Belcarra South Preservation Society

ATTENTION: Metro Vancouver is hosting two upcoming public engagement events in the picnic area of Belcarra Regional Park on Thursday, July 14 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. The purpose of this public outreach is "to gather input on future programming and development" in the Belcarra South area of the Park where we reside. We encourage Belcarra South Preservation Society supporters to visit the Park on either of those dates and/or to complete their online questionnaire, available July 7-24, 2016.

Introduction

With two distinctly different recreational sites - Sasamat Lake and the Belcarra Park Picnic Area on Indian Arm - Belcarra Regional Park is one of Metro Vancouver's most beautiful parks. It is well-served by trails to Jug Island, Bedwell Bay, Sasamat Lake, Admiralty Point and Burns Point.

Belcarra South lies within Belcarra Regional Park boundaries and commonly refers to the area that extends south along the waterfront from the Belcarra Park Picnic Area. Lining the foreshore are seven cottages and a two-storey heritage home - the Bole House. A gravel road turns off Tum-tumay-whueton Drive, providing access to the property. The name Belcarra South is a bit of a misnomer since only the first cottage south of the picnic area lies within the borders of the Village of Belcarra; the remaining six cottages and the Bole House fall within the jurisdiction of the City of Port Moody following its acquisition of Electoral Area B in 1988.

Those of us who live in Belcarra South know how fortunate we are to reside in this forested, seaside haven where Indian Arm branches north off Burrard Inlet and within view of the bustling cities of Burnaby, North Vancouver and Vancouver. Living in what were formerly summer cottages and the Bole House - all dating back to the early part of the 20th century - we provide unofficial stewardship of this part of the park. We recognize it is both a responsibility and a privilege to be the eyes and ears on Belcarra South and adjacent waters.

Unfortunately, the future of the cottages is not secure and Metro Vancouver's plan to demolish them is a very real and immediate concern.



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