The Riverside Trail along the Cheakamus River has been a special place for the 20-plus years that my family and I have called Whistler home.
Every spring I cannot wait for the snow to melt enough to get back on the trails. What I witnessed there two days ago absolutely stunned me and broke my heart.
The seemingly thoughtless devastation in the name of firesmarting has transformed Riverside into an unrecognizable area.
I understand the need to FireSmart, but is it not possible to re-think the process when it is that close to our wonderful trail systems?
It is with immense sadness that I will not be returning to what was once a truly magical place.
Elaine Rempel // Whistler