Category Archives: Christina Lake

Provincial Parks Expanding

The province dispatched the MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, to deliver some good news to the folks at Christina Lake: The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks Gladstone and Garibaldi. Specifically, a 6 hectare addition to Gladstone and 5.6 hectares to Garibaldi.

You can watch the event below and read the press release below that.

For Immediate Release Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Protected land added to two provincial parks

VICTORIA -The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks Gladstone and Garibaldi -to protect ecologically sensitive areas, promote biodiversity and enhance recreation opportunities.

“Our parks are important for bringing families and communities together. They also protect B.C’s incredible biodiversity with ecosystems found nowhere else in the world,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Acquiring these lands ensures the conservation and protection of sensitive habitat so British Columbians can enjoy our spectacular natural spaces for years to come.”

Valued at $1.74 million, the Province purchased two lots from a private vendor at the north end of Christina Lake for a six-hectare addition to Gladstone Provincial Park near Grand Forks.

Featuring a natural beach/lake frontage, open forest and pockets of old growth, the properties were the last remaining private inholdings of the Sandner Creek drainage, which is used by 70% of the stream-spawning kokanee in Christina Lake. Securing the land for park purposes creates a continuous protected area on the north end of the lake.

“The Christina Lake Stewardship Society is extremely delighted to hear about the purchase of land at the north end of Christina Lake,” said Jeff Olsen, president, Christina Lake Stewardship Society. “This sensitive and diverse area hosts a myriad of plant and wildlife, some of which are species at risk like the western painted turtle. As depletion of wetlands continues, this acquisition is not only an engaging action taken by the Province, it is also an immensely important one for Christina Lake.”

The Province also purchased 5.6 hectares that were completely surrounded by Garibaldi Park near Squamish. Valued at $955,000, the property will help provide more opportunities for recreation in the Diamond Head area of the park.

Quick Facts:

One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas. They cover more than 14 million hectares, or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.

The Province regularly adds land to the parks and protected areas system through the acquisition of private land, and partnerships with conservation groups and individual donors.

Learn More:

For more information about the BC Parks Land Acquisition Program, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/partnerships/landAcguisition.html

For more information about BC Parks, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

New 3D Floor at Christina Lake Welcome Centre

If you’ve been to the Welcome Centre at the Lake you can’t have missed the floor. The 3D floor that entices visitors to stand in just the right place with their camera to catch their friends and family appearing in a 3D landscape that apparently pops out of the 2D floor.

Well they have replaced that floor with a new 3D floor. This new floor covers a larger area and extends up onto the wall. The official reveal was early in the evening of Dec 10th, 2018.

The artwork is done in the style called Trompe l’oeil which means the triumph of the oil’s deception over the eye. Most widely used to ‘open up’ architectural spaces it can also be employed in 3D illusion as is done here.

The artist is Tyler Toews who does mural installations professionally through his website canadianmurals.com. The previous floor was also done by him.

Before all the people showed up for the official reveal Tyler took Director Grace McGregor on a guided tour of his creation. You can watch that below.

The official reveal took place shortly afterward. Quite a few people showed up to listen and watch the ribbon cutting.

Police Nab Busy Thieves And Find a Bunch of Booty


Update

2018-01-25
Update from the Grand Forks RCMP

Further to the media release on 2018-01-22 in regards to several break and enters, theft of mail, possession of property obtained by crime, the Grands Forks RCMP are advising that numerous criminal charges have been laid against both suspects. One suspect remains in custody, one was released on court documents to appear in Court in Grand Forks at a later date.

RCMP members, including the Forensic Identification Section, continue to process several hundred exhibits and RCMP have already returned some property to it’s rightful owners. The investigation is on-going and RCMP will be seeking additional charges where appropriate. It is believed the suspects are responsible for other offences in Cranbrook, Nelson and Castlegar.

Please do not attend the Detachment to enquire if we have your items, we are in the process of contacting the owners of the property we have recovered. As this is an active criminal investigation, the property will be returned as soon as we possibly can.

The Grand Forks RCMP are working with Canada Post in regards to the return of the stolen mail.
If you have any information regarding these crimes please call Cst. David Forbes or Cst. Nicki-Jo Wolfram (investigators) at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Original post

January 22nd, 2018

Acting on a complaint from citizens of Christina Lake members of Grand Forks RCMP responded to a theft in progress from some Canada Post mailboxes. While members were responding to Christina Lake they were able to intercept the suspects in a Dodge truck. Two males have been taken into custody. The Grand Forks RCMP were able to recover extensive amounts of suspected stolen property including a 2014 Dodge pickup.

The investigation is well underway, with members trying to identify who owns the recovered property.

Numerous Break and Enters to sheds and additional thefts from Canada Post mailboxes were subsequently discovered in Christina Lake. The Grand Forks RCMP believe these crimes can be associated to the two suspects that are currently in custody. Members from West Kootenay traffic services and the Forensic Identification section are assisting the Grand Forks RCMP with the investigation. The Grand Forks RCMP are recommending numerous charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Break and Enter and additional offences. One of the suspects had an active warrant for his arrest out of Cranbrook.

If you have any information regarding these crimes please call Cst. David Forbes or Cst. Nicki-Jo Wolfram (investigators) at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)