Originally posted to Facebook by Matt Ion, January 23, 2019

In November of 2018, users of Norrish Creek FSR were surprised to see a new sign stating the gate at 8km would be closed 24/7 as of January 1. Naturally, this caused some concern, as Norrish is a popular destination close to Mission. The Norrish drainage basin is a major part of the freshwater supply for Mission and Abbotsford, so it’s not surprising that access might be restricted.

In December I contacted the City of Abbotsford water department and learned that when the gate was installed 10 years prior, the plan had always been to close it 24/7, but various technical and logistical issues with its operation led to them simply leaving it open. In 2018 though, the issues were sorted out, and the decision made to permanently close the gate, with access controlled by a keypad code that would be issued to approved stakeholders and user groups, with the stated intention being not to close off access, but merely to monitor it.

As of January 2019, the 4WDABC has requested and received a gate code from the city! They require that the code is provided ONLY to members of the Association – this means CURRENT paid members.

If you’d like to use the code, we ask that you fill out the form at http://bit.ly/4wdabcnorrishgate – please be sure to use the email address you provided when you got your membership, so we can confirm your status. The information gathered is for 4WDABC internal use only.

If you haven’t been a paid member before, please CLICK HERE and select New Membership

If you’d like to renew now, please CLICK HERE and select Membership Renewal

If you have any issues with this process, please email membership@4wdabc.ca. Note that requests are processed weekly so it will typically take a few days to receive the code via email. Keep an eye on your spam folder as they sometimes end up there.

Please remember that unauthorized distribution of the code, or abuse of the access, may result in the code being deactivated and loss of access for all members. We simply ask that every one operate on the honour system in not sharing the code yourself.