July 2012 eNews - Parks Canada special edition

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IMBA CANADA JULY ENEWS - PARKS CANADA SPECIAL EDITION

Canada's largest land manager, Parks Canada is a National Partner of IMBA Canada, participating in a number of programs including the Trail Care Crew and IMBA's International Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. Read on to get an update on how we are working together.

PARKS CANADA DIRECTOR RECOGNIZED IN IMBA TRAIL NEWS

Ed Jager, Director of Visitor Experience for Parks Canada, was featured inthis summer's edition of IMBA Trail News: Canada, along with fellow land managers Scott Laver and John Hawkings. Recognized as "trail heroes", the article highlights the power of progressive land managers in shaping the sport of mountain biking in Canada.

Under Jager's watch, mountain biking went from simply being tolerated in National Parks, to a supported activity in Parks Canada sites. National guidelines, developed in 2010, now set the precedent for mountain biking nationwide and more Parks are exploring opportunities to expand their offer.

Find the article (p. 8-9), along with the rest of the newsletter online here.

MOUNTAIN BIKING A FEATURED ACTIVITY AT PARKS CANADA CAMPING EVENTS

After the tremendous success of last year's "Learn to MTB" activitiesat Parks Canada's 100th Anniversary celebrations, IMBA Canada was invited back to introduce more families to mountain biking at theNational Urban Learn-to-Camp in the Rouge Park, and the Campout with the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, in Toronto.

IMBA Canada, with partners Joyride 150, the Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) and the Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA), came out in force to share their enthusiasm with new participants to the sport. By using a variety of optional technical trail features, riders were challenged with a course that kept even some of the more skilled riders engaged for hours.

Read more about the Rouge and Learn to Camp events on the blog.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK KICKS OFF TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY

IMBA's ninth annual International Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day will take place on Sat. October 6th,2012. We're teaming up with local bike clubs, community groups, and National Parks to pass on our passion for pedaling to kids!

Banff National Park is celebrating early, and hosting a Take A Kid Mountain Biking event this Saturday July 21st with Castle Mountain Chalets! Kids and their families are invited to attend the free event starting at 10 a.m. Find out more.

Event registration is now open! Host an event, or find a celebration in your community! Check out out website for resources on Take A Kid Day, and also info on how to get your tykes on bikes.

TRAIL CARE CREW VISITS KLUANE NATIONAL PARK, YUKON

IMBA Canada's Trail Care Crew just returned from a 12-day visit to the Yukon, working in Whitehorse and Kluane National Park. Read the blog to catch up on their travels, including photo gallerys and videos from our ContourGPS!

Come meet the Crew at a National Park near you!

  • Aug 1 - 5: La Mauricie National Park
  • Sept 13 - 16: Riding Mountain National Park
  • Oct. 18 - 21: Banff National Park
  • Oct. 22 - 24: Lake Louise National Park
  • Oct. 25 - 28: Jasper National Park

Find the full schedule, including iMBA and Trans Canada Trail visits here.

2012 IMBA WORLD SUMMIT

Parks Canada will be there. Will you?

Every two years, IMBA gathers the most influential stakeholders in mountain biking internationally to meet around present and future issues and opportunities surrounding our sport. The IMBA World Summit (Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 10-13) will feature great speakers, interactive meetings, valuable success stories and plenty of opportunities to enjoy premium southwestern singletrack trails. + More info

Please join us! IMBA is intent on making this a world summit to remember.

TAKE ACTION: HELP PARKS CANADA CREATE CANADA'S FIRST NATIONAL URBAN PARK

Parks Canada has committed to creating a National Urban Park within the heart of the Greater Toronto Area.

Recognizing the potential of Rouge Valley, with its abundance of natural and cultural treasures within easy reach of 20 per cent of the nation’s population, the agency is looking to protect this unique urban space -- while at the same time building a “people’s park”; where people can gather, connect, be engaged, and be stewards.

Parks Canada wants YOUR involvement!

The public consultation phase for the Rouge National Urban Park has begun. There will be three open houses, and a public survey is available for online consultation.

IMBA Canada and its affiliated clubs have been at the table, representing the interests of mountain bikers, but Parks Canada needs to hear from you directly. Please take action and support mountain biking in the Rouge National Urban Park today!

Read more about this groundbreaking initiative on the Parks Canada website.

11 REASONS IMBA AND MOUNTAIN BIKERS MAKE GREAT PARTNERS

Mountain biking in national parks can be a controversial topic in some corners, with supporters and detractors debating whether there's enough space on trails for both hikers and cyclists. IMBA sees mountain biking and national parks as a great match. Find out why IMBA and mountain biking make great partners for land management agencies like Parks Canada.

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