The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

January 2023 NEWSLETTER


Happy New Year to our outdoor recreation community!

The FMCBC is ready to get to work and 2023 promises to be a year of outdoor adventures and backcountry policy success!

We are working with other outdoor recreation organizations to help vision the role of the newly created BC Parks, Recreation Sites and Trails Division under the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. This unification of our parks and trails management in BC will make it easier to complete volunteer work on trails, get and give information and recommendations about outdoor recreation, and move forward with solving trail development and maintenance concerns.

The FMCBC is committed to ensuring equitable access and usability for all British Columbians. We always want to hear from YOU about how we can support your club, and what contributions you and your club can make to the efforts of the FMCBC.

Together, we are stronger!

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival – Special showing at UVIC in Victoria, BC

On January 29 2023 at 7 pm, ACC-VI is hosting a screening of some of the best videos from the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium.

The FMCBC is proud to be participating in this event, in partnership with the Vancouver Island Trail Association (VITA). 

Epic journeys, monumental adventures, scenic locations, cultural exploration, personal stories, overcoming obstacles, passion and determination, fear and exhilaration, leading, exploring, climbing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, mountains, rivers, valleys, deserts and so much more to see – get your tickets today!




Get connected, get involved! FMCBC Annual General Meeting - Spring 2023

We are ramping up for our in-person 2023 Annual General Meeting! It's been a while since we've shared some food and drink, invigorating hikes and face-to-face planning for the future of the FMCBC.

If your club is interested in sponsoring our next AGM and would like to know what is required, please email us. We'd love to join you on your local trails and continue to build our backcountry advocacy network!

FMCBC Member Club Calendar 2023

  • March 31 – Deadline for submissions for Spring/Summer issue of Cloudburst
  • March 31 – Trail Marker orders due
  • April 1 – Member Club Grant application forms available
  • April 30 – Member Club Grant applications are due
  • April 30 – FMCBC membership and insurance renewals are due
  • May/June – AGM takes place over a weekend late in May or in June. Location changes each year.
  • May/June – Member Club Grant Awards announced at AGM
  • June 15 – Invoices for insurance and membership fees are sent to clubs
  • July 31 – Insurance and membership fees are due
  • September 30 – Deadline for submissions for Fall/Winter issue of Cloudburst
  • October 15 – Membership number update requested by FMCBC, secondary invoice sent if membership has increased by more than 10% since June invoice
  • November 15 – Secondary invoice due if applicable

Mountain Matters

Blackcomb Public Winter Access survey was made live on December 22nd and will be available throughout the winter months and into the shoulder season until May 31, 2023.

The survey is accessible via govTogetherBC, the Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry page, or by scanning a QR code available on numerous signs at the resort.

2023 Banff Mountain Film Festival Presented by the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club - Friday, February 23rd

This annual club fundraiser brings together 750 outdoor enthusiasts from across the Sunshine Coast for an evening of films and inspiration. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour Films are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Gym Conditioning for Safely Navigating Skis, Snowboards, and Desks

Learn the foundational principles and techniques of lifting weights to avoid injury, provide longevity in the avalanche industry, and improve one's quality of life. This CPD will be delivered by Fraser Sprigings and Shota Ida, physiotherapists from Keystone Health in Revelstoke, B.C.

January 24 at 6:30 p.m. PST

International Trails Summit (ITS) in Reno, Nevada – April 17, 2023.

ITS is a collaborative effort of the 25th International Trails Symposium and Training Institute and the Sustainable Trails Conference. This combined, high-impact event will convene a diverse trail and outdoor community to learn, build relationships, and find solutions to the challenges of developing and elevating outdoor recreation opportunities for all. The joint conference will also feature the World Trails Network - Hub for the Americas.

Bird Walk's with Vancouver Avian Research Centre

Sunday February 12, 2023, 8:00AM - 11:00AM PST, Centennial Beach, Tswassen
Meeting Spot: Centennial Beach Parking lot

Join a local bird ID expert and put your skills and knowledge to the test with a group of other passionate birders! The duration of this walk will be 2-3 hours. 

2023 BC Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program

The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for your help reporting observation of healthy (no hair loss) and infected moose (with hair loss). Hair loss is caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose. The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with or without hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.

Friendly reminder: Drones not allowed in national and provincial parks

Got a drone for Christmas? That's great! But remember, it's illegal to fly them in national and provincial parks. Thanks to the Caledonia Ramblers for this reminder!

BC Parks Foundation are thrilled to announce they have bought 2 kms of riverfront property along the Fraser River to protect and restore it to its natural state.

Investigation Examines Enforcement of the Wildfire Act

A new investigation report released looks at how well government is investigating, deciding compliance and recovering costs from those responsible for causing wildfires in B.C.

The investigation found government has a well-defined and consistent process. Most decisions are appropriate, but there are some opportunities for improvement.

In the News

COP15 delegates adopt historic agreement to protect nature’s biodiversity - The Globe and Mail (December 19, 2022)

The promise and peril of Canada’s approach to Indigenous protected areas - The Narwhal (December 15, 2022)

‘Glaciers can’t get a break’: How climate change is affecting Canada’s icy landscape - Lethbridge News Now (December 19, 2022)

The most beautiful B.C. trails according to Vancouverite who completed 75 hikes in one year - North Shore News (January 11, 2023)

Thawed, slimy and slippery: Salmon toss in Saanich, B.C., marks 20 years of conservation work - CBC News (January 13, 2023)

Camping reservations for B.C. Parks now open - CBC News (January 3, 2023)

B.C. school district under fire for limiting avalanche training to ski resorts - Vancouver Sun (December 16, 2022)

Weak snowpack causing increased risk of avalanches in Alberta, B.C. - CTV News (January 11, 2023)

An award-winning work co-op with the BC Wildfire Service - Vancouver Island University (January 4, 2023)

Banff bans smoking, vaping on trails, sidewalks and outdoor events - Vancouver Sun (December 14, 2022)

BC’s first mountain bike fest for women to be held in Squamish - The Squamish Reporter (January 10, 2023)

Police officer killed, another injured in avalanche in southeastern B.C. - Edmonton Journal (January 10, 2023)

Columbia Basin Trust supports trail improvements and trail-crew jobs throughout the region - Nelson Star (January 13, 2023)

More than 20 years ago, a tiny insect changed B.C.'s forestry future. The fallout is still happening - CBC News (January 13, 2023)

B.C. old-growth forest rally planned in Victoria - City News (January 10, 2023)

Join the FMCBC today!

Do you want to make a meaningful contribution to BC's backcountry?

We are seeking volunteers with expertise in insurance for our Risk Management Committee and general members for our Trails Committee.

Contact or fill out our online form to tell us about yourself.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Fall/Winter 2022

Cloudburst Magazine 


In this issue:

• Biking Vancouver Island and the Kinsol Trestle •

• The historically notable Swiss Edelweiss Village •

• A tribute to Jay MacArthur – Outdoors advocate •


Want to share your adventure? Shed some light on a backcountry issue? Educate others? Show off your favourite photos? Tell others about that great book you read? We want to hear all about it!

Please submit for our Spring/Summer issue by March 31st

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