SilverStar Mountain Resort – Postponed until 2022

(special announcement)

About The Symposium

The MTB Tourism Symposium is a gathering of creative minds with a vested interest in advancing the future of mountain bike tourism and recreation in British Columbia.

Our goal is to make mountain biking more accessible, more inclusive, and more sustainable while delivering key social and economic benefits to our communities and destinations.

British Columbia has long been a major contributor to the world of mountain biking.  From its clandestine beginnings to its growth into the mainstream, mountain biking has become an established form of outdoor recreation and lifestyle that people enjoy in every corner of the province.  The diverse trails and inspiring landscapes that are cherished by so many British Columbians have caught the attention of riders from around the globe.

The 2021 Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium is an opportunity for stakeholders and experts to share insights and knowledge about how to progress toward a more sustainable and vibrant future for mountain biking.  Learn from the successes and challenges of those that have been working in the field and explore what is necessary to take mountain biking to the next level.

This year’s theme is “Partnering for Success”.  Partnerships have an important role to play to meet the challenges of a post-pandemic world and will help make our communities stronger and more resilient.  They can strengthen our vision of what is possible and help us achieve our common goals.  In the mountain bike sector, where many values and goals are aligned, partnerships are the key to success.

Where & When

September 15-17, 2021.  The main event takes place at SilverStar Mountain Resort.  With plenty of space and fresh mountain air, SilverStar provides the perfect backdrop for us to delve into the important issues facing mountain biking recreation and tourism.
Here’s what’s happening…

  • Pre-Symposium Trail Building Workshop; TBA
  • Welcome Reception and Registration; September 15th
  • Two full days of sessions, guided rides and social events; September 16th & 17th
  • Stay for the weekend and enjoy all that SilverStar and the Vernon area in the North Okanagan have to offer.

The Speakers

The symposium will feature presentations by visionaries, change makers and those that have been in the trenches advocating for trails and promoting BC as a world class destination.  We will explore solutions to the challenges we face while keeping an open mind towards new approaches and new partnerships.  Topics covered will be as diverse as the BC landscape involving trail advocates and builders, media specialists, business operators, community planners, land managers, government representatives, and tourism marketers.

Pre-Symposium Trail Building Workshop

This one and a half day workshop is an informative hands-on learning experience focused on sustainable trail building techniques.  The workshop is open to Full Symposium Registrants however space is limited so be sure to register early.  Please indicate your interest when you register for the Symposium.

  • Details to be announced

Social Events

There will be many opportunities for networking in a safe, casual, and fun atmosphere.  We will be following all COVID-19 protocols required during the time of the event.  

More details to be announced soon.

What's Included

When you register for the full symposium, the following is included:

  • 2 full days of sessions featuring knowledgeable and entertaining speakers and presentations
  • Breakfast and lunch on each day of the symposium sessions (Thursday and Friday)
  • Welcome reception and other social events (Wednesday and Thursday evenings)
  • Pre-symposium Trail building workshop (Tuesday and Wednesday; limited spots available)
  • Guided rides on some of the best trails in the province
  • A chance to win great prizes

Accommodation

SilverStar offers a variety of accommodation options from camping to vacation condos.  Vernon also has many options available and is less than 30 minutes from SilverStar.

Special offers from accommodation partners will be announced when registration opens.

Guided Group Rides

SilverStar and the North Okanagan have incredible riding, so make sure to bring your bike!  And if you can’t bring your bike, there are rental options available.

Guided rides will be available on some of the best trails that Vernon and SilverStar have to offer.

More details to be announced soon.

Who Should Attend?

The MTB Tourism Symposium is an event for anybody with a stake in developing, promoting, or managing mountain biking for recreation and tourism.

Attendees typically include:

  • Mtb/outdoor adventure tourism operators
  • Event producers
  • Media specialists
  • Community Leaders
  • Land Managers
  • Park planners
  • Destination marketing organizations
  • Bike industry representatives
  • Trail advocates, builders and maintainers
  • Government and industry professionals

Schedule

Below is the basic schedule for this year’s program.

Register

We plan to open registration in July 2021 and will depend on guidance from the provincial health authorities at that time.

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Would you Like to Receive Updates?

Register your email address and we’ll send you updates as we get closer to the event.

(this will only add you to our email list, it will not register you for the symposium)

Partners

Partners and Sponsor to be announced soon.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Martin Littlejohn at martin@mbta.ca

Got a Question?

For questions about the conference, please contact the MBTA Executive Director, Martin Littlejohn, using the email address below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

martin@mbta.ca