The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia



See you at the AGM!

As an organization that's spread out around the province, we don't often get to see our directors, club representatives and club members all in the same place. That's why we're so excited to connect with everyone at our AGM this June!

Thanks to all of you who registered for next month's event, which is being hosted by the Chilliwack Outdoor Club over the June 21-23 weekend. We looking forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones at the Friday night meet and greet, tackling somes issues head-on at Saturday's AGM, socializing and enjoying a bite to eat on Saturday night, and exploring some great hikes together in the Chilliwack area on Sunday.

Registrants will receive an information package a couple of weeks before the AGM. If you have any questions about your AGM registration or about the AGM in general, please contact Stacey at

Some thoughts on Trails

Thanks to Trails BC for inviting us to present at the Greenway Trails Strategy Meeting in Penticton on May 5th! Our Executive Director, Barry Janyk, spoke of trails and their history, their future, and their oh-so complicated nature. Read his presentation here! (Photo: Margaret Lindsay)

Memorial for Jeremy McCall

A Celebration of Life to honour Jeremy McCall will be held on Monday, July 15th at the Stanley Park Pavilion, located at 610 Pipeline Road in Vancouver's Stanley Park, commencing at 11:00 a.m.

Jeremy’s wife, Ruth, and the McCall Family hope you will find yourselves in Vancouver on that day and able to attend. If you are coming, you please confirm your attendance and whether you will be bringing a friend or partner by sending quick note to Stacey at

FMCBC in the news

Our comments regarding the proposed wilderness lodge on Brohm Ridge made the news! Check out the article here.

Also, see Paul Kubik's (of BackcountryBC) comments here about the ungulate winter range maps. The developer says the lodge would reside outside of the range, but Paul's maps, which are based on provincial data, show otherwise.

Sneak peek at the upcoming issue of Cloudburst

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Cloudburst. We’ve been busy editing and gathering all those last-minute details, and it's almost complete! As always, this issue is jam-packed with great reads. Here’s a sneak peak of what to look forward to:

  • FMCBC Southwest BC Recreation and Conservation report
  • A Comprehensive List of Grants and Other Funding Sources in BC
  • A Cautionary Note: Electric cars and Hybrids in BC’s Backcountry Winter Conditions
  • Rainbow Sproatt Non-Motorized Area Update
  • Joffre Lakes: A Visitor-Use Management Strategy Could Come with Unintended Consequences
  • Club trip reports, both provincial and international

And of course, many great book reviews, backcountry tales, mountain news, and more.

A friendly reminder that this issue is digital only. The hardcopy version may make a reappearance in the future, but for now, Cloudburst will only be available online until further notice.


Mountain Matters

Budget 2020 Consultations

The annual provincial budget consulation is happening in June this year. British Columbians are invited to share their input, experiences, and recommendations with the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services by making a written, audio or video submission, or by completing an online survey.

The Committee will be holding public hearings in 15 communities between June 10 and 21: Colwood, Kimberley, Castlegar, Kelowna, Kamloops, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Prince George, Fort St. John, Quesnel, Abbotsford and Surrey.

Online registration to reserve a speaking time is now open. The opportunity to make a written, audio or video submission, or fill out the outline survey will be available on June 3, 2019.

All of the details are here!

The deadline for all input is Friday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m.


New ORC publication

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC just released a great resource, Working in a Good Way, that provides guidelines for outdoor recreation groups on engaging and working more cooperatively with Indigenous communities on trails and outdoor recreation projects.


Funding opportunity!

The sixth intake of the BC Rural Dividend Program runs Saturday, June 15 to Thursday, August 15, 2019. This year, the program will be providing up to $25 million to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to strengthen and diversify their local economies. And yes, this includes trail projects!

Local governments, Indigenous communities and organizations, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding. Read the news release for more information!


In the News


Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders, and Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, and key aspects for consideration in its management. Read a summary of the public consultations here!

BC Parks is in the process of developing a management plan for Ne’āh’ Conservancy and Tā Ch’ilā (Boya Lake) Provincial Park. Comments are due by June 22, 2019. More details.

Canada's west coast is the region most vulnerable to forest fires this year, according to spring predictions from the Canadian Forest Service. Be sure to check out the current list of fire bans and restrictions as well as BC Wildfire Services's new and improved Interactive Wildfire Map!


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to Mark Latham of the North Shore Hikers for this month's feature photo, taken on a club trip at Mount Seymour on Jan. 15th, 2019.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter 2018 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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