Monday, January 4, 2016
Widgeon (PDF); Pitt (PDF); Alouette (PDF); Stave Lake area (PDF)
Pitt to Harrison Lake (PDF); Harrison Lake to the Fraser River (PDF)
Historic Licensee operating areas ( Chilliwack Forestry District ) (PDF)
Lower Fraser Sustainable Resource Management Plan, SRMP (54 pages) 2013 (PDF)
Radio Channels being used up to 26 November 2015 (PDF)
Old Growth Managment in the Chilliwack Forestry District (PDF)
Squamish Foresty District
Squamish Operating tenures (PDF)
Old Growth Squamish Forestry District (PDF)
Squamish Forestry District Bridge Locations (PDF)
And a few images in a not so common format, from the Lands Office. Both are of the Upper Pitt River, and show some of the premptions. You will need to have one of the appropriate converters installed since they are both in MrSID format ( Download Screen ) PNWS02Tr07 and PNWS27Tr01
NOTE: If any of these links do not work, please email me, and I will host the documents elsewhere.
The links are all to the FTP sites of the Chilliwack and Squamish Forestry Districts
Friday, August 7, 2015
Shaw Cable Press release: Preview
The History Channel: Curse of the frozen gold
Slumach must be laughing in his grave, local Pitt River Lodge operator involved too.
And another who crashes helicopters and likes tall tales, with his friends who likes to spin stories of Nazi gold in the B-25 crash site
YES there is gold in the area, not much, but through very hard work you may make enough to buy yourself a meal. And the funny thing is it is not far from where Slumach actually lived, NOT far away up the lake.
All we need now is a legend of a giant lake monster, rub his belly and he grants you three wishes. :)
And please remember folks that the lake and river have claimed many lives through the years, and many times the bodies were never found; must be those damn giant lake monsters. AKA Sturgeon
Friday, August 8, 2014
Some old and new pictures of the falls and a discussion can be found on the westcoastpaddler website
I came across an image of the Bridal Veil falls in this document: Summer handbook and official programme of the second annual British Colunmbia Conference Coast Summer School, including the Conference Epworth League and Sunday School Convention, held at Columbian Methodist College, New Westminster, B.C., commencing 2 p.m. July 3rd, including 10 p.m. July 8th, 1906 [microform] (1906)
Though it is of a poor quality, it matches the image on the postcard, below where the photograph is attributed to: New Westminster photographer W.T. Cooksley. with a view of three people at Bridal Veil Falls, Pitt Lake (circa 1905-1907)
Washington Iron Works was a company in Seattle, Washington, founded by John M. Frink, (1855-1914) that built these steam skidders. The company was active from 1882 until the 1980s when its various divisions – manufacturing cranes, logging equipment, and presses – were gradually sold off. The Works closed in 1986.
Washington Iron Works engines revolutionized steam logging in the 1920s and 1930s.
Washington Iron Works built these machines in three sizes, 9x10¼, 10½x10¼ and
12x12. Demand for these yarders remained strong until about 1915 then fell off as more
sophisticated logging methods came into use. Washington built their last compound geared
yarder in July 1923 with only a handful sold in the previous five year.
The Pitt Lake unit is one of only six remaining, and should truly be in a museum.
A road leads up from where the donkey engine is and an old camp from the 1940-50's? is to be found above the falls, a small gypo sawmill is there, huge pile of waste, and collapsed buildings. There is also a crib dam in Defrauder Creek, filled with rubble, which was used to generate power at one time.
At one time there was also a cabin at the foot of the falls, and a relative of a friend of mine lived some of his last days there, until health concerns brought him out to "civilization" and shortly after the cabin was vandalized and burned, which sadly seems to be a typical fate for many buildings along Pitt Lake.
This area today is all inside Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, and continues to be popular with recreationists, as it has for many generations.
It has always been Bridal Veil Falls to me.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Helicopter rolls onto riverbank, sinks at Pitt Lake; pilot, passenger okay.
Two taken to Abbotsford Hospital after Pitt Lake crash ( video, but not of crash site )
I will add to this as more information becomes available.
it was a Schweizer 269 helicopter, looks like a RC chopper on steroids !
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
In my researches into the Pitt Watershed it is unavoidable not to come across information about their activities, sadly only the negative things were reported in the newspapers, and they were frequent.
Recently I came across an article from 1911, here it is:
16 April 1911 The Daily Colonist,(Victoria)
Vancouver, April 15.―Four men were killed on Thursday in a blasting explosion at Small & Bucklin's logging camp, Pitt Lake. Their names are:
Alexander Lough, superintendent, Big Lake, Washington, 43 years of age.
Arthur Lough, a logger, 19 years, single, nephew of Lough.
Melvyn Larsen, logger, Bellingham, 35 years, single.
Adam Hein, logger, Bellingham, 35 years, single.
The men were engaged in blasting some of the larger snags preparatory to closing down for Easter. They were experienced loggers, and were last seen retreating from the train fuse to a place of safety. It is believed that the explosion, being unduly protracted, they returned too soon and met their deaths.
The bodies of the first three named were found horribly mutilated. That of Hein had not been found up to last night. Constable Wilkie, of the Provincial police, proceeded on the company's tug up the Fraser, and returned this morning with the remains.
The strangest thing about this event is the fact that even though the police were involved, none of the deaths were registered in British Columbia ! I frequently run across this problem, but never on this scale with four dead men.
The Phoenix Pioneer, January 4, 1913
Due in great measure to the evidence that was given, at the recent trials for perjury in New Westminster, the management, of the Small & Bucklin lumber mills in the Royal City have decided to dismiss every Hindu in their employment and to replace them with white labor. This decision was arrived at only after long and careful consideration of the circumstances in connection with the charges.
It will effect about ninety Hindus, who resided in shacks, the property of the company. in order to make the decision all the more effective, the demolition of the shacks was commenced at once and the majority of them razed to the ground by fire.
ln the course of the evidence at the recent trials it was alleged that, in order to retain their jobs, the Hindus had been in the habit of giving bribes to certain officials, and the management were influenced in the step they have taken by this fact.
October 17, 1913
C.A. Woods and W.B. Vaughan were accidently drowned while booming logs for the Small and Bucklin Lumber Co., at Pitt River. Also not registered at BC Archives.
and on, and on...
New Westminster Archives IHP0958
possibly Poplar Island on the right.
BOTTOM: Small & Bucklin sawmill, at the western end of New Westminster.
VPL 13735 date: ca.1912, photo R. Broadbridge.
VPL 11381 date:1921, photo: Leonard Frank.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Newspaper article: Burke, by the book
Burke and Widgeon a hiker's guide
pebblestone publishing 2013
ISBN 0981125808, 9780981125800
And a dedicated website for the book: BurkeandWidgeon
Buy the book information
Long overdue, I hope that this book is widely read and enjoyed.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Please look at, but do not touch or alter these important pictographs in any way.
There are more than these photos show. Scanned from negatives.
The listings above are from the 1974 M.A. dissertion of Doris Marion Lundy, in her report:
Rock art of the Northwest Coast ( PDF )
Maps of the area
Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book.)
Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009
Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002
Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965
Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009
Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002
Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965
Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009
Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002
Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009
Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002
Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009
Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002
Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009
Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003
New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009
New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003
Pitt Lake legends videos
I personally do not believe in any of it, the Mitchell bomber site and the wreckage, should be left alone as a memorial to the crew who died there.
And a website devoted to putting to rest the myth of SlumachOne of a set of raw video about the curse of Slumach Item : MI-475 - Lost Mine - tape 18
original raw footage for "Curse of the Lost Gold Mine." Includes an interview with John F. H. Thompson, a geologist at UBC, who talks about the geology of Pitt Lake, shots of a map of Pitt Lake and Michael Collier plotting out a route on the map, also includes an interview with Mike Boileau, who has been looking into finding gold in the Pitt Lake area since 1979, he talks about the curse, the stories of Pitt Lake, and his own experiences at Pitt Lake.
This video is part of the Series S4 - Curse of the Lost Gold Mine series located at the Vancouver Archives.