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Hollyburn Heritage Society 

Official Opening of the renewed Hollyburn Lodge on Sunday, January 15, 2017
Paul Wick, Department Head Education, Employment & Training (NV), Acting Squamish Valley Administrator,
welcomes the invited guests who attended the official reopening of Hollyburn Lodge, and gives a traditional blessing.


Pioneer Skiers' Reunion, Mt. Seymour, September 18, 2019. Photo by Helmer SieberPioneer Skiers' Reunion, Mt. Seymour, September 18, 2019. Photo by Helmer Sieber

Howe Sound Crest Trail Videos - Late Summer & Fall of 2020

Three videos feature photos of the Howe Sound Crest Trail taken by Anna Grant from Cypress Bowl to trails end
Each video has a music soundtrack. To access the videos, click on the blue text above. There is also a link on the website map page.

Garibaldi Provincial Park Hike Videos - Summer 2019

To access the Garibaldi Provincial Park Hike Videos, click on the blue text above.
There is also a link on the website map page.

Yew Lake In Cypress Provincial Park - Powerpoint Slides, Photos & Videos

To access the Yew Lake Powerpoint Slides, Photos & Videos, click on the blue text above.
There is also a link on the website map page.

Welcome to the Hollyburn Heritage Society Website

Although the website includes content far beyond Hollyburn Lodge at First Lake, it is all linked in some way to the Lodge, the people that owned, operated and/or worked at the Lodge, and to the succeeding generations who have enjoyed and continue to enjoy its unique character and recognize its important place in the history of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

There is much on the website for you to peruse & enjoy. Currently there are 241 web pages. A recommended starting point is the "Site Map", which gives you an overview of the entire website and links to all the pages. Tony Flower's nostalgic, heart-warming tribute to Fred Burfield and the Burfield family, "Called To Higher Ground", is a good introduction to the colourful history of Hollyburn Mountain. 

Hollyburn's past history, (pre 2010), is the main focus of the sub-pages listed under "Pioneers", "Hollyburn History", "Cabins", 
"Competitive Sports", and "Recreational Skiing" while Hollyburn's more recent history, (post 2010), is the main focus of the sub-pages listed under "Physical Geography" & "Cypress Now".

The "Geography" and "Cypress Now' sub-pages feature recent photos and videos of Hollyburn's cross-country and snowshoe trails and summer hiking trails, providing opportunities for people who live at some distance from Vancouver or who have physical issues that limit their mobility, to explore these trails on their computers and/or smart phones.

Each year, a core group of Hollyburn Heritage Society members takes photos and videos on Hollyburn Ridge and in Cypress Provincial Park. The main purpose of this initiative is to provide a rich legacy of materials for future Hollyburn historians. Many of these contemporary photos are initially uploaded to the Hollyburn Heritage Society Facebook page.

To find information about particular persons, places, cabins, events etc., try entering key words in the Google Custom Search Box at the top of each page.

Many Hollyburners feel a strong, emotional connection to the mountain, feelings that may be evoked by the following videos.

"Hollyburn Portraits - Hugh 'Torchy' Aikens" was the concluding video in the 2010 HHS film, "Hugh 'Torchy' Aikens - Mountain Photographer".     It features photos of many Hollyburn pioneers taken by 'Torchy'. The soundtrack is a familiar Irish blessing beginning with the words, "May the road rise to meet you . . . ." Here is the link to more Hugh 'Torchy' Aiken videos.

"Feels Like Home" features photos of Hollyburn Mountain, with a particular focus on Hollyburn Lodge at First Lake, taken during the past several decades and accompanied by Bonnie Raitt's heart-warming song, "Feels Like Home". It was the coda for the HHS 2012 video, "Hollyburn Lodge Through the Seasons & Generations". The soundtrack, "Feels Like Home", may be downloaded on iTunes.

The video, "Goodnight & Joy Be to You All", is about Hollyburn's pioneer competitive skiers & ski jumpers who were active on the mountain during the 1920's & '30's. This video, updated in June 2018, was the coda for the HHS 2010 video, "Heroes of the Harnessed Hickory. The soundtrack, "The Parting Glass", performed by the High Kings", may be downloaded on iTunes. Go to "Heroes of the Harnessed Hickory (Parts 1 & 2)" & 
"Heroes of the Harnessed Hickory (Parts 3 & 4)" to view the video and read the script.

To open and/or download the script, which includes selected photos, CLICK HERE.

Set to the well-known Rankin Family song, "Rise Again", video features photos of Hollyburn pioneers and their descendants and sweeping vistas of Cypress Provincial Park and the Lower Mainland. The soundtrack, "Rise Again", may be downloaded on iTunes.