BC Marine Trails is a non-profit organization working together to help secure long term public access to the BC Coast.
The BC Marine Trails work is guided by a three-pillar-approach:
Why do we do it?
At the core of everything we do is a shared love for our coast. The unparalleled scenery of the ocean and temperate rainforests of British Columbia give us a sense of identity. Traversing the shorelines under our own power, riding well, pushing through fog and basking in sunlight is life-changing, as it envelopes us in a deep sense of BC’s rich coastal beauty. Exploring the big, bold and beautiful coast makes us realize our insignificance and importance all at once.
As users of these lands and waters, we are accountable to protect and preserve sensitive ecosystems, wildlife and habitat by minimizing our environmental impact through education and stewardship. With rising pressure from industrial and other interests in coastal use, the need to secure public access increases. We also understand and recognize that we largely operate and recreate in unceded traditional territories of coastal First Nations without agreements. It is our responsibility to honour and acknowledge whose lands we are on and to gain social license.
We are all connected by a shared love for these wild places and together we can do our part in ensuring many more generations get to experience the abundance of our coast.