Natural Resources, RCMP work together to stop illegal backcountry music event


2021-09-16 13:47 PDT

File # 2021-6147

On September 3, 2021, Squamish RCMP assisted provincial Natural Resource Officers with shutting down an illegal music event at a recreation site in upper Squamish Valley.

Natural Resource Officers had given the organizer notice under the Provincial Land Act to stop using Crown land and restore the land to satisfactory condition. The organizer decided to proceed with the event that included about 100-150 people and 50 cars in a small recreation site. Under the Land Act provisions, Natural Resource Officers seized a number of generators used for the event.

Natural Resources Officers’ roles include protecting environmentally sensitive Crown lands. Officers issued numerous Land Act notices this summer due to a growing number of large-scale backcountry events by organizers not adhering to existing land protection laws.

In 2021 we have seen an unprecedented amount of music events with stages and multiple power sources in our backcountry, says Staff Sergeant Gareth Bradley of the Squamish RCMP. Our preference is to obtain compliance through a measured approach that includes awareness and education, however, if people do not comply, we move to enforcement that can include seizing event equipment.

Squamish RCMP asks anyone with any information about any crime to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, or, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or, go to

Released by

Cpl. Angela Kermer

Media Relations Officer
Sea to Sky RCMP
Office: 604-892-6137
Cell: 604 848-4793


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