Monday, November 10, 2014

Park Planning process underway

Pinecone Burke Park Management Planning
Early planning is underway for the park, comments until Nov 20, 2014, (extended to Nov. 30 ) online commenting or download a PDF and have Your say.
There will be more chances to comment as the process moves along.
This is a long overdue process for this park.

From the Georgia Straight:
 Future of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park hinges on plan expected in 2015
B.C. Parks accepting public input on development of draft management plan



Friday, August 23, 2013

Burke and Widgeon, a hiker's guide

A local hiker Lyle Litzenberger has recently published a book about Burke and Widgeon Creek areas.
Newspaper article:  Burke, by the book

      Burke and Widgeon   a hiker's guide
          Lyle Litzenberger
             pebblestone publishing 2013
                  ISBN  0981125808, 9780981125800

And a dedicated website for the book: BurkeandWidgeon
Buy the book information
Long overdue, I hope that this book is widely read and enjoyed.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mitchell B-25 crash in 1953

This plane looks nothing like these photos today.

Frank Goodship fonds. Item No. IHP9267-0710.  Date 1953.  b&w negative ; 6 x 6 cm. Photograph shows the remains of a Royal Canadian Air Force plane crashed against a mountain. Research indicates it was a Mitchell B-25 Mk 3PT Ex USAF B-25J-30/32-NC serial number 44-31346 that crashed at Widgeon Lake, near Pitt Lake.
Record ID 48255




Frank Goodship fonds. Item No. IHP9267-0712. Date 1953.  b&w negative ; 6 x 6 cm. Photograph of a Royal Canadian Air Force plane crashed against a mountain with helicopter 9606 hovering over it. Research indicates it was a Mitchell B-25 Mk 3PT Ex USAF B-25J-30/32-NC serial number 44-31346
Record ID 48257
Both photos from New Westminster Archives
I have created a PDF that contains many pictures, and the newspaper articles of the time about this tragic event. Download the 1130kb PDF, or view the file using the Google viewer.
Cheers

Monday, September 8, 2008

Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park

This blog was created for anybody interested in the Park, which is located in south-western portion of British Columbia, encompassing the western uplands of Pitt Lake, Upper Pitt River. Trail conditions, and maintenance schedules will be posted as time permits. I encourage all visitors, to post trail conditions here, it will help us to target the worst areas.
Burke Mountain Naturalist members, regularly organize walks, hikes throughout the area, check the schedule here
Maps and GPS coordinates, are a work in progress, stay tuned!
A pdf map of the lower park's trails, from the Province.
The City of Coquitlam has a mapping application called Qthemap (IE only!) which allows you to print off maps of the Coquitlam portions of the park, the hiking trail overlay in this application is very vague and poor.

South Slope and Sterling Loop trails


View South Slope-Sterling Loop trails in a larger map
LINK to map of the South Slope and Sterling Loop trails.

Crystal Falls


View Coquitlam River trail to Crystal Falls in a larger map
Coquitlam River from the northern end of Shaughnessy Street to Crystal Falls and beyond. LINK to map.

Maps of the area

Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book. )


Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009

Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002

Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002

Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003

New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009

New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003

Fifteenth annual walk on Burke Mountain

Fifteenth annual walk on Burke Mountain

Viewpoint under the Ruby-Meridian powerline

Viewpoint under the Ruby-Meridian powerline

viewpoint near Coho Creek

viewpoint near Coho Creek

Waterfall on Coho Creek

Waterfall on Coho Creek

Pacific Chorus frog

Pacific Chorus frog

Common Speedwell, Veronica officinalis

Common Speedwell, Veronica officinalis