Trails & Access
In the Trails & Access program, the committees' work includes trail access, trail building and maintenance, advocating for new trail projects, networking with BC Parks, the Ministry of Forests and Range, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. The FMCBC works to have British Columbia’s hiking and climbing access trails recognized, protected and maintained. The FMCBC also takes on trail building projects put forward by its members and supports clubs in their trail building efforts. The FMCBC developed the Adopt-A-Trail program for volunteer groups and coordinated adoptions with government agencies and municipalities.
Click on the links below to learn what committee members have been working on in your area. If you are interested in joining a committee to work on projects and issues in your region of British Columbia, contact your local club or email us for more details.
Click here to learn more about establishing, maintaining and protecting trails on Crown land.
Recent issues the FMCBC has responded to:
- Time to show what a lack of funding has done to our parks
14 July, 2016
Have you visited our provincial parks lately and noticed any of the following?
– Broken, missing or vandalized signage
– Missing or damaged trail markers
– Trail braiding, exposed roots, broken or missing boardwalk slats
– Bridges in need of repair or closed due to damage
– Poorly maintained campground facilities
– Ecological damage from lack of monitoring
– Excessive litter or ...
- Working towards improved access for all at Cypress and Seymour Provincial Parks
26 January, 2016
Parking capacity at Mt. Seymour and Cypress Provincial Parks is an issue that anyone who’s visited the mountains lately is aware of, and it’s one that the FMCBC has been working on — together with BC Parks and commercial ski hill operators — for several years. The parking problem occurs on sunny or good weather ...
- Chilliwack River Valley celebrates revitalized trails and hardworking volunteers
21 December, 2015
The trails in the Chilliwack River Valley are open and looking better than ever. Volunteer and professional trail builders spent more than 540 hours this year getting 70+ kilometres of neglected trails back into shape, clearing brush and deadfall, building new footbridges, addressing erosion, and installing reflective markers and information kiosks.
Their hard work has certainly ...
- Trail markers make backcountry a safer, easier place to navigate
23 September, 2015
It’s been a busy summer for hiking clubs and outdoor groups around the province installing hundreds of reflective trail markers in a bid to make the backcountry an easier, safer place to navigate. As anyone who’s ever ventured into the woods can attest, trails can’t always be simply taken backward and forward: shortcuts, unmapped diversions and ...
- Concerns persist surrounding Garibaldi at Squamish resort proposal
8 July, 2015
For 15 years, the FMCBC has expressed concern over the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) ski resort project, maintaining that if accepted, Squamish could lose the very reasons people are attracted to the area. The proposed $3.5 million resort at Brohm Ridge includes hotels, resort condos, extensive ski runs, and a projected 1.9 million annual visits ...
- Get to know Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
25 May, 2015
Pinecone Burke Provincial Park’s pristine, remote-feeling wilderness belies its location just a short hour’s drive from Vancouver on Katzie First Nation traditional territory. Yet despite its proximity to the densely-populated Lower Mainland, it sees relatively few visitors, primarily due to access issues, limited facilities, and the generally low-profile it’s maintained throughout its 20 year existence.
- HSCT 2015 Update
23 May, 2015
The Howe Sound Crest Trail project is progressing satisfactorily and the trail is increasingly popular. This can have its drawbacks due to the constant interruptions to machine work, and in 2015 it is hoped to get the trail crew started early. However there are already signs that this lack of snowpack may also have the ...
- Discussing trails with our neighbors in Washington
30 October, 2014
Report on the Washington State Trails Conference by Jodi Appleton, FMCBC Program and Administration Manager
I had the opportunity, along with three other representatives from the FMCBC (Bob St. John, Carol Hunter and Dave Wharton) to attend the Washington State Trails Conference in Bellingham this month. This biennial conference is organized by the Washington State Trails Coalition and ...
- HSCT 2014 Update
23 May, 2014
The Howe Sound Crest Trail project has progressed to the point where a lot of difficult rock work is being done as it approaches St Marks. We hope to get more of this awkward section completed in 2014, possibly with some high-elevation work out towards Magnesia Meadows cleared from a camp this summer, dependent on ...
- Improved Lions Bay Bus Service
28 August, 2013
For many years the only local bus service on West Vancouver Transit to Lions Bay was the #259 (which runs on a very limited schedule), but they have now added the C12 Community Shuttle bus which runs on a more regular schedule.
- HSCT 2013 Update
20 May, 2013
The first section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail has now reached completion, and the crew and machinery has completed a section on the approach to St. Marks, past the new bridges that we installed at Strachan Meadows, with the bad switchbacks ahead due to be decommissioned and replaced. However we now are told that ...
- HSCT 2012 Update
6 May, 2012
The first section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail has now neared completion, and we did get a small crew and machinery as far the new bridges that we installed at Strachan Meadows in order to reinforce them with rock just before the snow fell in November. In fact we were within a few hours ...
- HSCT 2010 Update
3 May, 2010
The Howe Sound Crest trail upgrade has been several years in the planning and preparation stage, but the delays had a silver lining as this summer with the project still not started we were able to apply for federal trails funding through the National Trails Coalition and Outdoor Recreation Council, with assistance from Jeremy McCall. ...