Grouse Mountain Resort will be undergoing a sewage and power upgrade that will replace aging infrastructure and improve the efficiency of facilities on the Mountain.
The project involves the excavation, earthworks and installation of one 200mm sanitary sewer and one 25KV power feed from the top of Skyline Drive in North Vancouver climbing approximately 2300m and connecting to Grouse Mountain Resort.
Access to the work site will be from two fronts. The first being the top of Skyline Drive, the second being from the top of Mountain Highway via the Mountain Highway access road. Material deliveries along with crew and equipment will utilise both access points with no impact to traffic.
The first phase of the project will be kicking off on February 13th, 2023 and will be completed by early March, 2023. During this time, Skyline Trail will be closed as we complete necessary helicopter operations and clearing within the existing easement area.
This upgrade will support the other expansion projects taking place at Grouse Mountain, heralding a new chapter for the Resort in the lead up to our 100th anniversary in 2026.
Project Timeline for Website
• Winter 2023: Tree removal
• Spring 2023: Works begins
• Fall 2023: Conduit/Cables arrive
• Summer 2024: Project completed
Q: Why is this project necessary?
A: Grouse Mountain Resort will be undergoing a sewage and power upgrade that will replace aging infrastructure and improve the efficiency of facilities on the Mountain. This upgrade is part of a routine upgrade in line with the expected lifespan of the existing equipment. Additional works will be done to ensure that infrastructure and access points surrounding the equipment that have eroded and become unstable, are also improved.
Q: What will the impact to the rest of the Mountain’s facilities be during construction?
A: Access to the work site will be from two fronts. The first being the top of Skyline Drive, the second being from the top of Mountain Highway via the Mountain Highway access road. Material deliveries along with crew and equipment will utilise both access points. Operations at both the base of the Mountain and the Chalet are unlikely to be affected at all during construction, with little to no disruption to guest experience. Signage and staff on site will communicate any disruptions, in addition to advance notice shared on the Grouse Mountain website and social media channels.
Q: What is the environmental impact of this project? Will you be cutting down trees?
A: An environmental assessment conducted by environmental consultants B.A. Blackwell & Associates concluded that the sewer and power project will have low environmental impact. Trees will be removed prior to works beginning, in a maximum 10-metre-wide construction zone within the existing easement area.
Q: Where is the money coming from for this project? Is it being funded by public money?
A: There is no public money being directed to this project. Grouse Mountain is privately held by local, family-owned Northland Properties and they will be privately funding the project.
Q: How will the project impact hikers in the area?
A: Skyline trail will be subject to temporary closures based on proximity to the active work site. Skyline Drive access is shared with hikers and dog walkers and has multiple trail access points. Delineation using a combination of signage, temporary fencing, rope barriers and gates will be utilised to establish delineation of the work zone.
Forest Management Plan
As part of our commitment to sustainable environmental management, Grouse Mountain Resort is developing a forest management plan for the privately held areas of the Mountain. This long-term visionary plan will identify unique features of the forested areas of the Mountain and any regions that have been or are vulnerable to both abiotic (e.g. climate change) and biotic (insects and disease) disturbances. Opportunities for restoration and/or improvement to biodiversity will be identified with the creation of a stable, resilient long-lived forest community. Benefits of the supported forest community include resistance to pests and diseases, low fire risk, as well as the protection of the integrity of the steep slopes and water courses that feed into the District of North Vancouver.
In 2022, Grouse Mountain partnered with veritree to plant more than 25,000 trees over the next three years at forest sites across British Columbia. veritree is a planting management platform developed by tentree, a sustainable apparel company that plants ten trees for every item of clothing sold. veritree is a data-driven, restorative platform that connects nature-based solutions with mission-driven companies ready to lead the restorative economy.