MTB Tourism Symposium, Bike Fest rolls into Revelstoke

The MTB Tourism Symposium and Bike Fest Revelstoke are happening this weekend.

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The MTB Tourism Symposium is happening now at the Revelstoke Community Centre. Pictured here, Loraine Blanchard, professional MTB guide/athlete, Cory Legebokow, Ministry Habitat Officer, Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, John Hawkings, Director of Rec Sites and Trails BC, and Naheed Henderson, Director of Marketing at Tyax Adventures, discuss responsible backcountry mountain biking during a panel discussion. Discussion moderator Matt CotŽ is on the podium on the right. Photo by Matthew Timmins

By Matt Timmins

Parks planners, media specialists, athletes, government and industry professionals and others involved in mountain biking across B.C. have gathered in Revelstoke this week for the MTB Tourism Symposium.

Workshops, discussion panels and speakers have been running all day at the Revelstoke Community Centre, followed by group rides at the end of each day led by locals, showcasing some of Revelstoke’s best trails.

The MTB Tourism Symposium is happening now at the Revelstoke Community Centre.
Pictured here, Cory Legebokow, Ministry Habitat Officer, speaks as Loraine Blanchard, professional MTB guide/athlete (left), and Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Held Skiing and John Hawkings, Director of Rec Sites and Trails BC look on during a panel discussion on responsible backcountry mountain biking.
The Symposium ran yesterday through until Friday, followed by the Revelstoke Bike Fest which runs all weekend. Photo by Matthew Timmins

Topics such as the media’s role in trail sustainability, responsible backcountry mountain biking were discussed Friday, while Thursday’s sessions included managing mountain bike trails and opportunities for mountain bike tourism and building relationships with First Nations communities.

The symposium coincides with the Revelstoke Bike Fest, which runs all weekend and includes Boulder Shuttles with Wandering Wheels (booking required) on Friday, a Mountain Bike Film Festival at the River City Pub at 9 pm on Friday, raising funds for the Revelstoke Cycling Association, and group rides on iconic Revelstoke trails like Frisby Ridge, Keystone, Joss Mountain, and Heli-drops on Mt Cartier.

More info on Bike Fest can be found at the Bike Fest Revelstoke Facebook page.

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