Category: News & Events

May Community Advisory

Wasn’t May long weekend fantastic!!!!

Not to miss, special presentation this coming Saturday:  Grizzly Bear Research Management and Recovery

Join us for a fascinating talk by grizzly bear biologist Michael Proctor on Saturday May 25th- 7 pm at the Gold Bridge Community Club!
Michael has been studying wild grizzly bears for many years. He will discuss conservation problems and on-the-ground efforts to fix those problems.

His story should be entertaining and relevant for the conservation of grizzly bears in southwest BC Details here:

By the way we have Bear Spray available at the Haylmore Heritage Site.  Credit Cards accepted.  Safety use instructions available as well.

Senior’s Lunch….

The next Seniors Luncheon will be Sunday, May 26th at the Gold Bridge Community Club.  Thanks to Gold Bridge Community Club for

Putting this on.  Come on out and enjoy a free lunch.

Canada Day Celebration – Volunteers Needed!

Canada Day Parade and Celebration will be on this year!

We are looking for four volunteers:

-Parade Master Front End – organize entries and start

-Parade Master Back End – trouble shooting –directing parade

-Barbecue Meister – this year we have a new Party Barbecue so this will be quick & easy

-Barbecue Hander Outer

We cannot do this event without these four volunteers – they are short & you can still enjoy the event.

Current Contracts & Summer Jobs   ****We are still accepting Estimates/Quotes on this.   ***We are still looking for a contractor, sub contract in areas , i.e. electrical or plumbing, possible.     Summer job – 8 weeks.     Summer job – 8 weeks


Logging Update –Tyaughton Lake/Gun Creek Rd.  Click here:

Health Care Stuff:

Health Care Survey – Do you require a shot or injection regularly?

Dr. Humber is currently the only medical professional travelling to the area who has within their scope of practice the ability to give injections. Neither the public health nurse (here monthly) nor the Community Paramedic are able to give injections.  Therefore, we are doing a quick survey to see who in the area (full time, part-time, extended part-time) needs injections.  The survey is anonymous and will help determine if there is a need for injections to be added to someone’s scope of practice and/or other options.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

The Public Health Nurse will be in Gold Bridge on May 23rd.  Please call 1 855 656 4233 to make an appointment,


Tyax Logging Update

I am writing to inform everyone that Aspen Planers will be hauling through the Taylor FSR, past Tyax Lake until the end of May.

A land slide occurred last year at 98km on the Mud FSR.  The slide stabilized over the summer and we hoped to haul wood through the slide section this spring.  Just recently further signs of instability occurred and hauling through the slide is not safe for heavy traffic.  The route past Tyax Lake is our only option to transfer wood to our mill that was harvested over the winter. We are working on moving our logger to a different area so we can avoid hauling this route during the summer.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Please pass this information on to anyone that may be affected.

Thank-you for your understanding,
Bill Poppy,
Aspen Planers Ltd.
Lillooet Woodlands Division
Office  1-250-256-5216
Cell      1-250-256-9335


Logging Update

The following is an update for Aspen Planers harvesting activities in the Bridge River Valley heading into the May long weekend.

Logging and hauling will be primarily focused in the Marshall / Liza / Mud-Noaxe areas. Active harvesting and log hauling, up the 88.5km spur, up the Liza mainline as well on the 104km Noaxe spur. Road building and road upgrades in Bonanza over the next few months and we may start logging in Bonanza in the next few weeks.  We also have logging operations and log hauling up the LaRochelle road, access is just past the Yalakom River bridge on road 40.  Expect logging truck traffic Monday to Friday with the possibility of some minor weekend trucking.  Travel leaving Lillooet for Goldbridge in the late afternoon will reduce the amount of crew and log truck encounters.

There will be some road building and road upgrades on the Dale road (Gun Lake area) over the few weeks to access a new area that we may start logging later this fall.  Please be advised we will also be hauling a few loads of wood out of Dale road early next week. This is wood that is left over from the winter that we didn’t get out before the road restrictions came on. There should only be loads coming out Monday and Tuesday if everything goes well.

We will have planters in various locations, please respect their worksite. Drive slowly when traveling near them.


Darrell Coldwell

Planning Technician
Aspen Planers

Haylmore Heritage Site Opening Day


Behind the Gold – Norm Gronskei

Many of you knew Norm Gronskei.  If you didn’t know him here is a link to brief obit for him:

Norm was a story teller.  He kept a book in which he wrote down many interesting stories of his life and times in Pioneer and Bralorne.  In the last 10 years or so he published them in our local newsletter, the Mountain Telegraph.

Norm, his family and the entire community thought a book of his stories should be published.  But…it never quite happened. But it is now!!!  His family and the Bridge River Valley Community Association have come together and we are going to have a professionally published book done with the working title, “Behind the Gold” Norm Gronskei’s stories of Life in Pioneer and Bralorne .

Everybody is on board and has agreed, that once printed and being sold – 1/3 of the proceeds will go to The Mountain Telegraph and 2/3 will go to the Museum.  We know this is exactly what Norm would want.

It takes a bit of money and a lot of work to get a book professionally published.  Leaving aside the printing , publishing involves:

  • transcribe (some) And organize all of his stories (30-40)
  • find suitable photos to go with each story in the Museum
  • write a forward and perhaps a chapter on Norm
  • have the book cover designed
  • have the all the stories professionally edited (and the family will be very involved here to make sure Norm’s “voice” doesn’t change)
  • have the book typeset professionally
  • have the book indexed (so the reader can find names of people and places easily)

We are working with the publisher that helped us digitize and re-publish Bridge River Gold and she has given us a quote of approx.. $5,000.

Norm’s family is putting in $1,000 to start us off.     Can you help with a small donation?  We think you will agree that Norm’s stories will keep the legacy of Bralorne and Pioneer going forward for a long long time.

Here is one of Norm’s stories called First Class Living…. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

If you can help with a donation , a cheque can be made out to Bridge River Valley Community Association, General Delivery, Gold Bridge, BC V0K 1P0

You can also click here to  send a donation via Credit Card or Pay Pal

This is such a worthy project for all of us, we hope you will support it.  Our goal would be to have the book out next year.


Comunity Advisory April 4


Haylmore Heritage Site Assistant – Fun job!!!  Job sharing considered.

Maintenance Support Worker – Contract position with financial retainer    See this link:

3 Summer Jobs – 15 – 30 years, pays well above minimum wage,

Tyax Kitchen Positions, see details here:

Tyax Housekeeping Positions, see details here:


Community Resource Building –  Mechanical Room Construction

Bralorne Church – Repair Replacement of Front/Back porches 

Bralorne Church – Painting   

Bralorne Church – Preliminary Drainage Work


Health Care

Dr. Humber’s Next Visit

Dr. Humber’s next visit is Saturday April 20 and following that, May 18.  . Call the Lillooet Medical Clinic to make an appointment. 250-256-7505

Public Health Nurse Visit

The public health nurse will be in Gold Bridge Thursday April 25.  Phone toll free 1-855-656-4233, dial 0 and ask for Public Health to make an appointment.


Update on Logging in the Marshall/Liza Lake areas and the Mud-Noaxe Area:

We plan to start logging Blk 733-14 (M92) above Marshall Lake sometime in
April. We currently have operations up the Noaxe (104km spur). We will have
operations in Bonanza starting in May. We will have some hauling out of Liza
in early to mid-summer. Grading and minor road maintenance will be ongoing
between now and start-up of our operations. We are planning to work in
conjunction with Highways to apply dust control along the Mud M/L above
Marshall Lake.

Community Advisory Feb 28

Winterfest 2019

The Bridge River Valley Community Association would like to thank all the folks who came out on Feb 16th to make the 10th annual the best attended event yet.  And thank you to all the volunteers and donors who supported this great, local event!

The Public Health Nurse will be in Gold Bridge March 7th.    Please call 1-250-256-1314 to book an appointment.

Short-Term Rentals survey

SLRD Electoral Directors and Staff have been receiving an increasing number of complaints associated with illegal short-term nightly rentals.  Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey on short-term rentals in your area.

Summer Employment

Are you between 15 and 30? Great news, Canada Summer Jobs has removed the requirement to be returning to school full time in order to get one of our funded positions this summer. BRVCA and the Museum have applied for 3 positions.  Please e-mail the if you are interested.

Committee Treasurers 

Both the Bralorne Community Advisory Committee and the Gun Lake Boat Launch are currently looking for committee treasurers.  Volunteer time is about 1 hr/month plus meetings.  Keep in mind BRVCA has an overall Treasurer that looks after many of the functions financially.  Please have a read of the role description at the attached link – basically if you can use a spreadsheet and have some basic understanding of budgets, invoices,etc. you can fill this role.

Mountain Telegraph digital & print subscriptions

The digital edition is $45 for 10 editions (a year) and will be link protected. Each subscription will be able to sign up two email addresses.   A mailed print subscription will continue to be available at $70 for 10 editions (a year). The Mountain Telegraph is available for $4/edition at locations in the Valley and is also distributed at no charge to everyone who has a mail box in Gold Bridge.  Makes a great gift too!  Sign up and pay for your digital or print subscription here:

Winterfest Surplus

Stop by the Community Resource Building Mondays/Thursdays, we’ve got beer and spaghetti for sale!  Budweiser and Molson Canadian, prices vary.

Porta Pottie rentals

Need a porta pottie? We rent to personal (events/weddings) and commercial, long and short term. We have 2 and sometimes 3 available. Very special (cheap) rates for non-profit community uses!  Get in touch with us for complete information.

Curling Rock rental

The lakes are beautifully frozen for curling right now. Rent some rocks and have your own tournie!   See the details and book at the link.…/CURLINGROCKSETBOOKING

 Community Futures Wildfire Business Transition Program Business  

Community Futures is offering a Self-Directed Training Program intended to help businesses and not-for-profits (organizations) impacted by the 2017 wild fire season to identify their training needs and provide financial and advisory support to meet those needs.  This is free training for businesses impacted by the 2017 fires due to loss of access and  revenue and applies to Bridge River Valley businesses and organizations.

Application forms are available at    Or contact Laurie Rice at 250-255-2485 or call toll free at 1-855-782-5049 for more information

February Logging Update

Update: They will also be hauling out of Dale Road on West Gun Lake Rd and down Vanderburg Hill approx 6-8 trucks per day.

The following is an update of Aspen Planers harvesting activities in the Bridge River Valley heading into the February long weekend.

Our harvesting crews are located throughout the valley in the following locations:

Slim Creek FSR
Gun Lake Area (Dale Road)
Cadwallader / Kingdom Lake Road

Expect logging truck traffic Monday to Friday on Road 40 with the possibility of some minor weekend trucking.  Travel leaving Lillooet for Goldbridge later in the afternoon will reduce the amount of log truck encounters.

Logging trucks should not be hauling on Monday Feb 18 (Family Day).

Road building and harvesting activities are taking place above Gun Lake, up Dale Road and up the Slim Creek FSR in off the 8.5km spur.  All trails in these areas are closed until activities can be completed.

There is a parking area for snowmobilers on the Slim Creek FSR just past the 8.5km spur. However due to the log hauling on the Slim FSR, if you are going travel the road to the parking area during operating hours make sure you either have radio contact or follow a vehicle that has radio contact and make sure they are aware you are following them.

Harvesting activities and log hauling are taking place out the Cadwallader (Kingdom Lake FSR).

Please respect all signs and use caution in these areas and have a save and enjoyable long weekend



February Community Advisory

Winterfest celebration at Little Gun Lake – Saturday Feb 16th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Chances to win a flightseeing trip with Blackcomb Helicopter, draws start 11:30 a.m.

 Hockey & curling tournaments, great raffle prizes and concession stands by the Bridge River Valley ATV/Snowmobile Club and the BRVCA!  

 Sign up your hockey or curling team here:

 *We are looking for a staff person for a couple of hours to float/help with concession stand and one volunteer person to wear the new mascot costume (1 hr)!     Can you help?  


 70’s Disco Family Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday Feb 16th

 $15 Adults /  Kids 10 and under FREE

Get your tickets here! Information here:   (scroll down).

 Prizes for best costume and best group “stayin’ alive” dance, silent auction.

This is a volunteer run benefit for the Bralorne Pioneer Museum.  

And you don’t have to cook !!!!


Training Survey for 2019 programs

The Valley Wide Training Initiative Committee is seeking feedback for the 2019 Training Program prior to pursuing further information, quotes and funding.
Thank you for taking part in this survey and supporting the training provided in the past. Survey link here:


 Senior’s Lunch Sunday February 24th

The funding has ended for this great program, don’t miss the last lunch at the Gold Bridge Community Club.


The BRVCA is hiring!

Are you between the ages of 15 and 30 or know someone who is? Canada Summer Jobs has removed the requirement to be returning to school full time in order to get one of our funded positions this summer. BRVCA and the Museum have applied for 3 positions, if you think you might be interested in working this summer between May long weekend and the end of August, send us an email:

Oct 18 Community Advisory

Senior’s Lunch Sunday Oct 21st at the Gold Bridge Community Club

Come on out and enjoy a free lunch, Hot Turkey Sandwiches, and good company!


NEWLY RE-PUBLISHED!  BRIDGE RIVER GOLD- Just in time for gift giving!

Special Pre-sale Price of $20 ends October 26. 

Purchase here:   You will be given option to pay using PayPal or “other” (credit card).  A PAY PAL account is not needed to do this.

There are two choices :

Pick-up –  pre-purchased books will be available at the Community Resource Building in Gold Bridge after October 30 on Mondays & Thursdays or other special arrangements can be made.  Price $20 per copy.

Mailed copies (single) – these will be going out, all things going well on October 29.   Mailing addresses will be confirmed upon payment. The shipping price for the book is the $20 presale plus $15 postage.

If you have previously contacted us, we will be in touch with you!   If you want to pay by other means, order more than one copy, please email or PM them on Facebook.   Support our museum, it is amazing!

 2019 Bridge River Valley Calendar

The second printing of the 2019 calendar has arrived. You can order on-line at

 Remembrance Day Nov 11th &  Wreath Sponsorship

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at the Gold Bridge Cemetery at 10:45 am followed by a tea luncheon at the Gold Bridge Hotel.  The BRVCA is offering wreath sponsorship again this year- Sm wreath $40.00 , Lg wreath $70.00   Please contact if you would like to sponsor a wreath.