Canoe Mtn (Valemount) Updated July 9th 2014

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Canoe Mtn (Valemount) Updated July 9th 2014

Postby Fred Wilson » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:42 am

Site Name: Canoe Mtn (Valemount) Revised July 9th 2014
The highest vehicle accessible launch in Canada.

Direction of Launch: E, SW . . . . . . Site Suitable for: HG & PG
Type of Site: Mtn . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Type of Flying: Thermal
Elevation Launch: 8570’ asl . . . . .. N 52°42'26.00" W 119°10'.02.00"
Elevation Lz: 2585’ Asl . . . . . . . . .. GPS Lz: N 52°48'44.00" W 119°15'57.50"
XC Potential: Good. 100 Km +

Location: Valemount BC - Yellowhead Hyw #5, in Central British Columbia

View of the NW Face of Canoe Mt.

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Vehicle / Transportation Requirements:
1. With ± Permission of Canoe Mountain Resort Inc. Any Vehicle: with a very good engine = if your Diesel engine has a high altitude switch, TURN IT ON!
2. A Gondola is slated for the proposed Canoe Mountain Resort Inc. Project.

The Canoe Mountain road is not gated, but it is also not in very good shape anymore as it is not maintained.
You can get up to the summit with a high clearance 4x4 or ATV.
ATV’s regularly use the road during the summer.

Flying Season: Assign value 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 (highest)
Summer 4 . . . Fall 3 . . . Winter or Spring 2 Gondola.

HPAC Skill Level Recommendations: Student, Nov., Int. or Adv.
Mild Conditions: Int. . . . . Moderate Conditions: Adv. . . . . Strong Conditions: Adv.

Site Regulation: Formal. HPAC or ? ± USHPA for US Residents) Insurance is mandatory.
Canoe Mountain Resort Inc.
PO Box 909 Valemount, B.C. V0E 2Z0 Canada
Toll-free: 1-855-56-Canoe (2-2663) US / International 1-780-960-1542
E-mail: eva@sunriseint.com and / or info@canoemountainresorts.com

Description of Launch:
One hour drive up to a shallow (for hang gliders) South West launch.
The East launch is over an impressive cliff and view.
You can launch into nearly all wind directions. There are numerous potential launches.

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View from just above the South West Launch, looking North.

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Directions to Launch:
5 km south of Valemount, B.C. take the Canoe Mt. Forestry access road turnoff on the east side of the road.
A Gondola is slated for the proposed Canoe Mountain Resort Inc. Project.

The North West Face of Canoe Mountain, as seen from Valemount, B.C..
- The road up will be found at the base of Canoe Mt to the far right hand side, south of Valemount, B.C..

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Times to Fly: All day.
Better from Noon on as the west facing launch is the preferred one.

Description of LZ:
Two large moose pastures just north of the turnoff.
The field on the West side of the road has some areas which can be swamp (flooded) year round.
- Do not land there unless you check this out first.

Directions to LZ:
Moose pastures a short distance north of the Canoe Mtn. Forestry road on Hyw #5 as you head north to Valemount BC along the XC Route.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/ca ... space.html

Canoe Mt's Primary South West Launch is the most common launch to use for XC’s
a) Heading North and then East towards Mt Robson Provincial Park
b) North to McBride.
c) North West from McBride towards Prince George BC
d) North from McBride through the Robson Valley and Upper Fraser Basin and onwards towards Upper Fraser BC

The Valemount, B.C. gap in the Mt range from Mt Canoe and north past Valemount makes XC flights to the north challenging but eminently possible, especially if you are high enough to cross and work the east facing range on the west side of the valley.

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View of Mica Mountain's west facing ridge on the East side of the highway, half way between Valemount, B.C. and McBride. See: http://www.summitsofcanada.ca/

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Cinnamon Peak is a 7,717 ft / 2,352 m mountain peak West of and overlooking the Valemount / McBride / Robson to Jasper Highway in British Columbia, Canada. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 1425th highest mountain in British Columbia and the 2306th highest mountain in Canada.
See: http://peakery.com/cinnamon-peak-british-columbia/

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Scenic views of Mt Robson gets better as you go XC north. (at 12,972’ the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) from (which is rarely clear of its cloud cap.)
(Mt Fairweather is the highest in BC and Mt. Logan is the highest in Canada.)

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The X-Factor XC route to Golden down the east side of Kinbasket Lake. (Fishing Information.) is the dream of lifetime flight for many a pilot. See: http://www.sportfishingbc.com/

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As you get far enough south to be in sight of the Trans Canada Hyw #1, this is the scenery you will see on a sunny day:

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Cross Country Route is to the North through some of the best Mountain Scenery that Super, Natural Beautiful British Columbia (Tourism BC Video) has to offer.
High Altitude results in very thin air especially during summer heat waves. An aggressive launch is required.

Topographic Map of the Valemount to McBride Area

View of the SE Face of Canoe Mt from Kinbasket Lake. (Fishing Information.)

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Other Information:
FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)

Radio Frequency 123.400 Mhz (Aircraft) & 173.640 Mhz. Local Club frequency: 146.415

Ambulance: 1-800-461-9911

Cornwall Hills Provincial Park is precedence setting for our sport and flying in Provincial Parks.
See: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... all_hills/

A potential new east facing launch overlooking Tete La Jeune BC, just north of Valemount.

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Tourism Information:
Valemount Accommodations Guide
Valemount Tourism: http://www.visitvalemount.ca/summer/summer.htm
Valemount Organization: http://www.valemount.org/
Robson Valley Tourism: http://visitmcbride.ca/

Valemount Glacier Destinations Ltd. (VGD) has an Interim Agreement to begin preparing a resort master plan a development proposal for Mt Arthur Meighen, west of Valemont.
See: http://www.totabc.org/corporateSite/res ... agreement/

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Site Records:
Altitude Gain: . . . . Duration: . . . . Open Distance: . . . . Dog Leg: . . . . Out & Return: . . . . Triangle: . . . . Race to Goal:

Primary Local Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regulating Body: Central Interior Luftwaffe
PG: Ben Blikstra . . . . Tel. 250-562-2634 Email: benblixrud@REMOVE_THIShotmail.com
HG: Gary Nesbit . . . . Tel. 250-562-2292
PG: Willie Rens . . . . . siorwi@REMOVE_THIStelus.net Address: Box 18 [b]Valemount BC V0E 2Z0
PG: Sigrid Vermeulen . . siorwi@REMOVE_THIStelus.net Telephone: 250-566-9196 Cell: 250-566-4122 Work: 250-566-4401
PG: Rick McDonald . . . mcdonald@REMOVE_THISvis.bc.ca or at Yellowhead Helicopters

Northern Interior Pilot Contacts, See the: Central Interior Luftwaffe
Northern Interior HPAC Insured (and Active) Pilot Contacts
See: http://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=193&club=Ce ... ortBy=City
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Landowner Contact Information
Canoe Mountain Resort Inc.
President: Gerry Levasseur. Direct Phone:
Administrator: Eva Diveky Email: eva@sunriseint.com
PO Box 909 Valemount, B.C. V0E 2Z0 Canada
Toll-free: 1-855-56-Canoe (22663) US / International 1-780-960-1542
E-mail: info@canoemountainresorts.com

Canoe Mountain Resorts has said from the outset that Hang Gliding and Paragliding are listed user groups.
See: http://www.canoemountainresorts.com/activities/

Other Tourism Contacts and Opportunities:
Valemount Glacier Destinations Ltd. (VGD) has an Interim Agreement to begin preparing a resort master plan a development proposal for Mt Arthur Meighen, west of Valemont.
See: http://www.totabc.org/corporateSite/res ... agreement/

The Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA), “including the famous Mount Robson.
The staff at VARDA is eager to assist in any way with questions pertaining to ATVing and other recreational use of the Valemount trails.”
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