Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium
Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium

LEES+Associates was excited to attend the 2017 MTB Tourism Symposium in Revelstoke BC this fall.

Gathering multidisciplinary minds invested in furthering the future of mountain bike tourism in British Columbia, the core theme for this year’s event was stewardship.

The symposium lectures covered topics such as; Creating Successful Multi-Use Trails,

World Design Summit 2017

Erik Lees was one of the speakers at the World Design Summit held in Montreal, Canada last week.
Erik’s presentation “Resilience in northern cemetery design: lessons from Nunavut” addressed the congress theme DESIGN FOR EARTH. The congress convened over 3,500 delegates from six design disciplines to discuss transforming the future through design.

Humber Bay Shores Park, Toronto
Humber Bay Shores Park Trails Improvement

We’re pleased to see construction underway at Humber Bay Shores Park in Toronto. The project, aimed at improving trail networks and bicycle connections at the park is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.

Working with the City of Toronto, LEES+Associates completed the trail design including conceptual design through to construction documents,

Ali Canning - Thesis
WALLED OFF: Re-imagining the Stanley Park Coastline

We’re excited to share the master’s thesis of our newest staff member Ali Canning.
Ali, a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia’s Master of Landscape Architecture program, was invited by the City of Vancouver to present this thesis to the Park Board.

WALLED OFF: Re-imagining the Stanley Park Coastline
Thesis Project: Ali Canning

With the need to adapt to changing climates and emphasis on protecting valuable coastal habitats,

Lakeview Cemetery - Penticton, BC
Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton

On a recent visit to the Okanagan Valley, we got the opportunity to see the newly constructed burial expansion areas at Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton.
LEES+Associates was retained to develop construction documents for the expansion areas two years ago.

The burial expansion areas include:

A green burial area in a native Okanagan grassland
The ‘stream of memories’ river rock wall
Muslim burial area
Premium burial area overlooking the lake with a full range of interment and memorialization options including family estate lots and family cremation gardens
Scattering gardens

Below are a few photos from the site.

LEES+Associates Summer Retreat
LEES+Associates’ Summer Retreat!

We’re not only about work at LEES+Associates, we make room for fun too. Occasionally, we shut off our computers and go out to play!

We had a fantastic company retreat at Dragon’s Lodge on Gabriola Island recently. The weekend allowed time for the LEES team and our families to share communal meals,

Royal Oak Burial Park Stone
Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.

The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.

Fall in Beacon Hill Park
City of Victoria Adopts Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan

We are pleased to announce that Victoria’s City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan!
The plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to create a strategic level roadmap to help guide the planning, management, and investment into the City’s parks system for the next 25 years.

Cemetery
‘Looming crisis’ as cemeteries across Canada run out of space

“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”

Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.