The Federation of Mountain Clubs
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The FMCBC reviews new day-use system at BC Parks 

When BC Parks launched the new day-use passes and capacity limits on trails, the FMCBC performed a full review. We will be sending feedback to the BC Government. It’s part of our mission to protect and maintain access to BC’s backcountry.

Read our full review of the day passes.

Five things you need to know about day passes at provincial parks

Planning on hiking at six of the busiest BC provincial parks this summer? Read five things you need to know about day-use passes at BC Parks.

We’ve put together these tips to help make your trip planning smoother. Read more.

FMCBC submits budget recommendations for BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC

The FMCBC requested increased funding and staff for BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC via a budget submission report to the Province of BC in June.

The BC Government, through the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, sought views of British Columbians on their priorities for the next provincial 2021-2022 budget.

Learn more and view the full report here.

Mountain Matters

Why is Garibaldi Park still not open?

This blog article was previously sent by Jay MacArthur from the Alpine Club of Canada- Vancouver Section in July. Although Garibaldi Park has reopened, view this article to see some pros and cons of the new day-use reservation system and Jay's perspective on why certain parks should remain open. 

Read the article.

Nature is at the heart of Canada's COVID-19 recovery

A new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) recommends that nature protection is put at the heart of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery strategies. The report highlights the enormous potential of BC’s provincial parks to provide accessible and affordable outdoor activities, and outlines urgent challenges posed by decades of underfunding.

Further info.
Read the report. 

Backpacking during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mike Nash from the Caledonia Ramblers visited Mount Robson Provincial Park in early July and provides an update on the popular Berg Lake Trail.
Find tips on backpacking during the pandemic.

Note: After Mike's visit to this popular provincial park, the BC Government launched new day-use passes. View five things you need to know about the passes.

Public Consultations

The B.C. government, in partnership with Squamish and Líl̓wat Nations, is working to guide future recreation management and monitoring in the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District to address impacts from visitor use on cultural values and opportunities, the environment, wildlife, and visitor experience.

Read about the Meager Creek & Keyhole Hot Springs visitor use management project.
Browse consultation survey results.

Submit comments on commercial recreation application

Mount Brennan Backwoods Recreation has submitted a new application for a 10-30 year tenure for non-mechanized adventure tourism and commercial recreation, including guided and self-guided hiking, mountaineering, and mountain biking, in the Selkirk Mountains. View the site plan.

To submit comments, please send your comments directly to and mention that this is related to Crown Land File: #4406102.

Alpine Club of Canada releases State of the Mountains Report

The Report provides accessible, current, and accurate information about the forces that affect Canadian mountain places, ecosystems, and communities.

Read the report and watch a video.

Outdoor safety and trip planning webinar

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC is hosting the an outdoor safety and trip planning webinar on Tuesday, August 11, starting at 5:00pm. Guest speakers include representatives from BC AdventureSmart and North Shore Rescue. Sign up

Please share this webinar to help reduce search and rescue incidents in BC.

In the News

Camping in the time of COVID: 'Hordes' descending on wilderness areas in 'insane' numbers, The National Post, July 31, 2020

B.C. launches free day-use passes for 6 provincial parks amid COVID-19 surge, July 22, 2020

B.C. introduces free day-use passes for six provincial parks - Government of BC (media release), July 22, 2020

Rediscovering the value of parks in the summer of COVID-19 - The Star, July 17, 2020

Designation change to help manage former rail corridor - Government of BC (media release), July 16, 2020

Hikers won't be able to access one of BC's most popular trails this year - 604 Now, July 15, 2020

Canada's parks, nature should be at centre of COVID-19 recovery, says new report - City News 1130, July 15, 2020

New Report Highlights Opportunity To Put Nature Protection At The Heart Of Economic Recovery In Canada - CPAWS - BC (media release), July 15, 2020

Why I Quit My Dream Job: The Ups and Downs of Working In One of BC’s Most Mismanaged Parks - Mountain Life Media, July 14, 2020

$8.7 million upgrade coming for Whudujut/Ancient Forest - CKPG News, July 14, 2020

Grouse Mountain Regional Park receives grant funding for trail improvements - North Shore News, July 7, 2020

New Trail Funding Opportunities Open in BC - International Mountain Bicycling Association - Canada, July 7, 2020

B.C. lays out expectations for summer travellers - The Rocky Mountain Goat, July 5, 2020

B.C.'s multimillion-dollar Valemount Glacier Resort expects delays - Pique News Magazine, July 1, 2020


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to Bruce Smart for this month's feature photo of  Stein Lake near Pyramidal and Vanguard Peaks at Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park (Photo credit: Bruce Smart) Learn more about trails near Stein Lake

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View the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Cloudburst.

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