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Time Traveller: Tractor rides on top of Hollyburn Mountain in 1950 look pretty fun

The Burfield family owned the West Van ski hill for decades before selling to Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd. in 1983
Tractor ride Hollyburn Mountain

This photo, taken ca. 1950, shows Fred Burfield and his John Deere tractor pulling a load of people in a sledge at the top of Hollyburn Mountain. The tractor was used for heavy work at the lodge – including, it seems, hauling people around the mountain.

In 1946, the Burfield family bought Hollyburn Ski Camp (renamed Hollyburn Ski Lodge) and lived and worked on the mountain year-round. Sons Harry and Fred took over operations from their parents in the 1950s. In 1966, Harry Burfield sold his share of the lodge to Fred and his wife Evy. Hollyburn Ski Lodge was run by Fred Burfield (along with daughter Peggy) until 1983 when the entire operation was bought by Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd.

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