Film company's alleged cutting of trees on Stawamus Chief under investigation
Residents say film company has shut down popular hiking spot for two weeks
B.C. Parks staff are investigating reports that a film production company cut down two trees on the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park near Squamish.
The province's ministry of environment confirmed Wednesday that it was looking into a complaint filed by residents after they discovered the film company would be filming in the park, home to the popular Chief hiking trail, for two weeks.
A notice on the Parks B.C. website said filming will take place between June 15 and July 6 in the Kacodemon Boulder and Black Dyke Boulder area at the Chief.
"Please expect delays on some trails throughout this time period. There will be no filming activity on weekends or holidays," said the notice.
Residents say the film production company has shut down a portion of a trail on the Chief — and it shouldn't be allowed.
'Frustrating and odd'
Brian Vincent argues residents should have a say when it comes to closing down parts of the provincial park.
"The area they have closed off is a highly used area by climbers," said Vincent.
Vincent says B.C. Parks told him the company has a permit and isn't breaking any rules. But, he says, companies shouldn't be allowed to alter the environment.
"It strikes me as frustrating and odd that a company would have more rights in a provincial park than those of us that are paying taxes," he said.
Vincent wants film production in provincial parks to be banned altogether and believes people should be able to use the entire park.
The CBC contacted the production currently filming in the park for the feature film "Washington" and was directed to parent company Paramount. Paramount did not reply to our request for an interview.
- A previous version of this story said residents complained the main trail in the park was shut down by the film production company. In fact, they were upset a portion of one of the trails in the park was closed to the public.Jun 30, 2015 4:37 PM PT
With files from Kiran Dhillon.