Chilliwack, B.C. – As part of the vision for the Cascade Skyline Gondola Project (CSGP) and through the planning process over the last four years, early discussions took place with the paragliding community to consider the possibility of creating a world class paragliding centre.
This collaboration to review the current sites that have been historically used at Bridal Falls and upper Codiene Ridge where the WCSC has tenures in place. It was determined that there is a real opportunity to create a National/International centre for paragliding given the quality of the site and soaring conditions. With the lift access, it would be unique in Canada being adjacent to a large metropolitan centre and outstanding valley and mountain terrain for long flights and incredible views. Throughout Europe there are many large centres, one of the largest being Olu Deniz, Turkey.
Said James Elliott, President of WCSC, “CSGP commitment to working closely with the West Coast Soaring Club and ensuring our needs have been met, and exceeded, within the Cascade Skyline Gondola Project has been apparent from our initial meetings. As a local recreational stakeholder, our input was solicited early and our feedback integrated into their plan. Our members will realize improved access and safety to one of our most popular sites as a result, all while preserving the area's natural beauty”.
Plans include improving and expanding the landing zone incl. adjacent parking, upgrading and improving the launch at approx. 1500m asl with expanded take off area and proper surfacing to enable safer launching and more pilots. Additional facilities are planned to enhance the spectator experience to watch this beautiful and fascinating sport. Much like the hundreds of sites around Europe and elsewhere, a fully developed site to service this growing sport. Total budget could reach $50,000 depending on final plans.
Another amenity of an eco and cultural tourism project that protects, enhances and restores, while creating a multifaceted human powered outdoor recreation experience.
The Cascade Skyline Gondola is an eco and cultural tourism project started in 2016 proposed for the Bridal Falls area comprised of a sightseeing gondola accessing up to 1250m in elevation above the spectacular Fraser Valley in the Cascade Mountains of the Chilliwack area. Investment is expected to approach $70 Million for their project. It is a partnership with the Cheam First Nation and other First Nations in the Fraser Valley region.
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