The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia



FMCBC Annual General Meeting - in review

It was a pleasure to see FMCBC Directors, Club Reps and guests at our 2022 AGM on June 25th.

A thank you to outgoing FMCBC Executive members Alia Sanger and Justin Partridge for their hard work and enthusiasm as directors.

Justin took on the Vice-President role and specifically supported research and development of FMCBC strategic planning, as well as Risk Management Committee tasks. Alia developed and carried out discussion groups to support Diversity and Inclusion planning for the FMCBC and member clubs and participated in the Archives Committee. Wishing you both great success in future endeavors!

Thank you to our 2022-2023 FMCBC Executive Board who will continue their work to protect and maintain access to BC’s backcountry.

A Reminder for FMCBC Clubs (Insured through FMCBC)

The Incident Reporting Form is to be used for any significant incident, injury, etc. which occurs during a club sanctioned trip or event and which could result in an insurance claim. Any situation where significant first aid, or a doctor or hospital visit is needed requires an incident form to be submitted to the FMCBC. 

FMCBC Committees - join us in protecting access to BC's backcountry!

In addition to our core membership services, the FMCBC’s work includes a range of initiatives aimed at protecting and maintaining access to backcountry areas for non-motorized recreation in BC. We carry out our work through our various membership programs and our committees, which are run by dedicated volunteers from across the province. Committees include:

Recreation & Conservation Committee (Southwest BC & Province-Wide)

Work to protect key recreational areas, develop strategies for the creation and maintenance of parks in BC, and resolve conflicts with government, commercial recreation operators and land and resource industries.

Trails Committee (Southwest BC)

Advocate for new trail projects, network with industry stakeholders and work to improve trail access, building and maintenance. Support our BC TrailTracker website as a trail champion.

Fundraising Committee

Create additional sources of revenue for the FMCBC through grant writing, funding efforts, sponsorship programs, donor campaigns, special events and creative means.

Outreach & Communications Committee

Build communications with new and current member clubs and explore innovative ways to broadcast the FMCBC’s message and work with the public.

Risk Management

Provide advice on matters related to the FMCBC’s insurance program and work to improve insurance services and costs for FMCBC members.

For more information on how to join an FMCBC Committee - please contact us!

Mountain Matters

FMCBC Launches BC TrailTracker website

The BC Trail Tracker will allow our members and the public to provide input on hiking trails in BC - conditions, descriptions, comments on trail closures and issues and links to mapping apps.

Listen to Gloria Mackarenko chat with FMCBC Director, Jay MacArthur, about the new BC TrailTracker website. 

Recent Squamish Chief article on survey developed by Friends of Garibaldi's on BC Parks day-use pass system


Tom Ireland, the Advocacy Committee Chair for Friends of Garibaldi Park (FOGPS) was recently interviewed by the Squamish Chief Newspaper about the Society's survey on BC Parks day-use pass system. 

Enjoy the Outdoors, Without a Tick!

You can enjoy the return of warm weather and outdoor activities by preventing tick bites that can cause Lyme disease and other infections like anaplasmosis. Check out this video on how to properly remove a tick and download information resources to spread awareness. 

Five Proposed Protected Areas that Could Help Canada Meet its 2030 Conservation Targets

Canada has just seven and a half years to protect more than 15 per cent of lands and oceans to meet its 2030 conservation commitments and help stem the global tide of biodiversity loss. The Narwhal reviews a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) that has identified a series of proposed protected areas that could help achieve Canada’s conservation target by 2030.

BC Protected Areas Research Forum - December 12-14 2022, Vancouver Island University Nanaimo

BC PARF is a partnership between the research community, and regional, provincial and federal park governing agencies. The research forum brings together researchers, advocates, managers, and community members who create, share, and use research for parks and protected areas management in British Columbia. 

Cultivating responsible recreation practices - a discussion of existing and emerging approaches - July 20th, 1pm Webinar

We all know that not everybody is as mindful of their outdoor impacts as they ought to be, but how successful are existing education efforts, such as Leave No Trace, and what else can be done to foster more responsible low impact behaviours?

Join the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC for a discussion and Q&A to learn more about best practices in responsible recreation programming and environmental communication for behaviour change.

Wildfire Smoke Fact Sheets

The BCCDC has created fact sheets with information about wildfire smoke and its health impacts, including information on how to prepare for wildfire season.

The Science of Sustainable Trail Design and Management - July 14th, 10am Webinar

This webinar will describe the three most common forms of trail impact, identify the most influential factors to develop and maintain sustainable trail networks, and discuss methods for rating trail sustainability.

Adventure Film Grants For Emerging BIPOC Filmmakers

The VIMFF, in partnership with Colour the Trails and with the financial support of the BC Arts Council, are proud to announce two new adventure film grants for emerging BIPOC filmmakers.

In the News

BC Parks and Lakes that Now Require Passes for Entry - 604 Now (July 8, 2022)

Busy summer season forecast for outdoor recreation - Business in Vancouver (June 14, 2022)

 Injured climber spends night on Stawamus Chief - The Squamish Reporter (June 27, 2022)

Interview with Melissa Lem on making nature more accessible and becoming a climate activist - Canadian Geographic (July 6, 2022)

Perennial parking problem nets complaints from annoyed residents around Cultus Lake - The Abbotsford News (June 27, 2022)

This Hike In BC Looks Like Joffre Lakes But Without The Huge Crowds - Narcity Vancouver (July 8, 2022)

The ‘spiritual experience’ of fly-fishing in Canada’s wilderness - The Globe and Mail (June 27, 2022)

Squamish Access Society advocating for looser rockfall closure restrictions - The Squamish Chief (June 20, 2022)

The perfect time for outdoor recreation - right now - The Penticton Herald (June 17, 2022)

Indigenous conservation Canada’s way of the future, Guilbeault says - The Canadian Press (June 25, 2022)

10 Community-Based Organizations Diversifying the Outdoor Industry - Inside Hook (June 15, 2022)

VIMFF Summer Fest shines a spotlight on diverse communities enjoying the outdoors - The Georgia Straight (June 12, 2022)

7 BC Hikes With Gorgeous Views To Explore This Summer - Narcity Vancouver (June 10, 2022)

Hike with children and see the trails through fresh eyes - Georgia Straight (June 15, 2022)

WA climbers support first all-Black Mount Everest summit bid - The Seattle Times (June 15, 2022)

The Best Tent Brands of 2022 - Outdoor Life (June 24, 2022)


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