For generations, British Pacific Properties (BPP) has been helping build and support communities on the North Shore.
As such, it stands to reason the development company has put its backing behind North Shore Rescue’s (NSR) efforts to keep those venturing into the glorious nature of the region safe.
“Our company’s history has been interwoven with the North Shore,” says Bryce Tupper, vice president of planning and development with British Pacific Properties.
“We’re probably best known for the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge in 1938, but we are property developers and community builders. We built Park Royal in1950 and have constructed communities in the upper lands.
“So, it was a logical extension to sponsor and support many local community organizations, and North Shore Rescue, for sure, fits into that category.”
For the past decade, BPP has played a role in supporting NSR through the Rotary Ride for Rescue initiative.
This annual fundraiser, kicked off by the West Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club, involves bike riders challenging themselves to tackle the steep ascent up Cypress Mountain.
The trek begins at the junction of Cypress Bowl Road and Cypress Lane and finishes at the mountain lodge, with riders collecting pledges to take part. Last year’s fundraising goal was $60,000.
“Like a lot of people and businesses based on the North Shore, there’s a real love and connection to the outdoors and wilderness,” Tupper says. “So, this was a perfect way to show our support with a ride up Cypress Mountain, which crosses portions of BPP-owned property.”
A prominent proponent of BBP's support of NSR extends beyond simply helping organize the fundraiser. They participate in it, as well.
“The company pays for the registration fees for those participating. Then, everyone goes out and does their individual sponsorship and awareness campaign for North Shore Rescue,” Tupper said.
Last year, there were nine riders on Team BPP.
In addition, the company has opened the Cypress Pop-Up Village on Cypress Bowl Rd., an enhanced public park space adjacent to promote the coming development.
“It’s like a staging area with a cafe, a bike wash and washrooms for people who want to get out into the wilderness and trails,” Tupper explains.
He continues that BPP also constructed a new 200-meter-long, illuminated trestle bridge spanning two branches of Cave Creek through the new Uplands neighbourhood nearby.
“It all helps create public awareness about the area, and that also helps publicize the Rotary ride and its support for North Shore Rescue,” Tupper said.
For more information on how you can help support North Shore Rescue, the Rotary Ride for Rescue event, and British Pacific Properties’ involvement, visit their website at britishproperties.com.