About IMBA Canada.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) is a national not for profit organization that advocates for mountain bike, and trail access across Canada. Founded internationally in 1988, and nationally in 2004, IMBA supports and represents over 35,000 cyclists worldwide in all forms of mountain biking: cross country, downhill, and freeride.

IMBA Canada’s mission is simple: to ensure that Canada is home to a strong and vibrant mountain biking community, riding a world class network of mountain bike trails.

IMBA Worldwide.

IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, 750 clubs, 600 retailer shops, and 160 corporate members. IMBA members live in all Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

Visit our international page for more information on IMBA’s work outside of Canada.

Contact Us.

You can get in touch with IMBA Canada using the contact details below.

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Our History

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) was founded in 1988 by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to cyclists. These pioneering clubs believed that mountain biker-education programs and innovative trail management solutions should be developed and promoted.

While this first wave of threatened trail access was concentrated in California, IMBA’s pioneers saw that crowded trails and trail-user conflict were fast becoming worldwide recreation issues. Over the years, IMBA’s programming, support, and staff of professional advocates have continued to grow – but our mission and core values have remained the same.

Established in 2004, IMBA Canada was the first fully staffed international office of IMBA. Located in Squamish BC, IMBA Canada is directed by Executive Director AJ Strawson and staffed by trail advocates across the country. Our staff seek to develop the following for mountain biking in Canada: convenient access to appealing trails; trailbuilding expertise; a positive image; and political influence.

Our four guiding principles


IMBA Canada is the voice of mountain biking in Canada. We speak to the benefits of mountain biking, encourage people to take up the sport of mountain biking, advocate on behalf of the mountain bike community, and seek to preserve, enhance and create great trail experiences for mountain bikers.

let your voice be heard


IMBA Canada understands that the sport of mountain biking, at its core, requires a strong local presence and great trails. Recognizing that riding happens in the community, we encourage and support the development of strong local mountain biking communities that can support the growth and development of the sport at the local level. Recognizing the importance of proper trail construction, we develop and maintain, in conjunction with our IMBA partners around the world, the recognized standards for sustainable trail development and maintenance. Each year, IMBA Canada’s members construct hundreds of kilometers of sustainable, fun singletrack and volunteer more than one million hours to improve trails or open new ones.

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IMBA Canada is dedicated to protecting our public lands and enjoying these lands by mountain bike. Ultimately, preserving the land and riding respectfully are fundamental to ensuring trails will be open to mountain bikers for years to come.

explore the wild places


IMBA Canada brings the mountain biking community together to celebrate the sport of mountain biking. Passion for riding fuels our advocacy and trail building efforts. We do it all for one reason: our love of riding.

Grab your bike and join us

Meet the Team


We are grateful to the sponsors that fund our advocacy, enabling us to support mountain biking communities around Canada. These industry leaders make our staff and programming possible so we can offer trail workshops, club support, grants, educational resources, lobbying campaigns, and more.

$10,000 +

Grant Funders

Program In Kind Partners