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 unify the voice of the mountain biking industry and discuss the opportunities we have to make mountain biking better for both residents and visitors alike.  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 2019 Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium is an opportunity for stakeholders and experts to gather and share insights and knowledge about how to progress toward a more sustainable and vibrant mountain bike tourism sector.  Learn from the successes and challenges of those that have been working in the field and explore what is necessary to take BC’s mountain bike economy to the next level.

This year’s theme is “Managing Success” and will focus on how we work toward a sustainable approach to mountain bike recreation and tourism.  This is not a new topic by any means, but it is core to the future of mountain biking and must be addressed in practical ways as we continue to develop more trails and attract more people to our beloved sport.

Where & When

October 2-4, 2019.  The main event takes place in Whistler’s Creekside Village at Dusty’s.  The atmosphere of this legendary venue fits our casual nature however the location will also provide 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; October 1st & 2nd
  • Welcome Reception and Registration; October 2nd
  • Two full days of sessions, guided rides and social events; October 3rd & 4th @ Dusty’s
  • Stay for the weekend and enjoy all that Whistler has 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.

Check out the list of engaging topics on the Final Schedule

Check out the phenomenal list of Presenters and Panelists

Pre-Symposium IMBA Canada Trail Building School

Since 2004, IMBA Canada’s Trail Care Crew has been assisting clubs, land managers, and communities across Canada to improve mountain biking opportunities.   The IMBA Canada Trail Building Workshop teaches sustainable trail building which means building lasting trails that require minimal maintenance, reduce trail damage, protect the environment and enhance visitor enjoyment.

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 – more details will be sent by email to those that sign up.

  • This workshop starts Tuesday, October 1st at 9:00am at Whistler Creekside.  More details

Social Events

Join us for some fun while in Whistler…

  • Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 7-10pm: Welcome Reception @ Legends in Whistler Creekside

Meet your fellow delegates over a beverage and some appies – sponsored by Whistler Brewing Co.

  • Thursday, Oct 3rd, 7-10pm: Longhorn Saloon and Grill in Whistler Village

Enjoy this legendary establishment with live music and tasty appetizers – sponsored by Gibbons Whistler.  Shuttle between Whistler Village and Creekside provided by Blackcomb Helicopters.

From Creekside to Longhhorn: Pick up from the pullout in front of Legends 

6:45pm
7:15pm
8:00pm

From Longhorn to Creekside: Return pick up from the Bus Loop on Blackcomb Way

8:15pm
9pm
10pm
11pm

  • Friday, Oct 4th, 7pm-closing:  Après Ride/Farewell at Whistler Brewing Co in Function Junction

Swing by Whistler Brewing after your ride and keep the discussions going!

*If you drink, don’t drive. Always plan ahead!

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

Whistler Blackcomb’s Lodging Ovations is offering great rates for delegates at Legends, Evolution, and First Tracks Lodge in the heart of Creekside.

Guided Group Rides

It’s Whistler, so make sure to bring your bike!  And if you can’t bring your bike, there are plenty of rental options including Coastal Culture in Whistler’s Creekside Village.  Whistler Blackcomb has special rates for pre-booked rentals – click here for details

Wednesday’s Guided Group Ride – Oct 2nd 1PM and 3PM

Meet at Coastal Culture ready to ride by 1pm on October 2nd for beginner to advanced group rides.  All participants must sign a waiver at delegate registration check-in @ Legends before going on the ride.  Ride leaders from Whistler Bike Guide and Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) will guide you through some of the Whistler’s sweetest singletrack.  There will also be a ride at 3pm from Coastal Culture for those arriving later or if your looking for a shorter loop.  Bring water, snacks and your smart phone for pictures.

Thursday and Friday Group Rides

These rides will start from Coastal Culture at 4:30 after the last symposium session of the day.  Any new details will be announced during the day before the ride.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park – Complimentary 3 Lap Sampler Ticket

Be guided by gravity and take advantage of this generous offer from the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for all registered delegates.  Go to Guest Services at the base of Whistler Mountain to pick up your ticket – bring id and a copy of your registration receipt to verify.  Complimentary Sampler Tickets are available from October 1-6.  Tickets are only valid for 1 day.

*More gravity, more savings – 40% off full-day tickets for all delegates (Oct. 1-6, bring id and reg. receipt to Guest Services)

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.

Click here for the detailed final schedule 

Register

Online Registration will close September 27th at midnight.

Click here to register for the symposium

FULL SYMPOSIUM:
$285 +GST

SINGLE DAY RATE:
$155 + GST

Symposium Cancellation Policy

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

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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