The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

September 2020 NEWSLETTER


FMCBC in the news: Ongoing advocacy work to protect and enhance access to recreation in BC's backcountry

Boosting B.C. Parks budget deserves more thought this election, outdoor enthusiasts say
Our Executive Director, Barry Janyk, advocates for increased funding for BC Parks, especially with the increased visitation to trails and backcountry areas this summer due to the pandemic.

Janyk says the day pass reservation system, which the province says cost $900,000, was a missed opportunity. The passes pushed unprepared hikers into rough terrain and resulted in more calls to search and rescue crews. Janyk says the money would have been better spent creating and maintaining more trails to better disperse crowds and open up more access.

See the article from CBC News (September 27, 2020).

Donate to support our continued advocacy work.


Welcome to new member clubs

Several new member clubs joined the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC this summer and fall. Learn more about these new clubs:

Apex Community Association - Penticton
They promote, facilitate, support, or undertake activities that enhance the quality of life in the Apex Mountain community.
Read more about them

Ascent Mentorships Society - Revelstoke
They foster growth of women in the outdoor industry by building a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Ascent Mentorships Society's mission is to facilitate encouraging, respectful, and lasting mentorship relationships and to foster a comfortable environment to develop and elevate skills in the backcountry.
Read more about them

Powell River Climbers Access and Development Association - Powell River
They preserve access to existing climbing areas and develop access to new climbing areas in the Powell River region.
Read more about them

Indigeneous Women Outdoors - Vancouver & Squamish
Indigenous Women Outdoors provides an inclusive community for Indigenous women living on unceded Sḵwx̱ú7mesh territory to connect with the land and each other by creating safe opportunities that eliminate barriers to getting into nature.
Read more about them


BC Government's Old-Growth Strategy Announcement

The Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, released the report, BC’s Old Growth Forest: A Last Stand for Biodiversity, arising from the strategic review of old-growth forests and announced a new approach to old-growth forests.

The BC Government is taking initial steps to formulate an old-growth strategy that includes deferring old-forest harvesting in nine areas throughout the province. The FMCBC was initially pleased to hear about the two-year deferral of logging in the Skagit-Silver Daisy area, also known as the “Donut Hole.”

However, after reviewing further reports and analysis from others, the FMCBC uncovered some disappointing statistics. 

Read more about the BC Government's initial actions and key findings.

Donate to support our continued advocacy work.


AGM Update: The FMCBC hosted its 2020 Virtual AGM on Saturday, September 26 

Due to public health orders that limit group meeting sizes and require physical distancing practices, the FMCBC hosted its AGM virtually on September 26. 

Club member representatives! You can find the AGM reports in the [reps] forum at (just log in and read the reports under the AGM Packages folder).

You'll find key happenings and successes from the past year in the SW BC Recreation and Conservation Committee report and Executive Director's report. Feel free to browse the information and share with your club members!

Are you a FMCBC individual or associate member that could not attend the AGM? Email us to receive the reports from the 2020 FMCBC AGM. 

New and familiar faces join the FMCBC Board of Directors at AGM

Nine passionate outdoor recreationists from across BC joined or renewed their commitment to the FMCBC Board of Directors.  

The FMCBC seeked nominations prior to and during its 2020 Virtual AGM in September to fill the following positions. 

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Seven Directors

Read about or view the new FMCBC 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

Mountain Matters

National Mountain Parks – Public Consultation Round Table

This year, Canadians have reconnected with nature. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada recently announced an upcoming 2020 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada – a public consultation on national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.

Help shape the future of these treasured parks and places for decades to come.
From October 19 to 30, 2020, Canadians, including youth, are encouraged to participate and share their views on these important topics by visiting

Participate in the public consultation. (starting Monday, Oct. 19)

BC Parks day-use pass pilot project comes to a close (for now) 

Day passes are required to visit six BC provincial parks up to and including the end dates. It's unclear if the BC Government will continue with the day-use pass system next year. The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and FMCBC collected feedback on BC Parks' day-use pass pilot program. Thanks to those who submitted comments and completed the survey! We will compile and present these comments or ideas to BC Parks. 

View a past article from The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC about the passes.

Backcountry huts availability for winter season

The Alpine Club of Canada recently released the availability of backcountry huts for the winter season.

View hut availability and book your next adventure.

Snow and Avalanche Workshop

Save the date! Attend an educational avalanche workshop designed for avalanche professionals on October 14, 15 and 16 from anywhere, digitally. The Snow and Avalanche Workshop features a range of talks on topics, such as: avalanche release, avalanche mapping and modelling, avalanche forecasting and snowpack interpretation, and avalanche cycles. 

Register now. 

Discover British Columbia’s avian community creates new B.C. Bird Trail

Self-guided itineraries are available near Delta, Richmond, Fraser Valley, and central Vancouver Island to view feathered friends in wetlands and forest areas beneath the Pacific Flyway, a north-south gateway for migratory birds.

Check out the newly created B.C. Bird Trail and get a self-guided itinerary.

Advocate for and explore BC's rivers

To commemorate the recent BC Rivers Day in September, help update or explore the BC River Database, a database used by whitewater paddlers in British Columbia.

BC Whitewater maintains the database to help document and advocate for our rivers. They also want to enable paddlers to explore and enjoy our province's amazing whitewater.

View the extensive BC river database.
Sign up to contribute to the database

BC AdventureSmart releases successes and progress in Summer 2020 report

BC AdventureSmart has once again met key milestones and successfully provided outdoor education, even during these unforeseen times, by continuing to support our very active, healthy province.

Some recent successes include:

  • 200 volunteer presenters / ambassadors trained
  • 1,944 kms travelled in the sea to sky region (one of the highest call volume regions)
  • Creative outreach during a pandemic

Read their Summer 2020 report.

Canadian Mountain Network wants your help to guide research

Take this short survey to help set the mountain research agenda for Canada.
Complete the survey


In the News

Maple Ridge parks, trails see record number of visitors during pandemic - City News 1130 (September 24, 2020)

Demand for outdoor gear surging as pandemic winter approaches - CTV News (September 26, 2020)

New Search and Rescue plane arrives in Canada - Quinte News (September 28, 2020)

Near-drowning in Ucluelet prompts warning to stay on trails during storm season - Times Colonist (September 28, 2020)

Mystery solved on who put up blockade near Mount Kobau on Okanagan road - Vernon Morningstar (September 28, 2020)

Letter: More funding for parks, please - Rossdale Telegraph (September 28, 2020)

Cameras show impact of recreational activities on B.C. wildlife - CTV News (September 29, 2020)

Struggling outdoor equipment retailer MEC opposes efforts to pause sale to Kingswood - CBC News (September 29, 2020)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Few solutions offered for ‘out of control’ camping - Trail Times (August 11, 2020)

Colour the Trails hopes to make B.C.'s mountains more inclusive - North Shore News (September 29, 2020)

Forget the Instagram selfies and take a hike on the path less travelled - Globe and Mail (September 29, 2020)

Injured climber rescued after falling down rock face near Campbell River - CTV News (September 30, 2020)

Pidherny Recreation Site sees parking lot expansion - My Prince George Now (September 30, 2020)

Okanagan SAR teams add search dogs to roster - Kelowna News (October 1, 2020)

Ecosystem restoration burn planned for Premier Lake area near Cranbrook - eKnow (September 30, 2020)

MEC sale to proceed after B.C. judge denies attempt to have it paused - CBC News (October 2, 2020)

Merlin Blackwell: For the love of B.C. parks, they need our support - Vancouver Sun (October 5, 2020)

Photo challenge nears goal of 1 million entries for B.C. Parks Foundation database - CBC News (October 4, 2020)

Canadians Invited to Virtually Participate in Parks Canada Consultation - Parks Canada - news release (October 5, 2020)


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to the Cheryl Parker from the Caledonia Ramblers for this month's feature photo of  Leprechaun Ridge, located in the Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park near Prince George. See more views from Leprechaun Ridge.
Learn more about trails at Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park.

Want to share your backcountry photos? Send them to 

View the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Cloudburst.

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Submit an article and photo from your trip.

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

Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC. Donate towards our Member Club Grant Program or help support advocacy to protect and expand
non-motorized recreation in BC. 

The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Find out how you can get involved.


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Thanks to Taiga Works for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space.

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