LETTER: Trudeau’s death wasn’t cabin’s catalyst

Reader Bill Bryce says the media got it wrong again

Re: “Literary debates and catastrophic fires

Once again, local media have inadvertently left the impression that the Kokanee Glacier cabin was built as a direct result of the unfortunate death of Michel Trudeau in Kokanee Glacier Park in November 1998.

In fact, the need for new accommodation in the core area of the park had been identified in the master plan for the park in the late 1980s. User groups (including the Friends of West Kootenay Parks and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club) had been meeting with BC Parks to set parameters for the design and location of a new cabin for some months prior to Trudeau’s death.

As stated in the story, the Kokanee Glacier Cabin was dedicated to the memory of those who had died in avalanches in the park up to the time of its completion at a ceremony at the cabin at its official opening in 2003.

Bill Bryce

President

Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society

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