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Burrows, Paul

  • CA-BC-BP013
  • Person
  • fl. 1960-2018

Paul D. Burrows first arrived in Canada from England in 1960 and came to Alta Lake by train in 1965 to ski. He worked as Ski Patrol for a season in 1966 and later on the Pro Patrol, all the while squatting in a rented trailer. After leaving Whistler for Vancouver and working in the printing business, he returned when his wife Jane received a teaching position in Pemberton. Burrows resumed his job as a ski patroller on Whistler Mountain while also working construction. He was active in the community, belonging to the Rotary Club, the Museum Board, and the Alta Lake District Ratepayers Association (president 1972/73), making an unsuccessful run for mayor in 1975, and serving as alderman in the 1980s. He and Jane were the original co-publishers of the Whistler Question (beginning 1976). In 1977 he was named Citizen of the Year. Paul and Jane continued to reside in their Alpine A-Frame until 2000.