The Bridge River Valley Community Association building, by Marc Sole
Highway 40 and Carpenter Lake, by Marc Sole
Gold Bridge intersection, by Marc Sole
Bridge Lake and Glacier, by Michelle Nortje
The Bridge River Valley Community Association building, by Marc Sole

Electoral Area A

Electoral Area D

Representatives

Sal DeMare
Director
Phone: (250) 238-2248
Karen Playfair
Alternate Director
Outside Agency/Other Appointments
  • Gold Trails Highway Safety Committee
  • Lillooet Community Partners Resource Committee
  • Lytton to Clinton to Lillooet Regional Economic Collaborative Steering Committee
  • Municipal Insurance Assocation
    Northern Development Initiative Trust – Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet Regional Advisory Committee
  • Southern Interior Local Government Association
  • Thompson Regional Hospital District 

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Upper Bridge River Valley

Population: 187 (2016 Canada Census)
Size: 3,715.03 square kilometers
Folio Count: 1,971
Taxable Property Assessment Total: $189,422,519
Average Taxable Property: $243,161

The Upper Bridge River Valley is a friendly “community of communities” with a small town feel and a distinct identity anchored in its mountain surroundings and its mining past. It is the home to long-time residents with mining roots, young families new to the area, and both new and established part-time residents.

Nestled on the eastern edge of the Coast Mountains, its landscape is characterized by broad valleys and ridges, numerous lakes and rivers, sub alpine and alpine meadows and mountain peaks, making it the perfect place for wilderness recreation. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area year-round to enjoy a wide range of activities. Summer adventures include mountain biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, boating, fishing and hunting. In the winter, the area offers unparalleled opportunities for snowmobiling, ski and snowboarding touring, heli-skiing and boarding, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

The Upper Bridge River Valley is found within the traditional territory of the St’at’imc Nation; several St'at'imc communities frequently use the Upper Bridge River Valley, which has supported the hunting, gathering and cultural traditions of these communities for thousands of years. In the 1850s settlers arrived in the region in search of gold. The trend continued until the 1930s when the Bralorne Mine was the largest gold-producing mine in Canada. It is estimated that in the 1930s and 40s there were as many as 5,000 people living in the area.

The economy is supported mainly by tourism, mining, forestry, and some agriculture. The area is also the site of the Bridge River Hydroelectric system; the third largest of BC Hydro’s generating facilities.

Electoral Area A is the northwestern-most area in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.  It is bounded by Cariboo Regional District to the north and west, Electoral Area B to the east, and Electoral Area C to the south. 

For more information about Electoral Area A, download the Community Asset Inventory or contact the Bridge River Valley Community Association.

Bylaws

Communities

  • Bralorne
  • Gold Bridge
  • Gun Lake
  • Tyaughton Lake
  • Gun Creek Road
  • Marshall Lake

First Nations Communities

  • Tsalalh
  • Xwisten

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events posted.

Notices

Other Notice
Jul 31, 2020 - July 31, 2020 In a summer that kicked off with inclement weather, in the midst of a pandemic, the clear skies and warmth of the sun can feel like a simple... Read more
Other Notice
Jul 30, 2020 - Forest Fuels Management in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (... Read more
Other Notice
Jul 24, 2020 - We are now several months into the COVID-19 pandemic response, in the middle of summer and with a long weekend just around the corner. BC Day (celebrated this... Read more
Service Interruption Notice, Water Quality Notice
Jul 27, 2020 - GOLD BRIDGE WATER SERVICE REPAIR - WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS Gold Bridge residents may experience water service interruptions due to a water service repair.... Read more
Other Notice
Jul 13, 2020 - More than ten years ago, I visited a friend who lived in a house made of straw bales. I wasn’t sure of what to expect and was surprised to see thick, painted walls... Read more

Past Meetings

Permits / Applications

Date Name Type Documents
Jan 30, 2019 Boralex Communications Site - Gun Lake Zoning/OCP Amendment Application
Sep 6, 2018 Temporary Use Permit #62 - Commercial floatplane tours - Tyax Adventures Temporary Use Permit
Jul 26, 2018 SLRD Bralorne Sewer Project Zoning/OCP Amendment Application
Feb 28, 2018 RGS Amendment (Growth Management text amendments)
Feb 15, 2018 Keir - Gun Lake Rezoning Application Zoning/OCP Amendment Application
Nov 22, 2017 Zoning Amendment Application - Mt Penrose Communications Tower Zoning/OCP Amendment Application
May 3, 2016 Tyax Real Estate Ltd. Rezoning Application Zoning/OCP Amendment Application
Mar 3, 2016 Tyax Real Estate Rezoning Application (Chalet 5) Zoning/OCP Amendment Application

Projects/Initiatives

Name Type Communities
Administrative Building Expansion and Renovations Governance & Administration
  • All Areas
ALR Regulation changes - Agritourism & Non-Farm Use Commercial Events Planning & Building
  • Electoral Area A
  • Electoral Area B
  • Electoral Area C
  • Electoral Area D
Alternative Approval Process (AAP) - Bralorne Sewer
  • Electoral Area A
Alternative Approval Process (AAP) - Gun Lake Fire Protection Contribution Service Governance & Administration
  • Electoral Area A
Alternative Approval Process (AAP) - SLRD Administrative Building Renovation Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1519-2017 Governance & Administration
  • All Areas

Reports

Year Title Area Report
2020 SLRD All-Hazards Emergency Response Plan All Areas Download
2019 SLRD Area A Community Wildfire Protection Plan Electoral Area A Download
2018 SLRD Area A CWPP FINAL - DEC 1 2018 - Maps 1-3 Electoral Area A Download
2018 SLRD Area A CWPP FINAL - DEC 1 2018 - Map 4 Electoral Area A Download
2018 SLRD Area A CWPP FINAL - DEC 1 2018 - Maps 6-8 Electoral Area A Download
2018 Community Emergency Plan: Tyaughton Lake Area Electoral Area A Download
2018 Community Emergency Plan: Marshall Lake Area Electoral Area A Download
2018 Community Emergency Plan: Gun Lakes Area Electoral Area A Download
2018 Community Emergency Plan: Bralorne & Gold Bridge Electoral Area A Download
2018 SLRD Emergency Program: 2017 Annual Report Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D Download

Pages

Local Services

  • Bralorne Fire Protection
  • Bralorne Museum
  • Bralorne Sewer
  • Bralorne Street Lighting
  • Bralorne Television
  • Bralorne Water
  • Bridge River Valley Cemetery
  • Bridge River Valley Economic Development
  • Bridge River Television
  • Gold Bridge Community Complex
  • Gold Bridge Library
  • Gold Bridge Street Lighting
  • Gold Bridge Waste Transfer Station
  • Gold Bridge Water
  • Gun Lake Fire Protection
  • Heritage – Haylmore Property

Sub-Regional Services

  • Lillooet Area Rescue Service
  • 9-1-1 Services (Interior)
  • Lillooet Area Refuse (Landfill)

Regional Services

  • Building Inspection (Electoral Areas only)
  • Civic Addressing (Electoral Areas only)
  • Elections (Electoral Areas only)
  • Electoral Areas Community Parks (Electoral Areas only)
  • Emergency Planning (Electoral Areas only)
  • General Government Services
  • Land Planning & Zoning
  • Regional Transit Planning
  • Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Waste Management Planning

Recycling, Composting & Solid Waste Facilities

  • Gold Bridge Transfer Station
  • Lillooet Solid Waste Management Facility

Upcoming Meetings

Date Committee Agenda Minutes
Aug 3, 2020 SLRD Office Closed
Aug 26, 2020 SLRD Board
Aug 27, 2020 Committee of the Whole
Sep 2, 2020 Electoral Area Directors Committee
Sep 3, 2020 Northern Economic Development & Initiatives Committee (NEDI)
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