The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

September 2019 NEWSLETTER



Avalanche Awareness is coming to Vancouver!

Presented by the FMCBC and Avalanche Canada.

New to the backcountry? Want to up your game? No matter your level of outdoor experience, this must-attend event will boost your awareness of avalanche safety, equipment and resources. It's all happening on Nov. 9th at the North Shore Alliance Church in North Vancouver!

  • Presentations from Avalanche Canada, North Shore SAR, AdventureSmart and a North Shore snowshoe ambassador & guide
  • Admission by donation
  • Prizes (including a pair of Atlas snowshoes, donated by K2)
  • Free parking
  • Registration not required, but is appreciated so we can estimate attendance

The event is broken into two parts. Attend one or both!

  • Morning session (advanced): 10:30 am – noon
  • Afternoon session (beginner): Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentations run 2:00 pm – 4 pm (may run slightly longer to accommodate questions)

Full event and presenter details at, and be sure to join and share our Facebook event. See you there!


Our newest Associate Member: BC Whitewater

A big welcome to BC Whitewater, our newest Associate Member! BC Whitewater provides a unified voice for whitewater paddlers in British Columbia, advocating for publicly accessible, free flowing rivers and speaking in support of river conservation.

Check out their website or find them on Facebook. (Photo from


The latest news on Right to Roam in BC

We're pleased to see the media picking up on our quest to open up access to public land! Some good reads: 


2019 UBCM Resolutions

The 2019 UBCM Convention was held on September 23 to 27, and we've compiled a list of endorsed resolutions that are of particular interest to FMCBC members:

  • B45 Funding for BC Parks Management (Pemberton)
  • B48 Private Commercial Forest Land Regulations and Standards (Fernie, Nelson)
  • B50 Recreation Sites and Trails (Sunshine Coast RD)
  • B51 Backcountry Closures (Sicamous)
  • B57 Parking Enforcement in Rural Areas (Sunshine Coast RD )

More details, including the full resolutions and UBCM Resolutions Committee comments, are posted on our blog.


Reminder: Cloudburst submissions wanted

It's that time of year again! We're looking for submissions, including cover photos (wintry, please), articles, trip reports, gear reviews, and other backcountry musings, for the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Cloudburst. Please email your submissions to no later than October 31st (but the earlier, the better).


Mountain Matters

Thank you for helping protect Princess Louisa Inlet!

The BC Parks Foundation reached its fundraising goal of $3 million, just in time to meet the deadline to protect Princess Louisa Inlet, and has purchased three key properties in the area.

Said BCPF CEO Andrew Day: "We are overjoyed to announce the purchase has been finalized. We now move on to designating the land as a park or otherwise protecting it for future generations."

More details at


In the News


Congratulations to Michael Coyle, veteran Coquitlam Search and Rescue volunteer, for receiving the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers!

Here's a great article about the Skeena Climbing Society, one of our member clubs!

Job alert: The BC Parks Foundation is hiring an Administrative Coordinator, to be based out of their downtown Vancouver office. Deadline to apply is October 1st.

Are you passionate about supporting children and families to explore and spend time in nature? Are you a strategic and organized leader looking for something new? NatureKids BC is searching for their next Executive Director!

Heads up: Reservations open on October 1st for the Berg Lake Trail and the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.

The results are in from the recent Joffre Lakes Park online survey.

BC Parks is developing a recreation strategy for Wells Gray Provincial Park, which will complement the Wells Gray Provincial Park Management Plan. Deadline to submit feedback is October 11, 2019 at 4:00pm.


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to Mike Nash of the Caledonia Ramblers for this month's feature photo.

Nash, a regular Cloudburst contributor, recently backpacked the Brazeau Loop in the boundary area of Jasper and Banff National Parks. At 73 and hiking solo, it was Mike's second try, having started out and turned back a month earlier in July.

The 81-kilometre Brazeau Loop goes over five high mountain passes and is renowned for its varied scenery, geology, flora and fauna. For these reasons, it is sometimes known as the 'grand tour or Jasper's southern ranges.'

Mike took this picture on day 4 of the hike, a few hours after an early morning brush with three grizzly bears: a roaring mama and her two nearly fully grown cubs. In this image, he is descending from Jonas Pass down towards his last camp on the Brazeau River.

Look out for the full story in the Fall/Winter issue of Cloudburst, and be ready to add this amazing hike to your bucket list!


Click here to view our Spring/Summer 2019 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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