By Cst. Robert Riemer, Valemount RCMP

On January 28th, 2021 Constable Robert Riemer of the Valemount RCMP joined forces with the Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) General Manager, Curtis Pawliuk, in order to conduct proactive patrols of the Chappell Creek snowmobiling area. Avalanche conditions were checked in multiple sections as well.

Rod Riemer poses near one of the caribou boundary signs. He and local VARDA manager did a proactive patrol of the backcountry to ensure sledders are not trespassing into sensitive caribou areas./ Submitted

Chappell Creek, one of the region’s most popular snowmobiling areas, is also a caribou sensitive area, surrounded by multiple caribou closures and boundaries.

RCMP did patrols throughout the Chappell Creek region, checking all areas designated as a caribou closure, to ensure compliance from all those that use the region. It was encouraging to see that most regions were being respected, with very few tracks (old or new) breaching the marked boundaries.

It is required by law to abide by these boundaries and closures. Failure to do so could result in a $575.00 fine under Section 7(1) of the British Columbia Wildlife Act.

For more information on the region’s snowmobiling areas, avalanche conditions, and to download local maps which include the latest and most up to date caribou closures and boundaries, please visit

The Valemount RCMP would like to thank Curtis Pawliuk for his time in assisting local police in conducting guided patrols, and for his assistance in ensuring that all caribou regions are adhered to and respected.

Together let’s respect these closures to ensure the continued use and enjoyment of some of the best riding terrain this province has to offer.

(edited for length & clarity)