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RRU partners on mountain bike tourism symposium

Sooke is about to be invaded by bikers, of the pedal variety. The Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association will be presenting the B.C. Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium at the Best Western Prestige Oceanfront Resort May 26-28.

As a hotbed for the sport, B.C. has played a large role in mountain biking’s development and evolution. This year’s symposium will focus on how to work toward a more sustainable and viable mountain-bike-tourism sector, covering topics such as product and tourism development.

Keynote addresses will be led by Scott Jewett of Red Bull Canada, Dean Payne of B.C. Bike Race and Darren Kinnaird of Crankworx Whistler.

Discussions and presentations will be led by experts in the biking field and the industries it touches, including John Hawkings of Rec Sites and Trails B.C.; Mark Wood of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association; Judd de Vall of Alpine Bike Parks, Caroline Depatie of Capilano University; Mike Nelson from the Cascade Environmental Group; Todd Pope from the District of Squamish; Dr. Brian White and Ray Freeman of Royal Roads University; Mandy Farmer of Accent Inns (RRU MBA alumna); tourism planner Bruce Whyte and Mark Schmidt of Parks Canada. To register, visit

Royal Roads is a partner in this event.

Source: Times Colonist