History from the Hurley River

We love finding out about history of the Bridge River Valley and this historic photo that was donated to the Museum is of an old bridge over the Hurley River.

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum is an amazing small museum that tells the history of our area.  This is a wonderful example of the collections that have been donated to it. You can visit them on Facebook at  or Instagram There is also a wonderful virtual exhibit at Bralorne-Pioneer:  Their Past Lives Here Stop by on Mondays until May Long Weekend and weekends after that and visit them in person!

This picture is on the Hurley River and was built  to reach the Pioneer Power House. It was near the junction of the Cadwallader and Hurley River,  near Poison Flats and about 1.50 up stream.  The wooden staves carried the water from the Hurley up to Pioneer for their power supply. Thank you to Janis for sending us this photo!

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Road Maintenance Update

We received the following Hurley update from Sal Demare, SLRD Area A Director.

I have been corresponding with the Ministry Representative that is responsible for Forest Service Roads in our area this fall and winter. As everyone is aware there was funding secured for ditching and brushing the road and also to find road bed material to lay down the full length of the road. The total funding was approximately $200,000 with one of the contractors being local to the BRV. This funding came from the Forest Employment Funding stream. There is still more work left to do this spring from this funding. They are also looking for further funding for good quality road bed material from the same funding stream.

I had asked for Vehicle Count Data and was able to get it for September numbers only. The ministry took the road counter off of the Hurley in 2017-2018 as the numbers were stable. They actually started climbing after they took the counters out on the Hurley. However, the Sea to Sky Forest District had 2 counters on the Lillooet River FSR. One before the Hurley and one past the Hurley on the Lillooet FSR so they knew how many vehicles were going up the Hurley. There was as anticipated, a very large increase in 2020 due the COVID Pandemic as many of the Major BC Parks in the Sea to Sky Region and the Provincial Recreation Sites were closed and people wanted to get out of the populated areas which caused issues throughout Southern BC.

The Ministry has submitted Requests to the BC Government Treasury Board for changes to the funding formula for FSR Maintenance as the current formula is outdated. One of the elements they are looking to include is FSR’s that are used for public recreation or leading to recreation locations. The current formula only sees the Hurley receiving around $72,000 for the year and up to $15,000 of it is for opening it up in the spring. This is not enough to keep it safe and in good shape, with all of the traffic that is on it now.

The Ministry will be putting in 6 new vehicle counters on the Hurley in specific locations so data can be captured to where they are travelling to and from. This will help once and if the new funding formula is incorporated, so we can hopefully see more Maintenance funding in the future. I will keep everyone updated as more information is received.

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Winter Logging

Update Nov 24: All of the cutblocks currently planned are up the Hope Creek FSR.  Currently road building is occurring and some bunching of those trees will also be happening.

The licence is in the process of selling from Interwest Timber to Fushion Timber.  Fushion is a company out of Kamloops that works closely with Aspen Planers. Aspen Planers will be supervising the logging.

This is why the Hurley FSR will be plowed from Hope Creek FSR to Gold Bridge and will continue once the licence sale is finished with the actual logging. There will be signage posted in the areas about the active logging and hauling and onsite supervisor contact info.

Sledders should also pay attention to the impact this will have on sled travel between Bralorne/Gold Bridge and Pemberton which will not be possible. The road will also be plowed about 8km up Hope Creek FSR. See the Google Earth image below for location of block and more maps are at the link below.
CLick to view the logging maps

Nov 21 post: Aspen Planers have notified us of winter logging on the Hurley from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek. They will keep the road open from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek until March. This will NOT allow for vehicle travel to Pemberton and sledders travelling to and from Pemberton should be aware it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed FSR. See Section 3(3) of the Forest Service Road Regulations.
(3) A person must not operate a snowmobile on a forest service road if it appears that the road has been snowplowed, or that the road is otherwise fit for travel by motor vehicles other than snowmobiles.

They will be hauling logs down the Hurley FSR and on the Bridge Main FSR Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.

Have a good winter sledding on the Hurley and always check the avalanche bulletin before heading out.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Untitled Plackmark pins are the locations of new logging. Image from Aspen Planers
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Hurley Closed

We are calling the Hurley closed for the winter season. The valley received an additional 10cm plus last night and 20cm is forecast for tomorrow. It’s that time of the year and the snow on the Hurley has reached the point where it is too deep for vehicles. Around the Face Mt area, which is before the summit, 40cm of new snow has fallen on top of what was already there. Trucks with chains & 4wd were turned around today and no one has made it over. Thanks to Leah for the update. Please be aware that the signs may still say OPEN!

Have a good winter sledding on the Hurley and always check the avalanche bulletin before heading out.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

The Hurley is closed to vehicles for the season
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Nov 14 Update

14-16″ snow at the summit. Slippery on the Pemberton side. Lots of snowmobile traffic up there today. The Conservation Officers were pulling vehicles over and checking on hunters which is good to hear.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 13 Update

Thanks to Kerry Chalmers for the latest Hurley update and photo. Came over between 1-3 pm today.  A good number of tracks.  More snow on the Pemberton side and a little more slippery, and just over a good foot at the summit.  Less snow on the Bralorne side but colder.  With 4WD and good snow tires, it was fine.  Had chains but didn’t use them.  

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 12 Update

Thanks to Toby Salin for the latest photo and update. Photo from the summit today. Still all clear for 4X4 without chains.

Light snow is starting to fall in the valley this afternoon so expect more snow to fall up on the Hurley. This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Hurley summit Nov 12. Photo by Toby Salin
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Nov 9 Update

Nov 10 Update: Had a crew go across today. Some snow, 10-15cm at the summit. 4×4 w. winter tires no issue. Did not need to chain up.
Trevor Burton
[McElhanney]

Thanks to Roger Stacey for the latest Hurley update and photo.

Hurley Update November 9 at 12 Noon. Road decent from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek then rough with pot holes to Branch 12 Tenquille turn off then decent to the bottom.  Good track on compact snow across summit with 3-4 cm fresh snow and snowing. Light snow all they way across.  4×4 recommended.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 3 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the construction update and Pat Mulrooney for the snow update.

Here’s a quick update from yesterday. I drove over from Gold Bridge to Pemberton yesterday Nov 3 at 2:00pm. Extremely wet and muddy at the sections where the machines are resurfacing. Four wheel drive needed in a couple spots. Overnight snow started at the meadows below Face Mountain before the summit. 25 cms of snow at the summit and quite slippery. It was snowing heavily so there could be quite a bit more by now. 
Cheers, 
Pat Mulrooney

Update from Debbie Demare from Nov 2. Road is overall drier with less mud.  Work ongoing on lower switchbacks (up to just below Tenquille).   That section in pretty good shape.  Ditching going on west of Steel Bridge for a few kms.
Steel Bridge to Green Mtn. turnoff, grader is pulling materials onto road, large rocks, dirt etc as of today. Quite soft.  Green Mtn. down wet and muddy in sections, but lower dsection below Bridge Main really good shape.
Lots of Potholes between Steel bridge and summit, have fun driving all over the road!

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Nov 3 conditions. Photo by Pat Mulrooney
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Hurley Update Nov 1st

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest update and photo. Road is wet, muddy and rough throughout.

Also thanks to Adam for sharing his story of surviving the Hurley!

Thought I would share a picture of what happened to my car in July, I guess my lug nuts weren’t as tight as I thought they were. Happened on a straight stretch just before the Tenquille trail head where a bunch of switchbacks begin going down to Pemberton. 
I’m happy to report that after many weeks down in Squamish the car is in much better condition!
Regards,
Adam.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Nov 1st muddy conditions
Photo by Adam

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Oct 23 Update

Another update in from Saturday evening. Thanks for the update Christine!

Just got home to Pemberton this evening (Saturday Oct. 24) from Gun Lake.  Hurley was plowed with compact snow and some bare spots from Goldbridge side, changing to compact well driven snow up to just before Tenquille/Br.12 turn off.  Then bare.  Lots of pot holes still all the way through!  Just watch for slippery areas before/after bridges.    

Thanks to these guys for the latest Hurley update and photo!
Came over the Hurley from the Pemberton side around 2pm on Friday. Work on the Pemby side being done on the switchbacks. A good foot of fresh snow, but could still feel the gravel under the tires. Was a little slippery climbing to the peak, but overall fairly smooth considering the conditions. Was in a Tacoma with an BMW X3 following and we both had no issues. 
Ben&James&Mike&Gerry

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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October 19 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest Hurley update with a photo at the summit and the road upgrades. There was a dump truck, excavator, grader and roller working on the Pemberton switchback area and ditching continues on the Gold Bridge side. The rest of the road was rough with washboard and potholes.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Oct 15 Update

Thanks to Kirsty for the latest update and photo. Thursday 6pm starting to snow at the summit. Foggy on the Pemberton side.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Snow on the Hurley

Reports coming in from today of close to a foot of snow at the summit and lots of traffic.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Photo from W. Harder on Facebook
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SLRD Area A Director Update

SLRD Area A Director – Sal DeMare
Road Bed Material Funding

At the Union of British Columbia Municipalities meetings we meet with the Cascades Forest District Manager and Ministry Staff from Victoria. They said that there was limited budget for FSR road maintenance and that they prioritize roads that the public uses that have communities with the FSR roads being the only access in and out. The Hurley is not one of them, as Road 40 is the main access to the valley year round. They have however committed to getting the traffic counts for the past ten years as they have 3 vehicles counters on the road. They also committed to see if they can find some funding streams for road bed material as it is desperately needed as we all know. Well I found out after the UBCM Meeting they did find another $100,000 from the same Forest Employment Program funding stream that the ditching and brushing work came from. The plan is too use two sets of excavators and graders both starting at the Hope Creek area and each set working from there. One back to the start of the Hurley on the Pemberton side and the other to the Gold Bridge side. They will use existing areas that they have taken road bed material from in the past, other locations and also spread the piles that they created while doing the ditching. Hopefully this will be finished before the snow starts and that it will be in good shape for next year’s opening. Expected start date is after the Thanksgiving long weekend and they will be working 7 days a week until they are complete.

Safety
As usual we want everyone to be safe including the travellers and the equipment operator’s. I had some reports from one of the contractor’s on the ditching and brushing work that they had a number of close calls. You must pay attention, watch out for the equipment, and slow right down when approaching the equipment. Make eye contact with the operators and wait until the operators gives you the ok to go by.
Stay Safe everyone! – Sal Demare

We would like to thank the people responsible for picking up all the garbage that was left by the Semaphore Lakes parking spot on Friday and to the people who left the garbage there, you are not welcome back! Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest Hurley update and photo from Saturday 10th October.

Came west across the Hurley at 10am. Good coming out of the BRV. Wet, washboards, pot holes up top. Vehicle off the road around 17km. Passing, hit soft shoulder, lucky they did not flip. Recovery was being initiated. Lots of traffic.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Photo by Scott Frizzell
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