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News on Mount Washington Summer/Fall/2006 Volume 16, #2
Photo: Tony Radomi
Courtesy Mount Washington
exposed cedar and
a design inspired
by the confluence
Yaletown Meets Mount of forest and sky
a grand addition to
Washington at Wildwood! home living at
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
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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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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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.
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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white cats, Fester and Sundae. Fester is not Ericksons’ nephews – also work at the
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
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
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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-
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: Susie Quinn
Photo: Tony Radomi / Courtesy Mount Washington
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
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
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
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.
The Vancouver Island
Marmot (scientists know
this species as Marmota
vancouverensis) lives only
on Vancouver Island. The
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The Snow Pack
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
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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Photos: Rick Gibson
Photo: Boomer Jerritt / Courtesy Comox Valley Airport
continued from page A1
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
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
“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 email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Real Estate market
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Corner Suite! Extremely well kept townhome in rickgibson.ca
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2 bedroom corner suite in a new Mount Washington Village. Pride of ownership is evident in centrally located in Mount
popular building in the Alpine Very private corner suite with this immaculately maintained Washington's Alpine Village. Large
Village. Suite has been totally proven open floor plan. Living townhome. The basement has loft area provides great extra sleep-
renovated with new laminate room, kitchen and dining room on been partially finished into a cute ing areas. The building has a
floor, new cabinets, new furni- main floor with 3 bedrooms and & cozy owners suite. The building shared common area with laundry
ture. The suite shines and is sauna upstairs. Suite comes with all has a one year old roof and is in and games area and storage. This is
ready for you! Easy access to furnishings and is ready to go. very good repair. Easy access to a wonderful family oriented com-
slopes and parking. $179,900 Crawlspace area could be further slopes and in a quiet location. This plex. $274,900
developed. $249,900 one's a gem! $274,900
Many Upgrades! Tucked Away For Privacy!
3 bedroom townhome location in Located in the heart of the Alpine Village with easy ski in and out
the Alpine Village of Mt Washington. access. Four bedrooms and open living areas. Tucked away for
Many upgrades have been done and privacy, but a few minutes walk from all amenities. Designed by
the suite is in immaculate condition. well known Bo Helliwell, this mountain home has a wondrous
Lower deck has hot tub. Building is feel with a yellow cedar spiral staircase that connects all living
very well maintained & easy access areas. Four bedrooms, two mud room areas and ample storage
to parking & skiing. $274,900 throughout. $425,000
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O N M T . W A S H I N G T O N
Features Include: Features Include:
• Outdoor Swimming Pool,
Features Include: Features Include: Sauna & Hot Tub • 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Suites
• Elevator Access
• One Bedroom Apartments • Spectacular Views of Strath- • Underground Parking • Slopeside Location
• Drive to Access with
located on Henry Road Under Building Parking cona Park and the Ski Runs • Propane Fireplaces • Fully Furnished
• Apartments are Furnished • Elevator Access • Above & Underground Parking • Ski Storage Room off Lobby • Front Desk Service & Caretaker
• Drive To Access • Fully Furnished • Propane Fireplaces • Convenient Location • Hot Tub
• Propane Fireplaces • Propane Fireplace • Convenient Location to all to all Amenities • Underground Parking
• Self-contained Kitchens • Sauna & Hot Tub amenities • Mountain & Strathcona
• Ski Storage Lockers off Lobby • 200 feet from the loading • Furnished units ready to go Park Views 202 Two Bedroom lock up
• Breathtaking Mountain Views area of the Green Chair • Ski Storage Room off the Strathcona Park views $269,900
404 Two Bedroom facing slopes $274,900
• Convenient Location to • Easy access to Nordic trails Lobby with separate lockers 207 Two Bedroom facing slopes $279,900
Ski Lifts and Strathcona 405 Three Bedroom facing slopes $294,900
• Ski Storage areas for renters
Provincial Park. 213 Two Bedroom facing
101 One Bedroom Lockoff $149,900 118 2 bedroom and spa room on the first Strathcona Park $287,500
206 Facing Strathcona Park $149,900
105 Two Bedroom Lockoff $224,900 floor, ski runs and Strath Park view $299,900 311 Top Floor, Three Bedroom
307 Top floor, facing the slopes $164,900 facing Strathcona Park $325,000
301 Two Bedroom Lockoff $244,900 209 3 bedroom on the second floor facing
311 Top floor, facing the slopes $159,900 Strathcona Park $374,900
Top of the World! Located directly across from the
Top floor 3 bedroom corner Luxurious chalet located on
loading area of the Hawk and Built With Extras!
suite in Deer Lodge with WOW West Coast Fosters Place, a snowballs throw
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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• 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms • Fully furnished Priced from
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Absolutely the finest
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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
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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.
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Photo displays in the Alpine Lodge showcase properties for sale. The Mount Washington Marmot newspaper boasts
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Only a few...
will have the opportunity to purchase
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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
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• Contemporary light and plumbing fixtures easy access to slopes with the Hawk loading area just across the street!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
weekend information service at Buttle
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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
Location of Park Rangers will be posted scramble over loose rock to the top. drinking water should be boiled
0 Rossiter on the notice board at the ranger cabin. Caution: This route crosses boulder or purified prior to consumption.
Lake Paradise Meadows To Courtenay • Phones are located at fields and slopes with loose rocks. Please avoid swimming in these
Provincial Park Loop Trail
Mount Washington. areas as it may contaminate the
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
Maps and Guidebook Safety - To avoid bear conflicts
12 An extended route through to Buttle
Scale 1:50:000 Nat. Topographic Series while camping, never leave food,
-92 F/11 Forbidden Plateau Lake. From the summit of Albert
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
Simms Kooso Vancouver Island. Hikers should make noise when
L Masters Lake (local name) and above
L MOUNT Within the Core Area camping is only approaching blind corners to warn
00 to the saddle southwest of Augerpoint
Sunrise BROOKS 12
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
JUTLAND ❑ No campfires allowed Lake. Continue northwest along route spare, warm clothing and rain gear.
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
Hairtrigger Kwai ❑ Please stay off revegetated areas and please pick up any litter you see.
Meadows L Murray
Thank you routes should have map and compass skills Buttle Lake Parkway at Buttle Lake.
00 Circlet Lake Meadows Please do not use outhouses for trash
and be prepared for inclement weather.
The following guidelines will
0 L From Circlet Lake help to ensure that the Forbidden Pets - Please keep your pet on a leash
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
Lake McKenzie Elevation gain: 935 m
MT 00 L Distance: 6.5 km and can be harmed by wild animals.
16 Beautiful Panther
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.
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
Wood sites are located at Lake Helen, tend to concentrate use in an area
first ridge has been reached look for
Meadows Mountain Mackenzie, Kwai, Circlet and and cause extensive damage to the
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.
Parking Park Boundary Cache Your Food! Suggested time: 5 hours
Fires - Campfires are prohibited.
smaller groups which should travel
BC Parks has installed new metal food caches at Lake Helen and if possible camp in different
Core Area Please pack a campstove for cooking. locations.
Lake MacKenzie, Kwai Lake and Circlet Lake campsites.
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BUTTLE LAKE B5
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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B6 T H E M O U N T W A S H I N G T O N M A R M O T • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 0 6 6
BUTTLE LAKE CORRIDOR BC Parks 2005 Map & Trail
Guide courtesy of
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
B8 T H E M O U N T W A S H I N G T O N M A R M O T • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 0 6
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: email@example.com). 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
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
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
• 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,
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.
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
B10 T H E M O U N T W A S H I N G T O N M A R M O T • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 0 6
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: email@example.com
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
find the condo, townhouse or chalet
cover wildflowers and birds unique to August 12th* ~ A Grand Time
Paradise Meadows. that suits your needs and budget.
Grandparent/child hike to Lake Helen
July 15* ~ Parks Day hike to Croteau Mackenzie. An easy 3 hour return
Lake Celebrate Parks Day with a four hike. Bring a lunch and lots of water.
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August 13 ~ TBA
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