A project just launched to market the entire region as one large MTB tourism destination. The initiative is fully funded by ACOA and is spearheaded by a non profit group based in New Brunswick. ECMTB has been invited to sit on the advisory panel along with reps from various MTB clubs, trail groups, bike shops, tour operators, etc. from across the region.
The ultimate goal is to boost MTB focused tourism, which can then be a driver for more and better trails, facilities, and services that cater to MTBers. And of course this all benefits not just tourists, but locals too.
We think this is a great opportunity to help shape the direction this project takes, and use this forum to facilitate the discussion around MTB tourism.
This is epic. Truro is certainly setting setting up well for this although I’m of the opinion climb/descend or point to point trails with big scenery are more attractive to outsiders. Certainly McFight has a cool vibe that would be attractive to tourist. The number of trail users must be going up, and hopefully many people see the benefit of “No dig no ride” for themselves and to keep trails well groomed for tourism!
Something that might help tourists is to promote mountain bike guides that could take tourists around the trails and keep them from getting lost. Of course there are many ecmtb’ers who would be happy to show people around, but having a professional guide on call might be an asset to a nervous tourist, or one who just wants to get around the trails with confidence.