Support Your Local Trail Fairies in 2017

Apr 18, 2017 at 16:43
by Lee Lau  

It's personal tax time in Canada and I'm going through donation receipts. A nice change from that delightful activity is thinking about how lucky we are to live and bike in such beautiful places in BC. Lucky enough to split my time between North Vancouver and Whistler, local organizations who do fantastic work in the areas I ride the most get membership dollars from my wife and I. Nothing says thank you to trail fairies and advocates like cold hard cash.

This year we looked at donating through Trailforks which turns out to be ridiculously easy. Last year as a test case MTBTrails (publishers of the Locals' Guide to Fraser Valley Rides) and I wanted to make a donation to the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association to help out with the signature Squidline trails. This is how easy it was to do this.

Sun rays filtering through the forest.



First, Pick a Region

How to donate to a riding region for a particular trail



Pick a Trail or Select Organization To Donate To

How to donate to a riding region for a particular trail

You can even pick a trail to earmark for donations or you can just say you want the money to go to the association. The FVMBA does not have to earmark donated funds to the trail, but it can be a clear expression of your interest.




Paypal Screen Pops Up and Your Donation is Logged

How to donate to a riding region for a particular trail




Worthy Sea to Sky Trail Organisations

If you live in a place where you have a trail organization advocating for bike trails and for your interest, skip a beer or a lunch out, open your wallet and make a donation. Locally for us, there are tons of natural trail systems near where we live. These are worthwhile organizations to support. Chime in the comments to give a shout out to your local organization.

If you want to donate directly to the organization it appears that Trailforks is a good way to do so. If you want to be a member and obtain membership benefits (ride in races, vote etc) then the membership direct pages are the best way.

Squamish: SORCA. SORCA has a registration page where you can buy memberships with a portion of donations going to insurance. Donate via Trailforks if you want 100% to go to the association.

Whistler: WORCA. You can donate via Trailforks and WORCA will get the donation for the full amount. However what WORCA has also newly implemented is a TRAIL SUPPORTER program where one can also donate directly via their membership page in a situation where one is not participating in races or other club events.

Trail Fairies.
Somewhere on the North Shore

WORCA
HighLine in Whistler South

Pemberton: PORCA. PORCA memberships are the bargain of the Sea-to-Sky so there's no excuse for the thousands of Whistler and other riders flocking to Pemby trails in the early season not to get a membership. 100% of donations via Trailforks or via their website go to the association or donate directly via the PORCA membership page

Fraser Valley: FVMBA. This operates in the same way as most other associations; a portion of donations via website goes to insurance. Donate via Trailforks if you want 100% to go to the association. Become a member if you want the benefits of membership (group ride, voting rights, twoonie races, etc.)

Tri-cities area (Burke, Eagle, Belcarra): TORCA. Their membership is a bargain at $20 per person. Donate via Trailforks if you want 100% to go to the association. Or you can become a member via the membership page if you want the benefits of membership and insurance for club events. Note that TORCA is a registered charity so you get a tax deduction on Canadian taxes by way of donation.

North Shore: NSMBA. This operates in the same way as most other associations; a portion of donations via website goes to insurance. Become a member here or donate via Trailforks if you want 100% to go to the association. The NSMBA is a registered charity so you get a tax deduction on Canadian taxes by way of donation.

PVTA
One Mile in Pemberton

trail building
Squamish winter build

If you have a local trail organization who could use support either via Trailforks donations or other means, do not hesitate to chime in on the comments.



MENTIONS: @leelau / @trailforks

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7 Comments

  • + 4
 Lee, down a hop skip over the border here in neighboring Washington State, our two biggest trail organizations and promoters are:

Bellingham area trails: www.pinkbike.com/directory/7299/whatcom-mountain-bike-coalition

Washington (general): www.pinkbike.com/directory/228/evergreen-mountain-bike-alliance

Both are awesome groups worth your donations, trail building volunteering and attention. Many of our newest and most fun trails are thanks to these two groups and the super hard working trail builders associated with each. Bravo!

Thanks Lee!
  • + 3
 Thanks Lee. We at the NSMBA appreciate any and all donations, no matter how small or large! And there's a TON of worthy organizations out there - if you aren't familiar with your local trail org, you should be! They probably do a lot of work.
  • + 4
 Well said! You can't always take from the trails. Sometimes you have to give back. Contributing Trail Karma is a fast and easy way to do this. It's great for when you visit a new area, as well!
  • + 3
 Only a short ferry ride from Vancouver; Sunshine Coast, BC and SCUMB could likely use some love. Or alternatively, one passionate about trail building and biking in general could sell their Vancouver place and move up here to work wonders in the woods.
  • + 3
 YES. Support trail advocacy, repair and development. BUT The sooner the term 'Trail Faires' goes away the better.
  • + 2
 Thanks for sharing and Trail Karma is awesome !
  • + 2
 Donating now!

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