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Wed., March 21, 2012, 1:27 p.m.

BC approves controversial Jumbo Glacier Resort in Purcell Mountains

Bagging two hikes in one day up the Glacier Creek Road in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia might leave you hiking down from Jumbo Pass as the sun sets behind the area's glacier-studded peaks.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Bagging two hikes in one day up the Glacier Creek Road in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia might leave you hiking down from Jumbo Pass as the sun sets behind the area's glacier-studded peaks. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS -- British Columbia Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson has announced his approval of controversial private-company plans to build the $900-million Jumbo Glacier Resort in the Purcell Mountains near Invermere.

The area is considered a pristine conservancy important to grizzly bears and backcountry recreation.

According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, opponents say they have not given up the fight to block the building of the luxury all-season resort that will have two hotels and 1,360 residential units with 6,250 beds.

Here's the Calgary Herald report:

B.C. approves controversial Jumbo Glacier ski resort:
$1B proposal has divided Kootenay region residents for decades

Here's the CBC News report on the decision.

See my story and photos about hiking in the area, which is featured in my guidebook, 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.


 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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