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Message from Al Mainprize regarding Fire Bans and Restrictions, June 23, 2019:

Spider Lake Springs is not currently under a campfire ban, however, the Coastal Fire Center has indicated we may be nearing restriction conditions. Campfire bans will be posted to the Spider Lake Springs Facebook Page and Website.

As soon as a campfire ban is on the horizon, SLS staff prepare to post a dozen large yellow and black ‘No Campfires’ throughout the park and engage campers to inform them of the situation.

Good sources of information regarding the current fire danger rating and any restrictions currently in place include the Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department’s website, the Wildfire Service website, and specific searches for recent news releases from The Coastal Fire Center, Errington Base. There is an infographic sign near the intersection of Horne Lake Road and Spider Lake Road with the current local restrictions and BHBVFD is very good at keeping it up-to-date.

Important 2019 Dates

The following dates are noteworthy:

May 15: Gate cards are deactivated for any overdue Maintenance and Hydro accounts, with an additional fee for reactivation.

May Long Weekend:   SLSCA AGM 10AM on Sunday of the long weekend at Lighthouse Community Centre.

May Long Weekend: All tarps must be removed from RVs, sheds, decks, etc. by this date.  Any that remain will be removed by staff at the license holder’s expense.

June 1: All sites must be cleaned up by this date.  This includes items such as cutting grass & weeds, raking up leaves, removal of unsightly clutter.  After this date, staff will do what is necessary to clean up sites at the license holder’s expense.

June 29: Waterslide Opens! (Provided it passes all required inspections).

October 15: Last day of the camping season. Ensure that your water is disconnected from the source.

October 16: Water is turned off and the lines blown out.

October 17 – November 15: Annual hydro meter reading. Those lot owners that require their meters to be read earlier must contact the manager or any staff member and it will be read ASAP.

Allan Mainprize, Manager, SLSR

2019 Owner Info Forms Due Now

All Campers: If you haven’t already done so, please ensure you complete a 2019 Owner Information Document and submit as soon as possible. This form can be found on the SLS website under Forms.

Allan Mainprize

Manager, SLSR

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Bear Sightings in Area, May 7, 2019

There have been bear sightings in the area, bear scat in the park, and most recently bear activity at the lower garbage dumpsters.  This is the annual reminder that we are in a wilderness area, and with the substantial changes to habitat resulting from the December windstorm we may have more visits from wildlife.  Please report all large animal wildlife encounters or sightings to staff or conservation as soon as they occur.

Allan Mainprize
Manager, SLSR

Site Owner Info Sheet 2019 available now

As the new camping season approaches, your Board of Directors, Management and Staff are working hard to ensure we have another great year.

With the 2018/2019 winter storms behind us, we’re reminded of how important it is to keep your contact information updated.
There is now a PDF and fillable version of our Owner Information Sheet in the Forms section on this website.  Please take a few moments to fill this out, and email to spiderlakesecretary@gmail.com.  All information submitted is confidential and will not be shared.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages, both are excellent sources of information for SLS campers!

Logging around park perimeter

The parcel of land immediately to the east of Spider Lake Springs is private property. Our property ends at the back boundary of sites in B, C, D, and G sections that lie on the eastern side of the park. The windstorm in December 2018 caused extensive damage to properties in this area, most of it being fallen, uprooted, compromised and damaged trees. Due to the number of such trees on the neighboring property, the landowner is clearing a buffer between the trees on his property and the sites along the east side of our property. The view from sites in E, B, C, D and G sections is affected by this work. As it is private property and the compromised trees do pose a liability risk, there is little we can do about it.

Wildlife Control

The park has employed the services of a wildlife control company to deal with issue of bank damage at the ponds. It has been determined that muskrat are excavating the dens in the pond banks. These dens pose a safety risk to anyone walking around the ponds. An individual could step on a den, lose footing, fall or trip and end up being injured.

It has been necessary to employ both live capture and lethal traps. All pets must be on-leash at all times, as stated in the rules, but with lethal traps deployed in the ponds it is important to be more vigilant and responsible with your pets. The lethal traps are only in the ponds, under or partially under water; live capture traps are employed entirely above the water.

Please do not tamper with or otherwise touch any of the traps or any animals caught in the traps. The traps are to be set, reset, or moved by the trapper ONLY.

Ensure that children in your care are supervised and aware of this process. Ensure they know not to touch any of the traps.

I still strongly recommend that the pond edges be avoided until we have concluded this work and repaired the damage. If you fall through a den please report it to a staff member immediately.

A message from Al Mainprize, Park Manager

Your 2019 maintenance and hydro fees (explained in detail)

Everyone is billed the same for maintenance fees each year. These fees cover the operating costs for the park, ie: staff, water, garbage and recycling collection, and electricity to operate the water and sewer pumping stations, pumps that aerate the ponds, electricity to the washrooms and laundry, other buildings, the water slide etc, etc. In 2019, there is a $100.00 increase to cover increases in these operating costs.

Electricity charges noted on your invoice are based on your usage. Each lot has a meter and is read by park staff in October each year. Here is an explanation of the two lines describing an owner’s Hydro charges.

The first hydro charge is an adjustment charge for the previous year. This number, in kWh, is based on what you were estimated to use in 2018, (you paid this amount on last year’s bill), plus or minus what you actually used. As an example, lets say an owner’s use is estimated and billed in 2018 at 2038 kWh but actual use (as per the meter reading in October) was 2,144 kWh. The adjustment amount is based on the difference between 2038 and 2144, or 108, so the billing adjustment is 108 x 0.130=$14.04. The charge per kWh in 2018 by BC Hydro was 13 cents (0.130). In 2019, there was an increase of .05 cents per kWh from 2018, now 13.5 cents (0.135) per kWh.

The second charge billed is your estimated use for the 2019 season and is based on an average of your actual use for the past three years. If you were to start using less electricity, this estimated use over three years would decrease your estimated use charges. But should you use more, your average over the three years will increase.

Please email the treasurer directly with any questions regarding your invoice, slstreasurer@gmail.com.

2019 maintenance fees have been mailed

It’s official, the 2019 maintenance fees were mailed earlier this week. If you don’t receive yours by Jan 15, please email your current mailing address to slsrtreasurer@gmail.com. Payment is due by April 30, 2019.

If you know another owner who moved in the past year, please let them know, thanks.