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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 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 2017 BC 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.

Stewardship is the core theme for this year’s event and emphasizes the importance of taking care of our trails, our businesses, and our industry.  BC is attracting more mtb visitors than ever before to ride the trails we love and we need to ensure that the effort to maintain our trails is adequately supported.  The symposium will highlight many examples of good stewardship and underscore the need for increasing our capacity to ensure a sustainable future.


Where & When

September 13-15, 2017.  The main event takes place at the Revelstoke Community Centre (600 Campbell Avenue) centrally located in beautiful downtown Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Here’s what’s happening…


What’s Included

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


The Speakers

The symposium will feature presentations by visionaries, change makers and those that have been in the trenches.  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.

Here is a sample of topics and presentations so far:


Panel Discussion Topics:

Presentation Topics:

For a full list of presenters and topics see the detailed preliminary schedule


Please consider booking your accommodation at one of these fine and conveniently located properties.

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Contact the following hotels directly for special symposium rates.


Pre-Symposium IMBA Canada Trail Building School

Since 2010, 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 School 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.

Bike Fest Revelstoke

The symposium coincides with Revelstoke’s fun family friendly bike festival.  Plan to stay until Sunday to take in all the fun events and riding opportunities.  Bike Fest is on from September 14-17.

Click here for more details.



Who Should Attend?

The MTB Tourism Symposium is an event for anybody with a stake in increasing mountain bike-related travel to our province.

Attendees typically include:

  • Mtb/outdoor adventure tourism operators
  • Event promoters
  • Media specialists
  • Community Leaders
  • Land Managers

  • Park planners
  • Destination marketing organizations
  • Bike industry representatives
  • Trail advocates, builders and maintainers
  • Government and industry professionals


Below is the basic schedule for this year’s program.  For the current detailed schedule click here.

For the Revelstoke Community Centre floor plan click here.


Online Registration

Online registration is now open.

$255 + GST

$135 + GST

**Special “3 of a Kind” deal for the month of August – learn more here

Note: If you are interested in participating in the pre-symposium IMBA Canada Trail Building Workshop on Sept 12-13, please indicate on the registration form.  The workshop is free for Full Symposium registrants.  Space is limited so sign up early.

Click Here to Register

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Got a Question?

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


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