Earl Leslie MacLeod was the first pilot to land an aircraft in Alta Lake (in what is now Whistler) on August 31, 1922. He was born in Sumas, BC on July 5, 1894 and grew up in Chilliwack, BC. For a short time, he was a public school teacher in Vancouver and in the Fraser Valley. He served with the British Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War. After the war, he returned to Chilliwack and became a farmer. In 1920, he became a member of the Air Board in Canada, and continued to work in many types of flying activities through the 1920s and 1930s. In 1922, when he made the first flight to Alta Lake, he was an air pilot navigator and senior air officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). On December 29, 1930, he married Flora Mackechnie of Vancouver in Toronto, ON. Earl and Flora had three children: John MacLeod (born about 1932); Robert MacLeod (born about 1934); and Flora Margaret MacLeod (born about 1937). Earl served in World War II in Canada, England, and on the Pacific Coast of Canada. He retired in September 1944 and became a Progressive Conservative candidate in federal politics, although he was defeated in the 1945 election. He passed away on May 19, 1987 in Sardis, BC at age 92. Inside the Chilliwack Airport, there is a memorial to Air Commodore Earl Leslie MacLeod (1894-1987), who commanded RCAF Station Jericho Beach.