Deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, lies Jumbo Valley. Wild, remote and untouched – for now. It is one of the last remaining pockets of true wilderness areas in North America, and for almost 25 years, has been the stage for an epic battle to protect this last frontier against the building of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.
The resort proposals boast year round skiing on 4 glaciers and the development of 6000 hectares of land within the valley. Those in favour of the development also claim that there will be a significant boost to the regional and national economy. But those opposed to the plans have a very different view altogether, and continue to fight for the protection of this sacred land.
Once such opposition group are the Ktunaxa Nation who have occupied the area for 9,000 years. To them, Jumbo Valley is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit, and it is also recognised internationally as one of the most important wildlife corridors in North America.
In 2014, the first concrete foundations for the resort were laid. Unable to meet the environmental requirements however, further development was stopped in it’s tracks. But the irresistible lure of unrivalled real estate potential in the valley only spurs the developers on to push forward. New plans are being drawn up to bypass the environmental review process, so that work can resume.
This fall, Wildsight will be delivering a petition, asking Premier Christy Clark to say no to development and yes to permanent protection of the Jumbo Valley. For a deeper understanding of the project and the importance of keeping Jumbo wild, take a watch of this hour long Sweetgrass Productions documentary – Jumbo Wild: The Movement.
If you want to support this cause then take action and sign the petition today; say no to Jumbo Glacier Resort and yes to permanent protection for Jumbo Valley.