Call for Volunteers for Trail Assessments

Phase one is taking place for the Gowland Todd agreement with BC Parks, which means we are starting the trails assessment in the Partridge Hills area.  We are in need of volunteers in order to complete this and move on to the next next stage!

There is a training session taking place on June 7th, at 9:30am, starting in the Durrance Lake Parking lot. The session will be 2-3 hours, and will cover how to collect the environmental data for the flora and physical aspects of the trail and areas.

Bring hiking boots, water and a note pad.

Please respond to if you are able to attend.

June 5, 2014 in Events, News by

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HUGE NEWS: BC Parks Partnership Agreement for Gowlland Tod Signed


I’m very happy to announce to you that…

Last weekend I signed the Partnership Agreement between SIMBS and BC Parks to investigate possible future mountain bike designation to selected trails in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. The initial area that will be looked at is Partridge Hills (including the surrounding area). This will involve a comprehensive trail assessment of the present inventory that will take place during the 2014/15 period. At the conclusion of this initial assessment we will review the data with BC Parks and seek approval to begin construction, where appropriate, of a consistent and sustainable multi-use trail network. As we enter into this project, BC Parks has asked me to remind our membership that relatively few trails in the Gowlland Tod system at the present time are approved for mountain bike use. Information on approved trails can be found at the BC Parks website, park information shelters and the CRD Mt. Work trailhead.

Following the evaluation of Partridge Hills area trails, SIMBS has the option to undertake similar inventory/assessment projects in other defined areas of the park under the same terms and conditions.

This is the first formal agreement SIMBS has had with BC Parks. We are looking forward to working closely with them throughout this process.

This will be a large project that will need a dedicated volunteer base to make it happen. If you are interested in being part of this process, please let me know at

Daniel Cammiade
SIMBS President

April 24, 2014 in News by


Hartland Trail Maintenance – April 27

Hello SIMBS Trail Crew.

Trail director (1/2) Greg Cantelon here.

Please join us for SIMBS Trail Maintenance Sunday April 27th, 2014 at 8:45 am at the Hartland parking lot. As always we supply the tools, gloves and training.

This session will be pushed to the right somewhat due to the long weekend (was supposed to happen April 20th). For our April TM session, work will occur in a variety of areas. Numbers permitting we plan on working on:

  • Continued rehab of Shock Treatment 3 and (possibly) surrounding trails in the interest of establishing a planned for “intermediate loop”.
  • Continued progress with Chad on WYD.
  • Possible remedial work on trails in the North end.

There is also a Rocky Mountain Bikes Demo day happening at the park the same Sunday; we should be well entrenched before that starts, however. Parking midday will probably be tough.

RSVP me ( by Friday April 18th AM if you wish to attend and indicate your choice of sandwich; roast beast, turkey, or veggie. If you don’t respond by the deadline, you are still welcome to join us – just bring your own snack.

Email if you have any questions or to let us know you are coming. Bring your bike for a ride afterwards – we have secure storage.

Your Simbs Trail Directors,
Craig Gillet
Greg Cantelon

April 12, 2014 in Events, News by


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