Monkman – The Man, the Pass and the Park

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation hosted ?Monkman – the Man, the Pass and the Park? at the TR Public Library, Wednesday February 18th. Over 100 people enjoyed the display of archive material, coffee and goodies and an evening full of interesting presentations and information.

After the introduction and welcome of special guests, Charles Helm presented a brief history of Alex Monkman, the man. After hearing the story of Monkman and watching a short slideshow highlighting some of the scenic highlights along the Monkman Pass highway, people had a better understanding of this determined man.

Following this, Ben Foster presented a slideshow of the restoration of the Monkman homestead and barn. Representatives of BC Parks (Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection), Rob Bressette and Scott Fraser spoke about Monkman Provincial Park including plans for its future, which include trail improvements. Janet Hartford, who was there in 1939, lived in the heart of the Monkman Pass activity. Janet talked about her experiences and gave her account of the events that occurred during this time. Janet and George were later presented with an honorary lifetime membership to the Museum Foundation.

The evening was videotaped by Bruce Zimmer for the Museum Foundation archives.