What is VARDA?
The Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association is a non-profit association, consisting of a range of local businesses and backcountry users. Our key goals are focused on community and public education to help backcountry use and improve the backcountry experience for all user groups.
The purpose of the society is:
A. To bring together community, public and commercial interests to facilitate sustainable development of the winter recreation economy in the Valemount-Blue River corridor.
B. To support the development of year-round recreational activities.
C. To strive to integrate and balance commercial and public recreation interests to the benefit of local communities in the Canoe-Robson Valley.
Winter – VARDA assists government in the management of the recreational snowmobiling sector in the Valemount area. We oversee grooming, manage trail-head staff and area maintenance. Much of our efforts are put towards rider education relating to ethical riding, wildlife sensitivities, safety and backcountry stewardship. As the association grows, we will focus on further developing the other outdoor recreational activities that our valley has to offer.
VARDA is fully supportive of the efforts and leadership of Avalanche Canada for improved avalanche safety and is recognized as a Founding Supporter of the association.
Summer – VARDA is working under a Valemount Mountain Bike Trails Master Plan and is working with the community members and local stakeholders to develop the mountain biking opportunities in the Valemount Area.
Sustainable Resource Management Plan (SRMP)
VARDA assists in managing a Sustainable Resource Management Plan (SRMP) for our area covering territory from Horsey Creek to Blue River.
The SRMP was developed for:
- security of investments
- protection for public access to crown land
- and sustainability of growth for each outdoor recreational activity.