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...

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...

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...

BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium announced; May 26-28, 2013

News BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium welcomes industry leaders and stakeholders - A symposium to progress mountain bike tourism in the province – Vancouver, BC - February 13, 2013 - The Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA) in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Tourism British Columbia, International Mountain Bicycling Association Canada, Royal Roads University, and District of Sooke is proud to present the BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium at the Best Western Premier - Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke, BC, May 26-28, 2013. British Columbia has gained much attention worldwide for its significant role in mountain biking. The program of the Symposium is entitled “Progression”. It speaks to the opportunity for stakeholders and experts to gather and share insights and knowledge about how to progress toward a more sustainable and viable mountain bike tourism sector. The Symposium is geared towards community leaders, land managers, trail advocates, adventure tourism operators, and government and industry representatives and will present lessons learned from BC and other parts of the world. Key initiatives will be highlighted that represent new opportunities for communities throughout the province. Topics will cover marketing mountain biking experiences, land use and product development considerations, environmental and risk management issues, partnerships and funding, as well as developing bike friendly communities and services. Our goal is to unify the voice of the BC mountain bike tourism industry, and discuss the opportunities we have to drive more tourism to the province. The symposium offers: Knowledgeable speakers and interactive panels of experts discussing key issues. Networking opportunities with stakeholders from around the province, plus a variety of social events. Announcements...

New Movie ‘From the Inside Out’ – Coming December 1st

October 19, 2011  Earlier this morning we released the official trailer for From The Inside Out – the premiere film from SecondBase, a joint production company owned by Anthill Films and the Coastal Crew. From the Inside Out will be available December 1st, 2011 in a special edition DVD+BluRay combo pack and on over twenty iTunes stores world-wide. The world premiere will take place October 27th in Whistler BC and currently over forty premiere tour events are currently scheduled to take place before December 1st. Written, directed and edit by the Coastal Crew and produced by Anthill Films, From the Inside Out was filmed entirely in British Columbia, the birthplace of freeride, and features some of the sport’s best riders, including: Brandon Semenuk, Steve Smith, Thomas Vanderham, Matt Hunter, Graham Agassiz, Mike Hopkins, Kenny Smith & The Coastal Crew. This is a film by riders, for riders. As the Coastal Crew puts it: “Many past films, riders, and locations have inspired us. Some of those locations are now our backyards, and some of those riders are now our friends. From the Inside Out is our adventure to the places we’ve always wanted to ride, and our expression of the lines and styles that have influenced us. This is freeride mountain biking. This film is from us – the riders.” Fans can support the filmmakers direct by pre-ordering the DVD+BluRay combo pack now. Visit www.secondbasefilms.com to find out more and to view current premiere tour dates. From the Inside Out is made possible by Mountain Biking BC, Rock Shox, Sombrio, Evoc, Chromag, Pink Bike and SCOTT Sports. Additional support for...