Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium Announces Details for Whistler Event this Fall

May 24, 2019
by Mountain Biking BC  
EWS Whistler Photo by Dave Trumpore

PRESS RELEASE: Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA)

Mark your calendar for October 2-4 and join us for the 2019 MTB Tourism Symposium in Whistler's Creekside Village.

Whistler has long been on the leading edge of mountain bike tourism and recreation and will provide an excellent backdrop as we delve into the many important topics facing the broader mountain biking community. Mountain biking has become a significant travel motivator that currently generates over $70 million annually in visitor spending in the Sea to Sky Corridor alone. Riders from around the globe are inspired to visit British Columbia and ride our abundant trails. This, in turn, has created new economic opportunities for communities throughout the province.

This year's symposium will focus on the growth of mountain biking and what it means for the future as many areas face challenges with capacity and funding in order to adequately manage and maintain trails. Join us in Whistler and be part of the solution for a sustainable mountain bike tourism sector. The symposium brings stakeholders together to share their experience and best practices. Delegates include non-profit trail associations, destination marketing organizations, bike industry representatives, event producers, land managers, community and park planners, professional trail builders, travel media, content creators, educators, and government representatives. Be part of the discussion and learn from those that are establishing sustainable approaches to mountain bike recreation and tourism development.

We are proud to announce that Trailforks is this year's title sponsor. Trailforks is powering change in outdoor recreation by providing robust trail information for trail users and land managers around the globe. They will be sharing insights on how to get the most out of their game changing technology.

Check out to get all the current details.

Call for presenters

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2019 Symposium. If you have a topic that you would like to present or suggest for a panel discussion, please email with a brief description.

The topic categories that we are most interested in for 2019 are:

• Sustainable approaches to mountain bike recreation and tourism
• Trail management and funding models
• Working collaboratively / strategic partnerships
• Inclusivity / encouraging diversity / youth engagement
• Climate change impacts / Wildfire management / Wildlife management
• New opportunities / trends / case studies

Registration will open June 1st

The symposium offers great value to delegates. 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

FULL SYMPOSIUM: $285 + GST (early bird rate: $235 + GST available until August 31st)


Thanks to our growing list of sponsors!

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  • 12 0
 1 point of discussion should be: How to a. Slow the rate of promotion of the Sea to sky by 10 fold or b. Increase the resources that support the sea to sky trails by ten fold.
  • 7 0
 I've been meeting with DBC about this. Don't expect the rate of promotion to slow down, certainly. And I wouldn't expect money to come from the Ministry of Tourism to support the trails, really. But, you're on the right track. This is a massive problem, not just in the S2S.
  • 2 0
 When I went to the revelstoke one there was lots of good information, but they were also showing videos of people freeriding scree slopes and calling it “too unsustainable” and were trying to find ways to make freeriding “socially uncool” . They had a panel of discussion which included a girl from tyax adventure lodge, I remember they just tore her apart over the heli biking her company offered, saying it was too harmful to the environment. Bunch of sweater vest wearing beaurocrats in my opinion, trying to find issues in things they know nothing about.
  • 1 0
 Tourist will be surprised if they think you can buy the Kind here. Three shops in all of BC. If your a mountain biker anywhere in the world you know about Whistler.
Advertising isn't the issue infrastructure is. BC wants more tourist but the polititions are too busy giving themselves raises and having power lunch meetings at five star restaurants. Your tax dollars at work? More like your tax dollars at lunch.
  • 1 0
 Interesting. Here in Washington it feels like there are 3 shops in every neighborhood.
  • 4 0
 I'd really like to make it to this... New Denver could use the boost.
  • 2 0
 Will there be a more focused symposium for the growth of dwncntry?

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