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BC Marine Trails: Preserving BC coastal access for small craft users.

Caring for the Trails


BCMTNA aims to promote and protect the coastal marine environment through education and active stewardship. We advocate Leave No Trace practice among our membership and the broader public, and educate the public on the safe and responsible use of public lands.  

Site Condition Reporting:

One of the principal ways a BCMTNA member, paddling club member or the public can assist us with maintaining sites along our trails and along the BC coastline is to fill out a form (visit our Site Condition Reporting Page for more information). You will find the list of sites needing reporting on the Site Condition Report webpage,

Site Stewards:

Another principal way to assist the BC Marine Trails is through our Site Steward program. Our Site Stewards are largely volunteers interested in clean ups but do get involved in some site remediation. This is not a formal team (i.e. wearing all the same t-shirts). We keep a list of Site Stewards year to year and generally inform the volunteers first before coordinating a clean up. Visit the Site Steward webpage.

BCMTNA Values:

  • Preserve recreational values to the BC coastline (paddling, scenery and wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, etc.);

  • Preserve coastal environmental values and promote Leave No Trace® ethics (http://www.leavenotrace.ca/home );

  • Assist in encouraging economic growth within First Nations and other small coastal communities while also assisting in preserving the integrity of these communities and First Nations traditional lands (Leave No Trace® ethics)

Caring for the Trails:

The BCMTNA encourages users to help care for the trails by providing stewardship opportunities using ‘Leave no Trace’ principles.

  • In 2015 & 2016, the BCMTNA conducted successful large scale shoreline clean ups in Quatsino Sound and Brooks Bay.
  • In 2016, the BCMTNA conducted a successful large clean up of Chained Islands, led by current stewardship chair, Roxanne.
  • Our Stewardship Committee is our largest volunteer group and stewardship activities such as these cleanups, along with LNT education and awareness, are quickly becoming the primary outreach activities. Users are encouraged to fill out and submit ‘Site Condition Reports (SCRs)’ which help pinpoint trouble spots for site cleanups and remediation. 
  • In 2017 we worked twice at Topknot Point cleaning up debris (several tote bags); and cleaned up English Ivy from Gerald Island Provincial Park
  • In 2018 we are planning two clean ups (Site Steward team will be notified first; see volunteer news in the Spring)

The BCMTNA is also pursuing partnership agreements with RSTBC and BC Parks for assistance in needed upgrades and cleanups in certain areas.

BCMTNA - Recreation Sites and Trails BC Partnership and Cooperative Activities

It is our goal to work cooperatively with Recreation Sites and Trails BC to ensure user safety, provide sanitary conditions, protect the environment, ensure access and convenience, and maintain facilities and infrastructure on Recreation Sites along BCMTNA’s marine trail network. The BCMTNA has been developing recreation campsites and conducts clean ups during operational work. This year this includes Howe Sound, Discovery Islands and on the Cape Scott Marine Trails.



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