Partnering & Volunteering with Recreation Sites & Trails BC

You can make British Columbia a better place to hike and camp by partnering with Recreation Sites & Trails BC (RSTBC).

Partnership Agreements

Most sites & trails are managed through service contracts.

RSTBC manages most of its sites and trails through service contracts. Some 373 sites and 200 trails are managed and maintained under partnership agreements — on a cost-recovery, non-profit basis — with local recreation groups, forest companies, First Nations, regional districts, private contractors and a range of other parties.

Requests for Proposal (RFP) to manage sites and trails under partnership agreements are often advertised in local newspapers. Interested parties are invited to respond by submitting proposals. After evaluating these bids, RSTBC awards partnership agreements to successful proponents.

Agreement holders are responsible for managing sites and trails to specified standards. RSTBC supervises and monitors them to ensure they carry out the responsibilities defined in their agreements. In addition, RSTBC may be responsible for replacing infrastructure, pumping toilets and removing hazardous trees.

Volunteering & Hosting

As a volunteer you can learn new skills & meet new people.

Individual volunteers and service groups are essential in making many outdoor recreation opportunities available to the public. Trails and recreation facilities managed by RSTBC require regular maintenance, and it is largely due to volunteers’ hard work that they continue to exist.

As a volunteer you can learn new skills, meet new people and learn more about the Recreation Sites & Trails program. The following handbook provides guidelines for volunteering and may answer many of your questions. It addresses the general responsibilities and objectives of volunteering and will supplement the orientation and training you will receive from your coordinator. Use it as a reference during your volunteer placement and to record additional information as needed.