At the beginning of 2018, BHA was engaged by the SLRD (Squamish Lillooet Regional District) to develop the Pemberton Valley Trail Master Plan. The Master Plan aims to define and describe a framework that will guide the future of this important trail system. The Friendship Trail was identified as key connector for the Pemberton Valley, linking the Lil’wat Nation – Mt. Currie and the Village of Pemberton. By offering a safe alternative from the road side of Highway 99, it is envisioned as an accessible, non-motorized trail that will support active transportation, recreation opportunities and contribute to building a strong connection between the two communities. The project is a joint venture between Lil’wat First Nation, the various level of government and local community. A key component of the implementation of the Friendship Trail is the construction of a bridge over the Lillooet River. The first phase of construction for the bridge was initiated at the end of August 2018 and will continue until September 16, capturing the small construction window defined by fisheries constraints.
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At the end of July 2018, BHA, its fellow sponsors and WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) were hosting the 13th Annual Tour de Trash, one of Whistler’s local longest running mountain bike race. With a new course (See Trailforks Here) and almost 15o riders participating, this year’s event was a great success. Inspired by Whistler AWARE Zero Waste Event and following BHA’s vision for sustainability, this year’s Après was also a ZERO WASTE event, with 100% of the waste being composted or recycled, we were happy to have planned and hosted a big event with a small footprint!
The Toonie Races are a Whistler classic, bringing together local riders for a exciting evening of challenging bike riding and fun social time. With the profit of the event going back to WORCA to support trail maintenance, the entire BHA team was proud to be out there volunteering for the day. Good job everyone and congrats to all the riders who completed the course!
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One of BHA’s long standing clients, Whistler TAG – The Adventure Group, is innovating this season with a brand new multimedia nature walk; Vallea Lumina. Located at Cougar Mountain, just north of Whistler Village, the facility will be open to the public at the end of July 2018. BHA was part of the process from day one, taking part on the land use planning of the site and the application process for the 1.5km trail. The facility is staging from TAG base area and is meandering through a beautiful forested area. Vallea Lumina will be a first in the area, as a pioneer of this new type of adventure suitable for all ages, TAG Whistler is pursuing a family oriented vision for its all-season attraction. The Multimedia, light, sound and special effect technology has been implemented on the site by the Montreal-based company, Moment Factory.
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This week is the kick off for the Big White Bike Park 2018 Season. With the Bike Park opening day on June 28 and the Slope Style Event from July 4-7th, it’s calling for some good times at the resort. With the Bike Park at the core of the summer activities planned for the resort, its success is supporting the summer visitation for the resort. An array of other facilities and activities are now operational, such as the new campground at the base of Black Forest, horseback riding, hiking and the many restaurants and services that will be open all season long. The BHA team is really excited to be part of this major all-season resort development in BC. We salute our friends at Big White and are looking forward to test ride the new trails this summer!
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RMOW, Merje, BHA & Knight Signs teamed up this week for an extensive survey exercise of the implementation of the Whistler Wayfinding Strategy 3rd Phase. BHA has been working on this exciting project since 2014 with Merje, a design firm from Pennsylvania. The Wayfinding Strategy included comprehensive vehicular signage, pedestrian access, and bike trail signage as well as online and onsite mapping. The implementation started in 2016 and is in its final stage of completion.
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In the spring of 2018, BHA was selected to developed the Master Plan for Kinosoo Ridge, a ski area located in Cold Lake, Alberta. As part of the planning exercise, the BHA Team will be leading an exciting series of Open Houses in the Municipal District of Bonnyville on June 19th & 20th 2018. The community will have the opportunity to give their input on the proposed Master Plan concept for Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort.
The new Kinosoo Ridge 2018 Master Plan focus on developing an all-season recreation hub unique in the region and possibly turning the resort into a year round destination.
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BHA was excited to lead the first of a series of Public Consultations last night at the Pemberton Community Centre as part of the Pemberton Valley Recreational Trails Master Plan Planning process. The presentation and Open House were designed to capture community insights and suggestions regarding draft recommendations, existing trail issues, and proposed planning elements, as well as the goals and objectives for the Trails Master Plan. Around 70 local trail users and residents showed up and took part in a variety of workshops.
Whether it’s in the resort or in the backcountry, education is a critical component of snow safety. With snow safety initiatives now including youth education programs, teaching important outdoor skills to young skiers and snowboarders is becoming a focus of many mountain and resort communities.
Read more about it in this great article by Jack Foersterling in the latest Powder Magazine: