Attention recreation site users in the Sea to Sky District. By order of the District Recreation Officer, subject to Section 20(3) of the Forest Recreation Regulation, helicopter landings within Tenquille Lake Recreation Site are now prohibited.
This regulation has been put in place to protect the alpine environment and preserve a high quality recreational experience for all users of the site. Increasing amounts of helicopter access have resulted in overuse of the site facilities degrading the recreational experience and damaging the sensitive alpine environment.
Perhaps this is in response to the new MTB trail built to facilitate heli-drops at the top on Mt. Barbour?
Tenquille Lake Recreation Site, Helicopter Landing Prohibition information.
The recent prohibition on helicopter landings in Tenquille Lake Recreation Site has created some confusion which this post should address.
This prohibition does not affect use of the Mount Barbour trail. It only applies within the light blue polygon on the attached maps.
We are in year three of a four year collaborative effort by RSTBC, the BC Wildfire Service, the Pemberton Wildlife Association, Joyride Bike Parks and Blackcomb Aviation to jointly address the increasing amount and changing dynamic of use in this area. Through this project we will construct, improve, reroute and harden trails in the area to proactively manage increasing use.
This prohibition is not a result of trail damage from heli drop mountain biking or other trail uses. It is intended to prevent negative impacts from the overuse of the cabin and camping areas. As with all areas in the Sea to Sky district recreational use is rapidly growing and helicopters are being used to access this site more frequently. Management of this site requires a proactive approach in order to protect the environment and preserve the quality of the experience.