Somehow, a conversation with a friend turned toward Eastern Canada ski hills and Quebec’s most-famous mountain, Mont-Tremblant. “It’s like Quebec’s Whistler!” he may have said—or words to that effect. So I got curious: how did the mountain stack up against Whistler, or Silver Star, the mountain near to my hometown and where I would pay $5 for night skiing and another $5 for rentals.*
It turns out, it’s a wee bump, with a skiable area of about 250 hectares. Whistler and Silver Star each have about six times the skiable area, Wikipedia tells me. I’m not a huge skier though last weekend we did go to Harper Mountain, a secondary hill near Kamloops where everything—from the prices to the elevation—is smaller than the big resorts. It’s my type of place, where the kids can faceplant while riding the T-bar (and where their dad can do the same).
*Grace’s editing reply was “yeah okay in like 1952.” No Grace. This was this millennia, in 2002 or so. You were probably even born by then.
Hope and Pride
This June, Hope will raise the Pride Flag at its municipal hall. 📷 Trina Barnes/Shutterstock/lazyllama; Illustration: Tyler Olsen
Megan te Boekhorst made it (relatively) easy for Hope council to say ‘yes.’ And they did.
A year after Hope’s politicians denied the request of te Boekhorst and the Hope Pride Committee to raise the rainbow flag, they gave the thumbs up to a slightly different request that will have the same end result: the raising of a Pride Flag outside of Hope’s municipal hall in June.
But Hope Pride’s considerable victory last week did not come without angst—or confrontation.
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The Nooksack River spilled some of its water toward Canada, but quickly receded before it could significantly impact communities to its north. 📷 US Geologic Service
Nooksack overflow causes only minor flooding.
Torrential rains prompted a flood warning for the Sumas River and caused some localized issues, but the weekend’s storm didn’t do any serious damage.
More rain fell than had been expected in the Nooksack River’s watershed, prompting warnings on Sunday that the river could spill its banks and impact Canada. The river did rise quickly, entering its ‘minor’ flood stage and spilling water into the drainage of the Sumas River. But the scale of the overflow and duration of flooding was only a fraction of that which occurred in 2021. (You can see a graph of the river level here.)
The Sumas rose high enough to flood some low-lying areas. The city closed Willband Creek, MacDonald, and Haugen parks. Clayburn and Bateman Roads were also closed due to low-level flooding. But the water is expected to recede without any significant damage. A flood watch remains in place. Notably, the City of Abbotsford was able to keep the floodgates at Barrowtown Pump Station open, allowing water to drain into the Fraser. (We have covered that complex situation in multiple stories, most recently here.)
The City of Sumas, which has previously taken significant damage during flood events that have barely impacted Canada, also escaped major impacts.
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