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We welcome media inquiries about British Columbia’s mountain biking opportunities and destinations. We work closely with all destinations featured on this website and can help coordinate media interests with local stakeholders.
About British Columbia
The province of British Columbia is Canada’s most mountainous province and home to some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse biking terrain. Enthusiasts can experience downhill, freeride and cross-country biking from each corner of the province and everywhere in between.
British Columbia covers an incredably large geographic area (944,735 square kilometres or 364,764 square miles) that is characterized by vast wilderness with diverse landscapes and ecosystems that are home to an abundance of wildlife.
Over 60% of the province’s population lives within the Lower Mainland which generally refers to Greater Vancouver and the cities and towns that stretch to the East through the Fraser Valley. Other urban centers in the province include Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Kelowna and Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan, and Prince George in Northern BC. The urban centres provide conventient flight access to the province’s six tourism regions as well as offer other ground transportation options to help get you to your destination.
BC has a wealth of natural resources, its economy is largely driven by resource based industries that include forestry, mining, fishing and tourism. Many rural communities in the province have interesting histories shaped around the development of these industries. Much of the wilderness access that we enjoy today is due to the backroads built to access the natural resources.
Wildlife is abundant! Three-quarters of Canada’s mammal species are found in British Columbia, and many of those species are exclusive to our province. There are 1140 native species of vertebrates in BC, comprised of the following: 488 species of birds, 480 species of fish, 136 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians, and 16 species of reptiles. Some of the largest and most sought after for wildlife viewing include, deer, elk, mountain goats, big horn sheep, bald eagles, black bears, grizzly bears, cougars, as well as orcas, grey whales and sea lions on the coast.
British Columbia is home to 198 First Nations, about one third of all First Nations in Canada. The First Nations of BC have rich and varied cultures, histories and traditions. BC has the greatest diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Canada. For example, seven of Canada’s 11 unique language families are located exclusively in BC - more than 60% of the country’s First Nations languages. Most BC First Nations did not sign treaties in the past, making modern treaty negotiations a major undertaking. The Government of Canada, along with the Province of BC, is negotiating with 70 per cent of BC First Nations through the BC Treaty Process.
About Mountain Biking BC
Mountain Biking BC is operated by the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA), a non-profit tourism sector marketing organization that works with government, industry, and stakeholders to increase awareness for British Columbia’s mountain bike tourism opportunities.
MountainBikingBC.com was launched in February 2011 to feature communities passionate about biking and wish to share their single track experiences with visiting riders. identify the best authorized trails across British Columbia that represent what mountain biking in BC is all about. Our goal is to have British Columbia recognized as the most diverse mountain biking destination in the world.
The website will continue to grow and feature more resources valuable to mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts planning to visit BC. We welcome your feedback and have provided opportunities for riders to share their own views and experiences.
Trails featured on Mountain Biking BC are provided by Trailforks.com, a mountain bike industry supporter, that has created a mountain bike trail database & management system for riders, builders & trail associations. Users can contribute data and then local trail associations have the control to approve curation of the data, ensuring the best, latest and most accurate trail information.
When riding in British Columbia it is always recommended that safety be the rider’s primary concern. The remote nature of mountain biking dictates the need to take precautions to ensure a safe experience for all.
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