Trail Academy

The NSMBA Trail Academy is complimentary for all current NSMBA Members! The intention of the academy is to share our knowledge of sustainable trail building with a larger audience. Knowledge is power! We encourage anyone wanting to be more involved with trail building opportunities to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the skills and basis for trail building and allow us to all speak the same language when on the trails.

Thank you to  Arc’teryx for their generous support of this program over the years and their continued commitment to their local trail network.

The NSMBA Arc’teryx Trail Academy team invites you to join them in caring for the trails and to become members of the Race Face Shore Corps. Learn about trail assessment and sustainable building and maintenance practices at our Spring Trail Academy sessions.

The NSMBA Arc’teryx Trail Academy consists of an evening theory session from 7pm – 9:30pm at Capilano University and a practical session on the trail the following weekend.  If you are unable to attend the practical session dates, alternatives will be made available.

Classes are limited to 25 participants and free to all NSMBA members.


Upcoming dates

Theory: Wednesday, April 19 | Practical: Sunday, April 23

Theory: Monday, April 24 | Practical: Sunday, April 30

Theory: Wednesday, May 17 | Practical: Saturday, May 20

The NSMBA Arc’teryx Trail Academy is free for NSMBA members.

Register now!


The theory session teaches an adaptable approach using modern techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long term sustainability and a positive user experience. Each class is followed with a practical day in the forest for hands on learning. Graduates of the Academy become members of the Shore Corps.

To attend the Academy, you must be a member of the NSMBA. Click here to join. Your membership supports our efforts and allows programs like this to continue.

The North Shore Trail Academy wouldn’t be possible without the partnership and support of Arc’teryx, an international company based here on the North Shore specializing in designing and producing performance outdoor apparel and equipment.


The philosophies of the North Shore Trail Academy:
An adaptable approach

Respect for the environment.

Long term care and development of our trails through sustainable practices.

The forest is a shared resource.

Positive User Experience.