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A Donor’s Story: Funds for a Hiking Trail

Photo of the Queen Charlotte Airlines cabin on Garibaldi Lake. Date unknown (A.J. Spilsbury collection). Photo of the Queen Charlotte Airlines cabin on Garibaldi Lake.
Date unknown (A.J. Spilsbury collection).

I first went up to Garibaldi Park in August of 1966. I flew in with a party of 12. We booked to stay for a week in the Queen Charlotte Airlines Hut on Garibaldi Lake – I remember it costing $1 each per night.

My son was in the PNE parade so he, my daughter and my wife flew in from the Bayshore Inn in a 3-seater Cessna with all the food. The rest of us drove to Daisy Lake near Whistler, left the cars in the bushes, and waited for the Cessna to shuttle us, our two dogs, clothes and hiking gear to Garibaldi Lake. It took three loads of 450 pounds to get us all up there. My things have changed!

I’ve been to Garibaldi about every 2 or 3 years since. The flowers in 2008 were the most beautiful I’ve seen in the fifty years. I have many fond memories of times spent in this magnificent park.

Now I’m at the stage in my life where I’ve sold my house, am renting, and have money available for charitable purposes. Since my income takes me into the top tax bracket, every $1000 I give (up to a certain limit) reduces my income tax by close to $450. And when the gift is in the form of shares that have made a capital gain, the tax reduction rises to about $500. Each year, my accountant calculates the size of donation that will reduce my income tax to zero. Through this process I see the government allocate my tax dollars to trail work in parks they may not otherwise do, instead of using them for other government projects that rank lower on my scale of values.

I recently chose to make donations over three successive years to upgrade a trail to one of my favourite places in Garibaldi Park. These donations are paying for the installation of two bridges over river crossings and 11 kilometres of trail reconstruction from Elfin Lakes to Mamquam Lake. I wanted to give something to future generations so they could experience the joy I felt when discovering these wild places.

The Mamquam Trail is my legacy and gift to future park visitors.

˜ Anonymous, Vancouver resident

The Mamquam Lake Trail is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2013.

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Photo taken by the donor in 2008 of the most magnificent wildflowers he has ever seen in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Photo taken by the donor in 2008 of the most magnificent wildflowers he has ever seen in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Photo of the donor’s family taken on Panorama Ridge in 1966; the first of many visits.
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