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Documentary Takes People to Virtually Experience Backcountry Lodge!

Mar. 13, 2018 –  Zoya Lynch and her family got hooked on Golden’s backcountry lifestyle in the early 1990s.

Her parents took a leap of faith and invested in the Amiskwi lodge in the back of the Blaeberry Valley.

As long time residents of Calgary, and with four young children, becoming a part of the backcountry lodge was quite the change for the family.

Now, Lynch and her sister Izzy are producing a short documentary to show how the little lodge in the backcountry changed their lives. They also received a $40,000 grant from STORYHIVE to create a virtual reality 360 degree immersive look at a typical backcountry winter trip.

The sisters have been working with Lululemon film creative Andrea Wing to create the virtual reality experience part of the two pieces they are creating.

In 1994, the Lynch family had an opportunity to invest and build the Amiskwi Lodge, and they quickly jumped on it.

“We ended up having this really cool side life in the mountains. It really shaped our lives now in a big way,” Lynch said, adding that her sister is now a professional skier and she is a professional adventure photographer. “Our path now has definitely been shaped by that split decision of my parents to take on the Amiskwi Lodge.”

The family’s story will be told in a video documentary that is less than 10 minutes long.

Happy BC Family Day!

Feb. 11, 2018 –  On the second Monday of February, British Columbians celebrate Family Day, taking extra time to enjoy activities with their loved ones. In 2018, Family Day falls on Monday, February 12.

Happy BC Family Day! On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, I wish you an enjoyable Family Day weekend with loved ones.

BC Family Day is a celebration of family life, and a reminder of the importance of spending time with family.

I’m very pleased that my Ministry has funded family-friendly events and activities throughout the province, which you and your loved ones can enjoy for free. I hope you will take this opportunity to discover areas of British Columbia that are new to you, or to rediscover familiar places.

Assiniboine Lodge; Pure and Simple 90 Years Later

Jan. 19, 2018 –  This year marks the 90th Anniversary of Assiniboine Lodge! It is a very special time for the iconic mountain pioneers and the many guests who remain such an integral part of Assiniboine’s history.

In the late 1800’s the Canadian Rockies began being accessed by train. The Canadian Pacific Railway brought settlers, surveyors, explorers and adventurers to our majestic western wilderness. The railroad began building fancy hotels and “bungalow camps” in the mountains. Soon after professional Swiss mountain guides began arriving. In the years before 1928 there was little skiing in the Banff area.

In March of 1928 the Marqui degli Albizzi, an Italian nobleman, adventurer, and sports director at the Lake Placid Club, Erling Strom, a Norwegian ski instructor, and four clients arrived at the Banff train station. This group of intrepid adventurers skied into Assiniboine Provincial Park and immediately fell in love with the area. Strom declared that “this was the most beautiful valley that one could imagine.” It was where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. And so, he did!

With the help of the CPR, Assiniboine Lodge was built in 1928. It was the first backcountry ski lodge in the Canadian Rockies – and the birthplace of ski touring in North America!

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