The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

September 2023 NEWSLETTER


Join us for our Annual General Meeting - Saturday, October 21st, 2023 at the University of British Columbia.

We will enjoy interactive presentations about outdoor recreation insurance, the new $10 million Outdoor Recreation Fund, trail sharing, and increasing diversity and inclusivity in our clubs and backcountry ~ We look forward to seeing you there! Registration required.


Want to share your adventure? Shed some light on a backcountry issue? Educate others? Show off your favourite photos? 

We welcome all submissions related to non-motorized outdoor recreation related to BC’s backcountry, including:

  • Articles
  • Advocacy issues and efforts
  • Trip reports
  • Book reviews
  • Gear reviews
  • Events and announcements
  • Historical anecdotes
  • General stories and musings
  • Member club grant updates
  • Photos (including seasonally appropriate cover photos)

Fall/Winter issue submissions due September 30th.


Generator available for FMCBC Club use

FMCBC clubs are invited to borrow the FMCBC generator for trail and backcountry maintenance. Located in North Shore, Vancouver. 

Mountain Matters

Mount Robson Then and Now

More on the partially reopened Berg Lake Trail, and a look back to 45 years ago. Thanks to Mike Nash, Caledonia Ramblers, for this comparison. 

Ozalenka Alpine Club (OAC) Petition Success!

Thanks to petition signers and organization from the OAC, the Ministry of Forests officially backed out of removing the bridge over the S. Dore River (G3-032). Join them in celebrating their success in maintaining continued access to one of the iconic valleys in McBride.

Why Trails Matter: Resilience to Wildfire

Trails in suburban and rural areas are becoming lifesavers as wildfires spread, serving as escape routes, fire recovery classrooms, and protective barriers against these increasing infernos. Check out these tips for hitting the trail during wildfire season.

The Forest Practices Board has released an investigative report about managing habitat for at-risk species under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). The report examines the BC government’s use of tools available under FRPA to protect habitat for species at risk and forest licensees’ compliance with legal requirements.

Webinar: Tips to Promote Your Recreation Organization Through Social Media

Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Time: 1-2 PM PT
Cost: Free

Promoting your recreation organization through social media can be a great way to reach a wider audience, engage with your target demographic and achieve goals such as more members, sponsors or community support.

Webinar: Engaging, Enabling, and Motivating Families and Diverse Trails Users

Date: September 28, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (Pacific Time) 
Cost: Free

This webinar will discuss methods to expand trail visitor diversity through planning, design, messaging, and engaging a broader constituency of enthusiasts.

Forest Practices Board releases audit results for five woodlots near Campbell River

A set of reports recently released by the Forest Practices Board revealed varying degrees of compliance with legal requirements among licensees during an audit of forest practices on five woodlots in the Campbell River Natural Resource District.

Pedaling for a Purpose: PNOA’s Triumph in the 2023 Great Cycle Challenge

A group of 18 passionate individuals from the Pacific Northwest Outdoor Association (PNOA) raised $10,492.14 for the SickKids Foundation by cycling 6112.8 kilometers during the August 2023 Great Cycle Challenge to support children battling cancer.

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Spring/Summer 2023

Cloudburst Magazine 

In this issue:

Celebrating BC Trails Day | 50 Years of the Fed | Insurance Waiver Best Practices | Member Club Grants 2023 | A Bike Trip to Victoria | Hemingway on the Slopes 

Want to share your adventure? Shed some light on a backcountry issue? Educate others? Show off your favourite photos? Tell others about that great book you read?

We want to hear all about it!


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