In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1982. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: In 1982, as Whistler looked to expand its summer businesses, the municipality was in the process of creating a five-year plan for Lost Lake and the surrounding area. This plan included clearing the beach area, upgrading the trail system, and creating picnic facilities. While there was support for clearing the beach, the idea of a permanent concession facility that could include food, beverages, and boat rentals was under debate.
Question: How do you feel about the proposed concession stand for Lost Lake?
Sloane Hansen – Student – White Gold Estates
I don’t like the idea. Lost Lake used to be a retreat. If people want a place that’s all commercialized, they should go to Alice Lake.
Fixing up the beach is okay, but I don’t want to see this place like a resort.
They might as well change the name – it’s Found Lake now.
Patrice Couture – Construction Worker – Alpine Meadows
For this lake it won’t be a good thing. It will bring too many people.
It’s all right to be able to buy a pop, but I’m not sure about boat rentals.
Basically I’d rather not have a concession – I’d rather have it quiet.
Mike Petrus – Waiter – White Gold Estates
I could maybe see a concession stand for food and drink, but I wouldn’t agree with canoe and paddleboat rentals. It’s such a small lake.
If they’re going to fix up the beach – okay. But there shouldn’t be any boats.
People – and garbage – will be all over the place.
I think a concession would spoil it, like what’s happened in so many other places.
Jimmy Wharin – Doorman – Whistler Vale
It’s great for a summer attraction as long as they sell beer.
Al Davis – Artist – Function Junction
I think it’s long overdue. Lost Lake is already lost so you might as well have a concession.
Pierre Trudeau – Contractor – Alpine Meadows
It’s the s—!