommodation! and subject to availability.

                                                                                                                                                     Book Early!
                              Toll Free: 1-877-338-8784                                     1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC                        Toll Free: 1-877-845-4499 or 250-338-4383 Fax: 250-338-4366
                              or 338-8784 Fax: 250-338-8646                                                                                          e-mail: dlreservations@mountwashington.ca www.mountwashington.ca
   www.mountwashington.ca     e-mail: bearlodge@mountwashington.ca
                                                                                      Tel. 250-338-7741 www.thewesterlyhotel.com
  B2                                                                       PRIVATE RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS ON MOUNT WASHINGTON
                                                                            For Up-To-Date Rental Accommodations:www.mtwashingtonaccommodation.com




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                                 ALPINE VILLAGE                                       Winter parking by permit only in either lot at the end of Henry Road, or the Village Lot across from the General Store. Summer parking usually available in front of the building.
                                 690B Castlecrag Crescent                                                                                                                                                                      Brenda or Calvin         897-1183                      ibi@island.net
                                 715 Jutland Terrace "Bear's Den Lodge"                                                                                                                                                        Jeff Hunter-Smith         812-7103                      www.bcskilodge.com                        1268 FOSTERS PLACE
                                 750 Jutland Terrace "Chalet Nine"                                                                                                                                                             Helen Austin             335-0042                      www.chalet9.com                       Panoramic Views • Drive to • Ski In/Ski Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Fireplace • Hot tub
                                 796 Jutland Terrace "FarWest"                                                                                                                                                                 Karen & Darrin West      339-9850                      farwestcabin.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ph. (250) 897-3851 Fax (250) 897-3951
                                 871 Clinton Wood "Doug's Chalet"                                                                                                                                                              Deanne Lee               592-5001          www.members.shaw.ca/dougschalet/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toll Free 1-866-826-7325
                                 889 Jutland "The 18th Hole"                                                                                                                                                                   Linda Hill               338-2544          339-0817    lhill@shaw.ca                        Email: info@peakaccom.com or www.peakaccom.com
                                 919 UP Strata Way                                                                                                                                                                             Keith                                                  keithdon@telus.net
                                 919 DN Strata Way                                                                                                                                                                             Keith                                                  keithdon@telus.net                    “WINTERGREEN LODGE
                                 965 Clinton Wood Close                                                                                                                                                                        Kazimiera Stypka         477-2270                      stypka@shaw.ca                        on FOSTERS PLACE”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Create wonderful memories
                                 988 Strata Way "Red Roof Chalet - 70UP"                                                                                                                                                       Carol Turnham            592-2842          592-2842    redroofchalet.cjb.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the luxurious ambience of
                                 988 Strata Way "Red Roof Chalet - 70DN"                                                                                                                                                       Carol Turnham            592-2842          592-2842    redroofchalet.cjb.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            our log chalet. Designed to
                                 1030 Strata Way "Inglenook - Stacked Log Chalet"                                                                                                                                              Jim Dow                  338-7701          338-6641                                          accommodate small or large
                                 1044 Meadow Way (Chalet 40)                                                                                                                                                                   Debra Stockdill          592-7278                      chalet40@shaw.ca                       groups, you have drive-in
                                 FOSTERS PLACE                                        PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHALET. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS.                                                                                                                                    access with the convenience of the best ski in-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            location on the mountain. Separate hot tubs for
                                 1162 Fosters Place "Chalet Adams"                                                                                                                                                             Mark and Helen Adams     338-1991                      adams63@telus.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            each suite. “The Hawk“ is at your door!
                                 1203 Fosters Place "Mt Washington Guest House"                                                                                                                                                John or Susan            898-8141                      www.mtwashingtonguesthouse.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phone Paula McRae (250) 338-9938
                                 1208 Fosters Place "Fosters 8"                                                                                                                                                                Al Echlin                724-4183          724-4183    www3.telus.net/fosters8               email: paulamcrae@shaw.ca
                                 1222 Fosters Place                                    Call          Call           Call                                                                                                       Bill                     390-0266                      www.mtwashingtonchalet.com            web: www.wintergreenlodge.ca
                                 1236 Fosters Place "Blue Grouse Chalet"                                                                                                                                                       Pam DeBoer               1-866-826-7325    897-3951    www.peakaccom.com                     (please see Graph Ad)
                                 1268 Fosters Place (Blue Haven)                                                                                                                                                               Pam deBoer               1-866-826-7325    897-3951    www.peakaccom.com
                                 1273A WinterGreen (UPPER) prices + GST                                                                                                                                                        Paula McRae              338-9938                      paulamcrae@shaw.ca
                                 1273C WinterGreen (LOWER) prices + GST                                                                                                                                                        Paula McRae              338-9938                      paulamcrae@shaw.ca                      MOUNTAINSIDE
                                 21 Fosters Place                                      Call          Call           Call          Call                                              Bill                                                                390-0266                      www.mtwashingtonchalet.com              LODGE SKI-IN/OUT
                                 HENRY ROAD                                           PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHALET. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS.
                                 1375A "Strathcona Vacation Rental Home"                                                                                                                                                       John or Susan            898-8141                      www.strathconabandb.com
                                 1381 A "Golden Hinde"                                                                                                                                                                         Ivanka/Christine         286-3122          286-6010    www.strathcona.bc.ca
                                 1381 B "Elkhorn"                                                                                                                                                                              Ivanka/Christine         286-3122          286-6010    www.strathcona.bc.ca

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     CONDOMINIUMS & TOWNHOUSES




                                  ALPINE VILLAGE                                           Winter parking by permit only in either lot at the end of Henry Road, or the Village Lot across from the General Store. Summer parking usually available in front of the building.                                                                     Castle Crag
                                  687-1 Castle Crag "Castle Crag Chateau"                                                                                                                                                        Wendy                   897-3678          897-1898    www.mtwashingtonchateau.com                                 Château
                                  687-4 Castle Crag Crescent                                                                                                                                                                     Gail Hudson             245-2823                                                                                        87-1, 687
                                  695-307 Castle Crag Crescent                                                                                                                                                                   Cyndi and Justin        703-0488          703-0609                                                                 Castle Crag Crescent
                                  736-8 Albert Edward                                                                                                                                                                            Lil Brownson            287-7640                      hallil@oberon.ark.com                Lovingly maintained mountain retreat
                                  784-8 "Snowbird"                                                                                                                                                                               Josie Laslo             923-6711                      jo.laslo@sd72.bc.ca                            Summer & Winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Feather duvets and pillows
                                  784-9 "Snowbird"                                                                                                                                                                               Wendi Robins            746-8489          746-0329    robins-reymer@shaw.ca                    Gourmet equipped kitchen
                                  788-102 Washington Way                                                                                                                                                                         Brent/Donna Cunliffe     897-3999          897-3933                                               Woodburning fireplace
                                  828-A Sunrise Chateau prices + GST                                                                                                                                                             Stan & Nancy Fry        474-3008          474-0108                                              Quiet location in fourplex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please see the graph for more details.
                                  828E Washington Way "Sunrise Chateau"                                                                                                                                                          Tom & Sylvia Burns      746-3636                      burns-ski@shaw.ca
                                  1084-7 Washington Way "Westview Inn"                                                                                                                                                           Willa or Dennis         658-5338
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wendy 250-897-3678
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.mtwashingtonchateau.com
                                  1084-9 Washington Way "Westview Inn"                                                                                                                 Fred & Bernice                                                    655-8827                      millsfb@pacificcoast.net
                                  BLUEBERRY HILL 1320 Henry Road                           DRIVE TO WITH UNDERBUILDING OR OUT FRONT PARKING. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS.
                                  115                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris Chater            744-2467
                                  117                                                                                                                                                                                            Glen & Sharon Hadden    335-2794          335-1211    s.hadden@shaw.ca
                                  217                                                                                                                                                                                            Elaine Smith            544-8862                      www.mtwashingtoncondos.com
                                  218                                                                                                                                                                                            Aileen                  1-866-707-0018    703-0055    www.washingtonwaychalets.com
                                  307                                                                                                                                                  Bill & Mary Jordan                                                477-7187                      tourismmall.victoria.bc.ca/ski/
                                  CREEKSIDE HOUSE 1380 Henry Road                          DRIVE TO WITH UNDERBUILDING OR OUT FRONT PARKING. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS.
                                  202                                                                                                                                                                                            Lois Stevenson          339-0002/339-0914 339-2217    loisstevenson@shaw.ca
                                  205                                                                                   Call                                                                                                     Jana Watt               287-2956          287-2950
                                  303                                                                                   Call                                                                                                     Beverly Badke           888-837-4663      338-9656    www.alpinechalets.com
                                  DEER LODGE 1290 Alpine Road
                                  210                                                                                                                                                                                            Cherie Corrigan         338-4383          338-4366    www.mountwashington.ca
                                  MOUNTAINSIDE LODGE 1340 Henry Rd. DRIVE TO WITH UNDERBUILDING OR OUT FRONT PARKING. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS.                                                                                                                                                           The Marmot
                                  202                                                                                                                                                                                            Shelley Mckay           203-0675          287-9648    www.mtwashingtonrentals.com                      On-line
                                  203                                                                                                                                                                                            Blair Watling           727-7394          727-2519    blair@telus.net                        Want to read past issues of
                                  305                                                                                                                                                                                            Rhonda Borton           248-6314                                                             the Marmot? You can read
                                  401                                                                                                                                                                                            Suzi Jack               850-0052                      thejacks@themarmot.ca                     them on the web at
                                  402                                                                                                                                                  Allan McLaren       388-6700      383-9423                                                      allan@mclaren.ca                       www.themarmot.ca
                                  PARADISE RIDGE 1201 Henry Road                           DRIVE TO WITH UNDERBUILDING OR OUT FRONT PARKING. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD OR IN ANY OTHER PARKING LOTS. OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL                                                                                                        to learn more about this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               exciting resort and its evo-
                                  304                                                                                                                                                                                            Barb & Al Shanks        335-2051          335-2056    www.mtwashingtonvacationcondo.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lution over the past years.
                                  305                                                                                                                                                                                            Rosemarie Hufschmidt    339-7220          339-7290     mhufschm@island.net
                                  308                                                                                                                                                                                            Mathew Bourque          380-5638          383-0114    matthew@hollywoodtonight.ca
                                  506                                                                                                                                                                                            Pam deBoer              1-866-826-7325    897-3951    www.peakaccom.com



                                   For Up-To-Date Rental Accommodations: www.mtwashingtonaccommodation.com
                                                                                                                              The above information is current as of June 20, 2005
PLEASE NOTE: All properties are non-smoking and no pets except for Condominium 788-102 Washington Way. • These privately owned chalets and condominiums are rented out by their owners and have there own
features and contacts as listed above. • Royal LePage in the Comox Valley and The Marmot have no interest, financial or otherwise in these accommodations and assume no responsibility for them in any way. • Parking at Mount Washington can
be a challenge in snowy condtions. PLEASE follow the rules of the property you are staying at in regards to parking. If you are parking in an other property’s parking space or on the road, you will be towed without notice.




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                             FORBIDDEN PLATEAU                                                                                                                                                          Strathcona
                             PARADISE MEADOWS                                                                                                                                                           Provincial Park

  2006 MAP & TRAIL GUIDE
  Strathcona Park                                          GUIDED WALK: For adults and families,
                                                           a 90 minute walk of Paradise Meadows
 Institute Offering                                        trail led by Interpreter and local expert
 Weekend Programs                                          volunteers. Saturdays: 1:00 pm
  Weekend visitors to Strathcona                           Guest Walk: For adults and families a
will again have the option of taking                       90 minute to 2 hour walk or lecture
a guided walk around Paradise                              presented by a Guest expert on a vari-
Meadows with a Strathcona Park                             ety of topics. Sundays at 1:00pm.
Institute interpretive guide, or let
their children take part in some of                          To help the Institute’s operational
the new activities planned for the                         costs, a donation of $2.00 per person
summer.                                                    ($5.00 per family) is suggested for
                                                           these popular programs.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Neil Havers
A schedule of this year’s Walks and                          For visitors wishing to enjoy the local
Programs are shown on page B8.                             flowers and shrubs in the meadows at
INFO HUT: An Interpreter will manage                       their own leisure, the Institute volun-
the Info Hut at the new visitors parking                   teers will have plant markers in place
                                                                                                                                               As a non-profit society, the Institute’s                            (Above) Lake side lunch along the
area. The Info Hut is full of fascinating                  at various locations on the small loop
                                                                                                                                             mandate is to continue to facilitate a                                Helen Mackenzie, Battleship Lake
natural history objects that the kids will                 walkway. The Institute has produced a
                                                                                                                                             co-operative effort to assure support                                 Loop Trail.
love and the volunteers there can                          small brochure that will also be avail-
                                                                                                                                             for continuing education, information
update you on trail conditions and hik-                    able at the Info-hut to help those wish-
                                                                                                                                             and park stewardship. In order to keep
ing destinations. The hut is open from                     ing to take a self-guided plant identifi-
                                                                                                                                             the organization running, they are                                    BC Parks Map & Trail
10–5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and                        cation walk.
                                                                                                                                             always in need of directors and sup-
holiday Mondays, July 1st - September                         The Institute is again continuing the
                                                                                                                                             porters. Their vision and present goal is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Guide courtesy
                                                           weekend information service at Buttle
10th.
                                                           Lake (200 yards past the Gold River
                                                                                                                                             to eventually create, with community                                  of Rick Gibson
KIDS: Every Saturday at 10:00am                                                                                                              partners, a Visitors Information and
                                                           turn-off). Look for the sign before
throughout the summer kids can enjoy                                                                                                         Park Interpretive Centre.
                                                           crossing the Buttle Lake bridge. This is
Paradise Meadows through a chil-                           a voluntary service, thanks again to                                                If you are interested in supporting the
dren’s nature program. The program                         Gerry Roberts. From June 30 ~ Sept.                                               goals of the SWI, in any way, leave a
encourages children to learn about the                     10, hours of operation will be: Fridays:                                          message at: 250-337-1871 or e-mail:
natural world, helping them discover                       3-9 pm (or dusk), Saturdays: 10-6 pm,                                             swi@island.net. The Institute website
the plants and animals around them                         Sundays: 10-4 pm. Volunteers are                                                  is: www.strathconapark.org.
and developing their naturalist skills.                    always welcome to help at either of the
Suitable for children ages 5 -12, 2                        Info-huts. A good knowledge of
hour duration.                                             Strathcona Park and its trails is essential.                                                     Rick Gibson                             Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Direct: 250-338-1723


     It’s Vacation Time...Anytime!


                                                                              Art & Photography                          Afternoon Tea                            Jazz in
                                                                                in the Garden                                                                   the Garden




                                                                                                                                Daily 1 - 4                 Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006


                   Flights Daily                                                        July 22 & 23

                                                                               Stroll in the gardens and see local
                                                                                                                            Served in the Camellia
                                                                                                                             Tea Room and on the
                                                                                                                            Veranda of the Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                     12:30 to 5pm
                                                                                                                                                                 (gates open at noon)
                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy the sounds of some of
           to the Friendliest Airport in Canada!                                artists at work. Live music, food,      House that once served Royalty.
                                                                                                                        Vintage china, fresh scones and
                                                                                                                                                            Canada’s finest Jazz musicians.
                                                                                 beverages and a silent auction.                                                       Featuring
             Voted #1 for Customer Service (2004 & 2005)                                                                     homemade preserves.               Ingrid Jensen, Phil Dwyer
                                                                               Info & Special Events:                    A Royal Treat for $7.50            Ian McDougall, Tom Keenlyside
               • No ferry line-ups and big city traffic!                                                                Note: Admission to the Gardens is
                                                                               www.milnergardens.org                                                               Tickets $29.00
        • Several daily flights through Calgary and Vancouver                       250-752-6153
                                                                                                                          required for tearoom access.
                                                                                                                                                            $19 for each Milner member
             • Modern facilities with all weather service                                                                                                   For tickets call 250-752-6153


                                                                              Regular admission to the Garden applies                                       Summer Hours: 7 days a week 10-5)
                                                                              Admission: Adults $10, Students $6                                            250-752-6153 milnergasrdens@shaw.ca
                                 www.comoxairport.com                         Children under 12 free (with an adult)                                        2179 West Island Hwy., Qualicum Beach
                                                                              Members Free                                                                  www.milnergardens.org
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo: Neil Havers
                                                                                                                                                                                         Paradise      Visitors enjoy hiking the trails from July through Nov.
                   FORBIDDEN PLATEAU                                                                                                                       Raven Lodge                   Meadows
                                                                                                                                                                                         Trailhead     There’s also plenty to see and do in and around the       In Case of Emergency...                         Route begins at the southeast end of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Moat Lake. Follow route to the small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Water - Drinking water is
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Courtyard at Mount Washington.                                                                                                                                                                                   available from the lakes at all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Contact Park Rangers in the area.             col west of the summit. It's a steep                                                                   designated campgrounds. All
                   PARADISE MEADOWS                                                                                                                                                                                     To Alpine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ski Resort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Location of Park Rangers will be posted       scramble over loose rock to the top.                                                                   drinking water should be boiled
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                                                                                                                                                           Battleship Lake                                                                                       • In case of emergency, Phone 911               From Albert Edward                                                                                     water supply. It is also important to
                                                                                                                                                              Loop Trail                                                                                         • To report a forest fire, dial 0 and ask for                                                                                                          use the toilets and grey water pits
                                         Harris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Augerpoint route (not shown on map)
                                           Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1-800-663-5555                                                                                                                                       provided to keep these pollutants
                                                                                                          Divers                                                                                                                                                                                                 Distance: 25 km one way Suggested
                                                                                                         Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from entering the lake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 time: 3 days
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Scale 1:50:000 Nat. Topographic Series                                                                                                                 while camping, never leave food,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -92 F/11 Forbidden Plateau                      Lake. From the summit of Albert
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Battleship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        garbage or toilet articles in your tent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -92 F/12 Buttle Lake                            Edward descend it's southwest ridge to
                                                                                                                                                                  Lake                                 Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                             Please use pack sack hangers pro-
                                                                                                                                                                 Helen Mackenzie                                                                                 Hiking Trails III Central and Northern          the drainage divide above Norm Creek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vided at designated campgrounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Ralph Lake. Continue up to Ruth
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                                                                                         L                                              MOUNT                                                                   Within the Core Area camping is only                                                                                                                                                                    approaching blind corners to warn
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                permitted at these designated campsites:         For Further Info                                Mtn. Continue southwest along the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        off bears and other animals.
                              Lake                                                                                                                                       MOUNT                                      Lake Helen Mackenzie
                                                                                                                                                                                         Lady                                                                    • See local Park Rangers & Operators            ridge to a high point of 1760 m before                                                                 Mountain weather can change
                                                                     0                                                                                                   ELMA            Lake                       Kwai Lake
                                                                 12 0            00                                                                                                                                 Circlet Lake                                 • Web: wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/               descending a long ridge above Shark                                                                    without warning, be prepared. Take
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                    JUTLAND                                                                                                                                                                                     ❑ No campfires allowed                                                                           Lake. Continue northwest along route                                                                   spare, warm clothing and rain gear.
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                    MOUNTAIN                            Amphitheatre
                                                                  L                         STRATA                                                                       Croteau                                ❑ No mountain bikes                              Routes                                          to reach the beginning of the Auger-                                                                   It is advisable to leave an itinerary
                                                                                           MOUNTAIN                                                                        L                                    ❑ Pets must be on a leash and under                                                                                                          Garbage - Help keep the back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 These routes are suitable for                   point Trail. This trail descends steeply                                                               of your trip with a friend or relative.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   control at all times                                                                                                                      country clean. Pack out all garbage
                                                                                        McPhee L                                                                                                                                                                 experienced hikers. People using these          for 1400 m before arriving on the
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                                                                                                                               Hairtrigger          Kwai                                                        ❑ Please stay off revegetated areas                                                                                                          and please pick up any litter you see.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and be prepared for inclement weather.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Netuts L                                                                            Plateau area remains pristine for           at all times. Free running pets can harm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mt. Albert Edward 2093 m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 all who venture there.                      other animals, irritate other visitors




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Suggested time to summit: 5 hours               Hiking Trails - Please stay on              Do not allow your pet to swim in the
                                                                                                                                    Cruickshank                                                       Lake                                 Douglas                                                                                                           lakes as this could contaminate drink-
                                                                                                                                      Canyon                                                                                                     L                                                               designated trails, stay off revegetated
        MT                                                                                                                            Lookout                                                                                                                    Follow signs towards Albert Edward              areas and avoid taking short cuts.          ing water sources.
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                                                               Moat Lake                                                                                                                                                                                         from Circlet Lake intersection. Trail
      EDWARD        I C E FI E L D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 climbs steeply for first 3 km. Once the         Camping - Designated camping                Groups - Larger groups of people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To
       Elev.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               McKenzie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wood                                                         sites are located at Lake Helen,            tend to concentrate use in an area
      2093m                                                               1200
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 first ridge has been reached look for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Meadows Mountain                                                      Mackenzie, Kwai, Circlet and                and cause extensive damage to the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 00                               Parking Lot    route leading South and follow for 2 km.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8.7 km                                                       McKenzie-Douglas lakes. Please use          fragile vegetation. To reduce these
                                                                                                                     Toilets                                    Hiking Distances                                                                                 It’s another 1.5 km to the summit.
                                                                                                                                                                (in kilometres)                                                                                                                                  the tent pads and toilets where provid-     impacts, we recommend that group
          Hope L                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             size be restricted to ten or less peo-
                                                                                                                     Camping                                    Trail                     The boardwalk trail system not only protects the fragile               Castle Crag 1760 m                              ed. If a tent pad is unavailable choose
                                                                                                                                                                                          ecosystem it also makes the area much more accessible for all.         Elevation gain: 620 m                           a site that has exposed soil or will not    ple. Where this is not possible, the
                                                                                                                     Ranger Station                             Route                                                                                                                                                                                        larger group should be split into
                           MOUNT                          CASTLECRAG                                                                                                                                                                                             Distance: 6.3 km                                easily be impacted.
                           FRINK                             MTN
                                                                                                                     Parking                                    Park Boundary             Cache Your Food!                                                       Suggested time: 5 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fires - Campfires are prohibited.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             smaller groups which should travel
                                                            Elev.1760m
                                                                                                                                                                                          BC Parks has installed new metal food caches at Lake Helen                                                                                                         and if possible camp in different
     Charity
                                                                                                                                                                Core Area                                                                                                                                        Please pack a campstove for cooking.        locations.
      Lake                                                                                                                                                                                MacKenzie, Kwai Lake and Circlet Lake campsites.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Accommodation to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SKI & SURF SHOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Over 50 kayaks in stock, tons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Your                                Mount Washington                                            of paddles, pfds, paddlling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Senses!                                                                                          jackets, and other gear, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well as DEMOS and LESSONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Best
                                                                         FINE ITALIAN CUISINE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oceanview
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on the Island!
                                                                                Dine on the Deck
                                                                          Short stroll to Comox Marina                                                                                                                                                                   G A L L E R Y                                                                                                                                  SUMMER FASHIONS
                                                                           Open for Lunch & Dinner                                              Close to restaurants, shopping and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FOR GUYS & GIRLS
                                                                            Minutes to Filberg Lodge                                          hiking or biking on Mount Washington.                                                                                           OPEN                                                                                           Quiet, Clean & Affordable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Room Rates from $69 per night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $59
                                                                         Your hosts: Wendy & Bill Meade                                      • 67 Rooms ~ A/C Units & internet access available                                                                             WEEKENDS
                                                                                                                                             • Kitchenettes and Handicapped access rooms available                                                                                                                                                                          Groups & Families Welcome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11am ~ 4 pm
                                                                          Reservations Recommended                                           • Cable TV/Movie Channel • Coin Laundry
                                                                                (for 6 or more)                                              • DVD Players & Movies for Rent • Conference Room
                                                                              Tel: 250-890-7575                                              • In-room coffee/tea, fridge • Seasonal Outdoor Pool                                                                         Tel: (250) 337-1941                                                                 Sandpiper Beach Resort                                    333 Fifth Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8269 North Island Hwy., Black Creek, B.C.                                                                                                            Courtenay, BC
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                            Strathcona Provincial Park

        Strathcona                              2006 MAP & TRAIL GUIDE
      Provincial Park                           Buttle Lake is easily accessible              A pleasant white sand beach and a
                                                in forty five minutes from                  playground for children are available
   INFORMATION                                  Campbell River on Hwy. 28.                  at Buttle Lake Campground. There is a
       HUT                                      The drive takes you alongside               concrete boat- launch ramp within two
                                                                                            kilometres, and also an undeveloped
     Run voluntarily by                         the Campbell and Upper




                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Neil Havers
                                                                                            gravel launch nearby. The lake levels
  The Strathcona Wilderness                     Campbell Lakes ending with                  are controlled by hydro electric dams
           Institute                            views of the expansive waters               and tend to be low during the winter
                                                and dramatic mountains of                   but normally rise for the summer
       Do you have questions about                                                                                                            Come to the campgrounds at anytime
   Strathcona Park and its fascinating          the Buttle Lake corridor.                   months.
                                                                                              Ralph River Campground is shaded              as there are almost always sites avail-
   plants, wildlife or history? Are you           The beauty of this peaceful place will
                                                                                            by the graceful beauty of an ancient            able on a first come-first serve basis at
  interested in taking an easy day hike         take your breath away, and you will
         or exploring some of the                                                           forest of cedar, hemlock and fir trees          both major campgrounds. If you would
                                                find great opportunities for camping                                                        like to make a reservation at Buttle
        challenging back country?                                                           underneath which you will likely see
                                                and recreational pursuits.                                                                  Lake Campground call Discover
Strathcona Wilderness Institute is pleased                                                  the resident blacktail buck grazing.
                                                  People come to fish for trout, and to                                                     Camping at 1-800-689-9025, or link
to provide all visitors with a wide range of                                                This peaceful campground borders
information about BC’s oldest, and one of
                                                swim, canoe, kayak, board sail, picnic,                                                     up to website at
                                                                                            both the lake and a lovely clear river,
our largest provincial parks. Maps, trail       sunbathe and waterski on the 25 km of                                                       www.discovercamping.ca.
                                                                                            which is at times alive with spawning
up-dates, details about visitor services and    lake, while others enjoy the easy and
                                                                                            trout. It’s a popular spot for both fisher-     To book Driftwood Bay Group
other useful information will be available      interesting nature walks, or more chal-
                                                                                            men and hikers of all levels. Many of           Campground call 250-3474-1336
every weekend starting June 23rd. To find       lenging back country hikes. Local
out more about Strathcona, stop at the                                                      the trails are easily accessible from           or fax 250-478-0376.
                                                guides and club members rock climb
Park Information Hut and pay us a visit.                                                    Ralph River Campground.
                                                at Crest Creek Crags. Some visitors just                                                        BC Parks Map & Trail Guide
We are located 300 metres south of high-                                                      There are interesting trails to explore,
                                                sit quietly in the shade of ancient trees                                                         courtesy of Rick Gibson
way 28 at Buttle Lake bridge turn-off to                                                    some less strenuous and others more
Gold River, at the Park Headquarters just
                                                and enjoy the fresh air.
                                                                                            challenging, and each with unique fea-
watch for the signs!                              Camping facilities include 85 sites at
                                                                                            tures to enjoy. Opportunities abound
                                                Buttle Lake Campground on the lake
       HOURS OF OPERATION                                                                   for everyone throughout the Buttle
                                                at the North end, and 75 sites at Ralph
    June 23 to September 10, 2006                                                           Lake corridor. For further information
Friday: 3 pm ~ 8 pm
                                                River Campground with both lake and
                                                                                            refer to the map on the next page. If
Saturday: 10 am ~ 6 pm
                                                river access at the south end of the
                                                                                            you are at Buttle Lake go to park head-
Sunday: 10 am ~ 5 pm                            lake. Driftwood Bay Campground, an
                                                                                            quarters, where volunteers from the
                                                excellent facility for groups, is located
Monday: 10 am ~ 4 pm (holidays only)
                                                separately on the northern end of the
                                                                                            Strathcona Wilderness Institute will            Rick Gibson
If the weather is inclement and/or there are                                                assist you Friday, Saturday and Sunday.         Ph: 250-334-3124
                                                lake. You will also find simple wilder-
few visitors, closing times could be earlier.                                               Check out the Parks web site at                 (24 hours)
                                                ness camping opportunities for boaters
                                                                                            www.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/.                         Direct: 338-1723
                                                on the western shoreline.


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                  BUTTLE LAKE CORRIDOR                                                                            BC Parks 2005 Map & Trail
                                                                                                                           Guide courtesy of

                                                                                                                              Rick Gibson
                  Strathcona Provincial Park                                                                       Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hours)
                  NOTE: Cell phones don’t work in the Buttle Lake area and the                                               Direct: 338-1723
                  nearest public phone is in Gold River, 40 km west on Highway 28.                                        www.rickgibson.ca
                  See Page B10 for detailed hiking descriptions.




                                                                                                                                                 Photo: Neil Havers
Provincial Park
Strathcona
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               BUTTLE LAKE CORRIDOR TRAIL                                                                 aware of submerged stumps in the lake. Random
                                                                                                          camping is allowed in the meadows. Marble
              AND CAMPGROUND INFORMATION                                                                  Meadows features wonderful viewpoints, alpine
  The trails described here are well defined and easily accessible. The trail heads are marked with       meadows and limestone formations.
signs. There are other, less defined trails and routes which are not shown on this map. Distances,        KARST CREEK BOAT LAUNCH RAMP,
elevation changes and hiking times are for ONE WAY only and are approximate. Campfires are                TRAIL AND PICNIC AREA (1)
discouraged in most back country areas and not permitted in some. Wear sturdy boots and carry             A good concrete ramp located 4 km from
rain gear and a sweater, even in the summer months, because weather can change suddenly and               Ralph River Campground, and accessible from
dramatically in the mountains. Please preserve the delicate alpine environment by staying on              the Westmin Rd. There is a large open grassy
trails.                                                                                                   area plus several picnic tables and fire pits, and
   For further information about trails and wilderness areas visit the volunteer information hut at       lots of room for parking. Karst Creek trail is a              Cream Lake and Nine Peaks
                                                                                                          1.3 km loop. Time: 45 minutes. Observe Karst
Park Headquarters, or ask park rangers. The Strathcona Wilderness Institute can be contacted for                                                                  • B.C Senior Citizens $7.00 per couple per
                                                                                                          geological formations such as sink-holes with
more detailed route information at 250-337-1871 (e-mail: swi@island.net). Topographical maps                                                                        night (shoulder season only).
                                                                                                          disappearing and reappearing streams.
and guidebooks can be obtained locally at sports stores in Campbell River or Courtenay. If you            No camping.                                             • Firewood: $5.00 per bundle.
wish to travel on less defined routes please be well prepared with a map and compass, proper                                                                      • Some campsites can be reserved ahead of
equipment, and experience in wilderness travel.                                                           WILD GINGER (1) Loop Trail                                time by contacting Discover Camping at
                                                                                                          Length: 800 metres. Time: 20 minutes. Access              1-800-689-9025 or by going online at
                   Please let a friend know where you                                                     is across the road from Ralph River                       www.discovercamping.ca
                                                                                                          Campground. The trail follows the Ralph River.
                plan to go and when you plan to return.                                                   No camping.                                             DRIFTWOOD BAY
                                                                                                                                                                  GROUP CAMPGROUND
                                                                                                          SHEPHERD CREEK (1) Loop Trail                           • Private, covered shelter with woodstove
The STRATHCONA WILDERNESS INSTITUTE is a non-profit organization whose mission is
                                                                                                          Length: 1.5 km. Suggested time: 1 hour and 15             and tables, large grass field, fire pit, pit
to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education                 minutes. Access is across the road from Ralph             toilets, wheel chair access pit toilet, water
and participation. The institute will provide a volunteer information service on weekends at              River Campground. A shady walk along the                  pump, swimming area.
park headquarters at Buttle Lake from July 1 through to the September Long Weekend.                       Ralph River then ascending to pass a lively             • Fee: $14.00 per party per night.
The FRIENDS OF STRATHCONA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect,                       marsh. See dogwood trees in the spring.                   $7.50 for extra vehicles.
                                                                                                          No camping.                                             • Firewood $10.00 per night
         preserve and promote Strathcona Provincial Park. Tel: 250-337-1871
                                                                                                          PRICE CREEK TRAIL (2-3)                                 • The minimum number of parties allowed is
                        Box 3404, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 5N5                                                                                                           5 and the maximum is 25.
                                                                                                          Suggested time: 3-4 hours. Trailhead can be
                                                                                                          accessed near the Thelwood Creek Bridge.                • Fee for non profit youth and school groups
                                                                                                          Originally the only access route to Cream Lake            $50.00 per night.
                  BUTTLE LAKE CORRIDOR                                                                    and still only suitable for Advanced Hikers, this       • Tel. 250-287-2942 to book the campground.
                                                                                                          trail can make a pleasant day hike through              BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING FEE
     HIKING TRAILS, BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS, AND CAMPGROUNDS
                                                                                                          varying timbered areas if you turn around at or         • $5.00 per night per person 13 years or older.
       The trails are graded as follows: (1) Easiest (2) Moderate (3) Difficult                           before the log crossing. The route beyond this
                                                                                                          log crossing is extremely rough and steep and
ELK RIVER TRAIL (2-3)                                bridge at the south end of Buttle Lake, and turn     snow lingers late into the summer.
Length: 11 km. Suggested time: 10 hours              left immediately onto the Jim Mitchell Road for      LOWER MYRA FALLS (1)
Elevation change 600 metres. Trail starts at         6.8 km. This is a rough gravel road not suitable     Length: 800 metres. Time: 30 minutes. Steep
Hwy. 28 and follows the Elk River Valley for 10      for small vehicles. Trail elevation change: 600      descent. Enjoy several beautiful water cascades.
km before climbing up to Landslide Lake. Bare        metres. Time 3-4 hours. Features river valley        Use caution when approaching the creek, and
rock sections. Camp in designated camping areas      and old growth forest then rocky out cropping        supervise small children. No camping.
only.                                                and a sub-alpine environment with excellent hik-
                                                                                                          BUTTLE LAKE BOAT LAUNCH
                                                     ing and views. Camp in designated areas at Baby
CREST MOUNTAIN TRAIL (3)                                                                                  A good, recently lengthened concrete launch.
                                                     Bedwell and Bedwell Lakes. Be aware of bears.
Length: 5 km. Time: 3-4 hours to the tarn. Steep                                                          Located 1 km south of the bridge at the junction
with an elevation change of 1,250 metres.            CREST CREEK CRAGS                                    and only 1.5 km from Buttle Lake Campground.
Caution required on single log creek crossing        Technical climbing only. Picnic facilities.          No camping. The launch provides immediate
(the last good water). The snow stays late into      Climbers can explore a number of rocky bluffs        access to the Rainbow Island marine campsites.
the year on top. Random camping allowed.             in this area which is easily accessible from
                                                                                                          FORBIDDEN PLATEAU
                                                     alongside Highway 28. Climbers using the area
FLOWER RIDGE TRAIL (3)                                                                                    AND PARADISE MEADOWS
                                                     do so at their own risk. It is each climber’s
Length: 6 km. Time to the subalpine ridge: 3-5                                                            Refer to a separate flyer in “The Marmot” publi-
                                                     responsibility to climb safely and ensure that
hours. Steep with an elevation change of 1,040                                                            cation for information about this area which is
                                                     they have the necessary skills to do so. Camping
metres. The trail begins at Westmin Road, climb                                                           accessible from Mount Washington.
                                                     and fires are not permitted.                                                                                                                       Photo: Neil Havers
an additional 200 metres from the top of trail to
flat ground for tents. Poor water. Panoramic         LADY FALLS (1)                                       CAMPGROUNDS
views. Camping possible at halfway point.            Length: 900 metres. Time: 20 minutes. The trail      RALPH RIVER
                                                     starts at Hwy. 28. Enjoy the cool spray from the     CAMPGROUND
PHILLIPS RIDGE TRAIL TO ARNICA LAKE
                                                     falls. Picnic facilities at trailhead. No camping.   • Ancient forest, lake and river.
(2-3) Length: 6.5 km. Time: 2-5 hours with an
elevation change of 800 metres. This is a well       ELK VIEWPOINT (1)                                    • Gates are open all summer
graded trail beginning at Westmin mine.              Length: 400 metres. Time: 15 minutes. The trail        until Sept. 30th.
Observe old growth forest, a waterfall, and          starts at Hwy. 28 and accesses a viewing plat-       • Picnic tables, fire rings, water
alpine meadows. Designated camping area.             form where you may be able to see Vancouver            pumps and pit toilets.
Bear cache.                                          Island’s unique Roosevelt elk. No camping.           • Fee: $14.00 per party per
                                                                                                            night, $6.00 for extra
UPPER MYRA FALLS (2)                                 LUPIN FALLS (1) Loop Trail
Length: 3.3 km from the parking lot past the         Length: 800 metres. Time: 15 minutes. Access
                                                                                                            vehicles.                                     Visit
                                                                                                          • B.C Senior Citizens $7.00
yellow gate. Drive through the mine area to          from Westmin Road. Walk a circular trail               per couple per night                  CANADIAN TIRE
find the parking lot. Time 2 hours. Elevation        through a cool forest to the waterfalls. No            (shoulder season only).                   COURTENAY
change: 100 metres. Trail follows gravel road        camping. Picnic facilities at the trail-head and a   • Firewood: $5.00 per bundle.
for approx. 800 metres to the sign. Large trees.     canoe and kayak launch access for Wolf River         • Reservations are NOT taken,
                                                                                                                                                    before you
Views of Mt. Myra and a waterfall. No camping.       and Titus Mt. marine campsites.                        however the campground is               head to the
TENNENT LAKE (3)                                     AUGER POINT (1) Loop Trail                             rarely full.
                                                                                                                                                  great outdoors!
Length: 4 km. Estimated time 2-4 hours with          Length: 400 metres. Time: 15 minutes. This           BUTTLE LAKE
an elevation change of 840 metres. Trail access      forest is recovering from the fire of 1982. No       CAMPGROUND
is from the parking lot at the mine. Walk past       camping. Picnicking facilities at trail-head and     • Sand beach and playground.                  • FISHING GEAR • SPORTING GOODS
the yellow gate on the gravel road for 1 km and      a canoe and kayak launch access for Marble           • Three easy nature trails begin
across a bridge to the start of the trail which is   Meadows trailhead.                                     here. Fish in Darkis Lake.
                                                                                                                                                           • CAMPING • TARPS & TENTS
a rough, rocky, steep old roadbed. Old-growth        MARBLE MEADOWS (3)                                   • Gates open all summer until                        • AUTOMOTIVE NEEDS
forest to sub-alpine. There is an undefined route    Length: 6.6 km. Time: 4-5 hours to the Alpine          September 30th.
to access Mt. Myra from here. Tennant Lake is        meadows. Elevation change: 1,250 metres.             • Picnic tables, fire rings, water             OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
dammed. Random camping is permitted.                                                                        pumps and pit toilets.
                                                     Steep, some bluffs. Trail starts at Phillips Creek
BEDWELL LAKE (3)
Length: 6 km. Drive over the Thelwood River
                                                     marine campsite on Buttle Lake. Access by boat
                                                     from Auger Pt. or Karst Creek day use areas. Be
                                                                                                          • Fee: $14.00 per party/night.
                                                                                                            $7.50 for extra vehicles.             338-0101                278 North Island Highway, Courtenay
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                                                                                             August 19 ~ The Forest Floor Go hot
                  Alpine Adventure Awaits!                                                   on the trail to find signs of mammals,
                                                                                             insects and other interesting creatures
         Discover the many natural features of Strathcona Park by participating in a         on the forest floor.
        series of family oriented programs on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the                                                               Published for your convenience by
                                                                                             August 20 ~ TBA
         summer put on by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute, a non-profit society.                                                             Rick Gibson of Royal LePage in the
                                                                                             August 26 ~ Junior Stewards of                                Comox Valley.
  The programs will begin at the                  to a picturesque sub alpine lake. Meet     Strathcona Park Come discover all the
Paradise Meadows Info Hut located in              at the Info Hut by 11:00am.                plants and animals unique to Paradise             If you are looking for more information,
the Raven Lodge Parking Lot on Mount                                                                                                           wish to advertise, or want to submit
                                                  July 16 ~ Lichen & Moss Non-vascular       Meadows. Meet plants that eat bugs
                                                                                                                                               information in future issues contact us
Washington and last for 11/2 to 2                 plants are cool too! Join local            and birds that save food with their spit.         at (250) 334-3124 or by e-mail:
Hours, unless noted by (*). Cost is by            Environmental Scientist, Tyler Johns,      Yummy!                                            rick@themarmot.ca
donation.                                         for a look at these fascinating plants.    August 20 ~ TBA
  Come out on Saturdays at 1:00pm for                                                                                                          Editorial: Susan Quinn
kids programming lead by SWI inter-               July 22 ~ Rotting Logs Check out the       September 2* ~ Hike to Lake Beautiful             Sales: Wendy Woodley
preters suitable for children ages 5 -12.         temporary homes on the forest floor        This moderate 6 hour return hike takes
                                                                                                                                               Ph. 250-897-3678
On Sundays at 1:00pm join our local               and find out what might live in a rot-     you through part of Forbidden Plateau,
                                                  ting log. Who knew decomposition                                                             E-Mail: wendy@themarmot.ca
experts for naturalist lead Walk n’ Talks                                                    ending up at a lake that truly deserves
                                                  could be so fun.                           its name. Meet at the Info Hut by                 Design/Production: Havers Design
through the Meadows.
                                                                                             10am.                                             Printed in Canada
July 1* ~ Canada Day Hike to Lake                 July 23 ~ I, the Tree and We, the
Helen Mackenzie Celebrate Canada                  Forest Join Agroforester, Harold Macy,        The Paradise Meadows hut is open               To read past issues of The Marmot go to
Day by going on a 3 hour return hike              and expect to look at the forest with      from 10:00am – 4:00pm Friday,                           www.themarmot.ca
through the sub alpine to Lake Helen              new eyes.                                  Saturday, Sunday and holiday
Mackenzie. Bring your binoculars and              July 29 ~ Seed Dispersal Seeds are         Mondays. The volunteers there can
a lunch and expect to see many inter-             specially adapted to move away from        update you on trail conditions and hik-
esting plants, flowers and creatures on           their parent. How does a plant get         ing destinations. For all programs
the Plateau. Meet at the Info Hut by              spread around?                             please remember to be prepared for all
1:00pm.                                                                                      weather conditions and to tread lightly
                                                  July 30 ~ Healing Herbs, Medicinal
July 2 ~ Rock & Flowers                                                                      through the park.
                                                  Plants Join local expert herbalist,
Join local expert, Chris Pielou, for this         Janice McInnes for this informative
informative and fun walk on Strathcona            look at uses for some of our local
Park wildflowers and geology.                     plants.                                           Looking for a place to stay
July 8 ~ Beaks, Feet & Feathers                   August 5 ~ Adaptation Activities, Fun
Birds are fantastic flying machines.              with Insects Paradise Meadows is full              on Mount Washington?
Join the interactive fun in finding out           of marvelous bugs. Come join the fun
their special adaptations.                        in an insect scavenger hunt to find out
July 9 ~ Birds & Plants of Paradise               their survival ways.
                                                                                                                                  Check our searchable data base and
Join naturalist, Betty Brooks, and dis-           August 6 ~ TBA
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cover wildflowers and birds unique to             August 12th* ~ A Grand Time
Paradise Meadows.                                                                                                                 that suits your needs and budget.
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July 15* ~ Parks Day hike to Croteau              Mackenzie. An easy 3 hour return
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                                                                                    1139    1116          Parking                            931            893      Meadow                   770
To Raven                                                          1340                1123 1100                               988 953             915 907                                              Terrace Rock




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Lodge &                                           1375                                                                                                                                      796     750
                                                                     Blueberry          1105                                         Private                                                                       Bluff




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Nordic           Strathcona Park Lodge                                                                  Ptarmigan                                                                       822                     710 706
                                                                         Hill 1320                                                  Parking                             Jutland Terrace 805 785          739             688
Trails             Treetops at Strathcona                                                                  Ridge 1105                                                         860                             721 701
1092m/3146 ft.                                            678                           Paradise                                                                914       886 877 857 Glacier View Close                  Rock                                                                                             To the
                         Wildwood at Strathcona                9
                                                                 10 11       Henry                 Foster's                                             Rock         906                                                  Bluff              ST              Comox
                                                                       12 13     Road Ridge Place                                                       Bluff
                                                                                                                                                                        903 889                                                                RA
                                                                             14           1201                                                                    909                                                                            TH           Valley and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   CO          Campbell River
                                                                                                                                                               Vehicle accessible year round, all roads are vehicle accessible in the summer         NA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PAR
                                                                                               Nordic R
                                                                                                       oad                                                     Alpine Village winter access by Snowcat or on foot                                          KWAY
                                                                                                                                                               Pedestrian access only (year round)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nordic Road




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