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What is going on with the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum?

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What is going on with the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum?

In July 2017, The Bridge River Valley Community Association purchased the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Motel (nee Office) with the intention of relocating the Bralorne Pioneer Museum into the building.

It is the intent of the Bridge River Valley Community Association in partnership with the Bralorne Pioneer Museum Society to create a space for the Museum that will become an attraction for visitors and a place to celebrate the area’s rich heritage.

The Bralorne Pioneer Mines Motel, first opened in 1939 and was the site of the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office. Now that the building has been purchased, the next step will be to renovate a significant portion of the building to become the new home of the Bralorne Pioneer Museum, which was established in 1977.

The remainder of the building will be activated for purposes of revenue generation, including long and short term rentals of both office space and residential, a gift shop and coffee shop. The revenue streams will create new professional jobs in the community and will also help to ensure the ongoing maintenance of an important heritage building.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of many funders including; The Government of Canada – Gas Tax Fund – Community Works Fund program, the Province of BC and the BC Museums Association – BC| Canada 150: Celebrating B.C Communities and their Contribution to Canada program, the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum Society, Northern Development Initiative Trust – Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program , the Squamish- Lillooet Regional District – Northern Payment In Lieu of taxes fund, as well as several private funders.
The Bridge River Valley Community Association sincerely appreciates the support and we are thankful to our funders who are making this project a reality.

Project Background

In 2010, the Bridge River Valley Community Association conducted a building assessment and cost analysis of the Bralorne Pioneer Museum’s existing location.  The structure, which had housed the museum since the 1980’s was constructed in the 1950’s as a temporary class room for the Bralorne High School’s Industrial Arts programme. The 2010 report advised the Museum Society not to renovate the museum’s existing building due to advanced structural damage. The report concluded that the best course of action would be either to construct a new building on the existing site or find a suitable building in Bralorne in which to relocate the museum. The community determined that constructing a new building on the existing location would be cost prohibitive.

By 2014, the Museum building had deteriorated to the point that the most vulnerable items in the collection had to be moved to a temporary leased location to ensure protection from environmental damage.

During this time, the community identified the possibility of relocating to the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office (Motel) as the most beneficial solution. It is the only building in the Bralorne townsite both large enough and in reasonable enough condition to occupy.  The building is prominently located in the centre of Bralorne and has been well cared for since it became privately held in the 1970s when the mine closed.

Further, the building served as the Mines office from 1939- 1971 and carries historic significance to the community. Coincidentally, the Mines Office building was the original home of the museum when it first opened its doors in 1977. However the museum had to be relocated when the office came under new ownership in the 1980s.

Through this project, the Museum will come full-circle and return to its original home, while providing other economic opportunities for the community and a self-sustaining revenue source to maintain the building.

Bridge River Valley Community Association
(250)238-2534
104 Haylmore Ave., Gold Bridge, BC
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bridgerivervalley@gmail.com
www.bridgerivervalley.ca

Community Advisory August 28

What a week for events and important meetings!

 Our Neighborhoods – Our Forests – Meeting – August 30

FREE:  Aspen Planers Forest Stewardship Plan Presentation:  August 30   10-Noon, Gold Bridge Community Club    This is the only legislated opportunity for input into logging in the area….don’t wait until they are planning logging in your backyard.

More info at the link

Golf Tournament – Gold Bridge Community Club – Saturday, September 2 – starting 9 am

More info here

End of Summer Fun Day!   Haylmore Heritage Site – Saturday, September 2 – 12-4.     Bike ladder/teeter totters, bouncy toy, corn, ice cream, face painting and more.

More info here

Museum Day – September 8 – Come find out the exciting progress the Museum is making?  Do you have a history in the Valley, we need your help identifying people, places things in pictures.

FREE:    Info at this link

Meetings   

Gun Lake Boat Launch Committee – Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM, Community Resource Building (Toll Free Teleconference Available)  Open to new members.

Heritage Committee – Monday, September 11 at 6:30 PM Community Resource Building (Toll Free Teleconference Available) Open to new members.

Gun Lake Ratepayer’s Assoc.  – Sunday, September 3, 9 am , Gold Bridge Community Club  Open to new members, must be a property owner or relative on Gun Lake/LaJoieLake

Rentals

We are looking for information if you are renting your house – short term or monthly.  We will advertise and pass on to those asking.

We hope you will get out and be part of this great community!

 

Community Advisory – August 17

EVENTS

 Bear Weekend – this weekend – August 19 and 20

FREE:  Bear Awareness Course, Saturday 19, 9 am to Noon, Gold Bridge Community Club  Preregister at the link:    https://www.cognitoforms.com/BridgeRiverValleyCommunityAssociation/_2017BearAwarenessInCommunities

FREE:  Kid’s Bear Hands On Awareness Presentation, Saturday 19, 2 pm to 3 pm, Haylmore Heritage Site (suitable for 4-12)

FREE:  Bear Spray Training, Sunday 20, 12-4, Haylmore Heritage Site – DROP IN and we’ll do the training!

DONATIONS will be welcome and will  go to furthering our BEAR AWARENESS activities.

Both Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 at the Haylmore Heritage site we will have Bear Awareness information, displays,

Various kids & adult BEAR books (for sale) and BEAR SPRAY (for sale)….along with some very special treats.

Meet your MP (Member of Parliament) – Jati Sidhu – Thursday, August 24

FREE:   Info at the link:   http://brvca.ca/meet-your-mp/

Our Neighborhoods – Our Forests – Meeting – August 30

FREE:  Aspen Planers Forest Stewardship Plan Presentation:  August 30   10-Noon, Gold Bridge Community Club      More info at the link:  http://brvca.ca/867/

Museum Day – September 8 – Come find out the exciting progress the Museum is making?  Do you have a history in the Valley, we need your help identifying people, places things in pictures.

FREE:    Info at the Link: http://brvca.ca/museum-day/

Job Opportunities and Contracts

Private Residence Caretaker:    http://brvca.ca/private-residence-caretaker/

Musicians for Small Venues – Piano/Acoustic, paid or volunteer   https://www.facebook.com/BRVCA/photos/a.1426383537584394.1073741828.1423222031233878/2010312465858162/?type=3&theater

Forester, Forest Tech or Senior Forestry Student:    http://brvca.ca/contract-forestry-plan-review/

Bralorne Recreation Area Coordinator:  http://brvca.ca/bralorne-recreation-area-coordinator/

Meetings   All meetings are open to new members.

BRV Grizzly Bear Working Group – Friday, August 18 at 3pm, Community Resource Building

Heritage Committee – Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 PM Community Resource Building (Toll Free Teleconference Available)

Gun Lake Boat Launch Committee – Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM, Community Resource Building (Toll Free Teleconference Available)

Rentals

We are looking for information if you are renting your house – short term or monthly.  We will advertise and pass on to those asking.

We invite you to join us for a special announcement on Saturday, August 26 at 1pm at the Historic Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building (previously Motel).

Meet your MP

Come meet your Member of Parliament Jati Sidhu.  This is a rare opportunity to communicate your issues as a resident of the Valley on the federal level.

His riding is HUGE and we are very pleased he is coming to spend the day in the Valley.

MP

Museum Day

Please join us on September 8 to learn all about the exciting progress with the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum.

 

The museum really need your help if you have a history in the area as we are trying to identify people, places, timelines of photographs they have in the collection that have no identifying information.

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Community Advisory – August

Hi everyone, hope you had a great August long weekend despite the smoke and no ORV’s.  Here is some information on what’s coming up!   Do you have a house/apartment/room rental, can you please let us know, we have people looking!

Bear Weekend – August 19 and 20

FREE:  Bear Awareness Course, Saturday 19, 9 am to Noon, Gold Bridge Community Club  Preregister at the link:   https://www.cognitoforms.com/BridgeRiverValleyCommunityAssociation/_2017BearAwarenessInCommunities

FREE:  Kid’s Bear Hands On Awareness Presentation, Saturday 19, 2 pm to 3 pm, Haylmore Heritage Site (suitable for 4-12)

FREE:  Bear Spray Training, Sunday 20, 12-4, Haylmore Heritage Site – DROP IN and we’ll do the training!

DONATIONS will be welcome and will  go to furthering our BEAR AWARENESS activities.

Both Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 at the Haylmore Heritage site we will have Bear Awareness information, displays,

Various kids & adult BEAR books (for sale) and BEAR SPRAY (for sale)….along with some very special treats.

Job Opportunities

Private Residence Caretaker:   http://brvca.ca/private-residence-caretaker/

SLRD Transfer Station:    http://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/contracting-opportunities/gold-bridge-transfer-station-attendant-part-time-contract

Our Neighborhoods – Our Forests – Meeting – August 30

Aspen Planers Forest Stewardship Plan Presentation:  August 30   10-Noon, Gold Bridge Community Club      More info at the link: http://brvca.ca/867/

 

Forest Stewardship Review

OurNeighborhoods-OurForestsAspen Planers Ltd replacement forest stewardship plan (FSP) for the Lillooet Timber Supply Area is available for public review and comment between August 2nd and October 3rd, 2017.

Aspen Planers will be doing a special meeting here on Wednesday August 30, 10am at the Gold Bridge Community Club where they will review the DRAFT plan in detail and answer questions.

You can provide input at that time or you can make it with one of the following methods:

Written comments may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Brent Turmel, R.P.F,

Planning Forester, Aspen Planers Ltd, PO Box 160, Merritt B.C. V1K 1B8,

Tel: 250 315-4218; Fax: 250 315-4239. Email: BrentTurmel@apgroup.ca

Written comments may also be submitted in person to the address above.

The FSP outlines the results, strategies or measures that Aspen Planers must achieve in order to be consistent with government objectives for forest values including: timber, biodiversity, cultural heritage resources, visual quality and recreation resources.

This plan is publicly available for review and for written comment. Those wishing to review this plan may do so by appointment, during normal working hours at the Lillooet Woodlands office located at 530 Main Street, Lillooet BC, as well as the Merritt Woodlands office at 1375 Houston Street, Merritt, BC. To make an appointment to review the plan, please telephone (250) 315-4250 or (250) 315-4218.

Alternately, the plan can be viewed online at: http://aspenplaners.ca/resources/

July Community Advisory

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Wow, what a great Canada Day weekend we had with huge successes at our Canada Day Parade and Event and also at the Bralorne Ball Tournament!  Thank you everyone for coming out and celebrating!

Bralorne Walking Tour – Thursday, July 6, 6-8 pm

This is our first effort at a walking tour.  If you know something about Bralorne, come on along!  If you want to learn something come too!  Meet at the Bralorne Church.  You need to preregister at bridgerivervalley@gmail.com.   Bring $20 to help pay our guides.

Historic Places Day – Saturday, July 8 

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has a great deal of history and heritage.  Join us Saturday to learn a little more about it and enter to win $1500.

We will have butter, pecan tarts, lemonade and iced tea.

Bralorne Church – will have tours from 12-4

Haylmore Heritage Site – is open 10-4 and will have tours 12-4

Bralorne Pioneer Museum – is open 10-4

Donations will be welcome at all three locations.

Here is how you win the $1500:  http://www.historicplacesday.ca/contest-2/

Community Banner Painting and Market Day – Haylmore Heritage Site – Sunday 10-1

MARKET DAY AND COMMUNITY BANNER PAINTING, Sunday July 9th! Theme: “#BRVLOVE

Bring your wares and set up a table–produce, baking, attic treasures? Pick up a brush to add your mark, and help create a community banner celebrating what we love about living in the Bridge River Valley! Hang out with the people in your neighbourhood and enjoy the sunshine!

Introduction to GPS Course – Saturday, July 15  9 am to 4:30 pm

In this course you will learn the basics of how GPS works, GPS device settings, how to extract and download data from and to GPS devices and how to use a GPS device. A survey will be sent out to the registered participants to see what they would like in the workshop so the course can be tailored to the requests also.

You need to Pre-Register.  Register at this link (includes course details):    https://www.cognitoforms.com/BridgeRiverValleyCommunityAssociation/_2017IntroductionToGPS

 

Canada Day

This year’s Canada Day celebration is in honor of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our celebration will be bigger and better than ever!

Enter the parade at 11:30 pm, followed by a multi-cultural food tasting, fun Canada games and a huge bouncy toy for the kids!

Hot dogs and cake too!  Many many prizes.  AND its all FREE!

Just one week to go! We thought you all would want to see the fund-raising raffles and awesome prizes coming up for the Bralorne Ball Tourney next weekend: 
50/50 DRAWS – one per day – $2 for 1, $5 for 3, $7 for 5
50/50 RAFFLES – keep your 50/50 tickets, don’t lose ‘em! At the end of the tourney each ticket is good for minimum 20 more draws for most excellent prizes – like $140 Earls Card, A/C Cards, Animal Barn, LoveNest, Blacks Hotwheels, Meadows Golf, Rona Cards, Lordco Cards, Barn Nork, and the list goes on and on…
GUMBALL GUESS – $5 gets you a guess at how many gumballs – closest guess wins one of the packages below – 2 containers of gumballs to guess at, 2 packages to win:
1. Big Sky Golf for 4 + $100 Pony Card
2. Two Night stay Bralorne Adventure Lodge + $100 Nesters Grocery + $50 Nesters Liquor Store + $50 SMD Automotive
TEXAS MICKEY DRAWS $5 – four in total – 4 flats Canadian, 1 Smirnoff, 1 Bacardi, 2 fireball
HOMERUN CONTEST – $10 Entry – ladies Saturday, guys Sunday – winner gets half the pot

Canada Day 2017

 

 

Bralorne Mine Update

Representatives from Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd, the current owners of Bralorne Gold Mines met Thursday, April 13 with the BRVCA Economic Development Committee and then later with the Bralorne Advisory Committee and other community members.

The representatives were:  David Wolfin, the CEO , Fred Svienson, Consulting Mining Engineer and Charles Daly, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. Also in attendance were Cliff Casper, Councilor from Tsal’álh and Rod Louie, St’at’imc Eco-Resources.

A presentation was provided with a very recent update, indicating the plan is for the mine to operate at capacity in approximately 1 year.

Recent issues with the main portal has caused a rethinking of the original plan which was to be operational by this year in/around July.

Click to view the Presentation

Many community issues were discussed including how to address housing, how and where the employment will come from, and the need to ensure at least part of the employee base are resident in the upper Bridge River Valley and are families.

A number of follow up actions will be taken.  Rod Louie and Charles Daly will join the Economic Development Committee to ensure we have strong two way communication and understanding.

“This meeting left me with a strong understanding of the approach and plan of Avino Silver & Gold and a much higher degree of confidence of when and how the mine will be fully operational again.  It is very positive for this area and I look forward to working with Avino going forward”

Says Jennifer Keir, Chair, BRVCA Economic Development Committee.

We will keep the community informed as this moves along.  Avino Silver & Gold Mines were very impressed with our Live Where you Play strategy. For more information on why you should live here, check out www.liveplay.ca

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