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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


Community Advisory – April 2017


What a great place to live and work.  Find out why!

Career Opportunities –  Bralorne Gold Mine

Environmental Coordinator, Lead Electrician and Apprentice Electrician

Jobs and Contracts

Summer Student Jobs – Bridge River Valley Community Association

We have 3 jobs available subject to funding.

Haylmore Heritage Assistant – Bridge River Valley Community Association

This is a part time, job share position.

Economic Development Assistant – Economic Development Committee (BRVCA)

This is a time limited position with 240 hours starting asap.

Bralorne Ball Tournament Contracts – Bralorne Community Advisory Committee (BRVCA)

Coordinator and Food Service

On Call Handyman – Bridge River Valley Community Association

Various jobs including carpentry and some mechanical.

April 25th  – Heritage Meeting

6:30-8:30 Pm – New Museum in Bralorne. Toll free phone-in available

April 29th  – Civic Information Fair at GBCC

The Bridge River Valley Community Association is holding a Civic Information Fair on  Saturday April 29th at the

Gold Bridge Community Club from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.   This is a really great opportunity to get to know the

“people in your neighbourhood” and find out just about everything that is happening in our region for 2017.

A complimentary sandwich buffet will be available from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm and you can enter to win some

awesome door prizes too!


Dec Community Advisory

Order of Good Cheer Fair – Sunday, December 4
Presented by: The Rock Wall Artisan’s Gallery.  The Order of Good Cheer! The Winter Fair starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 4 at the Gold Bridge Community Club. Shop at the Fair! Enjoy the company of our community and the cheer and hot chocolate by the fire! Bring a dish for the Pot Luck Supper and stay for the premiere community showing of Hadwin’s Judgement!

Bridge River Valley Christmas Gifts – Order Online
If you can’t be in the Valley for the Fair, we do have some online opportunities!
Check out:

Also, for wild crafted products, our own Raven Wood Healing Arts at

Turkey Bingo
Presented by: The Gold Bridge Community Club
Sunday Dec 11th at  the Gold Bridge Community Club.
Bake sale 11:00 am
Bingo   12:00 pm
Baking donations greatly appreciated
Come win your Christmas Turkey !

Presented by:  Gold Bridge Community School
Concert at 5:30 pm sharp and a
Turkey Dinner at 6:30 pm at the
There will be carol singing and a visit from
Santa too ! Bring along your favourite side
dish or dessert.

Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa 30th Anniversary and Christmas  Holiday Dinner, you will need to RSVP by December 5.
December 23, 2016 , 5 pm to 10 pm.
Start with drinks/appies at the bar from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Family style dinner presented at 7 pm.
Cost $35/per person, one glass of wine included with dinner
RSVP to Elyse at or (250)238-2223 Ext.224

Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa is looking for a local to join our Maintenance department!
Full time, year round position. Must have mechanical knowledge, and 5-10 years previous work experience in a similar capacity. Daily lunch provided on scheduled working days.
Please indicate your interest along with a resume to Pat Dahle at

Bralorne Brainstorm


The Economic Development Committee of the Bridge River Valley Community Association would like to invite you to a brainstorming session on July 8th from 4 to 6  p.m. at Bralorne Church Hall (basement) . We are looking for your ideas for a campaign to promote Bralorne as the ideal place for those considering a move from the Lower Mainland.

We think our target audience is young Millennials and young families with portable businesses who want a lifestyle that includes access to incredible outdoor activities, a supportive community and affordable real estate.  The Gold Bridge Community School is a great asset and with the planned upgrades to internet service, entrepreneurs who require speed and bandwidth should be able to conduct business here.

A few early ideas include having a presence at the Vancouver Craft Beer Week, a campaign in the Georgia Straight (print and digital) or a social media campaign.  We also need to consider how to create opportunities for interested and qualified individuals to come here and see what we have to offer.

Please join us and share your ideas.  Refreshments will be served.

Bralorne Ball Tourney

Ball Tourney

Canada Day

The parade is back on July 1.  Join in the fun in Gold Bridge and help celebrate Canada!

June Community Advisory


June 5th, 2016 9-1 at the Gold Bridge Community Club. This presentation is of vital importance to those working or recreating in the back-country around here. Sue Senger has a huge working knowledge of the area and its bears and this 1/2 day presentation will be very useful. The course is free to local residents and we encourage you to attend. Not suitable for youth, some graphic content. Thanks to Tyax Adventures and the Valley Wide Training Initiative (SLRD Area A Select Funds)for sponsoring this session! Sign up now!


Once again this year, there will be a Canada Day parade and celebration in Gold Bridge.  Please think about entering just about anything in the parade.
Details will follow


The Bralorne-Pioneer Museum is a charitable organization which issues tax receipts.   They are participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
Every dollar donated between today, June 1 and June 30, enters the Museum in the chance to win $10,000.  Please give what you can and help
us revitalize this precious receptacle of our community’s history and get a tax receipt!

Click here to make a donation:

Carpenter Reservoir Revegetation Tour

Thursday, June 9 , Noon to 1 pm, Gun Creek Campground
Click Here for complete information:


Please make plans to attend one of the two public consultations in Bralorne or Gold Bridge, June 12.
There is also an alternate method to participate, information at the link:


May Community Advisory

Log Hauling to Commence from Bralorne Area – May 11

Information at this Link:

Public Hearing for Tyax Wilderness Resort “Heli-House” Rezoning – May 19

Information at this link:

Fire Service Meetings – June 12

Very important meeting to attend. If you cannot attend, there is an alternate way to provide input.
Complete information at the link:

Special Events

to mark the opening of the Haylmore Heritage Site and Rock Wall Gallery – May Long Weekend
Super fun weekend planned. Looking for Artisans. Dance. See the link:

FireSmart your Property

We have all watched, and opening our hearts and wallets to the Ft. MacMurray residents.
There are things you can do to reduce the chances of losing your home in a Wildfire Interface Fire.
This link has a whole manual on how to FireSmart your Property:

Need more information on anything? Call us (250)238-2534 or email Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10-4.
As of May long weekend the Tourism Information Booth at the Haylmore Heritage Site will be open 5 days a week (closed Tues/Wed).

Rock Wall Gallery

Rock Wall Reopens!

The Rock Wall Gallery will open on the long weekend, Saturday May 21.   We look  forward  to seeing  lots  of  visitors  to the historic  Haylmore  site.    If  you haven’t been to see the refurbished stage and solar installation, please come to have a look, and enjoy the new creations from our local artisans.

The Gallery will be open
Thursday through Monday each week, 10 am to 4 pm.

We are looking for Gallery members!
If you are interested in joining the Gallery, please look for information and applications  in community sites.   You  can also  download  an application  at our website:

See you at the Full Moon Dance and Pot Luck Supper on May 21! Bring your pot luck dish, instruments and dancin’ shoes.

Don’t forget to come on Sunday May 22 for the Farmer’s Market and Rhubarb Bake-Off!

Full Moon Dance Rhubarb Bake Off

Fire Services Review

Dear residents and property-owners of Bralorne, Gun Lake and Seton,

Please earmark the weekend of June 11 and 12.

The SLRD will be hosting several community meetings, in Seton and Gold Bridge, to provide updates about the Fire Services Review.

The Fire Services Review was finalized in 2013, and we will update you on the work done to begin implementing some of the recommendations made in the Review.

The SLRD’s Emergency Manager will outline various options for the potential restructuring of each community’s volunteer fire departments and protective services, based on the recommendations received in the Fire Services Review.

If you’re unable to attend, or don’t plan on being in the region on that weekend, we will record the meetings, and post the presentation and recording to our website, so you can fill out the survey and provide your feedback on your preferred approach moving forward.

This is an important topic for all of our communities and we hope you will be able to attend, and provide your input on the future of your local fire service.

More background information about the Fire Services Review meeting can be found here The entire report (which reviewed the Fire Services throughout the entire SLRD region, from Britannia Beach to Gun Lake) is also available on our website

We will be taking ads out in the local papers, as reminders, but please make a note of the dates below:

Seton Valley VFD
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Seton Fire Hall

Bralorne VFD
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Bralorne Firehall

Gun Lake Fire Protection Society
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Gold Bridge Community Club


Lisa Richardson
Contract Communications Coordinator
P: 604-894-6371
F: 604-894-6526