2016 North Shore Trailbuilder Academy

Please find below upcoming dates for the North Shore Builders Academy presented by Arc’teryx.  

The theory session teaches an adaptable approach using modern techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long term sustainability and a positive user experience. Each class is followed with a practical day in the forest for hands on learning. Graduates of the Academy become members of the Shore Corps.


To attend the Academy, you must be a member of the NSMBA.  Click here to join. Your membership supports our efforts and allows programs like this to continue.

Classes are limited to 20 participants and free to all NSMBA members.

The North Shore Builders Academy wouldn’t be possible without the partnership and support of Arc’teryx, an international company based here on the North Shore specializing in designing and producing performance outdoor apparel and equipment.  


Online registration is now open!

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To sign up for one of the below evening sessions (7pm start), please click on the date below.  
The course is free for all NSMBA members but you must be registered to attend.

September 14th - Practical September 17th

October 6th – Practical October 8th

Nov 8 - Practical Nov 12

To be waitlisted, please email: christine@nsmba.ca 


The philosophies of the North Shore Trail Builder Academy:
An adaptable approach

Respect for the environment.

Long term care and development of our trails through sustainable practices.

The forest is a shared resource.

Positive User Experience.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

Sustainable solutions - trail assessment & repair - bench cut - reroutes - reclamation - rolling contour - speed & flow - drainage - alignment & line selection - Trail Triage system