Calling All Trail-Minded Enthusiasts.. ADD YOUR VOICE TO TRAILS BC’S TO ADVOCATE FOR RECREATIONAL TRAILS!
Many of our province's trails are being built upon, paved over, and bulldozed under! Together we can effectively protect what we have and build a great network of British Columbia recreational trails - support Trails BC with your membership and donations!
- Expand, sustain and preserve the existing provincial trail network.
- We have the mandate to assemble the British Columbia section of the Trans Canada Trail.
- Preserve natural, historic, and developed trails in B.C.
- Promote the building and connecting of trails for recreational use.
- Accept and acquire materials and labor and raise funds for trail related projects.
- Promote safety, courtesy and environmental awareness while using B.C. trails.
- Seek formal designation of B.C. trail right-of-ways.
Q: What does Trails BC do?
A: Trails BC, also known officially as the Trails Society of BC, is a non-profit registered society (1995) under the Provincial Societies Act. Trails BC became a Registered Charity effective December 1st, 1996, and can issue Income Tax receipts for donations. Our mandate is to "facilitate the development of shared use and sustainable trail networks, including the Trans Canada Trail, within British Columbia".
Trails BC has been designated by the Trans Canada Trail Foundation to facilitate the development of the Trans Canada Trail in BC.
Our immediate goals are:
- To gather public support for our efforts to build and manage trails.
- To build a local community-based membership of trail-minded individuals and groups.
- To promote a provincial trail network and to record existing trail routes throughout BC.
Our achievements include:
- The development of about 40% of the Trans Canada Trail in BC (southern route), and the registration of 53% of the trail with the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, as of January 2000.
- Amendments to provincial legislation, increasing opportunities for the general public to have recreational access to private and leased lands.
- Advocacy work with the Land Use Coordination Office and in recent years with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, resulting in government recognition of the need for a province-wide trail strategy.
Q: How much of the trail is developed/ How much still needs to be developed?
A: In BC about 77% of the Trans Canada Trail has been developed and is operational.
Q: How can I assist? What kind of help do you need?
A: If you haven’t already, the best ways to lend a hand would be to "Get Involved" by joining Trails BC as a member, volunteer, trail steward or simply donate funds.