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Our 2018 Share the Trails Workshop will take place

May 11, 2018

Registration opens at 8:15 AM

Workshop begins at 9:00 AM

Coast Bastion Hotel
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4
For more information on the 2018 Workshop contact [email protected]


Join Richard Campbell, Executive Director of the BC Cycling Coalition, and BC Parks staff in exploring the world of e-bikes. Hear about future provincial policies that will determine if and how e-bikes will be permitted in provincial parks and on Crown Land.

What is the difference between mixed-use trails and multi-use trails? While this terminology is not widely understood, it is used by land managers in Canada. Mixed-use trails are trail systems which are shared by motorized and non-motorized users. In our second set of presentations, Jeremy McCall, ORC’s Executive Director, will clarify these distinctions and explore how these definitions are applied in land use and recreation management. Joining him is Orville Smith, Director on the Board of Tabor Mountain Recreation Society, to discuss seasonal trail use, community partnerships, and restrictions on mixed trails.

Following a complimentary lunch buffet, we welcome our keynote speaker, Tim Ryan, former Chair of BC’s Forest Practices Board (FPB), who will speak on the topic of recreation in forests. The FPB is an independent body which advocates for sound forest and range practices, and reports its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.

In the afternoon, Kim Reeves, the Chair of ORC’s Access Committee, will report on the committee’s progress, and will facilitate a panel discussion on the topic of public access to private forest lands for recreation. The committee’s objective is to improve access to privately owned lands in the Province for public recreation; while it has mostly considered access to the private forest lands on Vancouver Island, it has under consideration traditional access corridors to and through Douglas Lake Ranch, as well as public fishing lakes within private property and crown leased land in the Nicola Valley area.

Through presentations, a panel session, group discussions, and Q&A, participants of this workshop will hear from and engage with various trail user groups, experts and land & recreation managers.


  • Richard Campbell, Executive Director, BC Cycling Coalition
  • Sarah Fennell, Recreation Services Specialist, BC Parks
  • Jeremy McCall, Executive Director, Outdoor Recreation Council of BC
  • Orville Smith, Director, Tabor Mountain Recreation Society
  • Tim Ryan, former Chair, Forest Practices Board
  • Kim Reeves, Chair, ORC’s Access Committee
  • Sharon Pickthorne, Director, ORC’s Access Committee


Possibility of an e-bike demo on Saturday, May 12, to test ride e-bikes on the trail. Space is limited, please let us know if you are interested in participating. Stay tuned for details.

REGISTRATION:  By invitation. Registration closes Friday, May 4th, 2018. Email [email protected] to register yourself or a representative from your organization.

If you wish an additional member of your organization to attend please check with us first. Please note that registration will be on a first come, first served basis as seating is limited.

COSTS: There is no cost to attend this workshop. Lunch and refreshments are complimentary.


Hosted by Horse Council BC in cooperation with the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), this forum meets the strategic goals of HCBC by building partnerships and improving government relations with the equine industry. It continues the dialogue started in 2011 during the BC Equestrian Trails Roundtable held in Kelowna, where there was a focus on building bridges between outdoor recreation groups with shared interests and learning how to represent the interests of the outdoor recreation community to government, industry and to the public. At each workshop, there has been a clear message that in order to be able to work collaboratively with all orders of government, First Nations, and private land owners, all trail user groups must work together when advocating for new trails or improvements to existing trails.