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Rainbow resort

Panorama of Rainbow Lodge with Alta Lake and Wedge & Blackcomb mountains in background.

Don MacLaurin

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  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 2013

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.

MacLaurin, Don

Alex on Blackcomb Mountain

Alex Philip on top of Blackcomb Mountain in snow. Inscription on verso: "Alex on top of Blackcomb Mt / 1940?"

Mammals of the Alta Lake Region of South-western British Columbia booklet

A booklet entitled "Mammals of the Alta Lake Region of South-western British Columbia" by Kenneth Racey and Ian McTaggart Cowan. The booklet is noted to be "reprinted without change of paging from the report of the Provincial Museum, 1935". Contains a description of the Alta Lake region including weather patterns, vegetation and the surrounding mountains. Provides descriptions of 1-2 paragraphs for each of the 42 mammals present in the Alta Lake region. Also includes five plates of black and white photographs of the landscape in the area.
Pictures are titled as following:
-"Looking south from Mount Overlord, Black Tusk at right, Mount Corrie and Cheakamus Glacier in centre."
-"Looking north from shoulder of Mount Overlord, peak of Overlord and Fitzsimmons Glacier at right, Mount Trorey at left - Hudsonian and Arctic Zones.
-"Nita Lake, altitude 2,100 feet - Canadian Zone coniferous forest".
-"Timber-line in Avalanche (Singing) Pass, looking north; Blackcomb Peak in background across Fitzsimmons Valley."
-"Cheakamus Lake and Glacier."
-"Cheakamus Canyon - Canadian Zone forest, western cedar and western hemlock predominating."
-"Devil's-club in Sitka spruce bottom-land - Canadian Zone."
-"Alta Creek and brushy meadow-land at north end of Alta Lake - brush is willow and red alder."
-"Alta Lake from the west, Wedge Mountain at extreme right."
-"Winter nest of Phenacomys olympicus."
-"Alpine meadow habitat of Phenacomys, Synaptomys, and Microtus richardsoni."

Blackcomb Mountain

Blackcomb Mountain & Wedge Mountain in summer, from across Alta Lake.

Varsity Outdoor Club Journals

Series consists of 6 photocopied pages from two separate volumes of The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal, published by the University of British Columbia. Both sets of photocopies include the title page of the journal, a black-and-white photograph, and articles.

  • Volume II (1959) includes a photograph of Mt. Logan from Hubbard-Donjek Neve and a letter from mountaineer Dr. Neal M. Carter recounting mountain-climbing expeditions and the naming of peaks in Garibaldi Park in the 1920s. The letter has an introduction written by Karl Ricker, the donor.

  • Volume VIII (1965) includes a photograph of Veeocee Mountain and Ubyssey Glacier, and an article by Neal M. Carter, “Some Notes on the Historical Background of the Alta Lake – Fitzsimmons Creek Area," recounting various alpine expeditions made in the area (primarily in the 1920s).

Varsity Outdoor Club, University of British Columbia

Negatives 090-126

Photographs of "SKI Whistler Mountain' brochures from Garibaldi Lifts Ltd., duty schedule, correspondence, beach volleyball on the mountain, Pat Carleton launching the first chair at the opening of Blackcomb Mountain, an excavator, portraits, village construction, Rob Boyd, Sid Young, and ski racing.

Brian Money Fonds

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  • Fonds
  • 1960-1990

The fonds contains a mixture of brochures and pamphlets related to Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, as well as ski magazines and guides.

Prints 051-058

Photographs of the cover of Skier's Magazine for September/October 1963 showing Willy Schaeffler and Franz Wilhelmsen at Whistler Mountain, the village during construction, Mayor Pat Carleton opening Blackcomb Mountain for business at 9am on Thursday, December 4, 1980 (He cut the ribbon attached to a chair on Lift #2 with a chainsaw), Pat Carleton giving the first chair of skiers on Blackcomb a push, Franz Wilhelmsen and Jim McConkey posing at Whistler Mountain with a few others, Late construction stages of Tyrol Lodge, and a kids ski camp on Whistler Mountain.

Glacier Research

Photographs from glacier research surveys of Horstman Glacier, Overlord Glacier, and Wedge Glacier between 1965 and 2020 documenting glacier recession.

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