New Look for MountainBikingBC.ca

It’s been 5 years since the launch of MountainBikingBC.ca and we have been blown away by the growth in traffic.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making it an essential resource for planning a mountain bike trip in British Columbia! Just like the trails in this province that continue to expand and improve, it’s time for us to do the same with the website.  The new site offers many new features with more planned for the near future. Regional exploration – The province is divided into 6 regions, each with its own unique flavour in terms of landscapes, culture and amazing riding adventures. More content – Inspiring content is key to convincing riders that BC should be on the top of their bucket list and we have plenty of new stories waiting to tell. Watch for more to come over the season ahead. Trip planning – Experiencing BC vicariously through stories and videos is great, but we want to make it easier for you to actually experience it for yourself by providing sample itineraries based on the stories we share. Trailforks – No other trail database for BC matches the level of detail and accuracy provided by Trailforks.com and the Trailforks app.  This has become an essential tool for understanding all the riding options that are available. Check it out at www.mountainbikingbc.ca   Please send us your comments or suggestions using the site’s contact...

Cumberland Trails Agreement Finalized

January 5, 2016 Cumberland, BC – The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), Village of Cumberland, TimberWest Forest Corp., and Hancock Forest Management are excited to announce that a land access agreement has been reached to formally allow non-motorized recreation on private managed forest lands adjacent to the Village of Cumberland. This progressive and multi-faceted agreement not only authorizes public recreation on private and public forest lands south of the Village, but gives the private landowners the opportunity to better communicate and manage risks associated with people recreating on their land. “This agreement represents the collective efforts of all parties involved and demonstrates what can be achieved through collaboration,” said Mike Manara, UROC President.  “I am proud of the UROC board for their dedication to this project and the commitment to making mountain biking a legitimate industry in our community.  We are stoked to put Cumberland and our amazing trails on the map!  I would also like to thank the Village of Cumberland for their support in this endeavour, as well as all the volunteers that have contributed to our trail network over the years – you know who you are and we thank you!” “Completion of this project is a very positive step,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, Chief Forester and VP Sustainability for TimberWest. “Years in the making, this agreement provides for legitimate access to mountain bikers and recreationists to enjoy a series of trails over multiple ownerships.   Much credit must go to UROC and the Village of Cumberland for their efforts in bringing this agreement together.” “Hancock Forest Management endeavors to give back to the communities that surround our managed forest...

Simpcw First Nations – Building trails, capacity & economic opportunity

September 1, 2015 SIMPCW (Chu Chua) – people from throughout the McBride to Barriere Corridor will have an opportunity to learn how to build world-class single-track trails for hiking and mountain biking. The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday September 12 & 13 at the Simpcw Nation community Hall (500 Dunn Lake Rd, Barriere, BC) from 9am to 4pm. The workshop is open to any group or individual interested.  There are no fees to attend. The Simpcw First Nation received $45,000 from the BC government to identify how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities can collaborate and pursue new opportunities in the region’s growing mountain bike and tourism industry.  Other communities such as the Thompson Nicola Regional District and the Simpcw Nation have contributed to the project. The trail building workshop is also being supported by MNP and Recreation Sites & Trails BC. The trail building workshop will allow Simpcw members, as well as representatives from communities and community organizations from throughout the area, to learn about sustainable trail building and maintenance techniques and practises.  The workshop will provide the skills and capacity for local communities to build trails throughout the McBride to Barriere Corridor. The workshop will be facilitated by Mark Wood from the Arc’teryx NSMBA North Shore Trail Builders Academy.  The Academy is a program operated by the North Shore Mountain Bike Association providing training in modern trail building techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long-term sustainability and a positive user experience. Labour Market Partnerships are a component of the Employment Program of BC’s Community and Employer Partnerships fund for projects that share labour...

Planning Award for the Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Development Strategy

Vancouver, BC – May 29, 2015 – The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) has awarded its 2015 Silver Award for Excellence in Policy Planning for Small Towns & Rural Areas to the Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Development Strategy. The project conducted by the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA)  in association with David Nairne & Associates and in partnership with the Northern BC Tourism Association and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition has laid the foundations for further development of mountain biking in the region.  Northern BC is recognized for its vast wilderness and outdoor recreation opportunities and is increasingly gaining attention as a mountain biking destination.  Mountain biking enthusiasts living in communities along the Yellowhead corridor have been building and maintaining trails for mountain biking for over a decade.  The strategy offers a sustainable approach to development based on regional collaboration, support for ongoing trail improvements, and local capacity building that will encourage greater community participation and destination awareness. The Mountain Bike Development Strategy was only possible due to the support and enthusiastic participation of everyone from each of the communities involved in the project.  “This project would never have come together if it hadn’t been for the support of the staff and leadership, the local community groups that hosted and coordinated meetings, the riders who took us out on the trails, the community members and club reps who took time out of your busy schedules to attend our meetings and review the reports and documents’, said Patrick Lucas, lead planner for the project.  “Receiving this award shows that this project has established the...

Williams Lake to Host Provincial Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium

Williams Lake, B.C. Feb. 26, 2015 – Williams Lake will have an incredible opportunity to showcase its trails as the city welcomes hundreds of mountain bikers and industry professionals from across British Columbia to the Provincial Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium this fall. From Oct. 2nd to 4th, the city will host a diverse group of industry professionals including media, destination marketers, commercial operators, land managers, government and industry representatives, professional riders, and mountain bike advocates. The City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District have a long history of supporting mountain biking, and recognize the positive economic impact mountain bike tourism has on our region.  A partnership between local governments and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and the Williams Lake Cycling Club continues to develop mountain biking infrastructure and promotion in the Cariboo. This partnership, coupled with world class single track, a dedicated local riding community, continued trail maintenance, and a strong relationship with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, helped create the winning bid to host the Provincial Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake this fall. Eleven communities from throughout BC submitted proposals but unique Cariboo qualities helped Williams Lake win the bid. Hosting this event will have multiple benefits to the community of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region through heightened media attention, positive economic impact, and opportunity to showcase the continued hard work and support that has built Williams Lake into a world class mountain bike destination. In addition to the conference itself, the weekend will include guided rides, a social evening, and a film screening. Mayor Walt Cobb is pleased to have Williams Lake...

Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation and Tourism Development Strategy ready to implement

New collaborative effort will help create opportunities for communities along the Yellowhead Corridor Vancouver, BC – January 26, 2015 – The Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA) in partnership with the Northern BC Tourism Association and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition is pleased to announce the release of a new strategy to support further development of mountain biking in the region.  Northern BC is recognized for its vast wilderness and outdoor recreation opportunities and is increasingly gaining attention as a mountain biking destination.  “Mountain biking represents a new opportunity to attract visitors to our region and collaboration among the key stakeholders will be critical”, said Clint Fraser, acting CEO of the Northern BC Tourism Association. Mountain biking advocates living in communities along the Yellowhead corridor have been building and maintaining trails for mountain biking for over a decade.  “Valemount, Prince George, Burns Lake, Smithers, and Terrace have already created some amazing trail networks”, said Martin Littlejohn, Executive Director of the MBTA, “however, the capacity of the local mountain bike clubs and advocacy groups is limited by funding and volunteer support.  We are recommending collaboration at a regional level among local governments, regional districts and other regional agencies to support mountain bike development for the social and economic benefits that it can provide.” Key recommendations include support for trail maintenance, entry level trails and skills parks for beginners and families, consistent signage, programming for youth, greater involvement with the tourism sector, and the creation of a regional brand. The Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation and Tourism Strategy was supported by the following communities and organizations: Omineca Beetle Action Coalition...