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 we will explore the need for 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.

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 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.

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.

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

Online Registration is now open.

Click here to register for the symposium

FULL SYMPOSIUM:
Early bird rate: $235 + GST available until August 31st  Regular price $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)

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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!

martin@mbta.ca

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