Fonds MACLAURIN_2017_011 - Don MacLaurin Fonds

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Don MacLaurin Fonds

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MACLAURIN_2017_011

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  • 1929 - 2013 (Creation)
    Creator
    MacLaurin, Don

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3.84 meters of textual records
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digital records
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(1950-2007)

Biographical history

Don made substantial contributions to the development of Whistler for over 50 years and was truly part of the fabric of this town. Don first came to Whistler in 1951 and visited several more times while working for the BC Forest Service before deciding to buy land here for a summer cabin. In 1961 Don and his wife Isobel settled on a beautiful spot overlooking Alpha Lake, where their original (albeit, extended) A-frame cabin still sits today. Don and Isobel had three children.

Don, who later worked in education, teaching courses in forestry, recreation and parks management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), was a passionate outdoorsman. He strongly believed in the value of getting out into the mountains and was one of the first people to champion summer enjoyment of our alpine, creating trails on Whistler Mountain, Rainbow Mountain and all around the region.

He was also the driving force behind preserving Lost Lake as a park. The area was under timber licenses that were due to expire and a slew of developers were standing by, ready to build on the premiere lakeside property. Don saw the value of this area and with the help of his contacts in BC Parks, was instrumental in ensuring it was preserved as the park that we all enjoy today.

He also initiated and designed the Whistler Interpretive Forest; the suspension bridge over Cheakamus River is named “MacLaurin’s Crossing” after him.

Don was involved with the Whistler Rotary Club, and worked the Resort Municipality of Whistler. He was also involved in various forestry associations and organizations. These include the Canadian Institute of Forestry, British Columbia Foresters, and the Forest Nursery Association of British Columbia.

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Fonds contain the records of Don MacLaurin. MacLaurin was involved in the forestry industry of British Columbia, taught at BCIT, and was heavily involved with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. He was in several forestry associations, including the Canadian Institute of Forestry, British Columbia Foresters, and the Forest Nursery Association of British Columbia. MacLaurin created the Whistler Interpretive Forest. MacLaurin also completed assessments for private developers. Included in the fonds are his personal records.

Most of the records were created in the Whistler region.

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Good

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Some materials donated by AWARE Whistler and some donated by Isobel MacLaurin

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There is no series #18

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All inquiries regarding use, reproduction and publication should be addressed to museum staff.

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WA_2017_011

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RAD, July 2008 Version. Canadian Council of Archives.

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