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The Winter Olympics are Coming_


									                    T H E                       M O U N T                                    W A S H I N G T O N

   YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT'S                                      UP ON MOUNT WASHINGTON                                           Volume 13, #2 • Summer/Fall/2003

          The Winter Olympics are Coming!

                                                     With Whistler’s successful bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics                 Rick Gibson
Access:                                              Mount Washington is confident it will benefit from the games.         
Mount Washington                                                                                                                     250-334-3124 (24 hours)
                                                              THE           INSIDE                 S C O O P
Mount Washington Alpine
Resort has never been more                      P. 2 • Why Save Our Marmots?              P. 11 • Exclusive! Buttle Lake
                                                     • The View From Here                         Map & Trail Guide
accessible to visitors than it
                                                P. 3 • The Kingfisher Resort Experience   P. 13 • Exclusive! Mount Washington
is now.                                                                                           Accommodation Guide
                                                P. 5 • What’s New for Summer 2003
  Whether by train, plane or automobile,        P. 6 • Stay & Play in the Comox Valley    P. 21 • Profile: Brian Stamp
visitors are able to get to the Alpine Resort                                             P. 22 • New Double Black Diamonds?
                                                P. 8 • Hiking & Biking Trail Map
quicker – and by more options – than ever
                                                P. 9 • Exclusive! Paradise Meadows        P. 23 • In Memorium: Herb Bradley
                         Continued on page 4           Map & Trail Guide                  P. 24 • Planning Summer 2003 Holidays
                                                                                          P. 24 • Mount Washington Real Estate

  Published for your convenience by Rick Gibson & Julia Perrie of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley
  If you are looking for more information, wish to advertise, or want to submit information for future issues please contact us at (250) 334-3124.
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                    Why Save The                                                                                                        The View From Here
              Vancouver Island Marmots?
                                                                                                                             Let’s face it, my fam-
Why it is important to protect the                                                                                           ily and I are not the

                                                                                            Photos: Andrew Bryant Services
Vancouver Island Marmots more than                                                                                           type that sit home
the obvious, which are that they are
                                                                                                                             and watch television
                                                                                                                             night after night.
   For some species the balance of nature
can be argued - but what about the mar-                                                                                         We love to get out and see
mots? Since loss of habitat is one of the                                                                                    the world and meet all kinds
most common reasons for species decline                                                                                      of wonderful people. We
we may have to come to the realization                                                                                       love to hear about their
that some can’t be saved. So how do we            ond, the VIM Recovery Team is working                                      homelands and we love to
choose?                                           with the forest industry and Mount                                         share information about
                                                  Washington Alpine Ski Resort on a Land                                     ours. There is nothing like
 The first question would be, “Is this a          Stewardship Agreement to ensure mecha-                                     educating people to help
keystone species?”                                nisms are in place to protect the marmots                                  pique their interest in your
   A keystone species is one whose impacts        and their habitat in the face of further log-                              own neck of the woods.
on its community or ecosystem are large           ging or development. So with the forest                                         This spring we had the
and greater than would be expected from           industry working with us, along with the                                   great opportunity to take a
its relative abundance or total biomass.          government and the public, I think we have                                 cruise through the Panama
Starfish can often play this role where if the    a good chance for success.                                                 Canal. It was the experience
starfish are removed the diversity of an          is the species endemic – is it found only                                  of a lifetime and we met peo-
entire bioregion can be affected.                 in Canada?                                                                 ple from all over the world. It
   No. The Vancouver Island marmot is not         Yes! If we allow this animal to go extinct                                 is amazing how many of
a keystone species. It lives in relative          it’s gone forever. I think this question                                   them know about Vancouver
obscurity in the high sub-alpine bowls on         speaks the loudest to me as a Canadian. If                                 Island or ‘Victoria Island’ as
Vancouver Island, is an herbivore and as far      a rich country like ours can’t save its own                                they seem so fond of calling           
as we know has never been plentiful               uniquely Canadian animals from extinction                                  it and most of them have no
enough to serve as a mainstay for predator        – what hope is there for the rest of the                                   idea it’s close to the same
                                                                                                                                                                                But it also means that Mount Washington
species.                                          world? How supernatural is that? I believe                                 size as Cuba. So, it’s not surprising that
                                                                                                                                                                              has a unique alpine environment that is
                                                  it is our duty as world citizens to protect                                most of them are shocked to discover that
Does the species have protected                                                                                                                                               open for everyone to enjoy throughout the
                                                  this species.                                                              British Columbia’s third busiest ski resort is
habitat to be reintroduced to?                                                                                                                                                year. From red snow patches in the winter
                                                     Further I believe this project stands as an                             nestled right at the heart of this island.
                                                                                                                                                                              to alpine meadow flower patches in the
Yes, the Vancouver Island marmot’s natural        example of what can be done to save a                                         Oh, they’ve heard of Whistler all right but
                                                                                                                                                                              summer, this is a truly special destination
habitat is relatively pristine. It’s located in   species even when their numbers have                                       there wasn’t much acknowledgement of
                                                                                                                                                                              for our visitors from around the world.
high elevations and is naturally devoid of        plummeted to the brink of extinction, espe-                                Blackcomb, nor of Big White or even Silver
                                                                                                                                                                                 With the Olympics coming in 2010 we
trees so it is still there and available for      cially when you have the stakeholders at                                   Star and yet, once in a while, someone
                                                                                                                                                                              welcome the opportunity to share our
reintroductions.                                  the table working with you and the will of                                 knew someone, who knew someone who
                                                                                                                                                                              homeland with people from around the
  Now, with the Vancouver Island Marmots          the Canadian public on your side.                                          had skied at Mount Washington and loved
                                                                                                                                                                              globe. Come and enjoy Mount Washington
not only is the habitat is important, but also                                                                               it. And the resounding reply we received
                                                                                                                                                                              and the Comox Valley, our super natural
the surrounding lands. How will we ensure         Viki Wilson, Executive Director                                            from those who knew of our mountain was,
                                                                                                                                                                              jewels in British Columbia’s crown.
they’re not further threatened when we            Marmot Recovery Foundation                                                 “Isn’t that the place where they get all that
release them into the wild? First the forest                                                                                 snow?”
industry and government have set aside            For more information about the rare                                           We can’t help smiling when we hear that       Rick Gibson
1,226 hectares at Haley Lake and Green            Vancouver Island marmot visit our website                                  because tons of snow means two things. 
Mountain as VIM protected zones and sec-          at                                                         Tons of great skiing and tons of shoveling.

                                                              2004 Forester
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              The Kingfisher, WOW! Experience.
                                                                                                           are looking out over a rooftop       the brand new Pacific Mist Hydropath is an
                                                                                                            at all. The dining area is an       idyllic journey through a series of treat-
                                                                                                            inviting room that opens out        ments designed to relax and detoxify your
                                                                                                             onto a large, bright patio.        body, while at the same time stimulate your
                                                                                                              Where       many     high-end     spirit as you leisurely travel through the
                                                                                                              Resorts add a dash of snob-       lush embrace of a series of hand hewn
                                                                                                               bery to their menu, the          caves embellished with local rainforest
                                                                                                               Kingfisher Resort has main-      vegetation.
                                                                                                                tained a welcoming atmos-          Imagine a warm Swiss shower pulsating
                                                                                                                 phere that makes it’s guests   water over your body from jets carved
                                                                                                                 feel comfortable rather        directly into cave walls, or a variety of
                                                                                                                  than intimidated.             water pressures gently soothing away your
                                                                                                                    All of the rooms are        aches in the Mineral Massage Pool. Enjoy
                                                                                                                   designed to bring the        sitting amongst waterfalls and let water
                                                                                                                    outside in, with huge       play upon your scalp and shoulders. Next,
                                                                                                                    windows that take in the    you’ll experience a healthy glow as you are
                                                                                                                     stupendous views of        surrounded by aromatic steam before you
                                                                                                            Comox Bay, the Georgia Strait       plunge into a refreshing glacial waterfall.
                                                                                         o f   and the snowcapped mainland mountains               Your journey continues to the River
                                                                       excellence.             beyond. The variety of well appointed            Walk, a traditional therapy that stimulates
                                                        Partners of the Spa Trail with         lodgings range from affordable in the origi-     blood circulation in the legs.
                                                        other world renowned Resorts           nal lodge to the newer seaside selection of                             Continued on page 23
                                                        such as the Empress Hotel in           guest suites that boast names
                                                        Victoria, the Wickininish Inn at       such as Grand Pacific, Chinook,
                                                        Long Beach and the Aerie just          Orca and Romance.
                                                        outside Victoria, it is well quali-       One of the most enticing
                                                        fied for its world class status.       attractions at the Kingfisher
                                                                   What     theme     parks    Resort is its Oceanside Spa.
                                              spend a fortune struggling to simulate, the      Embraced between the waterfall
There’s something new and                     Kingfisher has carefully selected from local     pool, steam cave and the gentle
exciting happening at the                     beaches and artfully incorporated into their     rush of ocean waves, the Spa is a
                                              very own unique showcase of authentic            work of art that has become one
luxurious Kingfisher                                                                           of the most sought after features
                                              seaside warmth and spa dreams.
Oceanside Resort and Spa                        Just ask the eagles that swoop down to         of the Resort. The seascape
and it’s definitely not your                  the beach en mass periodically for dinner,       ambience permeates every cor-
                                              or the blue herons that stand just offshore      ner of this scentsational Spa and
run of the mill renovation.                                                                    there is no reason to wait for a
                                              awaiting their next meal. The food at the
                                              Kingfisher Resort is delectable. From the        rainy day to enjoy the many
   Known for its super natural ambience,                                                       treatments available since the
                                              restaurant you look out over the rooftops of
exquisite views, delectable entrees and                                                        Spa also takes in the fabulous
                                              the seaside suites. Some visionary cleverly
heavenly Spa, the Kingfisher Resort pro-                                                       oceanic vistas.
                                              decided to turn those roofs into a simulated
vides something for everybody, while con-                                                         In addition to the superb spa
                                              beach, complete with driftwood and pre-
sistently maintaining the highest standards                                                    treatments currently available,
                                              pared in such a way you hardly realize you
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  Access: Mount Washington                                                                                                                                the future of rail service on Vancouver
           Continued from page 1                                                                                                                          Island had decided that rail service is feasi-
                                                                                                                                                          ble, but present service needs a facelift.
  There are three airlines (Helijet, Pacific                                                                                                                 Vancouver Island Railway Co. spokesper-
Coastal and WestJet) offering air service to                                                                                                              son Tanner Elton is hopeful negotiations
and from the region, train service from                                                                                                                   will continue throughout the summer and
Victoria to Courtenay, bus service and even                                                                                                               that a deal may be struck.
the possibility of cruise ship passengers                                                                                                                    The group also has the backing of Island
offloading in Campbell River and spending                                                                                                                 politicians, who are on board with saving
a port-of-call day exploring the slopes.                                                                                                                  the E&N.
  Earlier this year Helijet moved into                                                                                                                    Campbell River is one step closer to a
Campbell River Regional Airport,                                                                                                                          cruise ship docking facility – which
offering the first international flights                                                                                                                  could spell opportunity for Mount
connecting the North Island with                                                                                                                          Washington Alpine Resort.
                                                                                                                                                            The Campbell River Indian Band will
   The Campbell River—Seattle route is                                                                                                                    receive $300,000 in federal and provincial
Helijet’s first with a fixed-wing aircraft: a                                                                                                             grant money to upgrade the Argonaut
new, 18-seat Beech 1900D turboprop com-                                                                                                                   Wharf (also known as the Boliden-Westmin
muter plane that makes the trip to Boeing                                                                                                                 wharf), in the hopes of attracting cruise
Field in 50 minutes at a cruising speed of                                                                                                                ship business.
180 knots.                                               “By the time we think our loads will get        of the boarding pass special (times two,
                                                                                                                                                            The $300,000 ($200,000 from the feder-
   Helijet has three flights per day sched-           busy … this should be up and running,”             since they all brought friends) – that’s up
                                                                                                                                                          al B.C. Economic Partnerships Fund and
uled to and from Seattle; there are also              Campbell River passenger service agent             from 49 who used the coupons the first
                                                                                                                                                          $100,000 from the Economic Measures
daily flights to Abbotsford in the Lower              Donna James said.                                  year they were offered.
                                                                                                                                                          Fund) will pay for preliminary planning
Mainland. The new international route will               Eventually, Helijet hopes to land at              WestJet began direct service between
                                                                                                                                                          and design for a wharf upgrade, according
open up the entire U.S. for outbound trav-            SeaTac airport in Seattle, where passengers        Comox and Edmonton in mid-June, so now
                                                                                                                                                          to media reports. The cruise ship port-of-
ellers (and for inbound snow sport enthusi-           can connect with Alaska Airlines and other         offers daily flights to and from both south-
                                                                                                                                                          call committee estimates the project will
asts too) thanks to alliances with Horizon            major airlines. For now, though, passengers        ern and northern Alberta.
                                                                                                                                                                                           cost $3.5
Air and Alaska Airlines.                              disembark and go through customs at                                                                                                  million to
   Helijet was founded in 1986 and offers             Boeing Field, then can take a free, 15-                                                                                              upgrade
helicopter passenger services on two-, four,          minute shuttle to SeaTac to connect with                                                                                             Argonaut
five- and 12-passenger choppers, acts as an           other flights.                                                                                                                       Wharf to
air courier and also provides air ambulance              Helijet pilot Carey Steacy, who has flown                                                                                         cruise line
service.                                              the Beech 1900 for five years with another                                                                                           standards.
   Because Helijet’s new commuter plane is            company, said she was happy to hear                                                                                                        News
small a flight attendant is not required, base        Helijet would partner with Mount                                                                                                     of the fund-
manager Bob Claridge said, however, the               Washington on possible ski packages. The                                                                                             ing     plan
first officer is available if necessary. Three        Resort will team up with Helijet in some                                                                                             came      in
pairs of flight crew, all based in Vancouver,         capacity, although management isn’t yet                                                                                              late April,
rotate on the Campbell River-Seattle route.           sure how they will partner with the airline.                                                                                         two weeks
Customs service is provided at Campbell                 Resort officials will travel to Seattle in the                                                    after the Norwegian Cruise Lines cancelled
                                                      summer to spread the word about Mount              And with a new air passenger termi-
River Airport in a newly renovated area.                                                                                                                  a planned stop in Campbell River by the
                                                      Washington, and to offer packages for sum-         nal in the wings for the Comox
The Airport has also procured an x-ray                                                                                                                    260-metre Norwegian Sky over logistical
                                                      mer accommodation. They added that                 Municipal Airport – officials are hop-
machine for screening carry-on baggage                                                                                                                    concerns.
                                                      Helijet does offer better pricing for groups       ing the terminal will be built in time
before loading an aircraft, although passen-                                                                                                                The cruise ship committee is hoping to
                                                      travelling together.                               for the 2003 Christmas season —
gers may be subjected to manual baggage                                                                                                                   attract a smaller boutique ship – with about
                                                         Resort Public Relations Director Dave           the sky’s the limit.
                                                      Hampshire said he will be promoting the
                                                      Alpine Resort in the Seattle area, and Chris
                                                                       Hounsell, who is in charge
                                                                       of group programs, is trying
                                                                       to tee up some familiariza-
                                                                       tion tours for Seattle media
                                                                       this summer.
                                                                      While Helijet is just
                                                                      breaking into
                                                                      the market, Calgary-
                                                                      based WestJet continues
                                                                      to be a boon for Mount
                                                                                                         Negotiations are now underway for                250 passengers — to the River City some-
                                                                           WestJet began regular         continued rail service connecting                time in July. Cruise ships such as the
                                                                      flights between Comox and          Victoria and Courtenay – including               Norwegian Sky carry about 2,400 passen-
                                                                      Calgary nearly three years         the seasonal ski train.                          gers, all looking for things to do during
                                                                      ago. As in the first year of                                                        their ports of call. And Mount Washington
                                                                      WestJet’s operation, the             The future of the E&N Railway has been
                                                                                                                                                          is only a 45-minute drive from downtown
                                                                      Calgary-based airline print-       up in the air since January 2002, when
                                                                                                                                                          Campbell River.
                                                                      ed coupons on the back of          Norske Canada – the railway’s biggest
                                                                      their boarding passes for          source of revenue – pulled its rail service in     Last year, Lynn Phillips, Executive
                                                                      Mount Washington. In the           favor of truck carriers.                         Director of Tourism North Central
                        Proud member of the Timberframers’ Guild      past the coupon was good             A group called the Vancouver Island
                                                                                                                                                          Island, said Campbell River could
                                                                      for a free day pass, but this      Railway Co. was formed last March, and
                                                                      year it was for two day pass-      has been negotiating with the E&N Railway         easily handle 15 cruise ships a year.
                                                                      es for the price of one.           Co. to take over ownership of the railway.       Economic opportunities would be
                                                                           The Resort said they had      The Vancouver Island Rail Development            “practically endless,” she said.
                                                                      196 people take advantage          Initiative completed a nine-month study on
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                  What’s Up This Summer                                                                                              Kudos to Karen Bonell
              Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s                                                                         Mount Washington Alpine Resort Marketing Manager
     newest attraction promises to be a real high this year.                                                          Karen Bonell has won a first-ever Canadian Ski Council
                                                                                                                                    award for market research.

                                                                                                                      Bonell, who has been with the Comox Valley
                                                                                                                   Resort since August 1998, was lauded for
                                                                                                                   her talent for research and develop-
                                                                                                                   ment – one of four main areas that
                                                                                                                   the ski council emphasizes. The
                                                                                                                   award was handed out at the

                                                                                         Photo: Mount Washington
                                                                                                                   Canada       West        Ski    Area
                                                                                                                   Association annual general
                                                                                                                   meeting in early May.
                                                                                                                      “Karen is one of the best
                                                                                                                   research and marketing man-
                                                                                                                   agers in our industry,” says
                                                                                                                   ski council president Colin
                                                                                                                   Chedore. “The data that she
                                                                                                                   has provided has not only
                                                                                                                   contributed to our recent
                                                                                                                   Canadian         Model        for
                                                                                                                   Growth, but has also enabled
                                                                                                                   Mount Washington to deter-
                                                                                                                   mine its future marketing and
   The Resort will set up a bungee trampo-        Moonlight chairlift rides are the most                           development strategy.”
line near the Eagle Express Chairlift, where   popular events happening at Mount                                      Bonell’s volunteer Snow
visitors will be able to practice trampoline   Washington. Most times a piper will play                            Hosts take time every day of
tricks without the fear of getting hurt.       Scottish bagpipe music at the summit, and                           the snow season to ask key
   For $5, people will be strapped into the    blankets are provided for those who wish                            questions of Resort guests as
bungee trampoline apparatus for two min-       to enjoy the mile-high moon. A special din-                         part of the Canadian Ski
utes of jumps and tricks.                      ner will accompany some of these special                            Council’s profile questionnaire
   “Trust me, two minutes is a lot of jump-    chairlift rides, Hampshire said.                                    as well as a Resort-specific sur-
ing,” says Don Sharpe, Resort Director of         Mile high festivals have become a fixture                        vey.
Business Services. Sharpe discovered the       at Mount Washington, and this year will                                This is not the first time Bonell
fun of bungee trampolining while research-     feature a new twist along with the main-                            has sorted such information and
ing new ideas for summer activities at         stays like the Wine Festival, Mountain Luau                         put it to use: her first paying job
Mount Washington.                              and Beer Fest. On Aug. 16, get “High on                             in the snow industry was assist-
                                               Chocolate” with the Resort’s first-ever                             ing in the tabulation of cus-
  Also new this year will be weekly                                                                                tomer surveys and providing
                                               Chocolate Festival.
theme dinners, every Saturday evening                                                                              this information to the Candian
                                                  “That one’s all about chocolate,” Sharpe
at Fat Teddy’s; everything from Cajun                                                                              Ski Council.
                                               said. Bernard Callebaut chocolate, Hot
food to halibut, salmon to shrimp and                                                                                 Bonell lives in Courtenay with
                                               Chocolates from downtown Courtenay,
mussels.                                                                                                           her husband John, who is an air
                                               chocolate trees, chocolate strawberries –                                                                                        Photo: Mount Washington
   There will be a new look to Fat Teddy’s     even a chocolate fountain – will delight                            force electronics technician as well as
this summer, as the Resort is renovating the   chocolate lovers. The event includes a                              a ski and snowboard instructor at Mount
bar and grill for the first time since 1999.   huge selection of samples, too.                                     Washington.
Resort Public Affairs Director Dave               “We’ve got just a ton of events happen-
Hampshire said the renos could happen          ing,” Sharpe said. “The mountain will cele-                         Congratulations
late in the summer season, so Fat Teddy’s      brate its 25th Anniversary next winter.”
will be ready for the winter opening some-        And perhaps the biggest event that will                          Karen...                         Celebrating 17 years of service
time in December.                              happen this summer, according to                                    on a job                         excellence in the Comox Valley!
                                               Hampshire, is that for the first time in 25
  The Eagle Express chairlift will oper-
                                               years, the washrooms are getting an                                 well done!
ate under new expanded hours this
year, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at
                                                  “My thing for next winter is to say we
8 p.m. through July and August.
                                               have 12 new bowls,” Hampshire joked.
                                               Mount Washington was the first ski area on
                                               the Island to have indoor washrooms.

                                                      Simms Millennium Park, which was built as a city project for
                                                    the year 2000, is adjacent to Lewis Park on Fifth Street beside
                                                    the Courtenay River. In May 2003 this Park was awarded by
                                                    the B.C. Parks & Recreation Association the "Parks & Open
                                                    Spaces Facililty of the Year" award. The Thai Pavilion which
                                                    was a gift from Suphanburi, Thailand, a sister city of
                                                    Courtenay, is just one of the interesting features of the Park.
                                                     The Kayak Launch in Simms Millennium Park (shown right)
                                                    was completed in 2002 with major contributions coming from
                                                    Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows and Mount
                                                    Washington Alpine Resort.
                                                                                                                                                     2145 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay 334-2425
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                                                                                                                                                  G A L L E R Y                S H O P
                                                                                                                                                 Wood, glass, silver,
            Antiques, Etc.                                                                                                                       pottery & more!
             r 334-4676 s                                                                                                                        367 FOURTH STREET
-            308 Fifth Street
           Corner of 5th & Duncan   -                                                                                                            DOWNTOWN COURTENAY
                                                                                                                                                 TEL: 250-338-6211

                                              STAY & PLAY!
                                                    The Comox Valley is looking forward to your visit!
                                              Make sure to check out the Comox Valley on your visit to Mount Washington. You’ll find great
                                              places to enjoy a meal, find that special gift or to be entertained.
                                              The Comox Valley stretches from Fanny Bay to Saratoga Beach and from Strathcona Park to the Strait of Georgia, and includes
                                              Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, as well as Denman and Hornby Islands. "Alpine to Ocean" describes the endless variety of
                                              beaches, mountains, parks, activities and attractions that can be experienced here.

 A GENTLER TIME, Antiques Etc.                  COMOX VALLEY FLOOR CENTRE Do                        At FUTON DESIGNS & INTERIORS                for affordable, quality - timeless life-
 Don't miss this charming little shop           you expect the best? You'll be the envy             we believe good design is affordable.       syle fashions!
 with its affordable heirlooms and              of your friends. When only the best                 We are an inspirational design shop         Feeling Romantic? Visit the ROMANCE
 friendly staff. Its creative window dis-       will do . . . come and visit our experi-            filled with stunning pieces for your        SHOP on Cliffe Ave., near 5th. This
 plays and in-store vignettes regularly         enced and knowledgable salespeople.                 home. Let us inspire you . . . Three        upscale adult boutique is where lovers
 attract interior designers, the film           Free estimates, at the Island's largest             designers on staff.                         and romantics of all ages shop. We are
 industry and an avid following of              selection of unique floor covering, the             Judith's 30 year Design Experience has      the Romance Experts! Erotic massage
 return customers.                              COMOX VALLEY FLOOR CENTRE.                          encompasssed Yachts, Textiles and           oils, seductive lingerie, plus size spe-
 ATLAS CAFE is a global experience              DESTINATIONS is a job placement                     Furniture. She takes pride in ensuring      cialists, and Kama sutra products.
 with a world of choices! ATLAS serves          agency sponsored by B.C.s tourism                   that a client's home is their dream - not   Educational books and videos for cou-
 fresh and innovative cuisine for break-        industry, provides a service to employ-             hers. For an appointment call               ples. Browse through the amazing and
 fast, lunch and dinner. Diners will            ers in the tourism,hospitality and retail           JUDITH MOORE INTERIOR DESIGN                fun sex toy department. Special cou-
 appreciate the warm and inviting vibe          fields. In its 8th year of operation, DES-          (250) 338-0262                              ples corner. BOOK YOUR ROMANCE
 and we feature fresh desserts, espres-         TINATIONS saves employers time,                     McCONOCHIE'S FURNITURE AND                  PARTY TODAY! 338-0669. 3 Locations
 sos, juices, kids menu and nightly spe-        energy and money.                                   APPLIANCES has been serving the             Courtenay, Victoria and Duncan.
 cials. ATLAS CAFE is licensed and non-         DOWNTOWN COURTENAY is an                            Comox Valley for 38 years.                  SECOND WIND INTERIORS Home
 smoking.                                       ideal place to spend a day or evening.              McConochie's is locally owned and           decor with heart & soul - antiques &
 CIBC WOOD GUNDY is proud spon-                 There are incredible shops and parks                offers a friendly atmosphere. The store     uniques, kitchenwares, vintage linens,
 sor of Mount Washington Alpine                 to visit, restaurants to experience and             specializes in Frigidaire appliances,       wicker & bamboo, and all sorts of one-
 Resort. This sponsorship includes sup-         things to do on a beautiful day, all set            Simmons mattresses, La-Z-Boy reclin-        of-a-kind furnishings. We've recently
 porting an innovative cross-country ski        under the gaze of the spectacular                   ers, Palliser leather and Canwood pine      expanded this fun & friendly consign-
 program with selected local schools.           Comox Glacier. Visit the Courtenay                  furniture.                                  ment shop to over 3400 sq. ft. New
 Call for more information.                     Museum, art galleries or see a movie.               Discover the ultimate in relaxed com-       treasures arrive daily!
 The COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY                   With the new Inland Island Highway                  fort at PENNY TYME FASHIONS. This           TITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT A sea-
 offers a juried selection of high-quality,     its a 20 minute trip from Mount                     outlet of fashion, features wash and        sonally changing menu of fresh
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                              MOUNT WASHINGTON 2003

             HIKING L& U I D E
                 T R A I G

   Mountain biking is about to become even more popular                                                                      the Resort will host No Limits Mountain
                                                                                                                             Bike Riding Clinics, instructed by profes-
         and wide-ranging at Mount Washington.                                                                               sionals. These clinics will be available for
                                                                                                                             beginners through to experts on Aug. 2—3
                                                                                                                             and Aug. 23—24.
                               Crews will spend the summer season          winter was a huge project,” Resort Director
                                                                                                                                The Island Triple Throw Down, a cycling
                             building new trails that will be ready by     of Public Affairs Dave Hampshire said.
                                                                                                                             BC-sanctioned, triple-discipline, off-road
                             summer 2004, Mount Washington Director        “We’d like to exploit that now by putting in
                                                                                                                             mountain bike race is slated for Aug. 16-
                             of Business Services Don Sharpe said.         some mountain bike trails.” To that end,
                                                                                                                             17. The race includes pro and amateur cat-
                                “We’ll virtually double our trail system   there are plans for five to seven new trails
                             by next summer,” he said. The plan is to      coming off the Hawk for 2004. The idea is
                             transform the Hawk chairlift into the moun-   to bring riders either back to the bottom of
                             tain bike lift, and expand some trails into   the Hawk chair, or over to the Eagle or to
                             the Lower West Meadows, returning on a        the Alpine Lodge.
                             30 per cent grade all the way back to the        “For this year we have a run coming
                             bottom of the Hawk. This will open up the     down the face of the Eagle that was devel-
                             mountain to beginner and intermediate         oped at the end of last year, called Hustler,”
                             trails.                                       he said. Crews will continue developing
                               “Right now our terrain is pretty much       that trail, adding to it, while leaving it open
                             advanced; all black diamond ... Basically,    for use.
                             we’re creating ‘Mom and Dad’ trails,”            There are maps available showing all of
                             Sharpe said.                                  Mount Washington’s mountain biking
                                The mountain has so far developed 12       trails.
                             kilometres of mountain biking trails for         The Resort has developed a weekday
                             summer use. Sharpe figures that number        mountain biking series that will run every
                             could rise to 20 kms or more next year,       Wednesday in August from 6—8 p.m. The
                             depending on the weather.                     four-week race series will end with a ban-
                                “Putting in the Hawk last summer for the   quet wind-up and awards. Also this year
                        FORBIDDEN PLATEAU                                                                                                Strathcona
                                                                                                                                         Provincial Park
                        PARADISE MEADOWS                                                                                                                                            Page 9

  Strathcona Park                                              welcome. Again this year the institute
                                                               is requesting $2.00 per person ($5.00
   Institute offers                                            per family), which helps the financial
 Weekend Programs                                              burden. Volunteers, who are familiar
                                                               with the area, are always welcome to
  In spite of the provincial govern-                           help at the information hut, especially
ment’s huge cuts to parks funding and                          during week days throughout the sum-
staff, along with the annihilation of all                      mer. This summer our goal is to begin
park’s interpretive programs, (includ-                         work on a self-guided interpretive
ing the Trail Host Program), summer                            walk in Paradise Meadows with the
visitors to Strathcona Park can at least                       help of a brochure and numbered sta-
be assured of a weekend (Saturday and                          tions.
Sunday mornings) interpretive walk in                            The Institute is also continuing the
Paradise Meadows and some basic                                weekend information service at Buttle
park information. Strathcona                                   Lake (200 yards past the Gold River
Wilderness Institute was awarded a                                                                        10am-4pm. This public service oper-        successful fund-raising activity will
                                                               turn-off). This is basically a voluntary
small grant from BC Parks to help with                                                                    ates until Labour Day in September.        enable them, in the near future, to
                                                               service, thanks to Gerry Roberts. The
their efforts to provide visitors with                                                                      As a non-profit society, the Institute   employ a part-time executive director.
                                                               hours will be: Fridays: 3-9pm (or dusk),
basic park information. thanks to this                                                                    continues to facilitate a co-operative       If you are interested in supporting
                                                               Saturdays: 10am-6pm, Sundays:
they are again offering this popular vis-                                                                 effort to assure support for continuing    SWI, in any way, please phone and
itors service (10am ~ 4pm) which is                                                                       education, information and park stew-      leave a message at 337-1871 or e-mail:
based out of a small trail head hut,                                                                      ardship. They are always looking for You can also visit our
again kindly loaned by the Nordic Ski                                                                     more directors in order to keep the        website:
Club and moved into position by                                                                           organization running. The goal is that a
Mount Washington Resort’s mainte-
                                                                                                                                                     BC Parks 2003 Map & Trail Guide
nance staff. This year they are hoping                                                                    Above
to increase the opening hours to                                                                                                                     courtesy of Rick Gibson.
                                                                                                          The raised trail system in Paradise
include Mondays and Fridays.                                                                              Meadows allows visitors easy access to
  These summer weekend programs                                                                           many areas of the park while protect-
will be held through the summer to the                                                                    ing the fragile environment.
September 2nd, Labour Day weekend.
To add more variety and subject mat-                                                                      Left
ter, special guests (local experts) will                                                                  Day hikers enjoying a lunch break
be leading some of the Sunday morn-                                                                       on Lake Helen MacKenzie.
ing walks. Anyone interested in learn-
ing more about the natural world is                                                                        Rick Gibson         Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Cell: 250-334-7503

                                       To Nanaimo & Victoria   To Mount Washington

                                          Courtenay Connector to
                                                Island Highway 19


                                                                      Kilpatrick Ave.

                                      Future                              Mall

                                   Island Highw
                                               ay 19 A

                                                Comox Harbour
                    FORBIDDEN PLATEAU                                                                                                                             Mt.Washington        P   Mt.Washington          Cache your food!                                           In Case of Emergency...                                             Routes                                   (local name) and above to the sad-       Groups - Larger groups of people
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ski Area                                                                                                                                                                                       dle southwest of Augerpoint Mtn.         tend to concentrate use in an area
                                                                                                                                                                  Nordic Lodge             Elev: 1175m            BC Parks has installed new metal food                                                                                            These routes are suitable for
                    PARADISE MEADOWS                                                                    Rossiter
                                                                                                                                                                 P   Paradise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  caches at Lake Helen MacKenzie, Kwai Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Circlet Lake campsites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Contact Park Rangers in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Location of Park Rangers will be posted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 experienced hikers. People using
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Continue southwest along the ridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to a high point of 1760 m before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and cause extensive damage to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   fragile vegetation. To reduce these
 Strathcona                                                                                             Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     these routes should have map and
                                                                                                                                                                     Elev: 1100m                                                                                               on the notice board at the ranger cabin.                                                                   descending a long ridge above            impacts, we recommend that group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 compass skills and be prepared for
 Provincial Park                                                                                                                     Paradise                                                                                                                                                 • Phones are located at                                                                     Shark Lake. Continue northwest           size be restricted to ten or less peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     31 km to                                                                                                                    inclement weather.
                                                                                                                                     Loop Trail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mount Washington.                                                                         along route to reach the beginning       ple. Where this is not possible, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • In case of emergency,                                                                     of the Augerpoint Trail. This trail      larger group should be split into
                                                                                       Divers                                Helen Mackenzie,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phone 911
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 From Circlet Lake                        descends steeply for 1400 m before       smaller groups which should travel
                                                                                       Lake                                  Battleship Lake
                                                                                                                             Loop Trail                                                Core Area Camping                                                                                      • To report a forest fire,                         Mt. Albert Edward 2093 m                 arriving on the Buttle Lake Parkway      and if possible camp in different
                                                                                                                                                                      Battleship                                                                                                                                                                 Elevation gain: 935 m                                                             locations.
                                                                                                                                                                      Lake                Regulations                                                                                           dial 0 and ask for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Distance: 6.5 km
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at Buttle Lake.
                                                                                                                    Mount               Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                             • Camp only in designated                                                                                                                           Suggested time to summit: 5 hrs.                                                  Water - Drinking water is
                                                                                                                    Brooks              Helen Mackenzie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The following guidelines will help       available from the lakes at all
                                                                                                                                                                                             sites within core shaded                                                                               Maps and                                        Follow signs towards Albert           to ensure that the Forbidden             designated campgrounds. All
                                                                                                                                                                                       areas at Helen Mackenzie, Kwai
                                                                                                                                                  Kooso Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                       & Circlet Lakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Guidebook                                    Edward from Circlet Lake intersec-       Plateau area remains pristine for all    drinking water should be boiled
                                                                         Simms                                                                    Lady
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion. Trail climbs steeply for first 3   who venture there.                       or purified prior to consumption.
                                                                         Lake                                                               Mount Lake                                 • No mountain bikes or ATV’s                                                                                 Scale 1:50:000 Nat.
                                                                                                                                            Elma                                                                                                                                                                                                 km. Once the first ridge has been                                                 Please avoid swimming in these
                                       Lake                                                                                                                                            • No campfires allowed                                                                                       Topographic Series                                                                    Hiking Trails - Please stay on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reached look for route leading                                                    areas as it may contaminate the
                          Jutland                                  Amphitheatre                                                                                                        • Pets must be on a leash                                                                                    -92 F/11 Forbidden                                                                    designated trails, stay off revegetat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 South and follow for 2 km. It’s                                                   water supply. It is also important
                          Mtn.                                     Lake
                                                                                                                                             Lake                                  N   • Stay off areas closed for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -92 F/12 Buttle Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 another 1.5 km to the summit.            ed areas and avoid taking short cuts.    to use the toilets and grey water
                                                                                  McPhee      Whiskey        Lake        Kwai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiking Trails III Central                    Castle Crag 1760 m                       Camping - Designated camping             pits provided to keep these pollu-
                                                       Circlet                    Lake                                    L.
                                                                                                                                           Murray                                                                                                                                                   and Northern Vancouver                       Elevation gain: 620 m                    sites are located at Lake Helen,         tants from entering the lake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Island.                                      Distance: 6.3 km                         Mackenzie, Kwai, Circlet and             Safety - To avoid bear conflicts
                                                                                                                             Mariwood                                                                    Pearse
                                                                                                                             Lake                                                                        Lake                                                                                                                                    Suggested time: 5 hrs.                   McKenzie-Douglas lakes. Please           while camping, never leave
                                                                                                                                                                                               Netuts                                                                                                                                                                                     use the tent pads and toilets where
        Mount                                                                                                                                                                                  Lake                                                                                                                                                 Route begins at the southeast end                                              food, garbage or toilet articles in
        Regan             Gem
                                                                                                                                                                                                              McKenzie                                                                                                                                                                    provided. If a tent pad is unavail-      your tent. Please use pack sack
                          Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Moat Lake. Follow route to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lake                                                                                                                                                                        able choose a site that has exposed
                                                                                                                         Beautiful                                                                  Douglas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For Further                                                         small col west of the summit. It's a     soil or will not easily be impacted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hangers provided at designated
                                                                                                                                                                          Johnston                  Lake                                                                                                                                         steep scramble over loose rock to                                                 campgrounds. Hikers should make
                                                                 Moat                                              Cruickshank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Information                                                         the top. Caution: This route cross-      Fires - Campfires are prohibited.        noise when approaching blind cor-
                                                                                                                   Canyon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ners to warn off bears and other
Mount                      Icefield                              Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drabble                    • See Park Rangers and Park Operators                               es boulder fields and slopes with        Please pack a campstove for cooking.
Albert Edward                                                                                                                                                                                                 McKenzie                                                         in the area.                                                      loose rocks.                                                                      animals.
Elev: 2093m                                                                                                                                                                                                   Meadows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Web contact:                                                                                               Garbage - Help keep the back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          country clean. Pack out all garbage        Mountain weather can change
                                                                                                Pristine alpine lakes abound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lakes                                        From Albert Edward                       and please pick up any litter you        without warning, be prepared. Take
                   Hope                                                                         along the trails.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Augerpoint route (not shown on map)      see. Please do not use outhouses for     spare, warm clothing and rain gear.
                   Lake                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Forbidden Plateau Ski Area
         Charity                                 Castlecrag Mtn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Wood Mountain Provincial Ski Park)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Distance: 25 km one way                  trash receptacles.                         It is advisable to leave an itinerary
         Lake                                    Elev. 1760m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P                                                                                            of your trip with a friend or relative.
                                                                                                                                                                Legend:                                                                                                                                                                          Suggested time: 3 days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pets - Please keep your pet on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   An extended route through to           leash at all times. Free running pets
                                                                                                                                                               NUMBER IN BOX INDICATES HIKING DISTANCE IN KM. BETWEEN MARKS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     21 km to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Buttle Lake. From the summit of          can harm other animals, irritate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Courtenay   Albert Edward descend it's south-        other visitors and can be harmed by
                                                                                                                                                                         PARKS TRAIL                                             RANGER CABIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lodge Elevation: Lodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Forbidden Plateau 720m          west ridge to the drainage divide        wild animals. Do not allow your pet
                                                                                                                                                                         ROUTES                                                                          Mount                                                          Elev: 720m
                                                                                                                                                                                                           CAMPING                                       Becher                                                                                  above Norm Creek and Ralph Lake.         to swim in the lakes as this could
                                                                                                                                                                         PARK BOUNDARY                                     P     PARKING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Continue up to Ruth Masters Lake         contaminate drinking water sources.
                                                                                                                                                                        CoreALLOWED CAMPSITES
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                         BUTTLE LAKE
                         Strathcona Provincial Park                                                                                                                               Page 11

 Strathcona Park’s Buttle Lake                      ness camping opportunities
is easily accessible in forty five                  for boaters on the western
minutes from Campbell River
                                                      A pleasant white sand
on highway 28. The drive takes                      beach and a playground
you alongside the Campbell                          for children are available
and Upper Campbell Lakes                            at       Buttle      Lake
ending with views of the                            Campground. There is
expansive waters and dramatic                       a     concrete    boat-
mountains of the Buttle Lake                        launch ramp within
                                                    two kilometres, and
                                                    also an undeveloped
  The beauty of this peaceful place will            gravel launch nearby.
take your breath away, and you will                 The lake levels are con-
find great opportunities for camping                trolled by hydro electric
and recreational pursuits.                          dams
  People come to fish for trout, and to             and tend to be low during
swim, canoe, kayak, board sail, picnic,             the winter but normally
sunbathe and waterski on the 25 km of               rise for the summer months.
lake, while others enjoy the easy and                 Ralph River Campground is
interesting nature walks, or more chal-             shaded by the graceful beau-
lenging back country hikes. Local                   ty of an ancient forest of
guides and club members rock climb                  cedar, hemlock and fir trees
at Crest Creek Crags. Some visitors just            underneath which you will
sit quietly in the shade of ancient trees           likely see the resident black-
and enjoy the fresh air.                            tail buck grazing. This peace-
  Camping facilities include 85 sites at            ful campground borders both
Buttle Lake Campground on the lake                  the lake and a lovely clear river,
at the North end, and 75 sites at Ralph             which is at times alive with                                                                                           Photos: Neil Havers
River Campground with both lake and                 spawning trout. It’s a popular spot for
river access at the south end of the                both fishermen and hikers of all levels.           With a sandy beach, spectacular views, boat launch and trail systems close by,
lake. Driftwood Bay Campground, an                  Many of the trails are easily accessible           Buttle Lake is a popular site for family camping in the spring, summer and fall.
excellent facility for groups, is located           from Ralph River Campground.
separately on the northern end of the                                                 challenging, and each with unique features to enjoy. Opportunities abound for
                                                      There are interesting trails to explore,
lake. You will also find simple wilder-                                               everyone throughout the Buttle Lake corridor. For further information refer to the
                                                    some less strenuous and others more
                                                                                      map on the next page. If you are at Buttle Lake go to park headquarters, where vol-
                                                                                                                 unteers from the Strathcona Wilderness Institute will
                                                                    Campbell River                               assist you Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the
   Strathcona Provincial Park                                                                                    Parks web site at        Come
       INFORMATION HUT                                              SUBARU                                       to the campgrounds at anytime as there are almost
                                                                                                                 always sites available on a first come first serve basis
              Run voluntarily by                                                                                 at both major campgrounds. If you would like to make
      The Strathcona Wilderness Institute                               The best deals in B.C. are               a reservation at Buttle Lake Campground call Discover
                                                                      “OUTBACK” in Campbell River!               Camping at 1-800-689-9025, or link up to website at
    Do you have questions about Strathcona Park and its                                                 To book Driftwood Bay
  fascinating plants, wildlife or history? Are you interested
                                                                                                                 group campground call 250-337-8550.
  in taking an easy day hike or exploring some of the                                       2004 Outback

  challenging back country? The Strathcona Wilderness                                                                               Editorial: Elizabeth Purkiss
  Institute, with assistance from BC Parks, is pleased to
  provide visitors with a wide range of information about
  BC’s oldest park. Maps, trail update, details about visitor
  services and other useful information is now available.
  To find out more about Strathcona, stop at the Park
                                                                                                                                     BC Parks 2003 Map
  Information Hut, located 200 metres south of the Gold                                                                              & Trail Guide
  River turnoff at Park Headquarters... just watch for signs!
                                                                                   LOW OVERHEADS
                                                                                                                                     courtesy of
                 HOURS OF OPERATION                                                                                                  Rick Gibson.
                       To September 2, 2003                                       + BEST SERVICE
  Friday: 3 pm ~ 9 pm (or dusk)                                               =    LOWEST PRICES!
  Saturday: 10 am ~ 6 pm
  Sunday: 10 am ~ 4 pm
  Monday: 10 am ~ 3 pm (holidays only)                                            287•9676                                           Rick Gibson      Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs)
                                                                        1700 Coulter Rd., Campbell River, BC •    Cell: 250-334-7503
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                           BUTTLE LAKE CORRIDOR
                           Strathcona Provincial Park

                                                                                                                                                                    To Campbell

                                                                                                                                                                      Upper Campbell Lake
                                                                                                                                                                      Marine Site

     To Gold
     River                                                               Kings Peak
                                                                                                                                                        SEE BUTTLE LAKE INSET

                                 BUTTLE LAKE CAMPGROUND

                                                                                                          PARK HEADQUARTERS
                                                                                                           AND INFORMATION


                                                              •                       POWELL
                                                                                       RIVER         BRITISH
                                  GOLD RIVER •           MT.WASHINGTON                              COLUMBIA
                                                             • •
                                  NOOTKA   STRATHCONA               COURTENAY                        CANADA
                                  SOUND     PROV. PARK
                                                                                                      Horseshoe Bay
                                            TOFINO •                                                          VANCOUVER
                                    PACIFIC LONG BEACH •                 •      NANAIMO
                                                                                        •             •
                                                                      PORT                                Tsawwassen
                                    OCEAN          UCLUELET          ALBERNI
                                                                                                     Swartz Bay
                                                     VANCOUVER ISLAND                 VICTO
                                                                                            RIA •
                                     FERRY SERVICE                                               •                        STATES
                                     AIRPORT                                                    PORT                               Thelwood L
                                     HIGHWAY                                                                                             Greenview L

 The trails described here are well defined and easily accessible. The trail heads are marked with signs. There
                                                                                                                                                    Ralph River Campsite           Watch for deer along the trails.
are other, less defined trails and routes which are not shown on this map. Distances, elevation changes and
hiking times are for ONE WAY only and are approximate. Campfires are discouraged in most back country
areas and not permitted in some. Wear sturdy boots and carry rain gear and a sweater, even in the summer                                   Let a friend know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
months, because weather can change suddenly and dramatically in the mountains. Please preserve the deli-                                      A Freshwater Fishing License and current regulations can be acquired
cate alpine environment by staying on trails.                                                                                              from sports stores in Campbell River.
   For further information about trails and wilderness areas visit the volunteer information hut at Park                                      The MARINE CAMPSITES are accessible by boat only. There is a
Headquarters, or ask park rangers. The Strathcona Wilderness Institute can be contacted for more detailed                                  $5.00 per adult per night fee. The money can be deposited into a vault
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Myra Falls
route information at 250-337-1871 (e-mail: Topographical maps and guidebooks can be                                       at the boat launch access points listed below. B.C. Parks also now
obtained locally at sports stores in Campbell River or Courtenay. If you wish to travel on less defined routes                             charges $5.00 per adult per night for back-country camping in some
please be well prepared with a map and compass, proper equipment, and experience in wilderness travel.                                     areas and fee vaults are located at the applicable trail-heads.

The STRATHCONA WILDERNESS INSTITUTE and the FRIENDS OF STRATHCONA provided financial support for the production of this map.
The STRATHCONA WILDERNESS INSTITUTE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation.
                The institute will provide a volunteer information service on weekends at park headquarters at Buttle Lake from July 1 through to the September Long Weekend.
      The FRIENDS OF STRATHCONA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote Strathcona Park. Box 3404, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 5N5 Tel: 250-337-1871
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          Accommodation & Events Guide                                                                                                     Summer 2003
There’s so much to see and do on Mount Washington in
                                                                                                                                                   Mount Washington Phone
the summer besides great mountain biking, hiking and                                                                                               Directory (Area Code 250)
enjoying the mile high view following a chairlift ride
to the summit. Here is a list of this summers main events.                                                                                        Altitude Sport & Gift . . . 334-5721
Jul 19 • Holy Halibut! Theme dinners             August 9 • BBQ Salmon Dinner                                                                     Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911
every Saturday evening this summer at Fat        Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's!
                                                                                                                                                  Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5757
Teddy's!                                         August 16 • High on Chocolate,
July 19 - 20 • Overwaitea Family                 A Tasteful Event A chocolate lovers                                                              Central Res. . . . . . 1-888-231-1499
Picnic & Games Bring the family and              delight! Complete with a huge selection of                                                       Fat Teddy’s    Bar & Grill   . . . 334-5716
enjoy the fun and games.                         samples and a chocolate fountain!
                                                 Aug 16 • Succulent Strawberries!
                                                                                                                                                  Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .792-1209
July 20 • Sunday Mountain Market
& Music Check out the Arts & Crafts Fair         Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                                                                     First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5741
and live entertainment featured in the           August 16/17 • Island Triple Throw
front courtyard of the Alpine Lodge every
                                                                                                                                                  Police   (EMERGENCY ONLY)       . . . . . 911
                                                 Down A Cycling BC Sanctioned, triple
Sunday this Summer!                              discipline, off-road Mountain Bike Race                                                          Police   (NON EMERGENCY)       . 338-1321
July 26 • Mountain Luau Authentically            with Pro and Amateur categories.                                                                 Raven Lodge . . . . . . . . . 334-5764
prepared Luau accompanied with                   August 23 • Clam Dinner
Polynesian cuisine & entertainment.              Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                                                                     Real Estate (Rick Gibson) . . 334-7503
August 2 • Mussel Mania Dinner                   Aug 23/24 • No Limits Mountain                                                                   Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-1386
Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                     Bike Riding Clinics Instructed by pro-         Scenic chairlift rides, Saturday night theme      R.V. Park . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5703
August 2/3 • No Limits Mountain                  fessionals for the beginner to the enthusi-    dinners, Sunday Market & Music and many
Bike Riding Clinics Instructed by pro-           ast.                                           special events make Mount Washington the          Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5753
fessionals for the beginner to the enthusiast.                                                           place to be in the summer.
                                                 August 30 • Adventures in Pasta                                                                  Security (after hours) . . . . . 792-1204
August 6 • Humpday Gravity Race                  Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                  Sept. 13 • Under the Sea
Series Wednesday evening downhill race                                                         Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                       Utility (after hours) . . . . . . 792-1209
                                                 Sept. 6 • Blueberry & Huckleberry Fest
series running for the month of August.          Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.                  Sept. 20 • Mexican Madness                         Village Market . . . . . . . . 334-5706
Race 1 of 4 today!                                                                             Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.
                                                 Sept. 6-12 • Blueberry & Huckleberry                                                              For up-to-date accommodation info:
August 9 • 5th Annual Alpine Wine                                                              Sept. 27 • Harvest Dinner
                                                 Season Home baked feature treats all                                                     
Festival Enjoy the vast selection of tasting                                                   Theme dinner at Fat Teddy's.
                                                 week long.
from Wineries, Merchants and Estates.

   Affordable Mount Washington
   accommodations with all the
         comforts of home.
                Toll Free Reservations:

           In the Comox Valley: 703-9636
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                                                                                                                                                                                   • These privately owned chalets
                                                                                                                                                                                   and condominiums are rented out
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1084 (97)
                HAWK          CHAIR                                                                                                                         Strata Way
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1101 (38)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             751 (95)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peter's Pond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Village Reception
                CHAIR                                                                                                                           1027 (66)                   1054 (75)                   Meadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1044 (98)                       740 (94)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  736 (93)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            727 (90)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     General Store &
                                                                                                                                                               1042 (74)                                                  Washington                           737 (92)                                                                Liquor Outlet
                                                                                                                1231 (64) 1190 (65)        1021 (67) 1030 (73)                              1088 (37)                        Way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1006 (99)                             752 (91)
                                                                                                                 1217 (63) 1176 (61)                  1010 (68)                                       1066 (39)                                                                                                                                             Transport
RAVEN LODGE                                                ➠                         1273 (14) 1276
                                                                                                                                                     Strata Way                                                                                                                            Castlecrag Crescent
                                                                                                    1268 (12) 1195 (62)                                       998 (69)                 Meadow                                                                                                                      709 (84)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               712 (89)
                                                                                                       1254 (11)
                                                                                                                                   1009 (60)
                                                                                                                                                     999 (56)         988 (70)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lane 1044 (40) 882 (36) 880 (35) (34)    878                          788 (100)                  699 (83)                                   690 (88)
                                                                                      1251 (15)                         1167 (59)                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rock
                                                        1380                                            1236 (10)                         1005 (57)                           980 (71)                        1022 (41)                    Strata                                                                               691 (86)       687 (87)
                                                                                                                                                               993 (55)                                                         871 (33)                               924 (82)                         695 (85)                                               Bluffs
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                                                                                                                                                                       1054 (51)

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                                                                                         1217 (17)          1208 (8)               Alexandra Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Strata                978 (32)           966 (24)                                                                                                                                        ➠

                                                                                                              1192 (7)                    1109 (54)           1070 (52)            971 (48)
                                                                                            1203 (18)                                                                                                                              Clinton Wood                      Washington Way
             DAY PARKING                                  1370              1340                                 1176 (6)                       1093 (53)
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                                                                                                                    1162 (5)                                                                          957 (44)                                                                               872 (81)                                                               701 (1)
                                                                                                 1171 (20)             1146 (4)                                                  Henry Rd.                         965 (31)
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                                                                                                                                                                       Lake                                                                                                                                                                730 (10)
                                                                                                                          1132 (3)                                                     1016 (47)                                                                                                                                                           Jutland
                  OVERNIGHT                          NR
                                                                                                      1155 (21)
                                                                                                          1139 (22)          1116 (2)                                                        988 (45) 953 (30)        931 (29)                     893 (26)                                                                   770 (11)                     Terrace 715 (2)

                   PARKING               81               Y                                   1320                                                                                                                              915 (28) 907 (27)                    Meadow                                                                                                   Rock
                                       13                      RO                                            1123 (23)          1100 (1)

                                                75                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           750 (9)                          Bluffs
                                              13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       796 (12)
                                                                 AD                                             1105 (24)
                                                                                                                                                             G                                                                                                                                                                                                        710 (3)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           822 (15)                 785 (13)              739 (8)               706 (4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jutland Terrace                                805 (14)                                                      688 (5)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    721 (7)
                                                                                                                                                              1105                                                                                        914 (22)                         860 (16)          857 (76)                                                           701 (6)
                                                                    8   9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     906 (19)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                886 (17)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      877 (77)                                   Glacier View Close Rock
                                                                             10 11                                                                                                                                                                                                      889 (18)
                                                                                                                                                       A Deer Lodge B Creekside House                                                            Rock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bluffs                     903 (20)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               909 (21)
                                                                                                                                                       C Parkview Place D Mountainside                                                                                                                                                                     STRATHCONA PARKWAY
                                                                                                            NORDIC                                     E Blueberry Hill F Paradise Ridge G Ptarmigan Ridge                                                                                                                           TO THE COMOX VALLEY AND CAMPBELL RIVER
                  ALPINE VILLAGE

               MOUNT WASHINGTON’S all season ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS                                                                                                                                                                                                  OFFERING BOOKINGS FOR:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      BLUEBERRY HILL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      CREEKSIDE HOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      MOUNTAINSIDE LODGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      PARADISE RIDGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      PARKVIEW PLACE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      PTARMIGAN RIDGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~      PRIVATE CHALETS ON FOSTERS PLACE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tel: 250-897-3851 Fax: 250-897-3951
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     On-mountain check-in at 1268 Fosters Place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Toll Free Reservations: 1-866-826-7325
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     HIKING TRAILS, BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS, AND CAMPGROUNDS                                                    1.3 km loop. Time: 45 mins. Observe Karst
       The trails are graded as follows: (1) Easiest (2) Moderate (3) Difficult                           geological formations such as sink-holes with
                                                                                                          disappearing and reappearing streams.
ELK RIVER TRAIL (2-3)                                sub-alpine environment with excellent hiking and     No camping.
Length: 11 km. Suggested time: 4-5 hrs.              views. Camp in designated areas at Baby Bedwell      WILD GINGER (1) Loop Trail
Elevation change 600 metres. Trail starts at         and Bedwell Lakes. Fires are not permitted.          Length: 800 metres. Time: 20 mins. Access is
Hwy. 28 and follows the Elk River Valley for 10      Be aware of bears.                                   across the road from Ralph River Campground.
km before climbing up to Landslide Lake. Bare                                                             The trail follows the Ralph River. No camping.
                                                     CREST CREEK CRAGS
rock sections. Camp in designated camping areas      Technical climbing only. Picnic facilities.          SHEPHERD CREEK (1) Loop Trail
only.                                                Climbers can explore a number of rocky bluffs        Length: 1.5 km. Suggested time: 1 hr and 15
CREST MOUNTAIN TRAIL (3)                             in this area which is easily accessible from         mins. Access is across the road from Ralph
Length: 5 km. Time: 3-4 Hrs. to the tarn. Steep      alongside Highway 28. Climbers using the area        River Campground. A shady walk along the
with an elevation change of 1,250 metres.            do so at their own risk. It is each climber’s
                                                                                                                                                                  Above: Cream lake and Nine Peaks
                                                                                                          Ralph River then ascending to pass a lively
Caution required on single log creek crossing        responsibility to climb safely and ensure that       marsh. See Dogwood trees in the spring.                      Below: Landslide Lake
(the last good water). The snow stays late into      they have the necessary skills to do so. Camping     No camping.                                            Bedwell Lake to Cream Lake
the year on top. Random camping allowed.             and fires are not permitted.
                                                                                                          PRICE CREEK TRAIL (2-3)                                is an undefined route for strong,
FLOWER RIDGE TRAIL (3)                               LADY FALLS (1)                                       Suggested time: 3-4 hours. Trailhead can be            experienced hikers. No camping area
Length: 6 km. Time to the subalpine ridge: 3-5       Length: 900 metres. Time: 20 mins. The trail         accessed near the Thelwood Creek Bridge.
Hrs. Steep with an elevation change of 1,040         starts at Hwy. 28. Enjoy the cool spray from the     Originally the only access route to Cream Lake
Metres. The trail begins at Westmin Rd., climb       falls. Picnic facilities at trailhead. No camping.   and still only suitable for Advanced Hikers, this
an additional 200 metres from the top of trail to                                                         trail can make a pleasant day hike through
                                                     ELK VIEWPOINT (1)
flat ground for tents. Poor water. Panoramic                                                              varying timbered areas if you turn around at or
                                                     Length: 400 Metres. Time: 15 mins. The trail
views. Camping possible at halfway point.                                                                 before the log crossing. The router beyond this
                                                     starts at Hwy. 28 and accesses a viewing plat-
PHILLIPS RIDGE TRAIL TO ARNICA LAKE                  form where you may be able to see Vancouver          log crossing is extremely rough ad steep and
(2-3) Length: 6.5 km. Time: 2-5 hrs with an          Island’s unique Roosevelt elk. No camping.           snow lingers late into the summer.
elevation change of 800 metres. This is a well                                                            LOWER MYRA FALLS (1)
                                                     LUPIN FALLS (1) Loop Trail
graded trail beginning at Westmin mine.                                                                   Length: 800 metres. Time: 30 mins. Steep descent.
                                                     Length: 800 Metres. Time: 15 mins. Access from
Observe old growth forest, a waterfall, and                                                               Enjoy several beautiful water cascades.
                                                     the Westmin Rd. Walk a circular trail through a
alpine meadows. Designated camping area.                                                                  Use caution when approaching the creek, and
                                                     cool forest to the waterfalls. No camping.
Bear cache.                                                                                               supervise small children. No camping.
                                                     Picnic facilities at the trail-head and a canoe
UPPER MYRA FALLS (2)                                 and kayak launch access for Wolf River and           BUTTLE LAKE BOAT LAUNCH
Length: 3.3 km from the parking lot past the         Titus Mt. marine campsites.
                                                                                                                                                                  Explore the spectacular forest trails.
                                                                                                          A good, recently lengthened concrete launch.
yellow gate. Drive through the mine area to                                                               Located 1 km south of the bridge at the junction
                                                     AUGER POINT (1) Loop Trail
find the parking lot. Time 2 hrs. Elevation                                                               and only 1.5 km from Buttle Lake Campground.
                                                     Length: 400 Metres. Time: 15 mins. This forest
change: 100 metres. Trail follows gravel road                                                             No camping. The launch provides immediate
                                                     is recovering from the fire of 1982. No camping.
for approx. 800 metres to the sign. Large trees.                                                          access to the Rainbow Island marine campsites.
                                                     Picnicking facilities at trail-head and a canoe
Views of Mt. Myra and a waterfall. No camping.       and kayak launch access for Marble Meadows           FORBIDDEN PLATEAU
TENNENT LAKE (3)                                     trailhead.                                           AND PARADISE MEADOWS
Length: 4 km. Estimated time 2-4 hrs. with an                                                             Refer to a separate flyer in “The Marmot” publi-
                                                     MARBLE MEADOWS (3)
elevation change of 840 Metres. Trail access is                                                           cation for information about this area which is
                                                     Length: 6.6Km. Time: 4-5 hrs to the Alpine
from the parking lot at the mine. Walk past the                                                           accessible from Mount Washington.
                                                     meadows. Elevation change: 1,250 Metres.
yellow gate on the gravel road for 1 Km and          Steep, some bluffs. Trail starts at Phillips Creek   RALPH RIVER CAMPGROUND
across a bridge to the start of the trail which is   marine campsite on Buttle Lake. Access by boat       • Ancient forest, lake and river.
a rough, rocky, steep old roadbed. Old- growth       from Auger Pt. or Karst Creek day use areas. Be      • Gates are open all summer until Sept. 30th.
forest to sub-alpine. There is an undefined route    aware of submerged stumps in the lake. Random        • Picnic tables, fire rings, water pumps
to access Mt. Myra from here. Tennant Lake is        camping is allowed in the meadows. Marble              and pit toilets.
dammed. Random camping is permitted.                 Meadows features wonderful viewpoints, alpine        • Fee: $12.00 per party per night,
BEDWELL LAKE (3)                                     meadows and limestone formations.                      $6.00 for extra vehicles.
Length: 6 km. Drive over the Thelwood River          KARST CREEK BOAT LAUNCH RAMP,                        • B.C Senior Citizens $7.50 during the
bridge at the south end of Buttle Lake, and turn     TRAIL AND PICNIC AREA (1)                              spring and autumn.
left immediately onto the Jim Mitchell road for      A good concrete ramp located 4 km from               • Firewood: $5.00 per bundle.
6.8 Km. This is a rough gravel road not suitable     Ralph River Campground, and accessible from          • Reservations are NOT taken,
for small vehicles. Trail elevation change: 600      the Westmin Rd. There is a large open grassy           however the campground is rarely full.
metres. Time 3-4 hrs. Features river valley and      area plus several picnic tables and fire pits, and   BUTTLE LAKE CAMPGROUND
old growth forest then rocky out cropping and a      lots of room for parking. Karst Creek trail is a     • Sand beach and playground.
                                                                                                          • Three easy nature trails begin here.
                                                                                                            Fish in Darkis Lake.
                                                                                                          • Gates open all summer until Sept. 30 th.
                                                                                                          • Picnic tables, fire rings, water pumps
                                                                                                            and pit toilets.
                                                                                                          • Fee: $15.00 per party per night.
   250-286-3122                                                                        $7.50 for extra vehicles.
                                                                                                          • B.C Senior Citizens $7.50
                                                                                                            during the spring and autumn.
                                                                                                          • Firewood: $5.00 per bundle.
                                                                                                          • Some campsites can be reserved ahead of
                                                                                                            time by contacting Discover Camping at
                                                                                                            1-800-689-9025 or by going online at
                                                            Rentals • Day Tours • Lessons         
                                                               Sales • Kayaks & Canoes                    DRIFTWOOD BAY
                                                       1-888-545-5595          GROUP CAMPGROUND
                                                           Serving Campbell River & Courtenay, B.C.       • Private, covered shelter with woodstove
                                                                                                            and tables, large grass field, fire pit, pit
                                                                                                            toilets, wheel chair access pit toilet, water
                                                                                                            pump, swimming area.
                                                                                                          • Fee: $15.00 per party per night.
                                                                                                            $7.50 for extra vehicles.
                                                                                                          • Firewood $10.00 per night
                                                                                                          • The minimum number of parties allowed is
                                                                                                            5 and the maximum is 25.
                                                                                                          • Fee for non profit youth and school groups
    day visitors welcome!                                                $50.00 per night.
                                                                                                          • Tel. 250-287-2942 to book the campground.
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                                                                   Explore the “Other End” of Strathcona Park”

                                                                                                                                Marble Meadows, a 6.6-km trail,
                                                                                                                           offers viewpoints, alpine meadows and
                                                                                                                           limestone formations. Start at the
                                                                                                                           Phillips Creek Marine Campsite on
                                                                                                                           Buttle Lake (six-hour hike).
                                                                                                                              Upper Myra Falls is a 3-km trail that
                                                                                                                           starts just past the Westmin mine oper-
                                                                                                                           ation and follows a gravel road for
  With 70,000 local and                                                        one of the park’s more popular camp-        700m before turning into a forested
international visitors each year,                                              sites (the other is at Ralph River).        trail (two-hour round-trip hike). To
the Forbidden Plateau area of                                                  Besides Forbidden Plateau, Buttle Lake      access Myra Falls, start near the south
Strathcona Provincial Park is                                                  is the only other place in the park with    end of Buttle Lake and take the 1-km
                                                                               visitor-oriented developments – the         trail down to the falls. Although this is
undoubtedly the most popular.
                                                                               rest of the park is a back-country          a short, 25-minute hike, use caution
But the “other” end of Strathcona
                                                                               enthusiast’s paradise.                      while at the falls.
offers a wealth of gems for hikers
                                                                                                                             A weekend information service is
and walkers of all abilities.                                                            GETTING THERE
                                                                                                                           operated by Strathcona Wilderness
    Strathcona is 250,000 hectares of                                            To get to the north end of Strathcona
                                                                                                                           Institute at Buttle Lake Narrows.
diverse, yet rugged wilderness slashing                                        Park, follow Highway 28 through
through the centre of Vancouver                                                Campbell River to Buttle Lake, right on
Island. Dominated by mountain peaks,                                           the highway. Trail Maps are available.                       Published for your convenience by Rick Gibson
the park also offers visitors alpine                                                  STRATHCONA HIKES                                                                and Julia Perrie of Royal LePage in the Comox
meadows laced with rivers, creeks,                                                                                                                                    Valley. If you are looking for more information,
                                                                                   One of the more popular trails to
streams and lakes. The forests in the                                                                                                                                 wish to advertise, or want to submit information
                                                                               walk in the Buttle Lake area is Elk River                                              in future issues contact us at (250) 334-3124
valleys and lower regions pre-date the                                         – an 11-kilometre trail that begins right      Editorial: Susan Quinn & Julia Perrie   or by e-mail;
discovery of Vancouver Island by                                               off Hwy. 28 and follows the Elk River          Design/Production: Havers Design        Printed in Canada
Captain James Cook.                                                            for 10 kms before turning up to
                                                                                                                              Sales: Wendy Woodley Ph. 250-897-3678 E-Mail:
   Buttle Lake is the dominant body of                                         Landslide Lake (a five-hour hike).
water in the park; it is also the site of

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Profile:                                                                                                                 Winter Wrap 2002/03
Brian Stamp                                                                                           Mount Washington Alpine Resort                      “At least we opened before the
                                                                                                      enjoyed a near record winter,                    Christmas holidays.” The full crew –
A simple request for legal
                                                                                                      despite some uncooperative snow at               including about 30 per cent new employ-
advice has turned into a 25-
                                                                                                     the beginning of the season.                      ees — had four days between opening and
year love affair between
                                                                                                                                                       the start of Christmas break to get fully
lawyer Brian Stamp and                                                                                   The mountain opened 11 days later
Mount Washington Alpine                                                                               than scheduled while staff and skiers
                                                                                                                                                          “The times we needed clear weather, like
Resort.                                                                                                alike anxiously waited for the white
                                                                                                                                                       at spring break, it worked out for us,” he
                                                                                                       stuff to accumulate.
   In 1978, when Mount                                                                                                                                 said. The Resort stayed open later in April,
                                                                                                              The mountain recorded more
Washington was a gem in Alex                                                                                                                           slowing down to weekends only just before
                                                                                                        than 394,000 visitors in the winter
Linton and Henry Nori’s imagina-                                                                                                                       Easter and closing for good on April 21.
                                                                                                         season, the Resort said. The previous
tions, they contacted Stamp, a                                                                                                                            “We ended the season with almost dou-
                                                                                                          winter attendance record was 2001-
Campbell River lawyer, to help                                                                                                                         ble the amount of snow (397 centimetres)
                                                                                                          02, when 407,000 people visited the
them with the legalities of opening                                                                                                                    for the snow base than we did last year,” he
a ski resort and accompanying                                                                                                                          added.
                                                                                                              “We had 11 days in December
alpine village.                                                                                                                                           Thanks to that late snow, Subaru was
                                                                                                          where we didn’t open,” they said,
   Stamp had moved his family to                                                                                                                       back for the third year in a row to film a car
                                                                                                          but made up for it by staying open
Campbell River in December 1971                                                                                                                        commercial, courtesy of Electric Avenue
                                                                                                          later in April.
from Victoria, where he had been                                                                                                                       Films from Marina del Ray, Calif. “They
                                                                                                              Mount       Washington      Public
practicing law. He accepted Linton                                                                                                                     love this place,” Hampshire said. “They
                                                                                                          Relations Director Dave Hampshire
and Nori’s challenge. “It was the                                                                                                                      can’t believe how easy it is to shoot a com-
                                                                                                          said it’s hard to be disappointed with
summer before everything got going:                                                                                                                    mercial on Mount Washington because of
                                                                                                          an almost record year. “Once we got
there were lifts to put up, runs to cut,                                                                                                               the infrastructure we provide.”
                                                                                                         going, we got through the season,” he
sewage treatment to put in, the                                                                                                                           Hampshire said a location scout living in
                                                                                                         said. “It was disappointing, though, to
Alpine Lodge to build and a subdivi-                                                                                                                   Victoria connected the film crew with the
                                                                                                        see the snow arrive so late. We haven’t
sion (what is now called the Alpine                                                                                                                    Resort, which always has snow. The film
                                                                                                       had that for a long time,” he said. The
Village),” he said. In other words,                                                                                                                    crew used the Jutland cross-country trail
                                                                                                      last time the Resort had such a late snow
there was a certain amount of advice                                                                                                                   because it’s an old logging road, so it’s
                                                                                                     year was in the mid-80s.
the pair needed, especially how to                                                                                                                     wide and Mt. Albert Edward provides a
approach the subdivision.                                                                                                                              stunning backdrop, he said.
   That subdivision was very important,
Stamp says now, because there was no
public road yet: just easements or rights-of-    his life to a point where he has been a full-
way on private or Crown Land.
   “It took a lot of negotiating and encour-
                                                 time lawyer without having to go crazy –                   Marriage Vows... Mountain Style!
                                                 leaving time to do other things, like play
agement on our part with the Ministry of         the piano, garden, sit on the Vancouver
Transportation and Highways to get the
                                                                                                    “With this ring, and this
                                                 Island Health Authority board and run a
subdivision put through.”                        “little” organization called RiverCorp.            spectacular alpine setting,
  Mount Washington opened in                         Stamp is Chairman of the Board of              I thee wed.”
December 1979. The same day, a sale              RiverCorp, which began operations in April
                                                                                                       While such a vow may never have
was held at the Coast Westerly Hotel in          2001. Essentially, RiverCorp is Campbell
                                                                                                    been uttered on the peak, Mount
Courtenay for the subdivision; it was            River’s economic development commis-
                                                                                                    Washington is becoming more and
sold out in three or four hours.                 sion, only it’s privatized; the City is its sole
                                                                                                    more popular with people tying the
                                                 shareholder. RiverCorp was created after a
“We had pre-done purchase agreements                                                                knot.
                                                 year of feasibility studies and business plan
and people had already indicated what lot                                                              “In the past couple of years, with
                                                 writing. The thought was that a private eco-

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo courtesy Mount Washington
they wanted,” Stamp said. The sale could                                                            Raven Lodge, we’ve seen a lot more
                                                 nomic development function could operate
have been completed earlier if they had                                                             people come up and do that,” says Bev
                                                 independently of political will. While
had more people to help fill out the paper-                                                         Badke of Alpine Accommodations. “It’s
                                                 RiverCorp constitutes its own board of
work.                                                                                               a beautiful place to have a wedding.”
                                                 directors, the city has a final say in the
   In 1989 Stamp was among a group of                                                                  And here’s another trend: people get-
                                                 board’s members. Stamp’s position is strict-
shareholders that bought the budding                                                                ting married on the mountain don’t nec-
                                                 ly volunteer – he does not receive a pay-
Resort from Linton and Nori; he has been a                                                          essarily have any connection to Mount
                                                 cheque from RiverCorp.
Director ever since.                                                                                Washington – they just love the setting.
                                                     “It’s an interesting way of doing the job.
   An avid skier, Stamp has spent years on                                                          “At first it was people that have a strong
                                                 It’s unique in B.C.; there’s been a lot of
the slopes in between law duties. His eld-                                                          connection with Mount Washington, but
                                                 naysayers,” he said, “(but) it’s working.”
est son got involved in ski racing a few                                                            now it’s a wide variety,” Hounsell said.
                                                     Stamp is still the mountain’s lawyer and
years after the hill opened, and that led                                                              Most people get married in the summer,
                                                 has also been involved in several property
Stamp to a 10-year association with the                                                             although a few have chosen to marry in
                                                 developments on the mountain, including
Mount Washington Ski Club. He was pres-                                                             the winter months. “We have had people
                                                 Creekside and Parkview Place. It’s also an
ident for two or three years, served as a                                                           get married out on the slopes with their skis
                                                 area he enjoys.
director on the club and also coached                                                               and snowboards,” he said.
                                                     Stamp’s real hope is to make Mount
Nancy Greene skiers.                                                                                   The peak is a wedding photographer’s
                                                 Washington a destination for tourists visit-
   “I became very passionate about down-                                                            dream: the bride and groom can pose with
                                                 ing the Island. There are nine million visi-
hill skiing,” he said. “All those years,                                                            mountains in the background, or up the
                                                 tors that land on the Island south of the
almost from the time the mountain opened,                                                           chairlift with Georgia Strait and the Comox
                                                 Malahat, and only one million that go
until about four years ago, I was quite                                                             Valley stretching below.
                                                 north. Stamp wants at least some of those                                                             Badke says aside from honoring some
active in alpine skiing.”                                                                              “I think that’s why people are starting to
                                                 million visitors to think solely of his moun-                                                         rather unique needs – “they often request
   Then he switched to nordic skiing,                                                               come up,” he said.
                                                 tain for their tourism destination.                                                                   ironing boards and things people usually
which has quickly become his passion.                                                                  The mountain already has six or seven
                                                     “The reason I stay with the moun-                                                                 don’t ask for” – she doesn’t have much to
   Despite a very busy life, Stamp says                                                             receptions booked for the summer, and
                                                 tain really is to move the company into                                                               do for wedding parties. “We just do our
retirement is not in the plan yet. “I’ve still   a pre-eminent position as a Vancouver              some for next year, too. Receptions are an
                                                                                                                                                       part to make it less stressful for them. We
got a very busy law practice. I’m very for-      Island tourist attraction,” he says. “I            area Joanne Johnson, the Resort’s new
                                                                                                                                                       try and make sure everything’s perfect – it’s
tunate.” Stamp has been able to organize         think it’s getting there.”                         Catering Co-ordinator, wants to concen-
                                                                                                                                                       their day.”
                                                                                                    trate on, he said.
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    Future Plans Under Way for Double                                                                                                                                 COASTLINE
                                                                                                                                                                   BROADCASTING LTD.
           Black Diamond Runs                                                                                  Zoro                                                   is a locally owned and operated
                                                                                                               born last year                                           digital broadcast Cablevision
                                                                                                                at this time                                        system serving Mount Washington.
                                                                                                                 growing up                                        2     Program Guide
                                                                                                                 om Mount                                          3     CBC North
                                                                                                                Washington.                                        4     Mount Washington Real Estate
                                                                                                                                                                   5     ABC KOMO Seattle
                                                                                                                                            Photo: Andrew Bryant   6     CBS KIRO Seattle
                                                                                                                                                                   7     KVOS Bellingham
                                                                                                                                                                   8     ITV Edmonton
                                                                                                                    It’s A Boy,                                    9     NBC
                                                                                                                 and more boys...                                  10    Mount Washington
                                                                                                                                                                         Community Channel
                                                                                                                    and girls!                                     11    FOX-KCPX Seattle
                                                                                                                                                                   12    BCTV Vancouver
                                                                                                            The Marmot Recovery Foundation is
                                                                                                                                                                   13    TSN Toronto
                                                                                                            proud to announce the first pair of
                                                                                                                                                                   14    WTBS Atlanta
                                                                                                            pups born at the Tony Barrett Mount
                                                                                                                                                                   15    The Learning Channel
                                                                                                            Washington Marmot Recovery Centre
                                                                                                                                                                   16    YTV Toronto
                                                                                                            on Mount Washington to parents
                                                                                                            Brutus and Winnie.                                     17    WGN Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                   18    Knowledge Network
                                                                                                               The pups join six other litters born this           20    Super Channel (Pay TV)
                                                                                                            year at their partner facilities at the Calgary        21    Movie Max (Pay TV)
                                                                                                            zoo, Toronto zoo and Mountain View                     22    Family Channel
                     Photos courtesy Mount Washington
                                                                                                            Farms in Langley. It's still too early to know         23    CHVU
                                                                                                            exactly how many pups were born, some                  24    CHEK TV
 Mount Washington Alpine Resort will
develop new black diamond and dou-                                                                          of them are still hiding in their nest boxes,          25    Much Music
ble-black diamond terrain in the                                                                            but they hope to top 17.                               26    WSBK
MacKay Lake area – but not this year,                                                                          These 17 pups represent a 27% increase              27    CBUT
says General Manager Peter Gibson.                                                                          in the captive population increasing the               28    CBMT
                                                                                                            total number of Vancouver Island marmots               29    VTV
   Despite recording their second-biggest                                                                   to just over 100 animals. An amazing suc-              30    CNN
year ever in the books, Gibson said it will                                                                 cess, but at still so few animals the
                                                                                                                                                                   31    KCTS PBS Seattle
be status quo at the Resort for the 2003-04                                                                 Vancouver Island Marmot remains
                                                                                                                                                                   32    CMT
season. Then they’ll look at building a new                                                                 Canada's most endangered mammal and
                                                                                                                                                                   33    CNN Headline News
chairlift and breaking new terrain. “The                   New backside terrain will satisfy the            one of the rarest in North America. If you
                                                                                                                                                                   34    A&E
game plan has always been to get into                       more extreme boarders and skiers.               look carefully at the alpine bowls at the top

MacKay Lake as soon as we can,” he said.                                                                                                                           35    Discovery
                                                                                                            of the mountain you may see one eating
“However, we will not be putting a new lift                                                                                                                        36    CBC Newsworld
                                                        experience double black diamond terrain,”           grasses and wild flowers or sunning on a
in this year.”                                                                                                                                                     37    Prime
                                                        Resort Public Relations Director Dave               rock.
   Gibson said the Resort will spend an                 Hampshire added. Hampshire said that                   The colony at Mount Washington is the               38    Outdoor Life
unspecified amount of money prepping the                despite ropes and signs indicating Resort           last of the northern colonies and the largest          39    Sportsnet
area for new terrain: most of the trees are             boundaries there is a steady stream of peo-         surviving natural colony in the wild repre-            40    Extreme Sports
already cut for the lift line, in an area that          ple skiing out of bounds in the MacKay              senting almost half of the total wild popu-            41    Speedvision
had already been partially logged by                    Lake area.                                          lation who now number less than 30 ani-                42    Space
TimberWest. The Resort must still complete                 Mount Washington is also contemplating           mals.                                                  43    History
a site survey and avalanche study at the                an upgrade for the Sunrise Quad, which
proposed tower site, to get things ready for            opened in the early ‘90s. They’re examin-
a lift.                                                 ing their options, Gibson said, but that’s all         HELP SAVE THE VANCOUVER ISLAND MARMOT!
   “The lift profile is steeper than the Peak           right now.
                                                                                                             Name _______________________________________________________________
Chair at Whistler,” he said.                               “To do Sunrise the way we’d like to,
   There are two or three options for a                 which is to go high-speed, is just not in the        Address ____________________________________________________________
chairlift. One is to build a lift from MacKay           plans,” he said. “MacKay Lake will come              City ____________________________ Prov ________________________________
Lake to one peak below the west peak.                   first.”                                              Country ________________________ Postal Code __________________________
Another option would be to build a lift to                 Gibson said they would likely have to tie
the peak and a T-bar surface lift.                      in any Sunrise upgrade with land develop-            I’d like to help our Marmots with a tax-creditable donation. Please accept my gift of:
   The third option would be to build an                ment, such as commercial real estate, with-
over-and-back lift so that it could load at             in the Resort’s existing boundaries.
                                                                                                             ❑ $25 ❑ $50 ❑ $100 ❑ other
both ends – over the peak from MacKay
Lake down to the Hawk unloading area.
                                                           Other future development proposals
                                                        include increasing land holdings to the east
                                                                                                             Sign me up! I want to join the Adoption Club: ❑ $120 for one year, OR
                                                                                                             Per month: ❑ $10 ❑ $15 ❑ $20 ❑ $25
   “Right now we’re going through the                   and angling a chairlift that way, and nego-          I authorize the Marmot Recovery Foundation to deduct the above amount from my chequing
options … getting prices, getting quotes,”              tiating with a developer to make the con-            account monthly. (I have enclosed a blank cheque marked VOID for processing purposes.)
he said, adding that the Resort hopes to                cept of a core village become a reality,             Signature ________________________________________
make a decision by late summer on what                  Hampshire said.                                      YOUR UARANTEE: You can change or cancel your pledge at any time.
type of lift to install. Then it will depend on            “It’s very exciting, but in the initial stages
what type of winter Mount Washington has                                                                     METHOD OF PAYMENT
                                                        right now,” he said.
next year.                                                 Waiting – and patience — is not such a            ❑ Cheque payable to: Marmot Recovery Foundation
   The new terrain will be called The                   bad thing when it comes to future develop-           ❑ Visa ❑ Mastercard
Outback. “The terrain in there is all black             ment on the mountain, Gibson said. “It
                                                                                                             Card # ______________________ Expiry Date __________
diamond and double black diamond, and                   takes time. We pay as we go, and if we
will really round out the package at the                don’t have the money we don’t borrow. We             Signature ____________________________________________
high end,” he said.                                     want to be careful; if we have a good year,          Marmot Recovery Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                           Registered Charity #
   “We do recognize the need for people to              we build.”                                           Box 2332, Station A, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada V9R 6X6 Fax: 250-753-8070
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                                                  When the war ended Bradley started work-
                                                  ing for the Edmonton board of education.
                                                                                                         THE MARMOT Premier Business Directory
                                                  He left that job in early 1947 and moved to
                                                  the Comox Valley after George Hobson
                                                                                                   A Gentler Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-4676
                                                  hired him as the Courtenay Recreational
                                                  Association’s first full-time recreational       Alpine Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-837-4663
                                                  director — a post he held for 27 years.          Altas Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-9838
                                                     “He put emphasis on the individual            Big Foot Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 792-3421
                                                  achievement and taught (kids) to                 Brian McLean Chev Olds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2425
                                                  persevere to reach their goal,” Don Dunne,
                                                  president of the Vancouver Island Skiing for     Campbell River Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287-9676
                                                  the Disabled Society, said at a dinner for       Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0101
                                                  Bradley in 2001. “His broad interest and         Chalet 9 & 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-826-7325
                                                  personal involvement in sports, such as          CIBC Wood Gundy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-5380
                                                  canoeing, hiking, swimming and gymnas-
                                                  tics were brought to the CRA. He also
                                                                                                   Coastline Broadcasting Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-5177
                                                  brought arts groups and seniors’ groups into     Comox Valley Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-6211
                                                  the fold.”                                       Comox Valley Floor Centre Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 897-1166
                                                     In 1969 Bradley’s titled changed to Parks     Comox Valley Kayaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2628 or 287-2278
                                                  and        Recreation        superintendent.
                                                                                                   C.V. Chamber & Visitor Info. . . . . . . 334-3234 or 1-888-357-4471
                                                  Later he assumed duties of area manager
                                                  for the Mt. Becher Ski Development               Deer Lodge at Mount Washington . . 338-4383 or 1-877-845-4499
                                                  Society. He was also the first chairperson       Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-9823
                                                  for the Comox Valley Winter Carnival in          Downtown Courtenay Business Association . . . . . . . . . 890-0519
                                                  1964. Close to 400 people gathered to say
                                                                                                   Evergreen Savings Credit Union . . . . . . . . 703-0025 or 286-6205
                                                  goodbye to Bradley. “I would have expect-
     In Memorium                                  ed more sad people (but) there weren’t a lot     Fanny Bay Seafood Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-1198
Longtime Mount Washington skier                   of sad people,” Gibson said. “They cele-         Futon Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-8022
Herb Bradley – for whom the Bradley               brated his life.”                                Gibson Kelly & Ives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2416
Development Centre is named – died                   Everyone had a little story to tell about     Havers Design Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2844
May 29, 2003. He was 84 years old.                Bradley, many of them funny or happy. “It
                                                  was generally a good feeling,” Gibson said.
                                                                                                   Island Building Inspections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339-5399
   Bradley’s name was synonymous with             “It was a fitting finish.”                       Island Publishers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727-2460
the disabled ski program at Mount                    Bradley was predeceased by his wife of        Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388-4416
Washington, which he created in the               58 years, Blanche, and by six brothers and       Judith Moore Interior Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0262
1970s.                                            two sisters. He is survived by his son, Brick,
   “He was just an amazing man,” said             of Merville, one sister, Vera, of Victoria and
                                                                                                   Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa . 338-1323 or 1-800-663-7929
Mount Washington General Manager Peter            many nieces and nephews.                         Marmot Recovery Found. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-4-marmot
Gibson, who first learned to ski at age 10                                                         McConochie's Furniture and Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-8114
under Bradley’s tutelage. “He sure has left                                                        Mount Washington Alpine Resort . . 338-1386 or 1-888-231-1499
a void.”
   Since he arrived in the Comox Valley in
                                                                                                   Peak Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . 897-3851 or 1-866-826-7325
                                                             The Kingfisher
1947, Bradley was instrumental in teaching                   Continued from page 3
                                                                                                   Penny Tyme Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2447
kids how to swim and ski, and helped bring                                                         Plates Eatery & Catering Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-8087
the Vancouver Island Skiing for the               Combining warm and cool water with tar-
                                                                                                   Rick Gibson, Royal LePage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-7503
Disabled        Society      a     national       geted massage jets the River Walk pro-
                                                  duces a “kneipp” effect for legs that has        Salmon Point Restaurant & Bar on the beach . . . . . . . . 923-7272
reputation for the calibre of skiers it trains.
   Two years ago, the disabled skiing race        long been used help legs feel lighter and        Saunders Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 474-2211 or 1-888-898-9911
traditionally held in February at Mt.             rejuvenated. Your next stop is the Sea           Second Wind Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 897-3988
Washington, was renamed the Herb                  Mineral Soak, where you can relax, float         Ski & Surf Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-8844
Bradley Coca-Cola Classic in the ski              and let millions of tiny bubbles soothe your
                                                  spirit.                                          Strathcona Park Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286-3122
instructor’s honor.
   Bradley was born in Bonnie Doon, a                Your final stop is the snug, one-person       Strathcona Wilderness Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-1871
suburb of Edmonton. He was one of seven           tidal baths. Designed to coat your body          The Friends of Strathcona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-1871
boys and three girls, and at Rutherford           with west coast seaweeds and mud, this           The Romance Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0669
school he was always one of the top athlet-       treatment will help draw toxins from your
                                                  body and help with toning and healing the
                                                                                                   Three Crows & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-4755
ic performers in all fields. “His activities
were many and varied, but in all fields his       skin.                                            Tide Rip Grizzly Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-643-9319
tremendous natural ability and strength of           After a warm rinse, wrap up in a heated       Timberwright Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923-6111
character and sheer determination always          towel and make your way to the lounge            Tita’s Mexican Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-8033
ended with the rest of the pack looking his       where it is recommended you take 10 to 15
                                                                                                   Toscanos Fine Italian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 890-7575
way for leadership, even in the earlier           minutes to rest, rehydrate and contemplate
days,” George Hobson wrote in 1960.               the incredible view.                             Tulio’s Casita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-6031
   Once out of school Bradley worked in a            You can choose to make the one hour           Valhalla Pure Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-551-1859
sash and door factory as well as a mill,          journey alone or share this unique experi-       Washington Way Chalets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-707-0018
about 100 miles outside of Edmonton.              ence with a few of your friends. Either way,     Yamato Japanese Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2025
After taking a swim instructors’ course at        it truly is the stuff dreams are made of.
the YMCA one year, he became a lifeguard             Since it is more difficult to get spa time    Thanks to these Visitor InfoCentres for distributing The Marmot
and, under the watchful eye of one of             than it is to get a room, booking well in        Campbell River • 250-287-4636
Canada’s finest swimming coaches, he              advance is highly recommended.
                                                                                                   Comox Valley • 1-888-357-4471 or 250-344-3234
blossomed into a leading swimmer.                    With so much to offer, the Kingfisher
   When the war came, Bradley enlisted in         Oceanside Resort and Spa is the kind of          Cumberland • 1-866-301-INFO or 250-336-8313
the navy, went to Halifax for basic training      experience that will have you coming back        Duncan-Cowichan • 1-888-303-3337 or 250-746-4636
and was shipped off to sea. After switching       to relive it, again and again.                   Nanaimo • 1-800-663-7337 or 250-756-0106 • Gold River • 250-283-2202
to physical training, he met his future wife,        The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa
                                                                                                   Parksville • 250-248-3613         • Qualicum Beach • 250-752-9532
Blanche, who was to play an important –           is located on the Old Island Highway just 7
albeit silent — role in Bradley’s life of vol-    km south of Courtenay.                           Let them know you found them in The Marmot!
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              Summer 2003                                                                                    Tips on Planning Your First
        Plenty To see, Plenty To Do                                                                          Summer Mile High Holiday
                                                                                                          So, you have decided to spend your                  Village and the other is drive-to via Henry
                                                                                                          vacation on Mount Washington, and                   Road, Foster's Place and Alpine Road.
                                                                                                          you don't know where to stay.                          The Alpine Village is a quiet, park-like set-
                                                                                                                                                              ting with lots of space and lovely trees
                                                                                                             The first thing you need to consider is          between the homes. The Alpine Village
                                                                                                          how many people are in your party. If you           requires either foot access or a quick ride on
                                                                                                          have 25 people who want to stay together            the Snow Cat in the winter, and has full road
                                                                                                          in the same place you need to look at a             access in the summer. This is THE place for
                                                                                                          large chalet. If you have 25 people who do          the maximum "alpine get away experience"
                                                                                                          not need to stay together or you are a fam-         and a safe place to play in the snow for chil-
                                                                                                          ily or small group, a condo or townhouse            dren of ALL ages!
                                                                                                          may suffice.                                            Price is another factor you may want to
                                                                                                              Having said that, what is a Chalet? A           consider. Since there is everything from
                                                                                                          Chalet is a stand alone home that could be          budget shared accommodation to luxurious
                                                                                                          a duplex and have a suite upstairs and/or           handcrafted log chalets, pricing is a matter of
                                                                                                          downstairs. The Alpine Village has more             personal preference. Please refer to the
                                                                                                          than 50 Chalets and Foster's Place has              Accommodation Guide in the centre of your
                                                                                                          more than 20 Chalets.                               Marmot or the web site www.mtwashing-
                                                                       Photos courtesy Mount Washington
                                                                                                            A Townhouse has at least one wall shared
The snow is quickly melting at Mount                                                                      with a neighbour wall but has no one living
Washington, and beneath the crystal                                                                                                                              Other factors you may want to consider
                                                   “We’ll have you set up in a belly boat, hip            above or below you. Townhouses can have             are amenities. Paradise Ridge is the only
white stuff is a whole season of sum-                                                                     two to five floors, and an entry directly into
                                                   waders, a vest and a guide, all in the space                                                               building that has a pool. Paradise Ridge,
mer activities to keep tourists and                                                                       the home from the outside. There are a
                                                   of about 30 minutes.”                                                                                      Mountainside Lodge and Deer Lodge each
locals alike busy at the peak.                                                                            number of Towhouses in the Alpine Village
                                                      Fresh water fishing licenses are available                                                              have a common hot tub. Several other prop-
   “We’ve got just a ton of events happen-         at the Raven Lodge. Pre-booking is                     and Parkview Place is drive-to access from          erties also have their own hot tubs and a
ing,” said Don Sharpe, Director of Business        required for flyfishing tours (minimum two             Henry Road.                                         number of homes have a sauna.
Services at Mount Washington Alpine                people). Phone (250) 334-5764.                            A Condo is in a building of two or more             Some rentals provide cleaning services and
Resort.                                               For those who would rather be land-                 floors with anywhere from 4+ suites.                some do not, so it is important to decide
   Thanks to Events Co-ordinator Van Eyk           locked, there’s always guided ATV Tours                Blueberry      Hill,   Creekside      House,        whether or not you want to clean and do
Olivier, the Resort’s calendar of events is        with Bigfoot Safari. All models are four-              Mountainside Lodge and Paradise Ridge               laundry before you leave, or whether you’d
jampacked between now and the end of               wheeled and have an easy-to-use, semi-                 are drive to via Henry Road, have under             rather leave that job to someone else.
the summer season on Oct. 13. There are            automatic transmission. Treading lightly is            building parking and an elevator thereby               Remember that all homes on Mount
six festivals: the fourth annual Beer Fest         the aim and trails include rock, a bit of mud          making them wheelchair accessible.                  Washington are owned by people, just like
July 12, Mountain Luau July 26, fifth annu-        and some gravel road riding. Bigfoot Safari            Ptarmigan Ridge has parking in front and            yourselves; families who share a common
al Wine Festival Aug. 9, High on Chocolate         guides take riders on a combination of                 no elevator and Deer Lodge has under-               love of mountain life.
Aug. 16 and Blueberry & Huckleberry                trails and logging roads, some of which is             ground parking and an elevator. There are              When looking for the holiday retreat of
Season Sept. 6-12. There are also other            on TimberWest land. The two-hour ses-                  approximately 6 Condo buildings in the              your dreams be sure to check the accommo-
events – such as theme dinners and Sunday          sions include a safety briefing and ATV les-           Alpine Village.                                     dation guide provided in The Marmot
mountain markets and music – almost                son before embarking on a tour.                                                                            Newspaper and the accompanying web site;
                                                                                                            So, now that we’d defined the types of
every weekend.                                       Hampshire is excited about promoting all             dwelling available we need to address     
   But events aren’t what drive the summer         the events this summer. “I love the ski sea-           location.                                           This gives you a vast selection of private list-
season at Mount Washington: variety of             son; I grew up with it,” he explains. “I find                                                              ings to choose from, along with information
activities does. There are chairlift rides,        the summer season more intimate. I think                 There are two distinct locations available        on how to contact rental companies on the
hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding,         we’re right on the cusp of finding that activ-         on Mount Washington. One is the Alpine              mountain.
ATV tours, fly fishing and disc golf, to name      ity base that appeals to a broad demo-
a few.                                             graphic.”
   Ride into the high country with experi-            They’re already putting that theory into
enced guides and reliable horses and expe-         practice. For example, expanding moun-                 Big Foot Is Back!
rience the stunning coastal views. Trail           tain bike trails off the Hawk Chair and put-           Bigfoot Safari is back at Mount
rides from beginner through advanced are           ting in some beginner and intermediate                 Washington this summer with their
available. Also this year, a guide will take a     trails to complement the existing expert               popular ATV tours, giving visitors a
group of people (maximum six) out for an           trails. “You don’t need an expensive bike to           unique view of the alpine resort.
overnight campout, including meals. This           do the mountain bike trails,” Hampshire
trip must be pre-booked. For more infor-           said.                                                    “People don’t have to have any experi-
mation or to book a trail ride, phone (250)           The new bungee trampoline is another                ence whatsoever,” company owner Mike
703-6511 or e-mail             unique idea, much like disc golf was a cou-            Rouge said.
   Rossiter Lake, situated on the doorstep to      ple of summers ago. For $5 visitors will get             “We take four people at a time and tour           Bigfoot Safari is a privately funded, non-
Strathcona Park, gained a bit of a reputa-         two minutes hooked into two bungee cords               them around at Mount Washington,”                   profit society dedicated to assisting the
tion last year when ESPN came to town to           over a trampoline, where they can perform              Rouge said. The ATVs are four-wheeled               ongoing research of noted wildlife biologist
shoot a segment on flyfishing there. And           tricks and jumps without fear of getting               and have semi-automatic transmissions,              John Bindernagel, PhD, author of “The
visitors to Mount Washington are excited           hurt.                                                  which means they’re easy to drive; people           Great North American Ape, Sasquatch”.
about the prospect of flyfishing alpine               “We’re really becoming more communi-                go through a “safety school” before they            At Bigfoot Safari, Rouge is committed to
lakes, Resort Director of Public Relations         ty based,” Sharpe said. “In the wintertime             are allowed out.                                    protecting the landscape and environment
Dave Hampshire said. “This is exciting as          people are coming from other places to                   Tours last two and a half hours and run           in which his tours roam. Therefore, his
well, having this really interesting (activity).   here,” but in the summer, locals bring up              every day at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.             tours “tread lightly”, following logging
It appeals to a wider area of fishing fans         their relatives and other visitors.                    except Tuesdays. Rouge also offers 4x4              roads and staying away from sensitive
and the nice thing is you don’t have to be            Snow School Director Mike Manara is                 tours in the summer and snowmobile tours            areas.
an experienced fisher to come and ta!ke            going on a road trip this summer to various            in the winter, as well as adventure week-             People riding the ATVs must be at least
part in our flyfishing programs.”                  festivals and parades to spread the word               ends, he said.                                      16 years of age. Rouge recommends peo-
   There are “discover flyfishing” packages,       that Mount Washington is open and a                      “People have fun. They get beautiful              ple wear sturdy shoes and not sandals. For
fly-tying lessons and gear to rent as well.        vibrant place to visit in the summer.                  views of the ocean and the Gulf Islands,            more information or to book a tour, phone
                                                                                                          even the mountains from the mainland.”              Rouge at 1-866-733-2235.
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                                                                             G POOL!                                                                                                 Building Lot
                                                                SWIMMIN                                                              BLUEBERRY HILL

                                                                                                                                     CONDOMINIUMS                                     Available!
                                                                                                                                     O N   M T .   W A S H I N G T O N

                                                                                                                                                                                   Drive into this lot and
                                                                                                                                        Features Include:                          Strathcona Park is a snow balls
                                                                                                                                    • Elevator Access • Spectacular                throw across the street!!! Great
                                                                                                                                                                                   views into the Park and easy
                                                                                                                                    Views of Strathcona Park and the
                                                                                                Rick Gibson                         Ski Runs • Drive To Access with
                                                                                                                                                                                   access to skiing in winter and
                                                                                                                                                                                   hiking in summer.      $129,900
                                                                                              Peak Performance serving the          Above & Underground Parking
     Features Include:                                                                        Mount Washington Real Estate          • Propane Fireplaces
• One Bedroom Apartments located                                                                   market since 1989.               • Convenient Location to all
on paved Henry Road                                                                                                                 amenities • Units are furnished
• Apartments are Furnished
• Drive To Access • Propane
                                                    Features Include:                                                               & ready to go • Ski Storage
                                               • Outdoor Swimming Pool,                                                             Room off the Lobby with
Fireplaces • Self-contained
Kitchens • Ski Storage Lockers off               Sauna & Hot Tub                                                                    separate lockers for renters
Lobby • Breathtaking Mountain                  • Elevator Access
                                                                                                                                    #114, 2 bedroom on the 2nd floor, fully
Views • Convenient Location to                 • Drive To Access with
                                                                                                                                    furnished, facing Strathcona Park. $182,500
Ski Lifts and Strathcona Prov. Park.             Underground Parking                                                                                                                     Enjoy the Sun
                                               • Propane Fireplaces                                                                 #213, 2 bedroom on the 2nd floor,              Corner townhouse enjoys morn-
#205, 1 bedroom, fully funished,               • Ski Storage Room off Lobby                                                         facing Mount Washington.       $184,900        ing sun in the kitchen & after-
facing Mount Washington.            $97,500    • Kitchens with 4 Appliances                                                                                                        noon sun in living room. 2 large
                                               • Full Size Washer & Dryer in                                                        #303, 2 bedroom on the top floor,
#204, 1 bedroom, fully furnished,                                                                                                                                                  bedrooms up, each w/their own
                                                                                                                                    facing Strathcona Park.         $187,500
facing Strathcona Park.           $99,900
                                                 each unit                                                                                                                         bath and jetted tub in each.
                                               • Convenient Location                                                                #211, 3 bedroom on the 2nd floor,              Convenient central locale with
#312, 1 bedroom, fully furnished,                to all Amenities                                                                   facing Mount Washington.       $199,900        fairly flat traverse to either
facing Strathcona Park.           $99,900      • Mountain & Strathcona                                                                                                             Village Run or Quad. Easy
                                                 Park Views                                                                         #210, 3 bedroom on the 2nd floor,              access to parking.    $139,900
#306, 1 bedroom, fully funished, jacuzzi tub                                                                                        facing Strathcona Park.        $209,000
top floor facing Strathcona Park. $104,900     #304, 2 bedroom, fully furnished,
                                               facing Mount Washington.          $169,900                                           #306, 3 bedroom on the top floor, fully fur-
                                                                                                                                    nished facing Mount Washington. $219,900
                                               #407, 2 bedroom, fully furnished, facing
                                                                                                                                    #202, 3 bedroom on the 2nd floor, fully fur-
                                               Strath. Park & Mount Washington. $169,900        Business                                                    !
                                                                                                                                    nished, views of OLD Park and Mount
                                               #213, 2 bedroom, fully furnished, facing                                                           S Strathcona
                                               Strathcona Park.                  $174,900
                                                                                               Opportunity                          Washington.                     $224,900

                                                                                              Business that offers the opportu-     #118, 2 bedroom plus spa on the 2nd floor,
                                               #406, 3 bedroom, fully furnished, facing       nity of "hands on" experiences in     views of Strathcona Park and Mount
                                               Strath. Park & Mount Washington. $189,900      ATV's and snowmobiles. It is also     Washington.                     $235,000
                                                                                                                                                                                         Stunning Views!
                                               #111, 3 bedroom, fully furnished, facing       the only business operating on
                                                                                                                                                                                   Located in the heart of the Alpine
                                               Strathcona Park.                  $199,900     Mount Washington offering
                                                                                                                                                                                   Village is this gem of a town-
                                                                                              snowmobile and/or ATV tours.
                                               #308, 3 bedroom, fully furnished top floor,    Purchase price includes 5 ATV's,                                                     home. Approximately 1400 sq. ft.
                                               facing Strathcona Park & Mount Washington.     or 8 snowmobiles and all hel-                                                        with 2 bedrooms plus a large loft
 Sunset & Slope Views                                                              $199,900   mets, gear and existing promo-                                                       with 2 sleeping areas. Easy access
                                                                                              tional material (eg 500 videos                                                       to skiing and parking with stun-
Top floor 2 bedroom corner suite               #109, 4 bedroom, fully furnished, facing
with sunset views and views of the                                                            which are being distributed in                                                       ning sunset views off the balcony.
                                               Strathcona Park.                    $234,900
                                                                                              Mount Washington condos). An                                                                                  $139,900

slopes! Located in the village with
                                                                                              existing crew is available if the
easy ski-out access and close to                                                                                                                   Snowbird
parking. Suite is clean & tidy and                                                            buyer requires assistance. Seller
shows well. Building is well main-               Single Family                                will help buyer in all facets of      Affordable, spacious, with easy
                                                                                                                                    access to village parking lot,
                                                                                              operation. Mount Washington

tained with brand new siding. Nice
                                                 Building Site!
                                                          !                                   offers the recreationalist the best   Sunrise Quad and general store.
open floor plan and very quiet.
                                                         D                                                                          Popular townhouse floor plan
                                                       OL                                                                                    SO
                          $109,900                                                            in an outdoor experience.
                                               The only remaining single famiy                                                      with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
                                               building site on Mount
                                               Washington.           $115,900
                                                                                              Winter Business
                                                                                                                       $99,900      sauna and open kitchen/living/din-
                                                                                                                                    ing area. This unit is completely
                                                                                              Summer Business          $99,900      furnished. Ideal floor plan for a
                                                                                               (ATVs)                               famil.                   $139,900

Contact: Rick Gibson, the Preferred Agent on Mount Washington Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Direct: 250-338-1723
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    Newly Decorated
wtih new carpets, paint & kitchen.
Located close to the Alpine                                                    Decks, Hot Tub & Views!                   Cathedral Ceilings
Lodge. Ski out to the lifts and the                                           Well maintained semi-detached           Ski out access and close to park-
Mount Washington. Lodge is but a                                              home in Alpine Village of Mount         ing, this chalet has cathedral ceil-
stroll away! The Alpine Village                                               Washington. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath-         ings and an open concept. Two
offers piece & quiet yet easily                                               rooms and lots of living space!         sundecks face south, with sauna
accessible.               $139,900                                            Wonderful mountain and park             and woodstove for apres-ski. Loft
                                                                              views from the living areas and         for children play and sleep area.           PARKVIEW
                                                                              decks. Extras include hot tub, 2        Established, year round rental
                                                                              decks, and most furnishings. Easy       clientele. Open kitchen, living and         P L A C E
                                                                              access to parking & skiing.             dining on entry level. Lots of stor-
                                                                                                                      age with separately accessible                Features Include:
                                                                                                                      basement for future development.          • Only 2 left • Occupancy now
                                                                                                                                                                • The only new site across from
                                              Only 3 Left!                                                                                                        the New Hawk Six Seat Chairlft
                                                                                                                                                                • Low Maintenance Exterior
      Squeaky Clean                                                                                                                                             • Fire Protection Sprinkler System
10 year old squeaky clean 3 bed-                                                                                                                                • 10 Year Home Warranty
room townhouse centrally located                                                                                                                                  Program
in the heart of the Alpine Village.                                                                                                                             • Same builder of Raven Lodge
Suite is ready to go and offers a                                                                                                                               • Easy access to Alpine, Nordic
bright, spacious layout. Sunny                                                                                                                                    and Strathcona Park
afternoon exposure with easy                                                                                                                                    • 5 Appliances and furniture
access to parking and to the ski lifts                                          Nestled in the Woods!                                                             included
                          $139,900                                           Your own chalet nestled in the                     A Must See!                     • 4 bedroom plan
and runs.
                                                                             heart of the alpine village of Mount     Pride of ownership is evident in          • Double garages

                                                                             Washington. Easy access in and out       this truly ski-in/ski-out chalet locat-   • 2400 Sq. Ft.
                                                                             and the slopes are a downhill ski        ed in the Alpine Village. move
                                                                                                                                                                #6, 3 Levels, 2400 Sq. Ft.             !

                                                                             away! This mountain home is very
                                                                             cozy with 3 bedrooms, wood burn-
                                                                                                                      right in to this spotlessly clean and
                                                                                                                      tidy mountain home. Ideally locat-        #7, 3 Levels, 1860 Sq. Ft.
                                                                             ing fireplace, 2 bathrooms and
                                                                             sauna.                      $239,900           SO
                                                                                                                      ed close to everything, yet nestled
                                                                                                                      in the woods. Separate owners
                                                                                                                                                                #8, 3 Levels, 2400 Sq. Ft.      $324,900

                                                                                                                      suite down. New hardy plank exte-         #9, 3 Levels, 2400 Sq. Ft.      $349,900

                                                                                                                      rior and inside, you don’t need to        #10, 3 Levels, 1860 Sq. Ft.   SOLD

                                                                                                                      do a thing! Bright, spacious floor                                               !
     Vaulted Ceilings                      DEER LODGE                                                                 plan.                       $289,900
                                                                                                                                                                #11, 3 Levels, 2368 Sq. Ft.   SOLD

Modern townhome with vaulted
ceilings and a very spacious floor          Features Include:
plan. 3 bedrooms and 2 bath-             •Mount Washington’s only slope
rooms. Crawl space is large
                                                                                                                                 I     N      S      U     R    A       N       C       E
                                         side hotel • Located in the heart
enough to develop into another           of the Village Centre • 2 & 3
full level. Check out this bright
                                         bedroom fully furnished deluxe
townhome! You will be glad you
                                         condos • On-site management
                                         available • Ski to and from your
                                         door • Underground parking
                                         2 Bedroom from $169,900
                                         3 Bedroom from $199,900                                                          Greg Weel
                                                                                                                                                Tel: (250) 388-4416
                                                                                                                                                   Fax: (250) 388-9926

                                                                                                                                     Your Mount Washington
 Home Away From Home
Luxuriously appointed, large spa-
                                                                                                                                      Insurance Specialists
cious plan awaits you in this ski-in
and out townhome on Washington
Way. Easy access, just a 5 minute         Location! Location! Location! 2 bedroom suites
stroll to the Alpine Lodge. Ideal for     available next to the new Hawk Six Seat Chairlift! Underbuilding
families or rental with ample room.       parking and views of the mountian runs or Strathcona Park.
Loads of storage, hot tub, sauna &        Units are furnished, and have gas fireplaces.    From $159,900
more!                      $214,900
                                                                                                                           202-3045 Douglas St.,Victoria, B.C. Canada V8T 4N2

                       Contact: Rick Gibson, the Preferred Agent on Mount Washington Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs) Direct: 250-338-1723
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                                                                                                                                Incredible Value!
                                                                                                                      This 3 level semi detached chalet has just

                                                                                                                     under 2500 sq.ft. living area. There is a 1
                                                                                                                     bedroom suite on lower level fully self-

                                                                                                                     contained w/its own entrance & upper
                                                                                                                     level has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths chalet that
                                                                                                                     has a huge rock fireplace, glass etching in
                                                                                                                     Master Bedroom 2 gas fireplaces & much
                                                                                                                     more.                             $274,900                Fantastic Foster’s Place
                                                                                                                                                                            Over 4000 sq. ft. of living space in
        #7 Fosters Place                      Side By Side Duplex                                                                                                           this spectacular recreation proper-
Drive In and Ski Out from this 3 year     Once in a while a unique proper-                                                        Executive Styled Chalet

                                                                                                                                                                            ty. Separated into 2 living areas
old chalet on Fosters Place.              ty comes available. Each side has                                                   Drive in and ski out from this exec-          with the main area having vaulted

Designed with 3 levels, the basement      2 bedrooms and spacious plans.                                                      utive styled chalet on Fosters Place.         ceilings, sweeping views and
is undeveloped, waiting for your          There is also a common area                                                         This spectacular chalet is on the             down is a bright, open owner’s
imagination. Open living area fea-        which includes a large family                                                       high side of the cul-de-sac with              suite. Below is a garage and work-
tures superb views.         $294,900      room, sauna, kitchen, bathroom                                                      great exposure, huge vaulted ceil-            shop. Located on Foster’s Place
                                          & bedroom. Ideal for 2 or more                                                      ings and sleeps a bunch. Ski out the          with easy drive in access and ski
                                          families, spectacular views.                                                        door and be back for lunch.                   from your door to the slopes.
                                                                                                                                                         $382,000                                     $434,900

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windows allowing lots of natural          on Foster’s Place. Drive in and ski                                                                                                      (for an additional cost).
light. The sun will rise in the kitchen   out from this cozy retreat, with                 newspapers from Victoria to Port Hardy.                                              Interested in Cable Internet
and dining room & set off the living      proven design. Hardwood floors                                                                                                       access on Mount Washington?
room and large outdoor deck. Built-       and many upgrades, insulated                                                                                                               Send us an e-mail at
in vacuum,sauna, 4 bedrooms, and          floors and basement finished with
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on and on!                    $294,900    an extra kitchen and bathroom.
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     on Mount Washington?                 chalet, you won’t be disappointed.                                                                                                   8A 625 Cliffe Avenue,
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Above & BEYOND
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                                              June 21 until October 13

 Sunday Market & Music every weekend                                     1 or 2 Night Mile High Packages
 Theme Dinners in Fat Teddy's Restaurant every Sat. night                Your fabulous package includes:
 4th Annual Beerfest - July 12                                           * 1 or 2 nights in a 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom suite
                  Family Picnic & Games - July 19 & 20                   * A scenic chairlift ride                   STARTING FROM...
                                                                         * Breakfast each morning plus...
 Polynesian style Mountain Luau - July 26
 5th Annual Wine Festival - August 9
                                                                         * Dinner in the evening
                                                                         Ask about our Group Packages.
 High on Chocolate - A Tasteful Event - August 16                        Don’t miss out on your                       Per person based on two people in
                                                                                                                      a one bedroom, taxes not included
 Much more! Give us a call or check out our website for details          Christmas/New Years accommodation!           and subject to availability.

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                                                                                Crown Isle
                                                                         BETTER HOMES & GARDENS is what you will think
                                                                         of when you cross the threshold of this amazing home.
                                                                         It features the warmth of a great room concept com-
                                                                         bined with the finest quality and worksmanship. From
                                                                         the gleaming hardwood floors, to the intricate ceiling
                                                                         border, this home sings “Quality”. The kitchen is a
                                                                         gourmet’s delight with easy pull shelves, center island
                                                                         with power, veggie sink and topped by a
                                                                         rich butcher’s block counter.
                                                                            Sunlight sparkles through the abundance
                                                                         of windows that frame the large tiered
                                                                         aggregate deck, easy care garden, emerald
                                                                         golf course all topped by the soaring snow
                                                                         capped mountains beyond.

                                                                          If you are special
                                                                          people looking for
                                                                          that special home,
                                                                          LOOK HERE!

                                                                                                                 Contact: Rick Gibson,
                                                                                                               Ph: 250-334-3124 (24 hrs)
                                                                                                                 Direct: 250-334-7503

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