Working on your behalf
The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) is a democratic, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and maintaining access to quality non-motorized backcountry recreation in British Columbia’s mountains and wilderness areas. As our name indicates we are a federation of outdoor clubs with a membership of over 5000 people from outdoor clubs across BC. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of non-motorized backcountry recreationists including hikers, rock climbers, mountaineers, trail runners, kayakers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers. As an organization, we believe that the enjoyment of these pursuits in an unspoiled environment is a vital component to the quality of life for British Columbians and by acting under the policy of “talk, understand and persuade” we advocate for these interests.
Membership in the FMCBC is open to any club or individual who supports our vision, mission and purpose (see below) and includes benefits such as a subscription to our semi-annual newsletter Cloudburst, monthly updates through our FMCBC E-News, and access to Third-Party Liability insurance. In addition, member clubs are eligible to apply for project funding through our Member Club Grant Program which supports trail building and upgrading initiatives.
At the core of FMCBC’s projects, issues and successes are the countless hours donated by dedicated volunteers from our member clubs across the province. Without these volunteers the FMCBC would not exist and we appreciate all those who have volunteered in the past or are current volunteers. We encourage others to join us to help us reach our vision.
British Columbia’s backcountry is shared amongst all recreational users in a way that self-propelled users have reasonable access to an enjoyable experience
To advocate for safe, self-propelled activities (such as hiking, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and other backcountry activities) and the protection of BC’s backcountry for current and future generations to experience
- To represent clubs and the public interested in non-motorized backcountry recreation in BC, and to advise and take action on their behalf in matters which may impact their recreation experiences
- To make recommendations to government and non-government organizations regarding the protection of and access to BC’s backcountry and trails
- To encourage self-propelled backcountry recreation, and to promote low impact and safe practices
- To promote the development and maintenance of a systems of trails in BC
- To promote the sound management and preservation of BC’s backcountry recreation resources
Many of these statements came out of a strategic planning process which the FMCBC went through in 2011. You can read more about the FMCBC’s 2012-2014 strategic plan here.