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Valemount Visitor’s Guide 2010 Your guide to Valemount and area, including Mount Robson, Tête Jaune & Jasper

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Mayor’s Message What an exciting year for the Village of Valemount! Our Downtown Beautification Program is almost complete. It looks fabulous and we encourage all visitors to drop into our downtown core and enjoy the new surroundings. You may want to sit on one of our new benches, or enjoy shopping in the many downtown businesses that will surely welcome you with open arms. The new Water Treatment Plant has been recently commissioned, which now provides our citizens and visitors with some of the best water in the world. These two major projects have reinforced that the Village of Valemount is “Open for Business.” Residents of Valemount have a lifestyle that most people can only dream about. Whether you enjoy bird watching, hiking, golfing, fishing, or simply enjoying the backcountry on whatever mode of transportation you prefer, Valemount has something for everyone. Maybe you are here on holidays, visiting friends, or looking for the ideal place to start a new business or retire. Whatever the purpose for your visit, we welcome you to our ‘Valley in the Mountains’, and encourage you to consider Valemount your home away from home.

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Table of Contents Chinook Salmon Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06 Things to do on the Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07 Golfing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09-10 ATVing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Hiking/Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Horseback Riding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Area Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Places to Visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-23 Museum and History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Jasper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-28

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Chinook salmon run The world famous Chinook salmon run in Valemount is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The headwaters of the Fraser River is home to the longest Chinook salmon run in the world. These incredible fish travel more than 1,200 km (744 miles) upstream from their estuary in British Columbia’s lower mainland to this area. After spending several years in the ocean, the Chinook salmon, the largest salmon of the five Pacific salmon, return to their native streams to spawn and die, navigating their way past natural and man-made obstructions in true heroic fashion. They are famous for their ability to return precisely to their place of birth to spawn, using their sense of smell. Look for the salmon in the small creeks, streams and rivers in the Valemount area starting in August. The run lasts approximately a month and there are ample opportunities to view the fish spawning during this time. The yearly migration of the salmon also provides excellent opportunities for viewing the abundant wildlife attracted by the salmon. Black bears and grizzlies feast on the salmon to gain weight for hibernation. You may even get to see a bear standing in the river catching salmon just like in the movies! Keep your eyes peeled for Bald and Golden eagles as they soar above this annual spectacle to participate in the pre-fall feast.

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Local tour operators offer boat trips that bring you right to the action, or you can take it all in from the many choice spots along the river of your choice. The annual salmon run is an incredible natural spectacle that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. You have to see it with your own eyes to experience the full brilliance of this colourful, and important event. Please remember not to go in the water, or harass the salmon in any way (this includes letting dogs chase them as well). They expend an incredible amount of energy getting here, so it is imperative to the survival of the species that they are left to carry out their spawning cycle.

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Swift Creek, George Hicks Regional Park Located within walking distance from the Village of Valemount. McLennan River The McLennan River salmon spawning grounds are located at Tete Jaune, north of Valemount. Rearguard Falls The trail to Rearguard Falls starts 5 km east of the Tete Jaune junction on Highway 16, on the south side of the highway, and is an easy 10-minute walk.

Things to do on the water There is no better way to experience the breathtaking scenery surrounding Valemount than from the river. It is an unforgettable journey that should not be missed if you are visiting the area. Canoeing, white-water rafting and float trips along the mighty Fraser River and its many tributaries are popular with outdoor enthusiasts of any age. The most enjoyable and safest way to experience the Fraser River is by guided raft trip. If you enjoy exhilarating outdoor activities, a half-day

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guided whitewater trip on the Fraser River, complete with magnificent views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, may be just what you are looking for. The Fraser River whitewater rafting trip offers class 1-3 rapids. If fast flowing rapids is not your thing, why not embark on a gentle, relaxing, leisurely float trip down the scenic upper Fraser River. Enjoy some fabulous mountain scenery from the safety of a large river raft, guided by local experts. There’s a good chance you’ll see some wildlife along the shores of the river, as the area has lots of bear, moose and deer. Canoeists can also paddle the McLennan River or canoe through the R.W. Starratt Wildlife sanctuary for a close-up view of migratory birds, mammals, amphibians and plant life. A canoe trip on Kinbasket Lake is a great way to spend the day as well. Kinbasket Lake, surrounded by the Rocky and Monashee mountain ranges, is a reservoir stretching from south of Valemount all the way to Revelstoke and Golden. Watch for strong winds and sudden weather changes though, and head for the nearest shore if the wind picks up. Canoeing and boating opportunities also exist on Moose Lake and Yellowhead Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park, but use caution as the lakes are subject to strong winds. Both lakes offer a boat launch.


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Whether you are an avid golfer working towards perfecting your game, or you just want to relax after a long day of travelling, you can tee off at Valemounts beautiful nine-hole golf course, surrounded by three spectacular mountain ranges. The golf course is located just minutes from town on Highway 5, just north of the Village. The golf course is well planned and well maintained with excellent greens. The course is both enjoyable and offers a challenge to both the professional and recreational golfer, with sand traps and water holes to test even the most skilled of players. Tee times are often not required, and green fees are reasonable. The Valemount Pines golf course was built by long-time Valley residents, the Wied family, and has stood the test of time as a favourite golf destination for players from around the province, and even the country. Loosen up cramped muscles after a day of travelling or practice your swing by driving a bucket of balls. Or, take on the challenging course for the afternoon, and relax at the licensed clubhouse. Why not stick around and enjoy a tasty meal while admiring the beautiful mountainous surroundings. The Pines also offers a pro shop, as well as rental equipment, such as golf clubs and carts. This particular golf course also offers RV sites with large pull-through facilities, fire pits and tables, as well as a tent area, so you can even stay and play.

Fishing There’s no question about it, one of the best ways to relax in the Valemount area is to spend some quality time in nature with your rod and reel in tow. Get hooked and cast away your troubles. Valemount, surrounded by an abundance of crystalclear lakes, glacier-fed rivers, creeks and streams, is a haven for the avid angler. Fish are plentiful in the area and species include bull trout, Rocky Mountain white fish, rainbow trout, burbot, kokanee and suckers. The area offers a wide variety of angling options, from boat fishing and paddling around in a belly boat to flyfishing and stream wading. Whatever your preference, you’ll be sure to find someone with experience who can tell you where some of the choicest spots are, depending on the season and style of fishing you wish to explore. Guided fishing trips are also available, and whether you are looking for day, overnight or mini-vacation fishing adventures, experienced local guides will take you to all of the fishing hot spots in the area, amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Don’t know how to fly-fish? Want to learn how to fish from a belly boat? Local guides, all avid fishermen themselves, will be happy to teach you these skills. If you prefer to venture out on your own, but didn’t bring your fishing gear, you can rent or buy all you need at the local tackle shop, from fishing licenses, flies, hooks and rods to boat rentals. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you are likely to sight some wildlife while waiting for that big one to hit your line. Make sure you check the fishing regulations, or ask around for the best time to hit certain species.


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Rivers and Creeks Camp Creek Good for bull trout in late summer after high water. Good run of Rocky Mountain white fish in late October/early November. Spring angling closure April 1 - June 30 to protect spawning rainbow trout from Kinbasket Lake. Camp Creek is located 11 kilometres south of Valemount. It parallels Highway 5 for several kilometres.

Canoe River A heavy run of Rocky Mountain white fish occurs each year from late October until late March. Rainbow trout release April 1-June 30. Rainbow trout and bull trout may also be fished in the river before and after high water. Canoe River is located 8 kilometres south of Valemount on Highway 5 or off the Canoe Forest Road.

Fraser River This river offers many species, including bull trout, Rocky Mountain white fish, rainbow trout, suckers and burbot. The river is open year round, with early spring and fall being the best times to fish. Good spots are the Old Tete Jaune bridge, at the weigh scales, Hargreaves Bridge, or anywhere a creek flows into the river. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Lakes Kinbasket Lake

Shere Lake

This huge lake offers great fishing for boaters. Fish for kokanee, rainbow trout, Rocky Mountain white fish, burbot and bull trout. You can also try fishing for rainbow trout, bull trout and Rocky Mountain white fish at creek mouths and rock points. Kinbasket Lake is located south of Valemount, at km 22 on the East Canoe Forest Service Road.

Little Lost Lake This lake is stocked and usually provides fishermen with nice rainbow trout. Unbaited single barbless hooks are allowed. Closed to fishing Nov. 1 to April 30. Little Lost Lake is located east of Tete Jaune near Highway 16.

Moose Lake Moose Lake supports a healthy population of huge lake trout, Rocky Mountain white fish, lake char, bull trout, kokanee, burbot and rainbow trout. Kokanee are best caught at Thunder Falls on the south side of the lake in September. Best fishing at Moose Lake is in the spring and late summer. Located in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

Saddle Lakes

Shere Lake offers brook trout. Winter and early spring are usually the best time. To entice fish in hot weather, fish near the bottom. Bait is allowed. Shere Lake is located approximately 33 km northwest of Valemount and is accessible from the Croydon-Dunster road.

Yellowhead Lake Yellowhead Lake supports populations of bull trout, Rocky Mountain white fish and lake char, as well as kokanee and rainbow trout. Fishing is best in the spring after high water. Access off Highway 16 in the east end of Mount Robson Park, 7 km west of the Jasper National Park boundary.


Bull trout are catch and release only, except in Kinbasket Lake. Regulations often vary from one lake to the next, so be sure to get a copy of the fishing regulations. The regulations can also be found on the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s Fish and Wildlife website at [ ].

These lakes are located approximately 34 kilometres down Kinbasket Lake and are full of nice rainbow trout.


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Have you ever driven to the top of the world? No? Well you obviously haven’t toured this area on an all terrain vehicle. In terms of riding areas, Valemount offers something for everybody, from the adventurous beginner to the hardcore rider. What makes the area around Valemount an excellent place to ride are the vast network of logging roads that can take you to places few people ever have the opportunity to experience. Venture out on your own or take a tour and let experienced local guides show you the true backcountry, with its alpine meadows, rugged peaks, mountain streams, and breathtaking vistas. Some of the expeditions take you to over 3,000 metres above sea level, to summits that reveal many breathtaking panoramas. Bring your own ATV, rent one locally or take a guided tour. Learning the basics of driving an ATV is

straightforward, and people of all ages and experience levels can learn to ride one safely after some instruction. Do respect the rules and code of ethics while exploring the backcountry though. An ATV can do a lot of damage to the fragile alpine, and it takes years to recover. Stay on designated trails and respect the ecosystem.





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If an intimate encounter with the great outdoors is on your to do list, you’ll appreciate the wide selection of amenities Valemount has to offer for RVers and tenters. There are a number of private and provincial campgrounds, ranging in size from 6 to over 40 sites, in the area. Some campgrounds offer large pull-through RV sites for every type of rig, including services such as water, sewer and power, while others provide visitors with basic tent sites. There are also three camping areas in Mount Robson Provincial Park: Robson Meadows Campground and Robson River Campground, both near the western boundary, and Lucerne Campground, just west of the Alberta border. Wilderness campsites are also located along the Berg Lake Trail, if a multi-day trek is in order. Whether you enjoy the comfort of your home away from home, or prefer to rough it in a wilderness campsite, there are options for all likes and preferences. Camp along the rushing waters of the mighty Fraser River, or down Kinbasket Lake, and enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The choice is truly yours in Valemount. Pitch your tent overlooking a serene mountain lake while your supper cooks over a crackling campfire, or experience the peaceful tranquility of a wilderness campsite beside the soft trickle of a mountain stream. You can even camp within sight of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies! Remember to pack out what you pack in, so the next lucky visitor can enjoy the pristine beauty this area has to offer.

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A Climber’s Paradise The Canadian Rockies are well known for their climbing and mountaineering opportunities, and the mountains around Valemount are no exception. Surrounded by three major mountain ranges – the Rockies, the Monashees and the Cariboos – Valemount has a great diversity of climbing terrain, from scrambles to technical rock climbing, as well as ice climbing and glacier travel. There is a climb for everyone, regardless of skill and experience, from beginning rock climbs and bouldering to world-class, multi-pitch ascents. Experienced local guides are available to show you the ropes; all you have to do is ask. Whether you are an individual traveller or part of a family or group of friends, having a private guide increases your options and allows you to customize your daily adventure. These professionals value the old European guiding tradition that emphasizes fellowship, patience and courtesy. Alpine enthusiasts from around the globe have travelled to Valemount to ascend Mount Robson. At 3,954 m (12,972 ft.), it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson is considered an extremely challenging mountain to climb, and it offers numerous routes, all of which are very technical climbs. Whether embarking on a technical climb, or a leisurely scramble, there is no better way to experience the beauty of the valleys, mountain ranges and alpine than from high atop a mountain. Feel the rush and exhilaration as you reach the peak after a long and strenuous climb. Even in today’s day and age, there are still unclimbed peaks in these mountain ranges, so you may even get to experience a first ascent of one of them!


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Horseback Riding Many people dream of riding a horse through the Columbia if you so desire! mountains, and if you’re lucky enough to be in the Accommodations available on backcountry pack trips Valemount area, you are incredibly close to making this range from rustic tent camps to beautiful log cabins. dream a reality. The mountainous area around Valemount Enjoy spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, is a perfect place for horseback riding trips. See the Valley including golden eagles, mountain goats, deer, elk, moose, from high upon a ridge or explore caribou, black bears and grizzly bears. one of the many side valleys a wellHearty meals are prepared over open conditioned horse can take you to. campfires. Cuddle up in your bedroll Bring your own or take a guided by the glow of the fire, and wake up horse adventure on the back of a to the glowing embers and the smell well-trained, surefooted mountain of fresh coffee, pancakes, and sizzling horse, suitable for riders of all ages bacon or sausages. and levels of experience. Travel on horseback goes back Horseback riding is something most to very earliest exploration of this people don’t have access to very area. Fur traders, explorers and often and that’s why guided trail other adventurers used horses to rides and pack trips can make such cross the mountains and rivers, as Photo courtesy of Falling Star Ranch an exciting summer vacation. There did the hunters, loggers, railroaders are several qualified and experienced and settlers that followed. The area local outfitters in the area who provide horseback trips. around Valemount has a rich tradition of knowledgeable, They offer everything from one-hour rides to half-day skilled outfitters. This tradition continues and there are and full-day rides and even several days on the trail high still long-time residents with good mountain horses, into the alpine, taking you back to a simpler time. You can knowledge of the area and the skill to guide even even ride the Great Divide between Alberta and British inexperienced riders on the horseback trip of a lifetime.

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Valemountain Days Valemountain days takes place annually in Mid-June. It includes a slow-pitch tournament, parade, logger’s events, concert and dance, Valemount Idol, BBQ, children’s activities, local Quilters and Artists displays. For more information go to or call 1-250-566-4688.

Spring Festival Come out and join us as we learn, explore, and play on trails around Valemount. Whether you prefer to walk, hike, paddle, float, run or ride your ATV, there will be something for everyone— young and old. Most events are by donation. Proceeds go towards development and maintenance of the Cranberry Marsh and surrounding trails.

Canoe Mountain Rodeo If a rip roaring good time is something your vacation is lacking, why not come on down to the Canoe Mountain Rodeo? Set to take place from July 9th, 10th & 11th, this annual event is sure to please the cowboy in all of us. Nestled in the Canoe Valley, just minutes from Valemount, the rodeo includes live music, heavy horse pulls, packhorse races, food vendors, kids activities and retail vendors, not to mention the scheduled rodeo events and a community dance that is sure to have you moving long into the night. Rodeo organizers have been working hard to improve the grounds and add events to the already jam-packed weekend, so visitors and locals alike can take it all in, or pick and choose what events they’d like to see. The Rodeo is held next to the Canoe River Campground, so weary rodeo goers don’t have far to go to hang their hat at night. For more information check out

Robson Valley Music Festival Looking for exceptional music in an exceptional setting? Why not spend the weekend at the Robson Valley Music Festival (RVMF) in Dunster, BC? The Robson Valley Music Festival is held in Dunster, BC, from August 21-23. On the banks of the Fraser River nestled in between the Cariboos and the Rockies, this intimate, grass roots, family oriented musical gathering has been attracting performers and attendees alike from all over the world. The festival includes a myriad of musical genres. Everything from Reggae to Folk, World Music to Blues, Rock to Bluegrass and Country. There is something there for everyone. Attendance is limited, however, so it is recommended to buy your tickets early. For more info call 250968-4411, or visit VALEMOUNT VISITOR’S GUIDE 2010





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Places To Visit

Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary Known locally as the Cranberry Marsh, located just south of the Village of Valemount, the Robert W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary is an ecological gem; just ask anyone who has spent time there, or is into the fascinating world of bird watching. Surrounded by the Monashee Mountains to the south, the Cariboo Mountains to the west, and the Rocky Mountains to the east, Cranberry Marsh is a provincially important waterfowl resting and nesting area, making it one of the finest and most unique bird

watching areas in the province. The major portion of this marsh complex was donated by the Starratt family in memory of Robert Starratt. A trail system, complete with two viewing towers, provides visitors with excellent opportunities to view a wide variety of the areas flora, fauna and mountain landscape. The marsh is one of the very best locations to see birds not commonly seen in other locations. The beautiful Yellow-Headed Blackbird, the elusive Sora and the graceful Northern Harrier can

all be seen and heard. The trail system provides opportunities to walk in the marsh via the water control dykes as well as transition habitats where the marsh turns into Lodgepole Pine dominated forests. Visitors in wheelchairs can easily access the marsh from the parking area on Highway 5, adjacent to the Best Western Hotel. If you’re a serious ‘birder’ or just enjoy wildlife viewing in a natural setting, the Cranberry Marsh can provide a memorable experience that will lift your spirit and lighten your heart.

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Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park The legacy of one of Canada’s most recognizable personalities is alive and well in the Valemount area. Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park is located 6 miles (10 km) north of Valemount, between Highway 5 and Highway 16. The park, which encompasses Mount Terry Fox, lies adjacent to the western boundary of Mount Robson Provincial Park. There is no road access into the park, but a Highway 16 viewpoint situated 7 km west of the west gate of Mount Robson Provincial Park provides an excellent view of Mount Terry Fox (2,650 metres/8,700 feet). A challenging 13-km (8 miles) round-trip hike leads to the alpine zone and to Mount Terry Fox, from its trailhead north of Valemount. It is rough and steep in sections, but spectacular views reward hikers all along the route. Take the first left heading south from the Terry Fox viewpoint on Highway 5. Cross the CN tracks and go left. Proceed past the gravel pit and water spout. Take the second right to a gravel pit. A sign marks the trail head. There is no camping permitted in the 1,930-hectare park, as it is intended for day-use only. The limited facilities provided include toilets and picnic tables located at the roadside pull-out (Highway 5, and 16 viewpoint). Mount Terry Fox is dedicated to the memory of Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Terry Fox lost a

leg to bone cancer, but undertook a run across Canada on an artificial limb to raise funds for cancer research. He completed 3,360 miles (5,375 km) of his epic journey before illness forced him to end his run. His heroic effort against incredible odds touched the hearts of Canadians and people around the world. Terry died on June 28, 1981. The mountain that bears his name will serve forever as an enduring and fitting memorial to a young Canadian’s determination, selflessness and courage. The park was officially dedicated by the family of Terry Fox and the people of British Columbia on September 22, 1981.

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Rearguard Falls Provincial Park If you were a Chinook salmon, Rearguard Falls would be the end of your journey. Just a few minutes east of Tete Jaune, along Highway 16, this small (48 hectares) but popular provincial park sits as a formidable barrier along the Upper Fraser River. An easy 10-minute walk leads from the parking lot to a viewing area of the falls cascading over jagged rock cliffs. The viewpoint not only provides a great perspective of Rearguard Falls, it also provides an excellent opportunity to witness the end 20

of a long journey by the Chinook salmon, the largest of the five Pacific salmon. By the time they return, these fish have survived several years at sea to return to the river of their birth, the mighty Fraser River. From its estuary in British Columbia’s lower mainland to this point, the Chinook have migrated upstream over 744 miles (1,200 km). Some may be successful battling over these falls to reach the gravel above, but for most, Rearguard Falls marks the end of their journey as the falls are too high and span to


great a distance for the salmon to jump. Watch the Chinook salmon attempt to leap the falls during mid to late August. Children should be supervised as the viewing area drops off steeply to the river, and by no means should anyone attempt to climb the protective fence along the edge of the falls. The trail to Rearguard Falls starts 5 km east of the Tete Jaune junction on Highway 16, on the south side of the highway.

Jackman Flats Provincial Park Established in the year 2,000, Jackman Flats Provincial Park was created to preserve and protect a unique sand dune complex. Located approximately 10 kilometres north of Valemount, Jackman Flats Park provides opportunities for walking and hiking on a developed trail system in an environment not generally associated with a mountain landscape. Massive sand deposits have created plant communities that are provincially important, not to mention unique. Tree and shrub communities have responded to subtle changes in the water table, and of the six distinct plant communities found in Jackman Flats, two are not found anywhere else. Also, a wide variety of Lichens can be found in Jackman Flats.

One species, Stereocaulon condensatum, discovered in 1994, has never before been found in British Columbia. The soils covering the flats are nutrient poor and the trees are slow growing. Mountain Pine Beetle has been present in the park for several years now and BC Parks has undertaken a control program using horse teams to remove affected trees so as not to disturb the fragile ecosystem. There are a number of interesting interpretive stops on the trail system that provide information on the areas plants, animals and landscape. A parking area complete with pit toilet, picnic tables and information shelters is accessible from Highway 5. Due to the fragile nature of these sand dune communities,

visitors are requested to stay on the trail system. A number of the more sensitive lichen species are dependant on the sand dunes remaining stable. Although the winds play an important role in the formation and alteration of the sand dunes, human use has the most immediate impacts. More than 40 species of birds have been documented in Jackman flats along with mule and whitetail deer, moose, elk, black bear, cougar, coyote and wolf. Jackman Flats Provincial Park is an excellent example of a unique ecosystem in close proximity to high levels of human use. Stay on the trails and enjoy this special place in the Robson Valley.

Tete Jaune During the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway in the early 1900s, Tete Jaune (pronounced locally as Tee-Jon), strategically placed at the head of navigable waters of the Fraser River, was supposedly the largest tent town west of Winnipeg, with 3,000 people living there in its heyday. Flat bottom sternwheelers travelled 400 miles up the Fraser River bringing equipment and supplies to the railway camps. Most of the structures were tents, but there were also supply depots and large warehouses holding food for the thousands of men who were working on the railroad, as well as a large general store, a photo studio, a drug store, pool halls, a shooting gallery, a barber shop, restaurants and flop houses. Although most of the original

town site was swallowed up by the Fraser River, the colourful history of the once thriving community remains, and visitors can still see ruins of buildings and old chimneys made out of river pebbles. The foundation of the old water tower is still there as well, and posts and pilings in the Fraser River from the wharves where the paddle wheelers once unloaded their cargo serve as a reminder of the past. Visitors can also find remnants of the Japanese internment camps near the weigh scales on Highway 16. During the Second World War many Japanese-Canadians were removed from their residences on the coast and relocated to work camps in other areas. Tete Jaune Cache, the Yellowhead Highway and Yellowhead Pass were named after a fur trader

and trapper that guided for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 1800s. The yellow-haired Iroquois Métis guide Pierre Hastination (also recorded as Pierre Bostonais), was named Tete Jaune by the French voyageurs because of his blondestreaked hair (Tete Jaune means yellow head in French). Visitors are invited to explore the Tete Jaune area. A 3-sided display board with maps and historical information as well as picnic tables, located at the Tete Jaune Community Hall, will get you started. In August and September, Tete Jaune is also a good spot to watch the spawning salmon. Tete Jaune Cache is located north of Valemount at the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 16.



Mount Robson Provincial Park Created in 1913, Mount Robson Provincial Park is the second oldest park in the British Columbia Park system, and the oldest park on British Columbia’s mainland. At over 224,000 hectares, this large wilderness park has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a component of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are virtually limitless in this park. Three well-serviced campgrounds are located along the Highway 16 corridor. The Robson Meadows and Robson Rivers campgrounds, located at the west end of the park offer hot showers and flush toilets. Daily interpretive programs that combine education with entertainment are


conducted daily at the Robson Meadows Amphitheatre. Both Yellowhead and Moose Lake have boat launches and provide fair to good fishing through the ice free periods. Numerous day use sites provide opportunities for short walks to interesting viewpoints and waterfalls. Make sure you visit the parks visitor information centre to learn more about what opportunities exist for the curious visitor. BC Parks and Tourism British Columbia provide a variety of services to the travelling public. Commercial recreation and accommodation providers can be booked while you examine the educational displays located throughout the building. Mount Robson Park is also home of the world famous Berg Lake Trail. This


24 kilometre trail takes one from a lower elevation cedar hemlock forest through a variety of interesting and beautiful terrain. Glacier fed Kinney Lake and Berg Lake, the Valley of a Thousand Falls and the magnificent north side of Mount Robson are all a part of the experience of hiking the Berg Lake Trail. One can also embark on an extended hike, following a loop that takes the adventurous into the province of Alberta. On a clear day one can see the summit of Mount Robson from the visitor centre viewpoint. At 3,954 meters Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson Provincial Park is truly a jewel in a world-class park system, and a must see for anyone visiting the Valemount area.

Kinbasket Lake What could be better than a giant lake in the heart of two massive mountain ranges? Kinbasket Lake has been a favourite recreational site for local boaters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts for a long time. The lake is a reservoir on the Columbia River, stretching from south of Valemount all the way to Revelstoke and Golden. It includes two reaches, Columbia Reach and Canoe Reach, referring to the river valleys flooded by the dam. The large, man-made lake was created after the completion of the Mica Dam in 1973, which blocked the Columbia River near Revelstoke. The lake was called originally called McNaughton Lake after Andrew George Latta McNaughton, a Canadian soldier, until 1980. A number of small communities were forced to relocate by the creation of Kinbasket Lake, which today encompasses approximately 150 kilometres of the Rocky Mountain Trench. The lake offers a boat launch, and avid boaters can enjoy hours of sailing past some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the province. Numerous streams come cascading down steep forested mountainsides. Watch for floating logs and unpredictable winds. Kinbasket Lake offers superb fishing, and fishermen can try their luck for rainbow and bull trout, kokanee, white fish, burbot and Dolly Varden. Logging roads extending down both sides of the lake allow for good recreational opportunities and spectacular views of the snowcapped Rocky and Monashee Mountains. Kinbasket Lake is also a popular area for canoeing, hunting, berry picking, hiking, or just a quick drive to the shoreline to watch the day go by. The Valemount Marina Association holds an annual fishing derby on Labour Day weekend. The association also manages two forest recreation campsites at Yellowjacket Creek and Horse Creek on the east side of the lake. For lucky adventurers who arrive early enough in the year, the lake also has a set of hot springs located 25 kms down the West side. The springs are only accessible when the water level in the reservoir is low enough, so some years they do not come out at all. Kinbasket Lake is located south of Valemount, at km 22 on the East Canoe Forest Service Road.

Little lost Lake A 30-minute hike will take you to Little Lost Lake, located east of Tete Jaune. Just before the small lake, the trail branches, which is where you can decide which route to take. The left hand branch of the trail will take you on a loop around the

lake, about a 20-minute walk. To the right, you will be able to climb up to Two Creek Waterfalls. The trail to the first waterfall is steep and will take about 40 minutes. Another 10-minute hike will take you to the second waterfall. There are some

dangerous sections and caves on the waterfall trail, so stay alert and be careful. The area around Little Lost Lake oers excellent opportunities to view mountain goats in the spring and early summer.



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Historical Valemount Museum The museum was originally built in 1914 as the Swift Creek Station. When the train station was moved in 1927, it was renamed Valemount and continued to serve as the train station and station agent’s home until 1987. Visit the museum for a guided tour and enjoy a walk back in time. The Railroad Room has a model train running through the textual displays, artifacts and, yes, even through the bathroom. One of the museum’s most

popular exhibits showcases the life of a trapper and some of his catches and tools. Local artist Margaret McKirdy’s “Little People” is a collection of life-like sculptures of local personalities and culture made with local clay. Visitors to the museum can also find stories about the Japanese internment camps, the history of the Valemount schools, logging, farming and lots more. Admission is by donation.

War Heroes Museum Located at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266 in Valemount, The War Heroes museum houses pictures, books, uniforms, artifacts and other collectibles from members of the legion and their families. The museum displays the history of the Boer War, the First and Second World War, the Korean War and



from Peace Keepers presently serving. The aim of the museum is to show respect for the men and women who fought for our freedom, and to remember the consequences of war. The museum can be viewed when the Legion is open or by calling 566-4406 in the evenings.


Regional Parks George Hicks Regional Park George Hicks Regional Park is 2.5 ha in size and is located across the Highway from Valemount, along Swift Creek. The Park has a small trail and lookout platform that provides excellent salmon viewing opportunities in late July to mid August. The Chinook salmon come from the Pacific Ocean, up the Fraser River and then enter Swift Creek to spawn. Who is George Hicks? The park was named after a long-time resident of the area who moved west from Ontario and eventually settled in Valemount. He homesteaded, worked in lumber camps, panned gold and hunted in the area. He and his young family spent the war years in Kingston, Ontario but returned to Valemount in 1946. Over the years, Hicks worked as a bookkeeper for sawmills, was a lumber buyer, ran his own sawmill and his own garage. Later he formed a real estate company with his partners and they were responsible for most of the development along the Yellowhead Highway No. 5. George and his wife Anne were both active in community affairs and were both directors of the Yellowhead Highway Association. George was also a director on the Regional District Board between 1968 and 1969. He was 81 when he passed away in 1982. In the 1920s the park site was part of the Hicks homestead. Facilities at George Hicks include bus parking, an information kiosk, picnic tables, toilets and a viewing platform.

Municipal Parks

Valemount offers its residents and visitors a few small parks within its boundaries. Centennial Park in the centre of town, located on 5th Ave. and Dogwood St., provides residents with green space to relax and unwind. The park also offers a large children’s playground, picnic tables as well as a tennis court for public use. During the summer months, it is also the location of a farmers market, where vendors sell fresh, locally grown produce, canned items, baked goods, crafts and various miscellaneous items. Kinnikinnick Park, located on 14th Ave. and Dogwood St., features softball diamonds as well as concessions, which are open during busy games.

Cedarside Regional Park Cedarside Regional Park is 18.5 ha in size and is located 3 km south of Valemount on Little Cranberry Lake. Cedarside Regional Park is a very popular spot to enjoy a swim in the lake or just laze in the sun on the large sandy beach. In the winter, the park offers trails to ski or snowshoe and a hill that is popular for sledding. Facilities include a large parking area, toilets, picnic tables, fire pits and easy access to a large sandy beach. Camping is not permitted.



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The asceNT of WomeN Among the early female trailblazers was scientist and artist Mary Vaux, a pioneering glaciologist who became the first woman to make a major ascent of a peak in Canada over 3,050 meters in 1900. Georgia Engelhard, who in 1931 alone, summated 38 peaks in the Selkirk and Rocky mountains, and when on to complete a staggering 32 first ascents in Canada over the course of her life. Winnipeg native Elizabeth Parker, who played a vital role in the establishment of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) in 1906. And perhaps most famous of all, fearless Mary Schaffer, who loved to venture into uncharted terrain by pack horse. The caNadiaN express The Canadian Rockies Express High Speed Quad Chairlift has greatly changed the way guests ski and ride Marmot Basin. In just 8 minutes the lift carries 2,400 passengers per hour up the mountain. The views from the top of Paradise are breathtaking and the terrain is accommodating to all abilities and ages. This is the longest high speed chairlift in the Canadian Rockies and the biggest chairlift development in North America for 2009-2010. marmoT BasiN – KeepiNg iT real Marmot Basin is the first of

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Valemount Visitor's Guide 2010  

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