Frequently Asked Questions
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Questions About Blueridge
We think it’s great, but we’re biased because we live here!
In general, though, Blueridge is an open, welcoming, and family oriented community. We have many residents who have lived here for decades, as well as younger families moving in. There are quite a few examples of residents who moved away and then came back.
We’re active, with ready access to local trails and many people walking their dogs regularly. Being on the north shore we’re close to skiing and other winter activities as well. When COVID allows, we have a number of community related gatherings scheduled during the year.
If you’re interested in the weather, be prepared for rain. Our local mountains tend to squeeze water out of every passing cloud, so we get more rainfall than most other nearby communities. We can get some snow in the winters too. Blueridge residents love the sun though, and tend to get out whenever they can.
If you’re a new resident, you should let us know so we can give you a proper – in person – greeting.
Another good source of information for new residents is our Community Brochure.
And of course if you have school age children, the schools have lots of ways to get involved.
Again, welcome to Blueridge! We hope you love it here!
This was published in the April 2022 Blueridge Bulletin:
As you might have heard, the play equipment for 6-12 year olds in Blueridge Park is scheduled for replacement in 2022. Last month [March 2022] the DNV had a survey on their website asking for community input on this issue. That survey closed on March 20, 2022.
The district is now processing that information and requesting bids for the project. Work on replacing the old equipment should start this fall. More information about this can be found at this web page:
In addition, the DNV has budgeted $375,000 to add new washrooms to Blueridge Park in 2023. As we learn more about that we will share it.
You can find a list of schools and related organizations on our Resources page. Once there select the Schools tab to find the list.
We’re interested in adding more school related information to the website. If you have suggestions along those lines, please use this form to send them our way. Thank you!
Garbage collection days change as holidays happen. The latest annual collection schedule is mailed to all residents once a year, and can be downloaded from Recycle BC. You can also look up your specific collection day. Note that Blueridge is included in two different collection areas, so we don’t all see the garbage trucks on the same day.
Even better than downloading the schedule is installing the app – DNVCollect – on your phone. It will remind you the night before. You can find links to the app stores (both Android and iOS) and lots of other information on our Garbage and Recycling page.
That page and many other useful ones are found on the Resources page on our website. Take a look!
The primary bus route serving Blueridge is 214, but 211 can also be used if you catch it at a stop along Mt. Seymour Parkway.
We have an entire page dedicated to Public Transportation here on our website, which is linked from the Resources menu item. You’ll find lots of useful information there.
The answer to this depends on what you’re seeing.
If it’s an emergency of any kind, please call 911 right away and report it.
If it’s not an emergency but still urgent, check the Important Contacts tab on our Resources page. A number of organizations are listed there that cover a range of issues.
If neither of those apply, you’re welcome to send your question or issue to the BCA via the Contact form. While we can’t make promises, we have built relationships with many organizations and people over the years, and may be able to put you in touch with the right person, or bring the issue up in the right place.
The Blair Rifle Range was opened by the Department of National Defence in 1927 and it occupied land just east and north of Blueridge, in an area now covered with trails.
In 2014, Blueridge resident Donna Sacuta – now Executive Director of the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre – was asked about the range and began researching it. The result was an extensive document on the history of the range, and at least one article in local news media.
In early 2022 Donna and her work were featured in On The Line: Stories of BC Workers.
In 2018, an unexploded three inch shell was found in the area that used to be the Blair Rifle Range (see related FAQ entry). The area was closed off and the device was removed. This was documented in this North Shore News article at the time.
The Department of National Defence (DND) held a public information session in June 2018 to discuss how they survey for unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO). The DND say to follow these steps if you see something that looks like it may be UXO:
Don’t touch it.
Turn around and leave the area the same way you came in.
Call 911 or local police.
If you have any questions about DND’s UXO activities at the former Blair Rifle Range, please contact us by e-mail at UXOCanada@forces.gc.ca, or by phone at 613-943-7860.
Through its UXO Legacy program, DND is working to reduce UXO risks at former military sites across Canada and ensure these areas are safe for Canadians. To learn more about UXO safety and DND’s UXO program, visit Canada.ca/UXO-Safety.
This is a sad story.
As you turn left from Mt. Seymour Parkway onto Berkley Road, you may notice flowers displayed in a sign pole in the divider in the road. They’re replaced regularly and are always in good condition.
The flowers are maintained as a memorial for Deep Cove residents Lisa and Linda Maier, who died at that intersection in a horrific traffic accident on July 14, 1990.
More details are available in this November 14, 2016 North Shore News article.
The BCA webmaster searched newspaper archives from the time and confirmed the names and date. There was an outpouring of grief in the community, with many memorials appearing in The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the Times-Colonist. As far as it is possible to tell, the North Shore News article is correct, despite being written 26 years after the event. Sadly, it is the only article currently available that can be easily linked to.
Questions About The BCA
The BCA supports a large number of programs, from a scholarship, to Blueridge Good Neighbour Day, to Blueridge Cares. The list is too long to include here. Please visit the Programs page to see it all and learn more!
The Blueridge Local Business Directory provides brief descriptions of businesses based in Blueridge, owned by Blueridge residents, or that are nearby and provide goods and services to those in Blueridge. By patronizing businesses listed there, you are supporting your neighbours.
If you’d like your own business added to the directory, fill out the form linked at the bottom of the directory and we’ll make it happen.
The Sharing Garden is a community garden located between Carnation and Lytton streets, across from Seymour Heights Elementary School.
Community members can rent a garden box annually and grow vegetables and flowers as desired. Other boxes are used to grow vegetables that are shared with the community.
Don’t miss the Little Free Library either!
Project Community is a program of the BCA to help businesses coordinate with Blueridge residents to get discounts on products and services. By arranging for multiple Blueridge residents to work with a business, a company can come to Blueridge for a longer time and avoid long travel between sites. In return, those businesses pass their savings on to customers. More information is available at the link above.
The BCA does have a scholarship for a Blueridge student going on to post-secondary education in BC. All the details are here.
The Blueridge Community Association (BCA) is an all volunteer group of Blueridge residents working to make the community a better place.
You can meet the board and some volunteers in ongoing roles on our People page.
You can see various documents including our constitution and bylaws.
You can also volunteer with the BCA.
All of those links come from the About menu on our website.
The BCA welcomes volunteers. A great place to start is the Volunteer Opportunities page on our website. If you don’t see anything there, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and our volunteer coordinator will get back to you to discuss options.
We’re also always on the lookout for new initiatives to make Blueridge a better place. If you have ideas for new things the BCA can do send them to us using our Contact Form, or email them to email@example.com.
And of course we announce our meetings here on the website and on social media. Come join us for one of those to learn more and meet some of your neighbours.
This one confuses a lot of people! Here are the details:
The Blueridge Bulletin is a monthly email sent to subscribers. You can read past issues and subscribe to it here.
The Blueridge Community Newsletter is a printed publication delivered (by BCA volunteers) to mailboxes in Blueridge three times a year. You can read past issues here.
Both are publications of the BCA. They cover somewhat different topics thanks to their different publication schedules, but both are very useful for keeping up with what is happening in the community.
The bridge and woodpecker images on our home page were taken by Marieke Grunwald. Thank you Mareike!
We welcome your comments and suggestions, and we work with community members to add relevant information to the website where appropriate.
You can reach the webmaster about any of these things using this form.