About IMBA Canada

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) is a national non for profit organization that advocates for mountain bike, and trail access across Canada. Founded internationally in 1988, and nationally in 2004, IMBA supports and represents over 35,000 cyclists worldwide in all forms of mountain biking: cross country, downhill, and freeride.

IMBA Canada's mission is simple: to create, enhance, and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers across Canada.

Learn more about what we do through our four core values:

SPEAK

Through political lobbying, the formation of national land management partnerships and grassroots leadership, IMBA is the voice of mountain bikers worldwide. Join and let your voice be heard.

BUILD

Each year, IMBA’s members construct hundreds of kilometers of sustainable, fun singletrack and volunteer more than one million hours to improve trails or open new ones. Join IMBA Canada, grab a tool and volunteer.

RESPECT

IMBA is dedicated to protecting our public lands and enjoying them by mountain bike. Preserving the land and riding respectfully are ways to ensure that trails will be open to mountain bikers for years to come. Join IMBA Canada and explore wild places.

RIDE

IMBA brings mountain bikers together to celebrate our sport. Passion for riding fuels our advocacy and trailbuilding efforts. We do it all for one reason: the ride. Grab your bike and join us.

History

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) was founded in 1988 by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to cyclists. These pioneering clubs believed that mountain biker-education programs and innovative trail management solutions should be developed and promoted.

While this first wave of threatened trail access was concentrated in California, IMBA's pioneers saw that crowded trails and trail-user conflict were fast becoming worldwide recreation issues. Over the years, IMBA's programming, support, and staff of professional advocates have continued to grow - but our mission and core values have remained the same.

Established in 2004, IMBA Canada was the first fully staffed international office of IMBA. Located in Kitchener, ON, IMBA Canada is directed by Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew veteran, Lora Woolner, and staffed by trail advocates across the country. Our staff seek to develop the following for mountain biking in Canada: convenient access to appealing trails; trailbuilding expertise; a positive image; and political influence.

IMBA Worldwide

IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, 750 clubs, 600 retailer shops, and 160 corporate members. IMBA members live in all Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

Visit our international page for more information on IMBA’s work outside of Canada.