August 17, 2014
It was another beautiful day in Howe Sound July 27th behind Gambier Island in Thornborough Channel for the Future of Howe Sound Society’s S.O.S. event. On short notice up to 70 water craft and about 400 people converged to hear “The Brothers” band perform from a stage that would be envied by any musician, the dock at Burrard Yacht Club outstation.
The Brothers crafted and modified tunes to incorporate Save Howe Sound into the message which had people up and dancing aboard a variety of floating vessels. Writer/Photographer Joshua Hergesheimer generously donated his time to take photos and submit an article to the Vancouver Observer.
Since 2010 the Society has been raising awareness of the need for a comprehensive plan before all the positive environmental recovery, the social, recreation and tourism value and natural capital is ruined by inappropriate heavy industrial projects. The need for a comprehensive land and marine use plan was endorsed by all the local governments in the fall of 2013. Squamish Nation has engaged in the dialogue and is considering furthering its planning for the Sound. The Federal and Provincial governments however are not willing to contribute any resources to planning.
The Society continues to engage all stakeholders and First Nations groups in the dialogue and raise awareness of projects proposed for Howe Sound. The Society has heard thousands of comments that align with the thinking that beautiful Howe Sound, a spectacular fjord so close to a growing urban population is too special.
The recreation opportunities from Deep Cove to Pemberton, Gibsons to Jervis Inlet Howe Sound in the middle must qualify this area as the recreation capital of Canada and possibly the world. Mark your calendars for next year’s S.O.S. Rendezvous on the water the end of June 2015 to celebrate the remarkable recovery and beauty of Howe Sound. What can you do? Write, email or call your elected representatives to Save Our Sound .