This breathtaking expanse of mountainous forested land borders the large Stave Reservoir and includes five smaller lakes, groves of second growth rain-forest, beautiful waterfalls and streams, diverse wildlife, a network of well-maintained forest access roads, forest sites and trails, and many popular recreation areas.
Read the Master Plan [pdf]
Through collaboration and a respect for the history, legacy and continued use by local First Nations, Stave West is a sustainable working forest and an important community asset for all that supports growing and vibrant opportunities in cultural and regional tourism, recreation, discovery, regional economic development and educational partnerships.
Mekw̓ wa’t a’xwest ikw̓elo’
Mouk waat achh’west ee’kwella
Everyone Shares Here
Draft Plan – Overview
Draft Plan – Public Input
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for an open house or completed our online and paper questionnaires. Stay tuned for updates as the project progresses.
Review the Draft Recreation Master Plan Overview Boards
Each of the following display boards represent a section of the Draft Recreation Master Plan. They are included as pdf downloads so you can review each at your convenience.
- Stave West Open House_Board 1
- Stave West Open House_Board 2
- Stave West Open House_Board 3
- Stave West Open House_Board 4
- Stave West Open House_Board 5
- Stave West Open House_Board 6
- Stave West Open House_Board 7
- Stave West Open House_Board 8
- Stave West Open House_Board 9
- Stave West Open House_Board 10
- Stave West Open House_Board 11
Potential – Unleashed
Take just one step into Mission’s Interpretive Forest, and you can imagine the possibilities. These 5,000 hectares of spectacular forest land, streams, lakes and waterfalls provide the ideal setting for an outdoor recreation hub in the District of Mission.
This incredible opportunity for Mission is about more than recreation. As an area with provincially-recognized “Interpretive Forest” status, combined with our relationship with First Nations communities and stakeholder groups, Stave West has the potential to be a leader in education, promoting aboriginal culture and history and sustainable
How did we get here?
Like all good projects, everything starts with a vision. The District of Mission, First Nations communities, the Province of British Columbia, and many other stakeholders have all joined together to create a plan for this area that will be transformational.
First, some history…
In 1958, the District of Mission was granted Tree Farm License 26 (TFL26) and operates one of only two working municipal forests in the province. For over 55 years, this responsibly forested area has been a significant source of revenue for the municipality. While the area has attracted some informal recreational activities over the years, in 2011, the Province of British Columbia granted a portion of TFL26 with Interpretive Forest status. This status enables Mission to develop the area for organized outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities while still operating a working forest.
Since that time, the District of Mission, along with First Nations communities, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, North Fraser Investment Pilot Project, Fraser Valley Regional District, Experience the Fraser, Mission Tourism Committee, and various recreation user groups have completed Phase 1 of the plan.
2009 Recreation Feasibility Study with public open houses
2010 Employment Impact Study
2011-2015 Five-year license of occupation granted to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
2011-2012 Ongoing First Nation, stakeholder and tourism industry consultation
2014 Funding approval for Recreation Master Plan
Phase Two: Recreation Master Plan Team
The Team is now putting together a work plan for the next 10 months that will involve research into best practices as well as user group and community consultations to form a master plan that will guide setting the course for this ecotourism destination
Building on success: Sayres Lake
Residents and visitors have been enjoying the natural surroundings of Stave West for many years. In 2013, the Province of British Columbia created a 40-site campground on Sayres Lake, where hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts spent time camping, boating, fishing, hiking and swimming. The campground, managed by Kwantlen First Nation, is supervised and open from May 1 to Thanksgiving each year.
The Stave West area has also been home to the Zajac Ranch for decades, offering life changing camp experiences to children and young adults who face chronic, life-threatening or debilitating conditions. The success of the Zajac Ranch will be complemented by the proposed Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camp on Pine Lake that will serve economically disadvantaged children from across British Columbia. Stave West is well poised to become a hub for outdoor recreation.
Stave West Public Questionnaire
Public Questionnaire Results now Available [PDF]
Join us on the journey
Our second round of public consultation is now complete. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for an open house or completed our online and paper questionnaires. Stay tuned for updates as the project progresses.
The results from the second (spring/summer 2014) public questionnaire are now available.
Download a copy [PDF] We have also attached copies of the poster boards that were displayed at the first set of open houses for your information. Open House Board – Introduction, Open House Board – background and Open House Board – Aboriginal Communities – Collaboration and Learning.
You can email us at StaveWest@mission.ca