Update: October 28, 2016
via Jane Thornthwaite, MLA North Vancouver Seymour
CMHC and the Province are prepared, as co-owners, to permit reasonable and responsible recreational use of the property. Users are reminded that persons entering this land do so entirely at their own risk, and that the owners are not responsible for any damage or loss to property, or personal injury.
Going forward, CMHC and the Province will work closely together to consider the management of appropriate recreational usages of the property.
Thank you again for your patience!
Jane Thornthwaite, MLA
North Vancouver Seymour
Update: October 27, 2016
The NSMBA President, Vice President and Director of Advocacy met with representatives from the CMHC's Vancouver regional office this morning.
The CMHC acknowledges that they did not conduct sufficient consultation with user groups and neigbouring land managers before posting the updated signage.
- The CMHC is committed to dialogue and is currently conducting bi-lateral meetings with multiple stakeholders in order to gather information.
- The CMHC wants to develop a short term solution to address issues related to signage and to develop a medium term solution for the trails on their lands.
- The CMHC was very receptive to the NSMBA and inquired in detail about how the association works with the other land managers.
The NSMBA looks forward to the finalization of the CMHC's medium term plan, and urges the Corporation to include therein provisions for access to the trail network by mountain bikers and other recreational users.
Update: October 21, 2016
The kind folks at trailforks.com have provided us with an updated trail list that is more comprehensive than the previous map provided, it can be viewed on Trailforks: http://www.trailforks.com/list/116/
This list replaces the map that had previously been posted. The list shows trails that cross or are entirely on CMHC land.
Update: October 19, 2016
We have updated this page to include a map of the CMHC land we are discussing as well as to visually show the trails that are affected. Image via trailforks.com
The District of North Vancouver Councilor Mathew Bond has been working to gather information from CMHC and has an update via facebook
Update: October 17, 2016
The NSMBA spoke with the CMHC regional branch this afternoon who confirmed the CMHC National Office in Ottawa that had the signs put up on Mount Seymour.
We have contacted the CMHC and are expecting a response in the next couple of days. We intend to post future updates or ways to support on our website and via our Facebook page.
Thank you to those who sent us emails lending their support & expertise.
In light of the No Trespassing signs being installed on Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) land in the Mount Seymour area, known locations listed below, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association is urging its members to respect the signage while we investigate their origin. *
The NSMBA is attempting to contact the CMHC, which has historically been a hands-off landowner, and will communicate to the community through our website and on our Facebook page any changes in their official position.
As of the time of posting all NSMBA trail maintenance activity has been suspended in the area and riders are urged to respect the signs as posted.
In summary, trails affected include Severed, Good Sir Martin, R & R, Rapid Transit, Rapid Transit Connector, Pussyfoot, Sticks & Stones, C-Buster, Corkscrew, Pangor Connector, Blair Range, Bridle, Cardiac, Salamander, Power Line, Penny Lane, Asian Adonis, Shorn and Academy Climb.
Signs have been noted by NSMBA staff throughout the Blair Range, at the bottom of Crockscrew on the powerlines, at the halfway point of Corkscrew above the entrance to Salvation, and at the bottom of Pingu at the entrance of the Pangor Connector.*
If you would like to voice your concerns or are able to assist the NSMBA in communicating with the CMHC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Edits made at 8:40PM on 10/16/2016.