Current ORC Initiatives: Highlights

BC Rivers Day
The largest river celebration in Canada is coordinated annually by ORC. In 2005, the United Nations launched the "Water for Life" decade and river enthusiasts from around the globe came together to celebrate the first World Rivers Day. Millions of people celebrated riversday in dozens of countries each year with hundreds of thousands of people celebrating the event in BC. With BC Hydro funding, we have created an online registry for BC events. Please visit our registration site to list your event. If you wish to see a list of events in your area, visit our event list and select your region.

BC's Most Endangered Rivers list
Every second spring, ORC releases BC’s Most Endangered Rivers list. ORC considers nominations submitted by environmentalists, paddlers, fly fishers, community groups and others to generate the list and raise awareness of the threats that face our rivers.

The Outdoor Recreation Report
A thoughtful analysis of recreation issues in BC, this report was distributed to over 1,200 people twice a year until last year. It is currently not in publication but to review back issues, please visit the publication page.

Share the Trails Workshop
The Share the Trails workshop is hosted annually by ORC in partnership with Horse Council BC. This forum aims to build partnerships between outdoor recreation groups, government and First Nations, to bring together diverse users of trails, and to explore options for more effective use of trails.

May 2017 Workshop - Penticton

A report was produced following the workshop on May 12, 2017. The focus of the 2017 event was on rail trails in Southern BC. The report can be accessed here.

In 2017 ORC filmed three video interviews on the topic of sharing trails which can be accessed below:

Chris Moslin, President, Grand Forks Community Trails Society - Click here for video

Mike Nelson, Former Executive Member, Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association - Click here for video

Randy Ellenchuck, President, Tabor Mountain Recreation Society - Click here for video

Economic Gain Analysis of Recreation Activity
This major study aims to make a significant contribution to understanding the importance of recreation to local economies, and its contribution to sustainable communities.

Recreation Trails Strategy
Since December 2007 ORC has been participating in a broadly based group which is developing a BC Recreation Trails Strategy. This is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. For the background report on which the groupís work is based and other reports on this initiative visit the Recreation Trails Strategy website or read Progress Update No. 4.

Forest Service Recreation Sites and Trails - Back from the Brink
ORC continues to work closely with Ministry of Forest officials, generating workable policy solutions to protect and manage this valuable network of recreation resources.

Outdoor Recreation Special Collections Library
ORC houses the only collection in North America dedicated to outdoor recreation publications. Researchers and the public can access documents, management plans, papers, maps, including many resources that are otherwise unavailable. The library is in the process of being converted to digital format, on completion of which it will be made available on the ORC website and it will be possible to search the contents by subject, title, or author.