Chilliwack – Back in June, business leaders, politicians and media were at the Falls Golf Course to hear a presentation from Jayson Faulkner, the man behind the Sea To Sky Gondola and the visionary who wants to build something even bigger and better at Bridal Falls.
This gondola plan has an ambitious timeline. Should all the necessary permits and agreements be in place, shovels could be in the ground as early as the Summer of 2020 with an opening by the Summer of 2021.
The Bridal Falls Gondola Corporation has applied to add an additional parcel of Crown land to their existing Investigative Use Licence (re: construction of a multi-passenger Gondola project above Bridal Falls). Comments close January 28, 2020.
The gondola itself is a $17M project with the entire investment being $40M. In comparison, Sea to Sky was $10M to build and the entire project = $25M.
Entire project including parking, restaurant, traffic re-routing, hydro, trails etc.
Highway 1 is already configured to provide fairly easy access to a gondola project which would be on 4200 hectares. A built in First Nations Cultural Centre as well as mountain bike trails are also part of the equation.
Family passes would start at $199 a season.
This application is to add an additional parcel of Crown land to an existing Investigative Use Licence held by the Bridal Falls Gondola Corporation for the same purpose (Crown lands file 2412059). The parcel of land under this new application was intended by the proponent to be part of the original application but was not added at the time of the initial application in 2018.
This application is for the same purpose of the current Investigative Use Licence 2412059 which is a temporary 2 year Licence of Occupation for the purpose of accessing and conducting studies on Crown Land to assess the feasibility of the construction of a multi-passenger Gondola project above Bridal Falls. If approved, the area under this application will be amalgamated into file 2412059.
After investigations are complete, the proposed project, if approved, would involve the construction of a multi-passenger gondola to access the sub-alpine and alpine region above Bridal Falls and associated amenities. The Gondola Project would include both base and summit area amenities and a network of summit trails.
The first phase of the project – this application – is centered on information gathering and investigations only. The primary focus of this investigation phase will be to conduct environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies. Water, sewer, storm water, hydro, natural gas/propane, and telephone/communication systems will also be extensively evaluated.