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James serves as the British Columbia Regional Coordinator for IMBA Canada. Stay tuned to his blog for info on trail access issues, events and other happenings.

Oct 9, 2015, 4:31 pm

Williams Lake was the host city for the 2015 MTB Tourism Symposium held Oct. 02-04. This is the third instalment since the Mountain Bike Tourism Association began organizing these summits of First Nations, land managers, tourism operators, bike clubs and advocates for the sport. One hundred and fifty delegates convened for a wide variety of workshops and keynote speeches over the three days.


Feb 13, 2013, 3:35 pm

Martin Littlejohn of the Mountain Bike Tourism Association hosted our third conference call last night for the committee members. Discussions ranged from budget, program to speakers, and of course beer. There are lots of details to sort through but as a committee member I have a pretty easy job compared to what Martin is dealing with.

Expect a full range of tourism related breakout sessions, trail workshops, guided rides and lots of networking to help your communities economic potential.

Feb 11, 2013, 4:33 pm

The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, in Rossland, BC, is looking for your support to help insure future funding from the City of Rossland! Please see the message below, via facebook.

"The City of Rossland, BC, draft budget has eliminated its funding of the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society. This could have significant impact on KCTS’ ability to maintain our trails for the safety, health and enjoyment of our community.

Jul 3, 2012, 3:16 pm

Check out this great video from C-it Productions of the collaboration between the Rotary Club, Village of Radium Hot Springs and IMBA Canada Affiliate Club the Columbia Valley Cycling Society to create a pump track in Radium. A classic example of how IMBA clubs can work with local governments and supporters to gain riding opportunities.

Video credit:Frank Purschwitz of C-it Productions ©2012.


Jun 21, 2012, 8:37 am

Back in 2007, I sat on an advisory panel on behalf of IMBA to assist in the creation of a provincial trails strategy for the province of British Columbia. Although the ‘Trails Strategy for British Columbia’ is still waiting to be formally adopted, the final draft of the document has been used to run a pilot project program where government recreation officers work closely with clubs who build and maintain trails. In return, the clubs receive authorization to expand their trail network, enhancing the local experience and attracting some well-needed tourism dollars to their economy.

Mar 19, 2012, 8:22 am

We have now added IMBA Canada specific FAQs for the new bike theft/all risk insurance program offered by Oasis, called Pedal Power. IMBA Canada supporters and members of IMBA-affiliate clubs qualify for the discounted rates, while individual IMBA Members are eligible for competition coverage.

Mar 18, 2012, 7:54 am

Attention BC Clubs; The BC Regional Leadership Advisory Council is now underway and we now have representation for the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, Columbia Valley Cycling Society and Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan and a few pending. All BC clubs are invited to join the RLAC -- just james [dot] brown [at] imba [dot] com (send me an email) and I’ll get the ball rolling.

Feb 17, 2012, 11:12 am
BC Parks

Environmental impacts of users on trails continues to be a hot topic in many regions. During the past five to seven years there has been a flurry of research papers on trail use and environmental impact for all user groups. The fact of the matter is any user on a trail has some impact on the environment. However, it is baffling that statements are still made that go against all credible research regarding the extent of the impact each user has.

Jun 6, 2011, 3:41 pm
MEC bikefest

Mountain Equipment Co-op just wrapped up it's latest instalment of their Bikefest in North Vancouver at Inter River Park and as the Rep for BC, i attended and flew the IMBA colours. The weather was fantastic, clearly the best weekend of the year, let's hope it's a trend.


May 24, 2011, 2:46 pm
MEC bikefest

The Mountain Equipment Co-Op annual Bikefest rolled into William Stevenson Park in Victoria on May 22nd. Despite the iffy weather, it is nearly the end of May after all, a Canuk's western final hockey game and the weekend where family's make their first attempt at camping, it went well.