About Us

BC Marine Trails is a non-profit organization working together to help secure long term public access to the BC Coast.

Our mission is to work with First Nations and stakeholders to build, protect and promote a public network of marine trails allowing safe recreational navigation of the BC Coastline with minimal impact on the environment.

The BC Marine Trails work is guided by a three-pillar-approach:

Trails Development

Our Trails Development work enables recreationists to navigate the coast safely and respectfully. We do everything from site assessments and safety mandates to gaining social license over coastal access points. We also install things like tent platforms, food caches and composting toilets. All of this is necessary to keep sites sustainable and is made possible through donations, membership fees and the help of our dedicated volunteers.

First Nations Engagement

As we establish a marine trail network, respectful engagement is a way to give back in the process of reconciliation. We address current issues and provide consistent engagement, which enables dialogue. Information about marine trail sites is shared and respectfully discussed. Where possible, agreements are made, permitting access to sites within a traditional territory, while guiding the public away from sensitive spiritual and heritage sites.


We value the incredibly diverse environment of the BC Coast and are committed to help protect and preserve it. Our initiatives include shoreline cleanups, invasive species removals, site maintenance and more. We established a marine Code of Conduct, which encourages recreationists to have minimal impact on the environment. Part of our public education program is to raise awareness of our collective role and responsibility as marine stewards.

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.