outdoor recreation groups and communities from all corners of British Columbia prepare to hit their local trails and outdoor spaces for the second annual BC Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th; BC’s largest trail celebration event.
The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORCBC) leads the initiative, working with trail organizations, community groups and land agencies to celebrate and nurture BC’s trail system, educate about responsible recreation and help more British Columbians, trails and to enjoy outdoor spaces.
Louise Pedersen, Executive Director of ORCBC, said, “Trails and outdoor spaces provide an incredible number of vital benefits to BC communities. They support our health, provide opportunities for social interactions along the way and through volunteerism, facilitate connection to community space and nature, and bring significant economic benefits. As a society, we often take these essential commons for granted. BC Trails Day is an opportunity to stop by and recognize the many contributions Trails makes to creating thriving communities and healthy environments.”
BC’s Outdoor Recreation Council invites recreation groups and communities to host local events ranging from group hikes, rides or paddling, trail clean-ups, responsible outdoor recreation and safety education events, and guided activities for new trail users. Organizers are encouraged to register their BC Trails Day event with ORCBC and in return ORCBC will help with advertising and free resources including an event host toolkit. Almost 40 events are listed in ORCBC’s events calendar so far.
Pedersen continued, “Any trail activity that encourages responsibility and community spirit qualifies as a BC Trails Day event, including recreational opportunities, trail maintenance projects, or educational events. For those who don’t have an organized event close by, you’re embarking on your own outdoor adventure, and if you’re outside anyway picking up rubbish or removing loose branches or small rocks, this is a great way to take responsibility!”
Anyone can join the provincial movement by giving back to the trails and making sure everyone can enjoy the great outdoors with two simple actions:
Join: Find a local event or register your event.
Connect: Share how they’ll leave the trail and the outdoor community better than they found it by tagging #BCTrailsDay and @orcbc.ca on social media.
For more information on BC Trails Day, including a toolkit for organizers and a calendar of events, visit: https://www.orcbc.ca/bctrailsday
BC Trails Day is made possible through the generous support of Fortis BC and TD Friends of the Environment. Province partners include BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC.
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Outdoor Recreation Council of BC