Category Archives: Parks and trails

Trail management on Bowen Island and Covid-19

There is a new group on Bowen Island, Bowen CAN (Community And Nature) which recently put together a fact sheet to address the concerns many islanders have with the way trail use on Mt. Gardner is being managed.

Specifically there is concern about the growing use of motorized vehicles on the mountain and lack of public consultation.

Given that there used to be people from off-island who also enjoy hiking Mt. Gardner, they sent this fact sheet to NSH, asking that we share it with our members.

This fact sheet was put together in January 2020 before the current Covid-19 pandemic evolved, and therefore does not mention any resulting restrictions to trail access on Mt. Gardner.

Bowen Island Municipality and Tourism Bowen Island are asking that people not visit Bowen Island and its trails during the current Covid-19 emergency according to BowenTrails.ca.

Detour to Deeks Lake from Porteau Road

At Porteau Road Hwy 99 exit parking lot this sign is posted :

Follow the pylons with a hiking symbol to get to the HSCT Howe Sound Crest Trail along detour via old trail and back onto access road to Deeks Lake :

Descend the exit road back down south to Hwy 99 level. Then turn sharp left onto old trail where an old fence meets the highway.

Ascend old trail for about 1km. This trail has been reactivated with new steps, and brush and logs cleared. Where the old trail used to go straight up towards the gravel access road follow the new trail turning to right, parallel and just below the access road. After another 300m or so the new trail joins back onto the access road to Deeks Lake.

It was a blast – NSH SUMMER CAMP 2019

For the first time our summer camp was held at two locations. 27 hikers spent four nights at Canyon Hot Springs near Revelstoke and 17 of them spent an additional four nights nights at Castle Mountain Hostel between Lake Louise and Banff. The split allowed for one day of much needed rest after hiking the Selkirk/Revelstoke mountains and taking on the more challenging hikes in Banff National Park.
 
Every day there were at least two hikes : one shorter at the A/B level and one longer and more challenging at the C level including some scrambling to the peak. Everybody had a chance to test their endurance at their fitness level.
 
Among the hikes done were :
 
Asulken Valley - 14 km - 869 m elevation gain
Balu Pass - 13 km - 779 m
Abott Ridge - 14 km - 1029 m
Rockbound lake and Castle Mountain - 22 km - 1400m
Bourgeau Lake and Mountain - 30 km - 1500m
 
Proposals for next year’s summer camp include the North Cascades in Washington State and Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Send your own suggestions to the Club Executive. The chosen destination, time,and leaders will be announced at the Club’s AGM in November.
 
Cristina.

Whistler Alpine Trail Network Update

Dear North Shore Hikers

On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), I am reaching about Whistler’s Skywalk Trail and Alpine Trail Network.

The municipality wishes to share important information about vehicle parking, grizzly bears, e-bikes and dogs. Please pass on this information to your colleagues and clients.

Vehicle Parking

Changes have been implemented for parking to access many of Whistler’s alpine trails.

  • Parking on Mountain View Drive and Valley Drive is extremely limited, and there are no washrooms in these locations. Additional regulatory signage has been installed and enforcement of parking bylaws is in effect.
  • Please park at the rear parking lot of Meadow Park Sports Centre, accessed from Camino Drive (see map attached). This location offers ample parking, washrooms and a spectacular park to relax in after a strenuous hike or bike.
  • Whistler Transit can get you closer to trail access points, and it’s free on weekends and holiday Mondays until September 2. Learn more at www.bctransit.com/whistler.

Trail users are reminded to be respectful of residents when accessing trails from residential neighbourhoods.

Grizzly bears

Skywalk Trail and the Alpine Trail Network was closed by the Conservation Officer Service (COS) for a portion of last season due to grizzly bear encounters. If the COS implements future closures, announcements will be shared on whistler.ca and trailforks.ca, as well as posted at trailheads. Please respect signage and all closures.

E-bikes

The RMOW will be implementing a policy for e-bike use on Whistler’s trails this summer. E-bikes will not be permitted in alpine areas, including the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail. Learn more at whistler.ca/ebikes.

Dogs

Dogs are prohibited from the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail.

More information

Please see this information sheet to learn more or visit whistler.ca/alpinetrails.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Warm regards,

Caroline Bagnall

Community Outreach Coordinator

On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler

RESORT MUNICIPALITY OF WHISTLER
4325 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, B.C. V8E 0X5

Wilderness at Your Doorstep on May 19 (Lynn Headwaters Regional Park)

Come and say hi to the club at Wilderness at Your Doorstep in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on May 19. North Shore Hikers will be joining Metro Vancouver, AdventureSmart and other organizations at this event with information, history and sunshine from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, next to the historic B.C. Mills House.

May 2 Wildfire Exercise – Kilmer Creek and Cypress Falls

We are writing to let you and your members know about a wildfire exercise taking place on May 2 that will restrict trail access at Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver and near Kilmer Creek in North Vancouver.
 
Local emergency responders will be participating in a simulated wildfire response exercise to help us better prepare for a real emergency. People in the area will see emergency vehicles and a helicopter.  The helicopter will be using a water bucket and the structure protection units will be deployed.
 
Please avoid the exercise areas between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
 
For more information please go to www.nsem.info. If you have any questions about the exercise, please email nsem@nsem.info.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.
 
Fiona Dercole
Director
North Shore Emergency Management