Proposed development raises ire of environmentalists and local snowmobilers, but others say new source of jobs would be welcome

(Source: Globe and Mail)

An unlikely umbrella organization of 42 businesses and groups, binding together snowmobilers and dirt bikers with environmentalists, store owners and fishing enthusiasts, has been set up in opposition to a proposed four-season resort development just north of Squamish, B.C.

On the other side are the supporters of the Garibaldi at Squamish resort plan, including the local chamber of commerce, real estate developers and construction firms who say that without it, the town of 15,000 will turn into a commuter satellite of Vancouver.

Brohm Ridge, the proposed location of the resort, juts out like a shoulder from Mount Garibaldi, the spectacular peak north of Squamish. Wildflowers and clear creeks dominate the proposed village site, 1,100 metres up the mountain.

The ridge has million-dollar views of surrounding ranges and glaciers, with the long fjord of Howe Sound stretching into the distant Pacific toward Vancouver, 65 kilometres to the south.

Read Cathryn Atkinson’s full article “Opposition mounts to resort near Squamish” in the Globe and Mail (July 28, 2009).

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