Saturday, February 4, 2017

Bear Mountain Logo Underway

©Bear Mountain Trail Society

What do you think? Our first logo is well underway thanks to the artistic talents of Emily Mullock
Art Director at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive and author/illustrator of the children's book "Go Away Unicorn". If I seem a bit biased - that's perfectly okay, she's my daughter.

 

Emily was kind enough to present our Society with 5 variations of a design that very cleverly encompasses all aspects of our name - a bear, a mountain and our Society's written name. 

A couple of the designs have a hump on the back would suggest a grizzly bear - locally, we not have this animal - so perhaps that is not the right fit. In others, the mountain form has tree shapes to better define it. Some have a wash of colour as opposed to a solid. 

What do you think?  Do you like it?  I have numbered the images to aid in comments.

Build Trail

Our Vision - Bear Mountain Trail Society

The enjoyment of the diverse beauty of the Coastal forest in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the appreciation of it through non-motorized experience on a network of trails.

Our first project concerns the creation of a non-motorized mountain trail connecting Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Federation Member Club Profile: Bear Mountain Trail Society

We got featured! Our group and the trail we envision is featured this month at the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC to website - super good news!  We are so pleased to have been granted membership in this important organization.


Here is a little information about this important group taken from their website:


The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) is a democratic, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and maintaining access to quality non-motorized backcountry recreation in British Columbia’s mountains and wilderness areas. As our name indicates we are a federation of outdoor clubs with a membership of over 5000 people from outdoor clubs across BC. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of non-motorized backcountry recreationists including hikers, rock climbers, mountaineers, trail runners, kayakers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers. As an organization, we believe that the enjoyment of these pursuits in an unspoiled environment is a vital component to the quality of life for British Columbians and by acting under the policy of “talk, understand and persuade” we advocate for these interests.

Our Vision - Bear Mountain Trail Society

The enjoyment of the diverse beauty of the Coastal forest in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the appreciation of it through non-motorized experience on a network of trails.

Our first project concerns the creation of a non-motorized mountain trail connecting Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Skiing the Green Grind

A lingering cold snap that started December 5th provided a rare commodity to the Agassiz community - snow - snow, that hung around for over a month. Taking advantage of the white stuff on local trails includes snow shoeing, hiking but could also as Todd explored downhill skiing. 



This is how he described the adventure,

"The ski down was great. Dry snow with good base most of the way down...lots of wide and tight turns. Near the end, I went off a jump that had been built by snow boarders."

ANOTHER, impressive use for a hillside trail system linking Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island community to community. Make you wonder what's next... tobogganing? 

Our Vision

The enjoyment of the diverse beauty of the Coastal forest in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the appreciation of it through non-motorized experience on a network of trails.

Our first project concerns the creation of a non-motorized mountain trail connecting Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bear Mountain Loop in Winter

We are still a long way away from realizing the vision of creating an all season trail that will connect, community to community, Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island through the forests of Bear Mountain to the Green Grind but that doesn't stop the locals from enjoying a winter hike. 



While it was a little overcast the snowy hillside and the quiet forest provided both exercise and a chance to socialize. 

The trees now bare of their leaves provided additional viewpoints over Bear Mountain and Seabird Island.

Bear Mountain

Seabird Isalnd


The return brings the valley floor and Mount Cheam into view a welcome sight after an 8km hike.

Mount Cheam coming into view





Our Vision

The enjoyment of the diverse beauty of the Coastal forest in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the appreciation of it through non-motorized experience on a network of trails.

Our first project concerns the creation of a non-motorized mountain trail connecting Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Parks Canada 2017 Admissions Gift to The World.

Here is a great way to celebrate the new year, not with fireworks, but rather with a walk in the park. 



On Canada’s 150th anniversary Parks Canada is giving everyone a present …. Free admission to Canadians and visitors from all around the world to all Parks Canada Locations from coast to coast to coast.

To order your 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass go to this site, click HERE

For all of 2017 this pass gives you unlimited opportunities to enjoy National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country!

We congratulate the Canadian Government and Parks Canada on their sensitivity and foresight in granting this fine gift - happy anniversary. 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Profile - Laurens van Vliet - Founding Member

Lauren van Vliet ©

It's no surprise that our picture of Laurens van Vliet shows him centred in the middle of the frame taking a moment to refresh and drink in the view. This is a man of movement, precision and balance. 

I asked Lauren why he is involved in this volunteer grass roots project.


"Sports and the outdoors are playing an important role in my life. Outdoors activities include hiking, camping, canoeing, sailing, wind surfing. For sports, my focus continues to be Cross Country Skiing, competing in BC, Nationally and Internationally.I am promoting active living, and was selected an Olympic Torch Bearer for Agassiz for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. 

Over the years, I have hiked the local mountains surrounding Agassiz, and I have started to appreciate their beauty. My interest in developing a trail network on Green Mountain is for other people to enjoy the beautiful nature locally while being involved in hiking as a healthy activity."

Our Vision

The enjoyment of the diverse beauty of the Coastal forest in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the appreciation of it through non-motorized experience on a network of trails.

Our first project concerns the creation of a non-motorized mountain trail connecting Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz and Seabird Island.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Winter's Trail

For some the arrival of snow means that, finally, hiking can get converted into snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Imagine a local trail system that brought year round adventures in the peaceful woods. That sort of trail is exactly what our Agassiz to Harrison to Seabird initiative hopes to provide. 




The Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of the day I had rued.


Stephen Mullock © Winter Hat