FMCBC in the News

FMCBC in the News


Unhappy trails, packed parks, crowded campgrounds: Lower Mainland parks are being overrun

August 17, 2019 – Vancouver Sun

“But it may be too little, too late, said Barry Janyk, executive director of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. “Tourism takes in billions, but puts zero back in. You can’t keep milking the dry cow.”


Kayaking among glaciers draws faraway tourists to B.C. backcountry

July 27, 2018 – Star Vancouver

“The problem is that there’s no place that’s sacred anymore, and this is an issue that the provincial government is dealing with,” said Janyk. “I just talked to them last week; they’re just being inundated with applications for helicopter (tours), and it’s everything from biking, hiking, touring, seeing — now there’s kayaking.”


Threat of drought sparks fight over Sunshine Coast’s Tetrahedron Park

May 2, 2018 – CBC News

Should our parks exist solely to protect wilderness or can they be put to other uses?


B.C. ponders stripping park status from Sunshine Coast’s Tetrahedron Park

April 30, 2018 – Vancouver Sun

The provincial government is considering stripping park status from some or all of Tetrahedron Provincial Park to allow the Sunshine Coast Regional District to tap into more drinking water.


Milne criticizes process ahead of Tetrahedron open house

April 30, 2018 – Coast Reporter

Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne says the public consultation on changes to the boundaries or status of Tetrahedron Provincial Park for the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) Chapman water project is “entirely inadequate.”


Vancouver Island residents talk backcountry access

March 16, 2018 – Alberni Valley News

MLA Scott Fraser corrals possible remedies to restricted backcountry access.


Cypress Mountain ‘dawn patrol’ dispute resolved

November 16, 2017 – North Shore News

Hikers and snowshoers who like to make fresh tracks and watch the sun rise from a backcountry mountaintop can again access Cypress Mountain Provincial Park in the early morning hours.


Outdoor clubs release Singing Pass parking proposal

October 2, 2017 – Whistler Question

FMCBC sees new government as an opportunity to push for action.


Backcountry advocates doubtful of B.C. Liberals support for B.C. Parks

March 27, 2017 – CBC News

Province has made moves to increase campsites, rangers and funding, but are they enough as visits skyrocket?


Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC says BC Parks face capacity and facility issues

Nov. 2, 2016 – Mountain FM

The Executive Director for the Federation of Mountain Clubs British Columbia (FMCBC) says capacity issues and broken & missing signage are just a number of problems they’ve been hearing about in recent years, particularly this year within BC Parks.


The Jill Bennett Show

Sept. 17, 2016 – News Talk 908 CKNW

There have been some concerns about how many people are going into the great outdoors—some damage on trails, for example. Do things need to change when it comes to how we use our hiking trails?


Corporate ads on BC Parks website under question

Sept. 16, 2016 – Global News BC

Should private commercial companies be advertising on B.C. government websites?


B.C. club questioning retail advertising on public service sites

Sept. 16, 2016 – News Talk 980 CKNW

Steve Jones with the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. says his group was caught off guard when they saw a “Coleman” ad on BC Parks’ website.


Is social media ruining hiking in B.C.?

Sept. 16, 2016 – News Talk 980 CKNW

Recent overcrowding at Joffre Lakes park has some wondering whether social media is to blame.


Social media campaign highlights terrible state of B.C. parks

Sept. 11, 2016 – Global News Vancouver

Some of BC’s parks are in such bad shape they are now being targeted by an online campaign.

News Talk 980 Interview

Sept. 9, 2016 – News Talk 980 CKNW

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC has launched a campaign because they’re concerned about the status—the deterioration—of provincial parks.


IN PHOTOS: #FundBCParks demands action through pictures

Sept. 8, 2016 – News Talk 980 CKNW

The Federation of Mountain Clubs in B.C. is hoping their new campaign will say more than a thousand words and help them get more funding for provincial Parks.


Hikers document disrepair in B.C. Parks

Sept. 8, 2016 – Metro Vancouver

Park users decry overflowing parking lots, broken trails, missing signs and absent rangers as funding remains flat.


Do you know why it’s called Smoke Bluffs?

April 13, 2016 – The Squamish Chief

Park steeped in history has great trails and climbing areas.


Garibaldi ski resort gets B.C. approval

Jan. 29, 2016 – Abbotsford News

The B.C. government has issued an environmental assessment certificate for Garibaldi at Squamish mountain resort, proposed as a major competitor for North Shore ski hills and Whistler-Blackcomb resort.


Happy Trails: Hard work pays off in Chilliwack River Valley

Oct. 30, 2015 – The Chilliwack Progress

Volunteers have put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity getting more than 70 km of trails back into tiptop shape for hikers.


Jumbo decision looms for assessment office

Oct. 14, 2015 – The Columbia Valley Pioneer

As the deadline approaches for Jumbo Glacier Resort to have its environmental certificate renewed, the Ministry of Environment further explained some of the deadline’s intricacies.


Coquitlam SAR trail markers to boost safety

Aug. 18, 2015 – Tri-City News

Coquitlam Search and Rescue volunteers will be busy on Tri-City trails for the rest of the summer in a bid to prevent hikers from getting lost in the backcountry.


Eight nonprofits for B.C. outdoor enthusiasts looking to give back this holiday season

Dec. 19, 2014 – The Georgia Straight

Those of us living in southwestern British Columbia are blessed with incredible natural surroundings.


Outdoor recreation contributes billions to B.C. economy, report says

May 13, 2014 – The Georgia Straight

Hikers, kayakers, snowshoers, and other non-motorized outdoor recreationists contribute billions of dollars to British Columbia’s economy every year.


Sea to Sky Gondola to split Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Squamish

March 14, 2012 – The Georgia Straight

Former Intrawest executives seek to remove strip of parkland for tower construction.


Plans brew in Golden Ears Provincial Park as trails deteriorate

March 7, 2013 – The Georgia Straight

While the Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club says funding cuts have reduced trail maintenance, B.C. Parks has drafted a new strategy for the park’s future