‘It’s a dream’

Kym family, long-time Pemberton residents, wins PNE Prize home in Sunstone development

Sep 18, 2020 3:41 PM By:  Dan Falloon, Pique Newsmagazine

The 2020 Pacific National Exhibition Prize Home will soon settle in Pemberton’s Sunstone development, and when it does, it will house a local couple.

Heidi and Fritz Kym were announced as this year’s winners of the long-running contest on Sept. 14.

As contest organizers were unable to reach them in advance, Heidi said they got the news in an indirect way.

“We were driving from Whistler to Pemberton, and our neighbour phoned us and said, ‘They’re looking for you, where are you?’” Heidi recalls. “She said, ‘You won.’

“I was screaming and my husband was driving. I had to be careful that he [was] not driving into the ditch.”

When they arrived home, there were PNE reps onsite confirming the good news and informing them of the next steps.

“It’s absolutely out of this world,” she said.

As previously reported (“PNE prize home coming to Pemberton,” www.piquenewsmagazine.com, May 25, 2020), the 3,188-square-foot, three-bedroom and two-and-a-half bathroom home, valued at more than $2 million, will settle in the Sunstone development.

The house is currently still at the PNE grounds in Vancouver and will be transported up in the spring, Heidi said.

That means that the family can consider what to do with their current property without rushing into a decision.

“We can think about just what we’re going to do, but I can tell you that it’s an amazing, beautiful house,” Heidi said. “It’s incredible and I said to my husband, ‘We’re going to live in there for a while.’”

The home, built by Kelowna’s Freeport Industries, is defined as being net-zero-ready, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes. Such features include high-performance windows and doors and wall insulation that can reduce energy use up to 80 per cent.

It is also comes fully furnished with several luxurious amenities. 

“It looks very comfortable,” she said. “It has everything that you could wish for.

“It has a game room that my husband likes very much. It has a bar, a hot tub and a sauna. It has a beautiful kitchen.

“It’s a dream.”

Heidi said she bought 10 tickets for the draw—five in her name and five with Fritz’s—with one of her husband’s tickets being selected. 

The family, Heidi said, attends the PNE nearly every summer, tours the prize home and regularly buys tickets at the fair. However, with access to the midway limited to a drive-thru experience this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Kyms feeling wary of making purchases over the internet, they were actually planning to forgo entering this year until they received a flyer explaining how to enter via snail mail.

“We always buy a ticket, because that’s what you do. You could walk through the house in those days,” she said.

Since the news came out, Heidi said the family has been overwhelmed with congratulations and well-wishers.
“The phone is ringing hot. With email … I cannot keep up, to be honest with you,” she said. “Right now, we feel like celebrities.”

Fritz, a Lions Club member and long-time fixture on Whistler Mountain who recently retired, has lived in town for 36 years while Heidi has been in Pemberton for the past 21 years after previously living in Whistler.

According to the PNE, roughly 623,000 tickets were sold in all. A spokesperson for the fair said there was “fantastic support” for the lottery from residents of Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish. The spokesperson added that while it’s unusual for a Prize Home winner to be from the hosting community, it has happened before for a Sechelt home.

There were two other local winners in the draw, as Fallon Ross won a 2020 BMW M4 Cabrioletwhile Dean Lefebvre went home with a $5,000 Air Transat gift card.

Village Receives Funding from the Community, Culture and Recreation Fund

July 3, 2020

The Village of Pemberton has been awarded $3.09 million dollars for the construction of a new grass soccer field with water well for irrigation, fencing and lighting, and an amenity building with washrooms, change rooms, storage and concession. The project will be constructed at the Recreation Site located on Pemberton Farm Road East. The total cost of the project is $4,224,405. The Village’s share of the funding will come from Village Community Amenity Contributions (CACs), Squamish-Lillooet Regional District contributions, developer contributions and community contributions. The Village submitted the application in January 2019.

We are extremely grateful to our funding partners for this contribution towards our recreation amenities. This investment will create a healthier, more connected Pemberton. Canada and British Columbia invest in infrastructure in the Lower Mainland to create jobs and strengthen communities Joint federal, provincial and applicant funding through the Investing in Canada Plan will support 21 infrastructure projects in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland communities. The Government of Canada is investing more than $44.5 million through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS).

The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $19.2 million, and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $22.3 million. Of the $63.7 million in federal and provincial funding announced today, $19.4 million will be going to nine projects in Indigenous communities.

For information on the Community, Cultural and Recreation Fund, and approved projects visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/7-3-20_mainland_BG.pdf

Introducing the 2020 PNE Prize Home!

We are very excited to announce that Sunstone is the home of the 2020 PNE Prize Home. This year’s PNE Prize Home is a jaw dropping, 3,188-square-foot three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom modern mountainside masterpiece.

2020 Grand Prize Package

  • Luxurious, Net Zero Ready, Chalet-Style Home
  • Located at Sunstone Pemberton, just 25 minutes from Whistler, with sweeping mountain views
  • Stylish indoor furniture from Yaletown Interiors
  • JennAir and Whirlpool appliances from Coast Appliances
  • Hot tub, sauna and outdoor living package by Coast Spas Lifestyles
  • Automower® robotic lawn mower and professional battery equipment/tools from Husqvarna

The winning ticket will be drawn in September and then the home will be relocated to 7646 Seven O’Clock Drive in Sunstone later this fall.

Please visit www.pneprizehome.ca to learn more.

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday July 4th 1-4pm

Please join us for a tour of Sunstone single-family homesites.

– Select lots ready to build with a geotechnically engineered structural pad in place 
– Fee simple (no strata fees)
– Suites allowed  
– Located above the valley floor with all-day sun exposure
– Adjacent to recreational amenities and new Friendship Trail
– Easy access to hiking and biking trails right from your backyard

We will be following Covid protocols of safe distancing, and have sanitizer and masks on site.

Directions: From Whistler / Pemberton stay on Highway 99 through the traffic lights, continue over the Lillooet river bridge, turn left onto Pemberton Farm Road East, continue past the new community soccer field. Follow the signs to Sunstone.

Entrance and Phase 1A now paved.

It has been a busy summer up at Sunstone. We have just completed the paving of Sunstone Way and all of the Phase 1A roads. 

Vancouver Sun: Sunstone Pemberton places residents at nature’s front door

An argument could be made that the success of the master-planned Sunstone Pemberton neighbourhood is inextricably linked to the village municipality of the same name – and helped along by a host of initiatives that are enhancing the village’s status as a great place to live.

Cam McIvor of Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd. explains: “Pemberton’s popularity is growing due to a series of well-thought-out projects involving everything from recreation to infrastructure, and this in turn benefits Sunstone homeowners, who are responsible for having already sold out the phase 1A of our project and almost 50 per cent of the phase 1B.”

A morning view of Mount Currie. SUPPLIED

Located just a scenic 20-minute drive north of the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort, Pemberton has always been regarded as a gateway for adventure, and 2019 is proving to be a busy year for the community, with the most obvious initiative being the Downtown Enhancement Project, which commenced in March and is scheduled for completion in the fall.

This $5.3-million undertaking consists of creating a more walkable downtown and improving aging critical infrastructure. Pedestrian safety will be improved with new LED street lighting and sidewalk replacement.

Another significant project is the 7.2-kilometre Friendship Trail and Bridge, which will provide a critical link in the larger Sea to Sky Trail project, as well as link Sunstone Pemberton directly to Pemberton village.

Additionally, TELUS and Pemberton are collaborating to bring the world’s most advanced communications infrastructure to the area. This $5-million project will connect each home and business directly to the TELUS PureFibre network, future-proofing each premise with access to blazing-fast Internet speeds and enough bandwidth for generations to come.

Currently for sale at Sunstone Pemberton is Elevate, a collection of 52 mid-century inspired two- to three-bedroom townhomes with Scandanavian-inspired open-concept interiors. SUPPLIED

If all of these elements are enhancing Pemberton’s appeal to new residents, then Sunstone Pemberton is ideally positioned to accommodate prospective homeowners. This thoughtfully planned neighbourhood sits on a south-facing forested hillside surrounded by a spectacular rock bluff, trees and sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Pemberton Valley below. “With a mix of single-family homes and townhomes, we’ve designed Sunstone to appeal to a wide variety of buyers, but most definitely this is a lifestyle-oriented community,” says McIvor.

Indeed, when completed, the neighbourhood will feature green space, a community garden, meandering bike paths and forested nature trails just steps from one’s front door. Homeowners will have easy access to hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, paragliding, horseback riding or ATV riding in the summer, two 18-hole golf courses and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter.

This thoughtfully planned neighbourhood sits on a south-facing forested hillside surrounded by a spectacular rock bluff, trees and sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Pemberton Valley below.SUPPLIED

For those more leisurely inclined, there are the numerous local markets, craft shops and galleries in and around Pemberton to enjoy; nearby scenic destinations include Joffre Lakes and Nairn Falls.

Currently for sale at Sunstone Pemberton is Elevate, a collection of 52 mid-century inspired two- to three-bedroom townhomes with Scandanavian-inspired open-concept interiors and 12-foot awning-style windows in living areas designed to maximize the mountain views, natural light and cross-ventilation. The exteriors are West Coast contemporary, featuring composite siding and architectural concrete with wood soffits.

Sunstone has developed Elevate with an unusual degree of flexibility to satisfy the different needs of homeowners: no less than 12 floor plans are available under the Aspire and Expanse brands (the latter of whose homes contain optional masters and flex space).

Meanwhile, single-family lots at Sunstone Pemberton’s phase 1B site are now selling; the site consists of 24 carefully planned lots ranging from 8,900 square feet to 19,700 square feet, priced from $279,000. Karoleena Homes (a premium modular home builder) has selected Sunstone to offer home designs on select lots. “This is exciting for us, as Karoleena offers our lot buyers more options for home construction with the added bonus of time and cost certainty,” says McIvor. For more information on Karoleena designer modular homes, please visit karoleena.com.

Even though Sunstone residents enjoy all the benefits of a charming village close to a world-famous ski resort, they are never far from big city amenities: Highway 99 makes commuting to Vancouver a two-hour scenic delight. “Pemberton itself is considered to be the northern boundary of the Lower Mainland, so it’s the best of both worlds: it’s an easy connection to Greater Vancouver, but with the drier climate, more sunshine and the spectacular backcountry setting that so many prospective homeowners seek,” says McIvor.

McIvor concludes: “Sunstone offers something that is hard to describe. It is more of a feeling, a sense of place. When one sets foot on the property and is elevated above the valley floor, there is a moment when Mount Currie holds your attention and you feel it. And it never gets old.”

For more information on Sunstone and to register, please visit sunstonepemberton.com.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd.

Original Article here: https://vancouversun.com/sponsored/news-sponsored/sunstone-pemberton-places-residents-at-natures-front-door

Pemberton seeks funding for additional soccer field and amenity building for its recreation lands

By Joel Barde

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) is seeking funding to build a FIFA regulation-sized soccer field on its recreation lands on Pemberton Farm Road East.

The project would see the construction of a 64-by-100-metre grass field, and an amenity building that includes washroom and changeroom facilities, lights, a concession area, and bleachers.

A soccer field was built on the land last year, and will be open for play this spring.

In her presentation to council, Jill Brooksbank—senior communications grants coordinator for the VOP—said the project has the enthusiastic support of the Pemberton Off Road Cycling Association and the Pemberton Youth Soccer Association.

The funding is being sought through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Program, a financial-support stream supported with both provincial and federal tax money.

The total cost of the project would be $4,224,405. Under the application guidelines, the VOP must contribute 26.67 per cent of the project cost of its application if successful.

That means it would have to contribute $1,126,649, though it can look to other partners for help.

The VOP is therefore hoping for a significant contribution from the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD).

“We will be sending a letter to (SLRD) Director (Russell) Mack, saying that this is what it will cost if we share it 50-50,” said Mayor Mike Richman. “The whole recreation site is something that will be used by Village of Pemberton residents as well as Area C residents.

“When we enter into these conversations, we enter into them hopeful to be partners on them.”

If successful, the VOP is seeking to pay the balance without additional costs to taxpayers, using development-related fees and funds, and a $40,000 donation from the Rotary Club.

Following the meeting, Richman said the soccer field would be great for the community on a number of fronts.

Soccer is an accessible sport for families and is popular, he added.

Focusing on the soccer fields, and building up the recreation lands, is a smart long-term move as the fate of the pitch at the old high school on Pemberton Meadows Road is uncertain, explained Richman.

It’s owned by the school district, not the VOP, making it hard to justify major expenditures on it.

“Recognizing that it can’t be the future home for soccer and that we could lose it in the near future, we wanted to plan ahead,” said Richman, adding that the goal has always been to have two fields on the site. “One soccer field is great, but it’s not enough to run a full soccer program on.”

You need two adjacent fields, especially if you’re running tournaments and that sort of thing.”

PEMBERTON SOCCER FIELD MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS AND PARTNERSHIP

Soccer Field Fully Funded and to Begin Construction This Summer

PEMBERTON, BC – Through generous contributions from community and federal partners, the Pemberton Soccer Field project will begin construction this summer.  Situated on the recreation lands located on Pemberton Farm Road East, the grass soccer field will be constructed throughout the remainder of 2018 and open for use in Fall 2019.

The completed project will include a 45m x 90m outdoor playing field, fencing, drainage and irrigation system.  While the total cost of the project is $1,643,329, there will be no tax dollars used toward the construction.

The recreation land was gifted to the Village of Pemberton (Village) from the Den Duyf family in 2017.   Later that year, the Village received fill and preload for the soccer field from ‘The Ridge at Pemberton’ Developers in the form of Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) equalling $508,929.    The Village will also be providing $334,400 from its community funding programs.

In June 2018, the soccer field received a confirmation of funding from SLRD Electoral Area C. $500,000 will be contributed from the Federal Gas Tax Fund which have been provided to SLRD Area C, and Area C Amenity Funds.

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

In early July, the Village learned that the soccer field would be receiving a $300,000 contribution towards the construction of the soccer field from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

The soccer field is one of two proposed for the recreation lands.  Preparation for the second field is now underway; the preload used for the first soccer field will be used in preparation of the second field, thanks to Community Amenity Contributions from Sunstone Developments Ltd.

The site concept for these lands also includes a recreation complex (with arena and swimming pool), parking and other playing fields, which will be developed in phases as funding permits.  For more information regarding the soccer field project and the recreation site, please visit https://www.pemberton.ca/municipal-services/recreation-leisure.

The SLRD and the Village, through the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services Committee (PVUS), have formally added the Pemberton Soccer Field to the Pemberton and District Recreation Service which establishes a funding framework for the maintenance and upkeep of shared recreation facilities, including the Pemberton & District Community Centre, the Youth and Senior’s Centre, Pemberton Meadows fields, Gates Lake Community Park, and the new soccer field.

To learn more about PVUS and recreation services, visit www.slrd.bc.ca/Pemberton-AreaC/Recreation.

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“I am very pleased to see federal Gas Tax Fund dollars supporting new recreational infrastructure in Pemberton that will help residents stay fit while having fun. The Government of Canada is committed to investing in projects at the local level to promote economic growth, strengthen the middle class and improve Canadians’ quality of life across the country.” –Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“Our government supports community initiatives that encourage an active lifestyle. The new soccer field in Pemberton will provide the opportunity for families to engage in healthy activities, for kids to get out and play and for the community as a whole to come together. We are pleased to partner with the local and federal governments on projects that improve the daily lives of people across British Columbia.” -Selina Robinson, B.C Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“This project is another example of the significant investments the Government of Canada is making in BC communities through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.  said “I am pleased to see the soccer field project underway and the effective local partnerships that are making it a reality.” -UBCM president Wendy Booth

“The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s mandate is to support projects that improve the quality of life for residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor and our focus has always been children and youth.    The new soccer field will be an incredible recreation amenity that will be heavily used by all ages.   The community drive and support of this project has been inspiring.  We are happy to be a small part of this legacy to the community of Pemberton” -Mei Madden, Executive Director Whistler Blackcomb Foundation

“We are grateful for this generous contribution from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for this integral recreation amenity. The Foundation has been very generous to us over the years and has continued to support Pemberton and its many community groups.   The Den Duyf Family, The Ridge at Pemberton, SLRD, Sunstone and Whistler Blackcomb Foundation have made this project a reality.  Great things happen when we work together.” -Mayor Mike Richman, Village of Pemberton

“Ensuring access to a diverse range of affordable and sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities is a great way to bring people and communities together, promote healthy lifestyles, and enhance quality of life for all residents of the Pemberton Valley. On behalf of SLRD Area C, I’m pleased to invest in what promises to become a popular recreation amenity, which will only get better as plans for these recreation lands move forward.” -Russell Mack, Director, SLRD Area C

TELUS investing $5 million to connect Village of Pemberton homes and businesses directly to advanced fibre optic network

TELUS investing $5 million to connect Village of Pemberton homes and businesses directly to advanced fibre optic network
Direct fibre connection will dramatically boost data capacity, providing local homes and businesses access to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network

Pemberton, B.C. – TELUS and the Village of Pemberton are collaborating to bring the world`s most advanced communications infrastructure to residents and businesses in the area. In addition to TELUS` investment, the Village of Pemberton and the local development community are investing $250,000 to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Pemberton directly to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network. Planning work is currently underway, and TELUS anticipates connecting all new developments in the Village by the end of this year, and the remainder of homes and businesses in 2019.

Pemberton’s contribution towards the infrastructure was made possible through generous contributions from Pemberton’s development community; Alpi Group, Alture Properties (Crestline), The Ridge at Pemberton (580049 BC Ltd.), Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd., and Tiyata Village at Pemberton.

At no cost to the Village’s tax base, this infrastructure project will connect each home and business directly to the TELUS PureFibre network, future proofing each premise with access to blazing fast Internet speeds and enough bandwidth for generations to come.

The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, enabling residents to immediately take advantage of dramatically faster Internet speeds of at least 150 megabits per second, while businesses, schools, healthcare providers and other institutions can access even more speed and capacity. The TELUS PureFibre network offers symmetrical service, which means customers can upload just as fast as they download, which provides significant benefits for applications like video conferencing, home security, gaming and remote healthcare. As demand and Internet technologies evolve in the coming years the TELUS PureFibre network will continuously offer faster speeds and more capacity.

This new fibre optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling more wireless capacity and faster speeds throughout the region, and laying the groundwork for 5G technologies in the years ahead.

This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.7 billion throughout British Columbia between 2017 and 2020, at no cost to taxpayers. A direct connection to the PureFibre network comes at no cost to residents, nor is there any obligation to purchase TELUS services once connected. For more information, please visit telus.com/purefibre.

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“Fibre is the future. As Pemberton grows, this new connectivity will boost the local economy by encouraging investment and helping local businesses thrive, whether they’re established large operations or small home-based start-ups. For households, a direct fibre connection will pave the way for next-generation home entertainment and innovative smart-home technologies that promise to transform our homes and enrich our lives in ways we’ve yet to imagine. The support of the Village of Pemberton and its development community has been integral in enabling this investment, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Pemberton and like-minded communities as we expand our PureFibre network across the province.” – Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks, TELUS

“The Village is thrilled that our residents and businesses will now have access to TELUS’ fibre optic network. This network will enable our local businesses to operate to their fullest potential, while attracting future economic opportunities in the Pemberton area. Residents and home-based businesses will be able to reliably and affordably connect globally allowing us to compete in the digital economy. We thank TELUS for this important investment in our community and we are grateful to our development community for covering the community’s matching portion.” – Mike Richman, Mayor, Village of Pemberton

“We are pleased and excited to have the capabilities resulting from the TELUS Fibre Project as welcome addition to our real estate product offering. In this day and age, technology needs and capacities are at the forefront for real estate developers and what they wish to offer their residential and commercial clientele, particularly in a community such as Pemberton. The TELUS Fibre Project will ensure the customers in our planned mixed-use development will have ready access and speed to meet their present and future needs. It’s great to see this level of foresight and collaboration between the Village of Pemberton and TELUS and we are happy to have participated to do our part in making this a reality.” -Piero Ferronato, President, Alpi Group of Companies

“We put people first whether it’s a homeowner, a community, or our internal stakeholders; it’s our passion to create value, and the CRESTLINE is an example. We are innovating a high performance, low energy, building which should provide long term benefits for it’s owners”. -Stephen Duke, Executive Vice President, Alture Properties Ltd.

“The Village of Pemberton has worked hard to improve the internet connectivity in Pemberton. We appreciate the work that the Village Staff and Elected Officials have put in to achieve this solution and Sunstone is more than happy to be a contributor to the TELUS upgrades that will benefit the entire community.” -Cam McIvor, Development Manager, Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd.

“We are pleased that the Village, in partnership with TELUS and our financial contributions, are able to bring Fibre Optics to Pemberton, we see this as a game-changer”. -Bruce van Mook, Owner, Tiyata Village at Pemberton

“The Ridge is proud to Partner with TELUS and the Village of Pemberton in the TELUS FIBER project – a project that will benefit all of Pemberton. Thank You for allowing us at the Ridge to be of service to this Great community.” -Warren Biro, Owner, The Ridge at Pemberton

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TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13.1 billion of annual revenue and 12.9 million subscriber connections, including 8.8 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 13 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

Friendship Trail and Bridge now fully funded: Construction to start this summer Share

Following the provincial funding announcement on March 21, 2017, the SLRD, Village of Pemberton and Lil’wat Nation are pleased to share the news that the Friendship Trail and Bridge, a vision 13 years in the making, is now fully funded. The Village of Pemberton Council awarded a tender for the bridge construction at their meeting last night, Wednesday 12 April, 2017.

Congratulations and a special note of recognition to Nathalie Klein, Mo Douglas, Jordan Sturdy and Sheldon Tetreault, for creating a vision all those years ago that could align so many people, funding agencies, goals and governments, to create something that will bring our communities closer together.

For Information Boards, a map of the proposed bridge and trail alignment and the project background, visit the Village of Pemberton at http://www.pemberton.ca/public/download/documents/39880

FRIENDSHIP TRAIL AND BRIDGE PROJECT GETS FINANCIAL BOOST FROM THE FEDERAL GAS TAX FUND, PROVINCIAL BIKEBC AND BC RURAL DIVIDEND FUND PROGRAMS:  

Project now fully funded; construction anticipated to start this summer

Pemberton, BC/Líl̓wat Territory – The last pieces of funding have fallen into place to realize a decade-long dream of connecting the communities of the Village of Pemberton, Líl’wat Nation and parts of Electoral Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) via the non-motorized, multi-use Friendship Trail.

The projects are receiving a total of $399,000 from the Government of Canada’s federal Gas Tax Fund. In addition, on March 21, 2017, the Province announced that it would contribute $500,000 from BikeBC to the Village of Pemberton for the Friendship Trail Bridge. This follows Premier Christy Clark’s March 7, 2017 announcement that the BC Rural Dividend would grant $100,000 to the SLRD for the Friendship Trail. These funding contributions will help make the $1.74 million project a reality.

The Friendship Trail was envisioned as a way to enhance both the physical and social connection between the communities of Pemberton and Mount Currie. The trail will allow people to travel by bicycle, horseback or on foot, on a route that will be much safer and more pleasant that the current route used along the highway. The 7.2 km Friendship Trail will also provide a critical link in the larger Sea to Sky Trail project, a trail network undertaken by the SLRD, which, when complete, will be a 180 km multi-use recreation trail linking the Pacific Ocean south of Squamish with the community of D’Arcy on the southern shore of Anderson Lake.

The installation of the bike and equestrian-friendly bridge is anticipated to begin in August to comply with regulations set out by the BC Ministry of Environment to reduce the risk to sensitive fish habitat. The Friendship Trail Bridge will span a length of 117 metres over the Lillooet River, on the south side of the existing highway bridge.

As a result of community consultation undertaken in 2013, it was determined that the highway crossing and North Arm crossing were the most desired locations for the bridge. Costings for both options indicated that the highway crossing was more feasible, being safer, a more direct alignment, and the most cost-efficient; the North Arm option would be approximately $1.2 million more expensive than the Highway Crossing option.

Preparatory work for the trail was conducted after the SLRD Board identified this section of the Sea to Sky Trail as a priority link. Portions of the trail already exist in various stages – SLRD staff is now in the process of determining the final route alignment. Clearing the route and surfacing the trail is expected to begin in the fall.

The Friendship Trail is a joint initiative of the SLRD, Village of Pemberton and Líl’wat Nation. The Lil’wat Nation has conducted field assessments of the route to ensure it does not impact archaeological or cultural sites. The SLRD is responsible for securing funding for the trail and managing its construction and will be responsible for maintaining the trail once it is complete. The Village is responsible for securing funding, planning and managing the construction of the bridge and will be responsible for maintaining the bridge, once complete.

The partners have been working to secure funding for the project since 2012, with the following commitments being secured:

Friendship Bridge ($1,419,000)

$500,000         Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (2014)

$500,000         Province of British Columbia – BikeBC (2017)

$369,000         Government of Canada – Gas Tax Fund – Regionally Significant Projects   ($184,500 each from SLRD and Village of Pemberton; 2012)

$50,000           Other community contributions

Friendship Trail ($321,343)

$120,000         Whistler Blackcomb Foundation (2012)

$100,000         Province of British Columbia – Rural Dividend Fund (2017)

$71,343           Province of British Columbia – BikeBC (2015)

$30,000           Government of Canada – Gas Tax Fund – Regionally Significant Projects (SLRD Area C; 2008)

Project updates will be shared on www.pemberton.ca, www.slrd.bc.ca and www.lilwat.ca as more information becomes available.

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Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone –

“BikeBC funding for the Friendship Trail Bridge project will help the region realize the long-standing goal of connecting Pemberton and Mount Currie through a safe and accessible non-motorized trail that will support active lifestyles, provides alternatives to the car and literally build a bridge between neighbours. It’s partnerships and investments like these that grow community and connect us all with B.C.’s great outdoor lifestyle.”

Mike Richman, Mayor, Village of Pemberton –

“We are so thankful to our financial supporters for recognizing the importance of this project, and for closing the final funding gap enabling us to create this significant legacy without using municipal tax dollars. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, Innergex Renewable Energy and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, and we thank everyone in the community who has worked hard to support this project to date.”

Russell Mack, Director, Electoral Area C, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District –

“The Friendship Trail promises to be an important legacy for the entire Pemberton Valley. Not only will it fill an important gap in our active transportation network, but it’s going to enhance our area’s tourism potential while connecting our residents with healthy lifestyles, the outdoors and with each other. We’re tremendously excited to get started.”

Dean Nelson, Chief, Líl’wat Nation –

“The Líl̓’wat Nation is pleased to learn that the Friendship Trail will soon be a reality. The completion of the trail will expand both transportation and recreation opportunities for everyone in the region. It will also create greater safety for those travelling by foot, bicycle or horseback. People will no longer have to risk sharing a highway with vehicles travelling 80 km/hr or more. Instead, they’ll enjoy peaceful travel and fantastic views of Líl̓’wat Traditional Territory. We look forward to welcoming future trail users to our territory.”

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Keith McIvor
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keith@wrec.com