Join Date: May 2009
Location: Canmore, AB Canada
I think "KIS" (keep it simple) is best approach.
Natural region division is better than provincial boundary division, but too much granularity would create confusion. I.e. we have now "Washington State" and it is hardly, if ever, used.
Issue is also existing reports base. It is HUGE work to reorg all this; rachelo was advocating mountain range division for a long time, but big reason why it never went through was amount of work. So if something will be done, better to think it well & not have to redo it later again.
Where is majority of users/trip reports? This is the guideline. Just a guess, but I expect along the lines: BC Lower Mainland: 65%, Rockies 20%, Rest of Canada: 5%, US: 5%, Rest of World: 5%.
Having above in mind, this could be initial draft:
Rockies (Nat'l Parks)
Rest of Canada
--- "BC Coast" would take Van North Shore, Squamish, Whistler, Duffey, Chilliwack, Manning etc.
--- Rockies/US/World are self explanatory
--- "Rest of Canada" is the part I am a bit fuzzy about; looks like "catch all" bag. It would take BC Interior, Vancouver Island, Alberta grasslands, Ontario (hopefully!), northern BC, etc etc. But considering low amount of reports it would have it could be ok. Again, too many Forums that would just lie around unused is worse.