My name is Alan Lande, and like countless others, some of who have been long time residents of Whistler, would like to formally rename Alpha Lake, to "Lac Pascal" to honour the late Pascal Georges Tiphine, Dec 30/54-Nov 22/13
Pascal, owner/chef of Le Gros Restaurant (Formerly Le Deux Gros) was a true and dear friend to me, my family and countless others who cherished his warmth, friendship and hospitality.
I don't stand alone in calling this remarkable man "friend" as witnessed recently by the hundreds of people that attended his Celebration of Life this past Dec 1/13.
Pascal and I spent days upon days, hours upon hours fishing at his beloved Alpha Lake.
Pascal's last wishes were that his ashes spread on Alpha Lake and in his native France, where his Father still resides.
His restaurant and it's iconic sign above the highway high on the rocks at the intersection of Alpha Lake Road and 99, was a welcome beacon to both locals and visitors alike. Since 1969, he hosted many a great evening and his legendary St Bastille Day parties were attended by too many to count throughout the years. There were weddings, Celebrations of Life, retirement parties and the list could go on and on....
For more than 30 years, Pascal, a true restrantuer, was know near and far for the other accolade Whistler is known for.....Great food and great value. He donated many a gift certificate for any organization that asked and was thrilled to help anyone at anytime in the community.
Based on the confusion voiced from visitors (and even some locals), regarding the difference between Alpha and Alta Lakes, as well as the lack of meaningful significance of "Alpha", I and many others, would like to propose that Alpha Lake's name be changed to "Lac Pascal" and we ask for your consideration and support in this undertaking.
Note: The information I received from the Museum is that it was named Alpha in that it was the first in the chain of Whistlers lakes.