Mtn.Views & News

"... the park is a treasured piece among the district’s natural areas. “We don’t have that many wetlands,he said. That’s for sure, we just don’t have them. ~DNV's Trails and Habitat Coordinator, Graham Knell, told the North Shore Outlook (DNV polishes Mackay Park Jul-10-2008):

Mountain View Park wetland and upland area is an

"urban crown jewel" on Mt. Fromme.

Formerly called "Twin Lakes",  Mountain View Park was dedicated in 1999, in a referendum vote during the District of North Vancouver election.

This section will include items of interest about Mtn. View Park, "urban" parks and wetlands, in general, and how mountain biking activities are detrimental to the ongoing ecological health of these natural places.

Nature vs. Mountain Biking:

What can make nature education and outdoor exploration  more enticing than mountain biking for our children and young teens? You would think a nature walk couldn't compete with such adrenaline sports like mountain biking. Think again! 

Let your children lick slugs. Why slugs? Because slug slime is an anesthetic! One lick and your tongue goes numb. Very cool! And stream dipping!  Many children will find that a wild ride on a mountain bike can't compare with the thrill of catching a salamander with your bare hands (and then letting it go free, of course).

Our children need to get up close and personal with nature, in order to appreciate and respect it. They will learn to reinforce their five senses and powers of observation to really get to know the natural world.*

Our young people cannot learn that kind  respect and care for nature on the backs mountain bikes, while wearing  full-face helmets, racing down trails in the forest. They cannot learn to respect the natural world if they continue to learn to conquer nature via indiscriminate off-road mountain biking and off-trail digging habits.

How can we instill real appreciation and respect of the natural world in this day of adrenaline producing extreme wreckreation? Don't send them to mountain bike camps, take them to the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area,  etc. Sign them up for the Mt. Seymour Eco-Adventure Camps

And, please, teach them to keep the wheels on the pavement and not on the forest and park trails. It will go a long way to preserve what still remains of our natural places. Thank you.

(* Info and excerpts,  from Leah Kostamo's, "Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community", pg 71-72 , Cascade Books Publishing, 2013)

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Non Sequitur...

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Cam Zink, a "professional" mountain biker, stated in a interview: "I firmly believe mountain biking creates one of the most addicting and pertinent lifestyles of all sports..."

He continues his twisted diatribe: " Any hippie who wants to shut a trail down should be thrown in a compost pile because, other than walking, there is no better way to experience nature without damaging the...

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Mtn.Biking/Fat Biking Needs to Be Contained

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Is this the likely sordid future of mountain biking/Fat tire biking? Mountain bikes are "morphing" into nothing less than motorized dirt bikes, right before our eyes... (but it seems nobody is "blinking")  Out of Vancouver, BC.... a Pandora's box is being opened, with the advent of Fatbikes, electric powered, or not...

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Beyond the Tipping Point...

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Have we hit the tipping point of no return on mountain biking? Have the authorities become willfully blind to the ecological damage mountain bikers wreak, because there are so many wayward folk lured into this addictive off-road wreckreation? There is evidence of a lack of ethics when it comes to dealing with scofflaw mountain biking, and the media has a lot to answer for it. The constant glorification of what would have been called criminal acts, a few short year...

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Mountain Bike Trail Building is Not Sustainable

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

GUEST POST by Elise Roberts, North Vancouver, BC

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Voices in the Wilderness: Redux

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The NSMBA continues to plan more cutting of new trails through relatively pristine and well-vegetated areas of Fromme Mtn., this year, while the celebrates mountain bikers who "poach" their ride, illegally off-trail (video).  Extreme Freeride Mountain Biking embraces the "herd mentality" of rather immature and selfish people.

Some of these mountain bikers are pretty cruel, running their dogs, young and ...

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Have You Been Assimilated?

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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A Slippery Slope Scenario?

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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"The Bike Lesson"

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I have pretty much stated what is wrong with mountain biking inside our public forests, and in this posting I have veered off the environmental issues, to speak of the other dark side of mountain biking's freeride.

Not only is mountain biking very damaging to the natural environment, off-road, but it can result in some serious injuries.


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The MTB Freeriding 1%...

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

We need to seriously take a look at the 2013 Outdoor Activities Survey from 2009 to 2012.  Mountain biking sits at around a steady, just less than 3% participation rate, and participation rates may be falling. This sport is not growing!

The participation rates of mountain biking are about the same for that of downhill skiing and snowboarding. The difference is mountain biking is sprawled across our pa...

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BC Parks in Jeopardy...

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Not only has DNV entered into an official "Trails Maintenance" agreement with the NSMBA, BC Parks (Mt. Seymour) is also working in partnership with the NSMBA, on the trails!

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Henry Thoreau: A "Patron Saint" of Swamps

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

By Dr. Rod Giblett, Leader, Space, Place, Body and Technology Research Group Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology Education & Communications
Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

© Excerpt from Postmodern Wetlands: Culture, History, Ecology (Edinburgh Univ...

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The "Writing on the Wall" for 2014...?

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Very erosive mountain bikes ripping up the trails is the reason for so much more invasive trail building.

So much of the damage these off-road dirt bikes do is irrepairabl...

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2014

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2014

from "Friends of 'Mountain View Park' Wetland"

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Maximizing MTB Opportunities at Ski Areas

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

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DNV Paving Paradise?! (Mtn.View Upland area)

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM
December 18th: DNV Surveyor On Natural High Trail
"I noticed a DNV survey truck at the top of Natural High today. As I rode by the top of the trail I looked down to see someone using a surveyor about 30 meters in. He was surveying to the south east pointing directly towards Mountain View Park. It makes me nervous seeing this. Perhaps I'm being paranoid but I'm really hoping this is not a bad sign..."
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Tragedy of the ORV Playground: Politics of Land Abuse

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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A "Messy" Forest is a Healthy Forest

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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North Shore STRAVA Collective: "Solitary Combat"

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

You would think that I am introducing some kind of new computer action game. Not exactly, but close:

"The North Shore Strava Collective is a fun and free online all mountain race series."

This is what STRAVA GPS racing looks like..."...
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STRAVA MTB Racing: The Mountain Bikers' Dirty Little Secret

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 7:20 PM

STRAVA  mountain bike racing has introduced a new scofflaw mountain biking activity to the mix of the usual ripping and shredding done to our forest floor by knobby wheeled tires. STRAVA  mtb racers are usually a solitary, selfish and solitary lot, racing against others' GPS times, to become KOM: "King of the Mountain" (More about STRAVA can be found here: http://www.strava.c...

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: A Done Deal... :(

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

The following news was not made public, nor can it be found by searching for it on (Was this decision made "behind closed doors" by DNV Mayor and Council?)

"In 2013, Council approved the District  to develop a pilot program whereby a Trail Maintenance Service Agreement would, under specific criteria, provide some grant funding to NSMBA. That will be instigated in...

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