About the Island Mountain Ramblers

Hiking, Climbing, and Exploring Vancouver Island since 1958

If you love adventuring in Vancouver Island’s backcountry come join the Island Mountain Ramblers. Our long-established club has members from Victoria to Port Hardy, though we call Nanaimo home.

The club was established in 1958. Our primary objectives are backcountry mountaineering and coastal trips, and to work for the preservation of parks and wilderness areas.

We are a club of amateur enthusiasts that love sharing outdoor experiences with people that want to develop their skills.The club offers a variety of activities throughout the year, including easy hikes and challenging climbs, backcountry ski trips and snowshoeing outings, sport-climbing at local crags, and education opportunities.

We explore both remote backcountry locations where you’ll need your navigation skills, and some established routes with boot tracks to follow. Whether you are looking for leadership opportunities, outdoor education, or simply want to get outdoors with a group of capable, like-minded individuals, come check us out.

Meetings are held twice a year: one in the spring and another in the fall. These meetings are social events where we swap stories; but also, listen to feature presentations from guests on such topics such as trekking in Nepal, climbing in South America, travelling to Antarctica, or preserving the Vancouver Island Marmot.

Members range from old to young, fit and not so fit, climbers and hikers. But they all love the outdoors and want to explore more of Vancouver Island.

Come join us and find some of the best hiking on Vancouver Island!

Join the Island Mountain Ramblers

Information for guests:

You may participate in two Island Mountain Ramblers trips before you joining the club. Guests should print and fill out a copy of the FMCBC Universal Waiver. Bring the waiver with you when you come to the hike. Don’t forget to contact the trip leader to ensure you have a spot.

Membership Types

Individual $34:
Use this if the Island Mountain Ramblers is the only FMCBC club you belong to
Family $55:
Choose this if you are joining with multiple people in your household
FMCBC Associate $13:
Choose this if you are already a member of a hiking club that is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia. For Example the Comox District Mountaineering Club (CDMC)
ACCVI Associate $21:
Choose this if you already belong to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island chapter but not another FMCBC Club
Student $20
Students have a special rate– we acknowledge that burden of tuition and books!

Application Form              


  1. Fill out the online membership form.
  2. Payment of dues can be done in three ways: Paypal, by Cheque, in cash at one of the club meetings –held biannually.
  3. Print and sign The FMCBC Universal Waiver, bring it on your first hike
Payment of Dues:
If you are paying by Cheque, Mail your payment to the Island Mountain Ramblers and send it to:
Island Mountain Ramblers
c/o Shannon Tagseth
3-6240 Parkwood Drive
Nanaimo BC V9T 6K9
FMCBC-Acknowledgement-of-Risk  for individuals 18 and under