Every time Dale Horth drove past the Centenary Grove across from the airport, he thought of his father, Doug Horth, who passed away in 2019.
The area was overgrown now, but this was a woodlot that was logged by his father. The senior Horth had also discovered a memorial in memory of John Askey Quick, a Squamish resident who had died in the Second World War.
“My dad was a really great logger and he loved the community of Squamish,” says Dale Horth.
Last week, Dale and his family installed a rock monument in the forest grove, located in the Ray Peters Trail, across from the airport.
“This is an area my dad logged and it is always going to remain a park so it was very fitting place to put a memorial here,” he says.
Dale said his father had worked long hours, logging and doing silviculture in the area, work that kept him busy but was thoroughly enjoyed by him.
His father was also instrumental in creating the popular Ray Peters trail, Dale adds.
“My dad gave the Ray Peters trail the green light to proceed being built on the woodlot 027,” he says.
“If it wasn’t for my dad, a lot of the trails in the woodlot 027 wouldn’t exists. He loved the community of Squamish,” Dale says.
Dale recalls how they would log an area that had trails and his father spent a lot of time rebuilding trails after harvesting and made the trails better.
“You can ride a bike or walk from the airport and stay on trails all the way to the corner of Alice Lake, and my dad built those,” he says with pride.
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