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Habitat restoration in Squamish

The board of the Bridge Coastal Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program has allocated $224,570 to support three fish habitat restoration projects around Squamish.

B.C. Hydro, who has a representative on the board, released a statement outlining how the projects would help restore salmon and steelhead habitats in the Cheakamus and Squamish Rivers.

The North Vancouver Outdoor School received the majority of the money to use in two separate projects.

The first is a project to restructure the Cheakmus River dike and the second is to restore many of the habitats destroyed by the floods in October of last year.

The Squamish River Watershed Society received $78,320 to restore access to high marsh areas of the Cheakamus-Squamish River estuary.

B.C. Hydro contributes $1.6 million to the Bridge Coastal Fish and Wildlife Restoration program every year. More information on funding applications can be found on the B.C. Hydro website.

Whistler-Blackcomb recognizes Queens and Victorias

In honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday and the official opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Whistler-Blackcomb will provide free tickets for the first 50 people who dress up like Queen Victoria or Freddie Mercury (from the band Queen) on Monday May 24.

Meeting time for "Queens" is 9 a.m. sharp on the patio of the Garibaldi Lift Company at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Anyone named Victor, Victoria, Vicky or Vic will receive a $10 discount on full-priced, single-day lift tickets and a $10 discount on a full-priced, single-day park ticket at any Whistler-Blackcomb ticket window.

The weekend’s activities begin with the Bike Bash 2004 and the highlights are the Crud to Mud Downhill race as well as a bike expo in the village.

On the snow, the Showcase Showdown, which is the final snowboard event of the season, will take place at the top of the Emerald Chair.

To find out more about the long-weekend activities visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com or call 1800 766 0449.

Graduating students can ride for free for two days

Whistler students graduating from high school this June will again be able to ride buses for free for two consecutive days as part of the GradPass program.

The GradPass program was designed to remind students that public transit is always available as a safe means of transportation.

The program is in its third year and is a joint venture between the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Wave.

This year 60 free GradPasses will be distributed to each grade 12 student at Whistler Secondary School.

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