Massive new mountain resort takes shape in the Fraser Valley
A massive new mountain resort could be setting up shop in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia near the town of Chilliwack. A plan for the 11,500-acre Bridal Veil Mountain Resort (BVMR) was just released and it looks epic.
According to a press release issued by the resort development team led by B.C. residents Norm Gaukel and Robert Wilson, the preliminary concept for Bridal Veil Mountain Resort has guests accessing the Cascade Mountain Range features via a gondola that will run from the Fraser Valley floor to the all-season recreation area. Once there, guests will hike, sightsee, mountain bike, backcountry tour, ski, or snowboard depending on the season.
The resort would be located in the Upper Fraser Valley, on the highlands immediately south of the Fraser River, extending over Area D and Area E of the Fraser Valley Regional District and the City of Chilliwack.
With this resort plan, there is also a good amount of attention being paid to involving the First Nations in the area in terms of providing ecological and Indigenous cultural programs, but also in the way the resort is being designed and run.
Recognizing that the proposed site is in S’ólh Téméxw, the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō people since time immemorial, the goal of Gaukel and Wilson is to first work closely with local Stó:lō Communities and business organizations to explore opportunities for joint equity ownership and management, as well as development options and opportunities. The project team has reportedly initiated a broad Stó:lō consultation process.
“We strongly believe that any project undertaken on Stó:lō land must involve the Stó:lō in whatever capacity they deem appropriate,” said Gaukel. “We see Stó:lō ownership and meaningful participation as key foundations for this project and believe their business expertise and Indigenous perspectives would contribute greatly to the success of the project. Additionally, we recognize that the Stó:lō have used and protected these lands for thousands of years and no one understands them better. If this project proceeds, every decision we make together would honour that Stó:lō commitment to environmental responsibility and land stewardship protection.”
Whistler-based mountain resort planning and design firm Brent Harley and Associates (BHA) are an integral part of the development team.
According to BVMR, in the winter, the resort will provide “well-balanced and integrated lift-serviced skiing experience with ski runs catering to the full spectrum of skiers, from beginners to experts.” And in the summer, lift-serviced mountain biking, aerial adventure courses, zip lines and plenty of hiking trails will be operational.
The next phase of the planning process will see the submission of a comprehensive resort master plan.
Lead image: Alpine Village Site with Ski Terrain