The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia



Welcome to our new subscribers

A warm welcome to our many new subscribers who joined us last month — we received an enthusiastic response to our e-news revival!

Thank you to everyone who sent us feedback and shared the Fed E-news with friends and colleagues. 

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FMCBC Letter of Support - Cathedral Provincial Park 

We received a lot of excellent input and feedback from a number of FMCBC clubs for this well-loved park. Read the FMCBC suggestions for the Cathedral Park management plan.

Recreation Sites and Trails BC Funding Needs Recognized

FMCBC in partnership with ORCBC and other outdoor organizations called on the province to increased investment in outdoor recreation. On November 15th, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released the Report on the Budget 2022 Consultation with recommendations to provide increased funding (mentions on pg. 40, 42 with recommendation on page 43).

Blackcomb to Garibaldi Winter Route

For several years the FMCBC has been working with Whistler Blackcomb and B.C. Parks to establish an uphill winter route through Blackcomb’s CRA to Garibaldi Park. Recently a route was designated to provide an access corridor.  Because the route is on downhill ski runs there is a limited window each day from 5 AM to 9 AM during which the route can be used.

Thanks to Bryce Leigh of the Alpine Club of Canada - Whistler Section for this update!

Mountain Matters

Atmospheric River Event in BC

Heavy rains from an atmospheric river event caused wide-spread flooding and landslides during mid to late-November in Southern BC. Emergency response protocols, including Search and Rescue teams, were enacted in hardest hit areas.

Hiking trails and parks in the lower mainland have been closed.  Due to the extreme weather event, Avalanche Canada warns of 'extreme risk' in some parts of BC.

Thanks to FMCBC member club Caledonia Ramblers for suggesting this Avalanche Safety for Snowshoers  article, and to the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORCBC) for this article on avalanche training and planning for backcountry adventures

Donations to support Flood Relief can be made through the United Way of British Columbia.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Online Film Pass 

Take advantage of Early Bird Prices  for the 2022 VIMFF! They are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and launch on February 25, 2022. Purchase your early bird online film pass today to enjoy 50+ films about climbing, snowsports, adventure, mountain culture, the environment and more!

FWCP Annual Report

Read the Annual Report from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program to check out quick updates on FWCP-funded fish and wildlife projects from across their three regions.

Parks Canada Reservations 2022-2023

Parks Canada reservation dates opening soon! Reservations will open in January and February for visits between April 2022 and March 2023 for 40 national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas in Canada.

News from Friends of Garibaldi Park Society

BC Parks has secured funding to plow the access road to the Rubble Creek/Garibaldi Lake Trailhead at Garibaldi Provincial Park for the 2021/22 season. They are finalising the contract and expect to begin plowing within a week or two.

The contractor responsible for plowing the access road to the Diamondhead/Elfin Lakes Trailhead has had trouble sourcing equipment and labour as crews are focused on repairing flood and landslide damage elsewhere in the region. They expect to resume plowing this road within the next week or two. Even when the road has been plowed, chains are required on the upper portion of the road.

In the News

Visitors to Mount Seymour Provincial Park this winter will require a day-use parking pass - Vancouver Sun (December 9, 2021)

CPAWS: B.C. marine parks ability to protect biodiversity a “mixed bag” - Campbell River Mirror (November 1, 2021)

Lost in the woods? Call 911, not your voicemail, says local search and rescue - Alaska Highway News (November 2, 2021)

Chilliwack hiking bridge named after ‘tireless champion’ of Trans Canada Trail- The Progress (November 3, 2021)

60 years of avalanche control in Rogers Pass - Revelstoke Review (November 12, 2021)

Two-year target set to finalize B.C.’s old-growth protection plan - Trail Times (November 3, 2021)

Communities evacuated, highways washed away as relentless rain pounds B.C. - CBC (November 15, 2021)

Indigenous leaders concerned over B.C.’s process for old-growth logging deferrals - Toronto Star (November 5, 2021)

‘A gut punch’: Forestry sector pushes back against B.C. plan to defer old-growth logging - Global News (November 3, 2021)

B.C. professor’s Mother Tree research branches out to bestselling book, movie deal - ChatNews Today (November 7, 2021)

Saanich Parks recognized for getting green message out - Victoria News (November 7, 2021)

Discover British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest - The Weather Network (November 5, 2021)

A B.C. mountain goat was the unlikely champion in a match against a grizzly - Maclean's (November 10, 2021)

‘Keepers of the land’: How Indigenous-led conservation can boost biodiversity - TVO (November 4, 2021)

iN VIDEO: Cariboo man highlights active volcano that could one day erupt in Northern B.C. - (November 14, 2021)

RCMP arrest 14, clear road on Wet'suwet'en territory in ongoing dispute over land rights, pipeline - CBC (November 18, 2021)

How B.C.’s long-awaited forestry law updates leave gaps around protecting old-growth and Indigenous Rights - The Narwhal (November 9, 2021)

Opinion: Yes, we can save B.C. from the worst wildfires - here's how  - North Shore News (November 5, 2021)

B.C. forest carbon offsets showcased at UN climate conference - Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News (November 3, 2021)

Connecting the dots between B.C.’s floods, landslides and the clearcut logging of old forests - The Narwhal (November 17, 2021)

Swimmers, waders and looky-loo boaters warned to stay out of toxic floodwaters - CBC (November 17, 2021)

The Women Who Are Pushing Ice Climbing Forward - Explorers Web (November 12, 2021)

Canada’s Big Wins in Mountaineering and MTB, Plus 5 More Stories to Start Your Week- Gear Junkie (November 7, 2021)

Iraq War veteran Will 'Akuna' Robinson is the trailblazing superstar of thru-hiking - ESPN (November 11, 2021)

Getting to Know Indigenous Peoples in Canada Through Tourism - Travel & Leisure (November 2, 2021)

Zim Kingston container spill clean-up continues as coastal concerns question response - North Island Gazette (November 5, 2021)

Glen Canyon, barring 'enemy action', likely to be a park for 30 more years - The Daily Courier (November 3, 2021)

Time to hike, bike and climb Penticton - Castanet (November 1, 2021)

Conquer The Tunnel Bluffs Hike Near Lions Bay - Indi88fm (November 27, 2021)


We are preparing our Winter edition of Cloudburst Magazine!

You are invited to submit text and photographs related to:

  • Trail development, maintenance and issues
  • Stories and reflections on outdoor adventures
  • Mountain safety, tools and resources
  • Club adventures over late Fall/Winter season
  • Review of outdoor equipment, books and other media
  • COVID specific challenges, adaptations and triumphs
  • A striking cover photo
  • New outdoor technology/communications devices, software and websites
  • Other items of interest to outdoors and mountain enthusiasts!

 Email us with submissions or questions! Please send submissions by Tuesday, December 14th. 


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