The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

May 2018


An update on the BC Parks process for Tetrahedron Provincial Park

As folks are likely aware, there was another “Open House” style meeting at the Roberts Creek Community Hall on May 24th to “learn about and provide input into options being considered regarding the designation of Tetrahedron Park to enable the province to consider the possible expansion of the community water supply infrastructure at Chapman Lake.”

These meetings are being hosted, at BC Parks’ expense, in response to the request by the SCRD to draw down Chapman Lake within the park by up to 8 metres during peak summer season. Want to know how the meeting went? And what happens next? Our Executive Director, Barry Janyk, was in attendance and shared the details. Read all about it.

Comment period extended for Tetrahedron consultation

BC Parks has extended the comment period regarding the future of Tetrahedron Provincial Park. You now have until June 8th to let the government know that you disagree with all the re-designation options, and that you want to keep Tetrahedron Provincial Park as a Class A provincial park in its entirety. Submit your comments here.

Share the Trails Workshop

On May 11th, there was a Share the Trails Workshop in Nanaimo, which our Executive Director, Barry Janyk, attended on the FMCBC's behalf.

During the workshop, presenters and panelists helped explain the three main topics: e-bikes, mixed-use trails, and public access to private forest lands for recreation. It was an engaging day and Barry came away with some helpful information, especially related to assisting our Right to Roam initiative. Read more about it on our blog.

Singing Pass: the geotechnical situation up Fitzsimmons Creek

Earlier this year, the FMCBC's Southwest BC Recreation & Conservation Committee endorsed a parking and access proposal drafted by Paul Kubik of the BCMC. Paul recently researched the geotechnical situation of the Fitzsimmons slump and summarized his findings, which you can view here, here, and here. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive report. (Thanks to Bryce Leigh for the photo of the slump, taken on May 24, 2018.)


Mountain Matters

2017 BC Parks Volunteer Awards

Congrats to the winners of the 2017 BC Parks Volunteer Awards, including CPAWS-BC, who was named Community Partner of the Year.

And also a big thanks to ALL the volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to make outdoor recreation in BC safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable. We know how hard you work, we appreciate it, and we couldn't do it without you!


Leadership and Safety Seminar Information

As part of their safety due diligence, the Caledonia Ramblers holds leadership and safety seminars from time to time, usually at the start of the summer hiking season. Club member Mike Nash kindly offered to share the Ramblers' pre-seminar materials and seminar notes  in case your club is interested in doing something similar.


Province cracking down on unauthorized trail building

The BC government released a notice reminding everyone that it is illegal to build trails on Crown land without prior authorization. Individuals or groups wishing to build or maintain a trail or other outdoor recreational facility must prepare a written proposal, and obtain provincial approval, before starting any such work. More details.


In the News


105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia by Stephen Hui (published by Greystone Books) is available now at bookstores everywhere in paperback and ebook formats. Don't miss the book signing at MEC Vancouver on June 2nd from 2 pm - 4 pm. RSVP here.

Please keep an eye out for Ben Kilmer, who has been missing from the Duncan area since May 16th. He’s an experienced outdoorsman and there's a chance he may have gone to a trail or a backcountry area. For more info, including details on past and current search efforts, visit:

Also missing are Daniel Archbald and Ryan Daley, who were last seen leaving the Ucluelet Small Craft Harbour by land on May 16th. More info:

Most of the regional application deadlines for BC Parks Volunteer Funding have passed, but the those in the Thompson Cariboo region have until June 15th to submit their applications. Click here for more info.

Free admission days have been added to several national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites in BC and throughout the rest of Canada. And as always, all national parks and historic sites will be free on Canada Day! The days vary according to location, so check here for the full list.

North Shore Rescue is recruiting new members! The deadline is June 4th.

From Metro Vancouver Regional Parks: As of Tuesday, May 22, the Grouse Grind Trail is closed for seasonal maintenance for about 3 to 4 weeks. Crews need to do important work such as rock scaling, danger tree removal, step repair and safety netting replacement.The work is required to keep the trail safe and to ensure it can withstand the pounding of close to 500,000 visits each year. Please use the BCMC Trail during the time. More info.

To protect the environment and wildlife at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, dogs and other domestic pets are now prohibited (as of Friday, May 18, 2018).


Feature photo credit

Thanks to Kelly Corbett of the Penticton Outdoors Club for this month’s feature photo. Pictured are Bev Krieger and Monica Parry during the POC’s weekly Tuesday night kayak on Okanagan Lake. On this trip, club members launched at 3 Mile beach and paddled towards Naramata.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Cloudburst.

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As always, the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.

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