The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia



Get Involved

Here’s your chance to share ideas, build partnerships, and help shape and protect the future of non-motorized recreation in BC! Join the Board or a Committee with the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC.

The FMCBC is seeking nominations from member clubs for individuals to join our Board of Directors or represent their region on a Committee. Email to learn how to apply.

Other ways you can get involved:
1. Write an article in our semi-annual Cloudburst eNewsletter.
2. Donate via CanadaHelps to our Member Club Grant fund.
3. Help identify potential funding sources and write grant applications.


FMCBC welcomes new member, The Burnaby Outdoor Club

The Burnaby Outdoor Club, our newest member, plans day and overnight, and multi-day trips and coordinates and promotes year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, snowshoeing, walking, cycling, skiing, skating, and more.

Additionally, the club provides hike ratings and trip reports once these outdoor activities will be available again. View more information about the Burnaby Outdoor Club on their website at


New Communications and Administration Manager officially starts at FMCBC on May 1

The FMCBC is pleased to welcome Chandra Matlock as their new Communications and Administration Manager.

Stacey Santos, who joined the Federation in 2016, will be pursuing other endeavors as of May 1, 2020. The Board of Directors and staff at FMCBC would like to thank Stacey and wish her well in her new endeavours.

Learn more about Chandra

From a young age, Chandra spent summers at the lake or riverside parks and winters at the local ski hill or skating rink. She would always have her mountain bike, kayak, hiking boots, fishing rod, skates, yoga mat, or snowshoes nearby for the next adventure.

Chandra has transformed her passion for the outdoors and recreation into a long-term career; she has worked as a Marketing Director and Officer Manager for a Junior A Hockey Club and Marketing Director for a ski and snowboard resort. She has sold out events, sponsorships, and ski schools.

Her most recent experience is with the City of Prince George promoting summertime festivals, sports tourism and events, and over 100 parks and 100+ kilometres of trails in the Northern BC community. Chandra has completed her Bachelor of Commerce (major in Marketing), won over 15 Achievements in Marketing awards, and ranked on the top 100 PowerHouse social media rankings internationally. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, the FMCBC is pleased to welcome Chandra to the Federation.

We’re seeking photos from your past backcountry adventures

Our next Spring/Summer edition of Cloudburst will launch on June 1. We’ll share club members' stories, trip reports and reviews, plus articles, book reviews, and more.

Did you hike, bike, or climb last spring or summer at a beautiful location in BC? Share your photos with us and make sure to include a brief description about your adventure. We would love to feature picturesque trails and parks from across BC.

Submit your photos to by May 15.


Member club volunteers recognized on National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), the FMCBC recognized all hard-working, invaluable volunteers at each of our member clubs on social media. Thanks for advocating for and enhancing our BC trails and parks!

The FMCBC is seeking photos of member club volunteers working on backcountry projects, such as building trails, huts, or bridges; organizing or leading a past group hike; helping at previous community events; and more. Tell us about your projects and share project photos by emailing

We’d like to share information about what’s going on in your region and raise awareness of trail enhancements.

Note: today's the deadline to submit your application to fund member club trail projects through our Member Grant Program. The application link was sent to member club representatives through the FMCBC Reps Groups.IO email group. 


Mountain Matters

Share the state of BC's trail and outdoor community

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC is gathering concrete, practical data on the current state of BC’s trail and outdoor community.

Complete the survey and enter to win a MEC gift card. Please ensure only one representative per organization or club fills out the survey. The survey results will be used to plan for long-term planning and advocate for the needs of the outdoor recreation community during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor Recreation Council recruiting fresh faces to Board

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) is recruiting a new member to its Board of Directors, including a representative from the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC. If you are part of a member club and seeking to advocate for and protect outdoor recreation experiences in BC, please consider joining the ORC Board. Email to put your name forward or nominate another club member. 

Through its programs and activities, ORC encourages British Columbians to participate in outdoor recreation activities; advocates for and facilitates access to public lands and waters for outdoor recreation; builds bridges between outdoor recreation groups; and encourages safe and responsible use of the outdoors through education programs that promote safety and outdoor ethics.

Visitor Management During and After COVID-19 for Parks and Trails

Following the Government of BC closing parks to the public, RC Strategies developed a report providing alternatives to closures and how to prepare for recovery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic for parks and trails managers. What do you think?
Read the full report and recommended strategies.

Backcountry explorers! Tell SFU how you use avalanche safety info

Survey time! The SFU Avalanche Research Program, Avalanche Canada, and several U.S. Avalanche Centers are conducting an online survey to examine how backcountry recreationists — skiers, snowshoers, and ice climbers — use public avalanche safety information.

Participants who complete the survey before May 15, 2020 will be entered in a draw for several cash prizes. Complete the survey.

National trail survey assesses support needs for trail groups

To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the trail sector and determine the support needs of trail groups nationwide, the Trans Canada Trail is hosting a short survey.
Take the survey.

Trans Canada Trail is working with federal, provincial, and territorial governments to communicate how the trail sector is vital for the health and well-being of Canadians, and how the sector is essential for economic development, tourism, and green infrastructure jobs in communities across the country.

Opportunity to participate in three public consultations

  1. East of Kelowna: Outback Snowmobile Tours Inc. is proposing to operate day guided tours out of the Big White Ski Resort, on groomed snowmobile trails circumnavigating Big White Mountain utilizing existing operational and non-status roadways during winter time.
    Review the referral package and submit comments.
  2. Southwestern BC: Endless Biking has applied for a 30-year Licence of Occupation for guided mountain biking in the Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast, and Fraser Valley. The tenure area covers pre-existing trails in Squamish, Whistler, Sumas, Vedder, and Sunshine Coast.
    Review the referral package and submit comments.
  3. Columbia Shuswap Regional District (near Golden): The applicant has applied to develop a year-long camping facility off Blaeberry FSR (Kootenay District) in the vicinity of the Blaeberry River (part of it covers the foreshore of the river). The site is 3.5 ha and consists of 35 tented sites with a tented picnic area and fireplace.
    Review the referral package and submit comments.


In the News

Other News & Announcements

BC’s Search and Rescue team respond to 1,700 calls per year

As Sandra Riches of BC AdventureSmart said, that [responding to over 1,700 calls each year] is too many calls even during a normal season. During a pandemic, it’s downright untenable. And it’s prompting calls far and wide within BC’s outdoor communities to slow down and be safe. Learn more.

BC AdventureSmart offering virtual training for survival outdoors

Do you hike with kids or want to bring your teenage or grandchild along to experience the outdoors? BC AdventureSmart is offering a series of virtual training on how to plan your trip or survive in the outdoors. Learn more. If you are interested in e-Learning options for your group, organization, or even just yourself, please email BC AdventureSmart at


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to Maria Christina S. for this month's feature photo of a view of Garibaldi Lake as she was heading to the Black Tusk. (Photo credit: Maria Christina S.) Learn more about Garibaldi Provincial Park

Want to share your backcountry photos? Send them to 

Click here to view our Fall/Winter 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. Find out how you can get involved.


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The FMCBC would like to thank Taiga Works for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space.

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