Exploring the Mica Tenure: Harvey Creek

Nestled between Mt. Dainard and Dunkirk Mountain and just around the corner from Mica Lodge lies Harvey Creek. Host to some of Mica's most diverse ski terrain, Harvey is one of the tributaries that feeds into Kinbasket Lake directly below Mica Lodge.

Just a quick flight from Mica Lodge reveals the wide drainage, stacked with ski terrain that ranges from wide open to featured. With a massive diversity of ski runs, Harvey offers something for every skier who visits Mica.

Kindergarten High, Harvey Creek

[Guests enjoying powder turns on Kindergarten High, Harvey Creek]

The pillows, steep spines and trees of Pillow Talk, Harvey Wallbanger and Mr. Wiggles have been featured in many ski films and publications over the years. 

Robin O'Neill Photo
[Marie-France Roy popping pillows fo the camera while filming for Full Moon Film. photo: Robin O'Neill]

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Guest favourites include laying down wide open turns on Harvey Hound, watching the morning sun dance on T-Bone, or feeling the burn on Big Willy, Mica’s longest run with a 1600 meter/ 5250 foot descent.

Astar flying over Tbone
[The Astar flies over T-Bone in morning light]
 

Izzy Lynch in Pillow Talk

[Izzy Lynch skis Pillow Talk photo: Mike McPhee]

While every day is a new adventure at Mica, this area is also steeped in history dating back to the early Canadian explorers.  Southwest off  Mt. Dainard lays a submerged National Historic Site; Boat Encampment. This site commemorates the winter of 1811 when Canadian explorer David Thompson settled to build canoes and plan his voyage up the mighty Columbia River. In the early nineteenth century after Thompson’s departure of Boat Encampment, this post became an important transfer point on the express fur trade route from the Pacific Coast to Montreal and York Factory.  This trading continued for 50 years, and Boat Encampment was relocated in 1973 and again in  2000 due to flooding from hydroelectric development.

Boat Encampment, Paul Kane
[Boat Encampment by Artist Paul Kane]

With a rich history of exploration, the beauty and reverence of this area has not faded with time. Continued advancement in transportation now allow us to travel even further, flying to the tops of mountains and skiing to the valley bottoms that hold so many story of the past. Though the medium for travel of this area has changed, we continue to appreciate it's past while making new discoveries. Whether it's finding the deepest, driest pockets of snow at the back of the drainage or watching the terrain evolve as forest fires create new runs, Harvey Creek continues to inspire a sense of adventure and exploration to all those who visit. 

For more stories about the Mica Tenure check out: Exploring the Mica Tenure: Mt. Tsar

 

Source:
(Canadian Alpine Journal, vol VI, 1914-15).
Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997