Signal Hill Still Being Used as Disc Golf Course
The Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Lil’wat Nation and the Village of Pemberton are requesting assistance from the disc golf community to help spread the word regarding the illegal use of Signal Hill’s archaeological site for disc golf purposes.
The Signal Hill Registered Archaeological Site had been the site of an unsanctioned disc golf course, and was decommissioned in 2010 by the Lil’wat Nation and SLRD. Since then, some users have continued to trespass over the site and have reinstalled the disc golf course. Golfers, hikers and all other recreational users are asked to respect this unique and culturally significant site by staying out of the fenced area and observing the posted signs. Damage or desecration of this registered archaeological site is an offence under the BC Heritage Conservation Act, punishable by up to two years in prison or a $50,000 fine.
The Signal Hill site was once a winter home for families of the Wolf Clan of the Lil’wat Nation. Large pits are the remains of houses where people lived in the winter, called s7’istkens (pronounced “ishkens”). The site is regarded to be one of the oldest in the Pemberton Valley.
The SLRD and Lil’wat Nation have been working together to fence the site and educate visitors with an interpretive sign requesting that the historic site be respected.
The Village of Pemberton has been working with disc golfers to establish an alternate facility for this popular valley activity. A grant obtained by the Village of Pemberton from Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation will allow the Village to build a new disc golf facility in consultation with the disc golf community.
For further information contact:
Jill Brooksbank, Communications Coordinator
Village of Pemberton