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In which our correspondent and crew install a private gallery of interactive sculptures in a hidden resort on B.C.’s Lower Mainland and live to tell about it. Sort of.


Somehow everyone has made it. All the way from Whistler’s fishbowl to the unsung resort of Hemlock Valley, B.C. in the middle of winter in the year of Our Olympics. Our cellphones don’t work and the road up was just arduous enough to provide an inkling that we’d been going too far for far too long.

Skiers Dane Degruyter, Mack Jones, Carl Fortin, Mike Ness and I are all originally from Ontario or Quebec. Photographers Stewart Medford and Ben Cator also call the East Coast a past nest. In fact, everyone but late arrival Liam Casey and Progressive Youth Productions’ Pat King are from the far side of Thunder Bay. Even Bailey Mitchell of Arena Snowparks is from Ottawa. Yet here we all are, convening at the base of a whispered resort that twists it weather from the clouds peeling over the Sea Bird Island First Nations.

Simultaneously inside and outside of our comfort zones, we’re greeted by Hemlock’s park manager Mike Duncan in front of a lodge where the movie Out Cold was filmed. He says that’s what locals will tell you when you arrive, so it’s best to get it out of the way. Despite the fact it’s a Wednesday and the place is vacant and closed.

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ORIGINALLY FEATURED IN SBC SKIER MAGAZINE - TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE IN ALL IT'S GLORY, HEAD OVER TO WWW.SBCSKIER.COM | AUTHOR: BEN WANNAMAKER | PHOTO: STEWART MEDFORD | ISSUE 10.3

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