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About The Symposium

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 Comments Off on 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…

  • Pre-Symposium Trail Building Workshop; September 12&13
  • Welcome Reception; September 13th @ Revelstoke Railway Museum
  • Two full days of sessions, guided rides and social events; September 14&15 @ Revelstoke Community Centre
  • Stay for the weekend and enjoy Revelstoke Bikefest; September 15-17


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 (limited spots available)
  • Guided rides on some of the best trails in the province
  • A chance to win great prizes


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:


  • Jane Koepke, Founder, Singletrack to Success – Carcross, Yukon
  • Nicole Formosa, Editor, Bike Magazine – Laguna Beach, California

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Best practices for supporting local trail maintenance programs
  • To scree or not to scree; how to encourage responsible backcountry riding
  • Ebikes; disruptive innovation or new opportunity?

Presentation Topics:

  • Results of the 2016 Sea to Sky MTB Economic Impact Study
  • Working with Government Agencies; Destination BC and Rec Sites and Trails BC
  • Funding the Columbia Valley Trail Project
  • Adaptive Mountain Bike Trails
  • Seasonal Development of Mountain Bike Tourism
  • Public Engagement for Mountain Bike Tourism
  • Growth of Race Tourism; BC Enduro Series and the Canadian National Enduro Series

More details will be added as speakers and presentations are confirmed.  If you or anyone you know is interested in presenting, please refer to the Call for Presentations.


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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.

  • This workshop starts Tuesday, September 12th at 9:00am at the Revelstoke Community Centre