The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia



FMCBC 2019 AGM registration is now open!

Registration for the FMCBC's 2019 AGM is now open! Please complete our registration form by May 15th. Thanks to the Chilliwack Outdoor Club for hosting us this year.

The itinerary is in the form above, and those attending will also receive an information package, including a proxy voting form, a couple of weeks before the AGM. If you have any questions please get in touch with Stacey at

Comments: Exploratory mining application in Upper Skagit River Watershed

Imperial Metals has submitted an application for a multi-year, area based permit to do exploratory work on their Giant Copper claims within the Upper Skagit River Watershed. This area, also known as the “donut hole," is an unprotected area sandwiched between Manning Provincial Park and Skagit Provincial Park. The FMCBC is opposed to this application and we urge the government to deny it in the interest of maintaining the long-term goal of SEEC and BC Parks to incorporate the lands into our provincial park system. Read our comments here.

And here's a powerful letter from 22 conservation, recreation and wildlife groups who are also opposed to any and all resource extraction activities in the headwaters of the Skagit River, including the recent block and road development proposal and mineral exploration permit application. Read the letter here.

Comments: Proposed Brohm Ridge Wilderness Lodge

Three applications were recently submitted in relation to a proposed wilderness lodge to be located near the top of Brohm Ridge.

We're asking that these three applications be denied. Ad hoc development should not be happening on Brohm Ridge, given its proximity to Garibaldi Provincial Park and the designated ungulate winter range. Rather than developing this attractive alpine ridge, extending the boundary of Garibaldi Provincial Park to include Brohm Ridge would go some way towards compensating for the extensive removal of parkland for the benefit of Whistler/Blackcomb.

Click here to read our comments and view important maps. Thanks to Paul Kubik for supplying the maps.

And, our comments, along with those of BackcountryBC, were picked up by the Squamish Chief! Read the article here.

Upcoming meeting with Destination BC

On May 10th, the FMCBC, along with several other allied organizations, will be meeting with Destination BC to discuss their recently unveiled destination development plan for the Sea to Sky corridor (read more about that here). The plan is a result of engagement with around 1,400 partners across the province, but failed to include many organizations, including the FMCBC, who represent public interests in accessing the backcountry.

With such a dramatic increase in backcountry use—and a corresponding dramatic decrease in backcountry ethics, knowledge and etiquette—we want to ensure a proper plan is in place to deal with the serious capacity and access issues, both now and in the future. Stay tuned for more details!

Share the Trails Workshop

The 2019 Share the Trails Workshop is happening on Friday, May 10th in Prince George. This annual workshop explores innovative and creative approaches to outdoor recreation management and planning and provides inspiration and networking opportunities.

Dave King of the Caledonia Ramblers will be attending on the FMCBC's behalf, and as always we look forward to hearing all about this great event!


Mountain Matters

New policy clarifies e-bike use on designated recreation trails

A new policy from Rec Sites and Trails BC acknowledges that e-biking is an allowable activity on Crown land where permitted. Note: The policy only applies to established trails managed by Recreation Sites and Trails BC and does not apply to trails managed by BC Parks or vacant provincial public land, local government or trails on private land. Read the media release, which includes link to the full policy, here.


Have you taken the avalanche survey?

The Avalanche Research Program at Simon Fraser University, Avalanche Canada and several U.S. Avalanche Forecast Centers are conducting a large online survey to examine how backcountry recreationists—skiers, mountain snowmobilers, snowshoers and ice climbers—seek and use avalanche safety information.

Your input will help improve avalanche safety information products in Canada and the United States. And, if you complete the survey by May 15th you'll be entered in a draw for several cash prizes! Take the survey here.


Joffe Lakes survey closes on April 30th!

BC Parks has launched a public survey to gather input on visitor use management in Joffre Lakes Park. We all know Joffre Lakes is an overcrowded mess (understatement), so this is a great chance to suggest strategies to improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and to improve overall park management in general. The survey closes on April 30th!



In the News


A new report on the compliance and enforcement (C&E) program in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development shows limited proactive monitoring of forest and range activities, or public reporting of compliance levels.

Cougar attacks and sightings have been all over the news lately, so we figured it's time for a safety refresher. Do you know what to do if you encounter a cougar? Here are some good tips!

For the past nearly 12 months, Mike Nash of the Caledonia Ramblers has been writing a ‘safety tips of the week’ blog for the Ramblers' weekly e-newsletter, Ramblings. He's recently compiled all of these safety tips into one convenient PDF file that can be viewed online or downloaded. Get the tips here.


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to the East Kootenay Outdoor Club for this month's feature photo. It was taken in July 2018 during a club hike to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park. Beyond the trail end, hikers kept on to the foot of the glacier, where they discovered an oasis of fresh water creeks mixed with a rich mini forest.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Cloudburst.

Use our online form to report motorized recreation observed within BC Park boundaries.

Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC. All donations go towards our Member Club Grant Program

The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

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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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