About the Island Mountain Ramblers

Hiking, Climbing and Exploring Vancouver Island since 1958

Rambler Peak (named for the IMR to recognize its first ascent)

If you’re ready to take the path less travelled and live your best adventure life, come to 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!

Membership — Join/Renew

Annual Membership Types:

Individual $35:
Use this if the Island Mountain Ramblers is the only FMCBC club you belong to
Family $60:
Choose this if you are joining with multiple people in your household
FMCBC Associate $16:
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). NOTE: the ACCVI is not an associate club
Student $21
Students have a special rate– we acknowledge the burden of tuition and books!

New and Returning Members

  1. Complete 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. Complete the annual electronic waiver

Information About Alternate Payment Options:

To pay your dues via e-transfer, contact treasurer@islandmountianramblers.com to make arrangements.
We prefer you to pay your annual dues electronically, but if you must pay by cheque, mail your payment to the Island Mountain Ramblers and send it to:

Mailing Address:

Island Mountain Ramblers
c/o Jennifer Frank
4882 Fairbrook Cres
Nanaimo, BC


Membership Benefits:

  • Access to our trip schedule;
  • Subscription to The Ramblers’ Ramble, our email newsletter (subscribe);
  • Membership in the Federation of BC Mountain Clubs (mountainclubs.org);
  • Comprehensive liability insurance while on club trips, through the FMCBC;
  • Access to Cloudburst, the FMCBC semi-annual magazine publication;
  • Participation in Club organized courses, and workshops;
  • Member education rebates on outdoor education courses and first aid;
  • A 10% discount on courses offered through Island Alpine Guides, and MB Guiding;
  • Access to the club’s library of books (we are still cataloguing);
  • Use of club equipment while on club trips (snowshoes, crampons and mountaineering axes), and;
  • The enjoyment of outings in the mountains with a knowledgeable and amiable bunch of people.

Partner Discounts

Island Alpine Guides


10% off education courses

Accounting for membership dues:

All funds contribute to the growth and maintenance of the club. Your contributions pay for membership incentives, equipment,  education rebates, and outdoor-advocacy initiatives, leader insurance and membership in the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia (FMCBC).

Schedule A — Adopted October 27, 2019