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Please note: Participants need to bring a lunch and wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
We encourage every hiker to lead one hike a year, which still leaves enough for those who wish to lead more.
|Tues Jan 7||Lynn will lead the first hike of the decade and it’s a good one. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 or the Burgoyne Bay parking lot at 10:00. The hike will take in the Mt. Maxwell mines, the ecological reserve and the summit.||Postponed: A New Year's walk with the birds! Kathleen and Rob will lead a walk in Ruckle Park with the intention of viewing water birds, and even alcids such as the little murrelets. We will leave from the middle parking lot past the barn, at 10:20 a.m. Departure from ArtSpring at 10 a.m. to car pool. Along with your lunch, please bring your binoculars and maybe your bird book!||Postponed: Bryan Adderley will lead the Ramble. Meet at Centennial Park to depart at 10:00 a.m. We will have a restaurant lunch.|
|Tues Jan 14||Postponed: Al Lehmann will lead a strenuous hike up Mt Tuam (about 500 meters climb) through the forest for about 90 minutes followed by lunch on the open meadow with spectacular views. After lunch we will hike down the open meadow, down through the forest on the west side, and finally back along Mountain Road to the cars. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 or Drummond Park at 10:00 to car pool. Park just past the No Exit sign, 5 km from the start of Mountain Rd.||Postponed: Dick and Patsy Tipping will lead us on a round trip walk through the Tsawout First Nation Reserve, starting at the trail head at the end of Menhinick Drive. It is a fairly easy hike with some elevation gain, through woods and along shoreline with lovely views. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to carpool and or Beaver Point Hall at 10:20 a.m. From there we will car pool to the trail head at the end of Menhinick Drive with the fewest possible cars.||Postponed: Marjie will lead a Burgoyne Triangle Ramble. Leave Centennial 10:00 a.m. Lunch to be advised.|
|Tues Jan 21||Updated: Mill Farm postponed. Instead Charles will lead a walk in Ruckle Park. The 9:45 a.m. gathering time at ArtSpring remains unchanged. Southerners can join us at the parking lot just past the heritage farm where start our walk. Some of the rocky bits along the shoreline are slippery so wear hiking boots with good tread and bring poles. However, there’s little or no snow in the park, so gaiters or waterproof pants are not necessary—unless it’s very rainy.||Wendy McClean will lead a walk on the Bishop's Walk trail. We will meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. and walk through Mouats Park to Drake Road to reach the trail head. We will follow the trail to Charlesworth then to Fulford-Ganges Rd to Dean where we will get back onto the Bishop's Walk trail and return to ArtSpring by the same route. This is not a long walk so we will not stop for lunch.||Ann H. will lead the Ramble at Duck Creek, leaving Portlock Park at 10:00 a.m. Lunch at Vesuvius Seaside Kitchen.|
|Tues Jan 28||Beth Hall will lead a hike in Channel Ridge “because there’s always another route to try.” We will tackle some hills and also THE STAIRS so be prepared for a bit of a workout before lunch. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 to carpool, or at the gate at the end of Broadwell at 10 a.m. ||Andrea Rankin will lead a nice walk along the water in Ruckle Park. Meet at ArtSpring at 10 a.m. or at the first parking lot (near farm buildings) in Ruckle Park at 10:30.||Ann K. will lead a Mystery Ramble,|
|Thur Jan 30||Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held at the Lion’s Club. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a free lunch (gluten free and vegetarian included) before the meeting. Immediately following the business meeting, we will be treated to a special oresentation by research biologist Aaron Purdy, who will be speaking about our local whales. Aaron is a a research biologist with Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program, and the coordinator of the S. Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative in Victoria.|
|for future||Charles will lead a tough hike from Mill Farm to the top of Mt. Bruce. The hike might include some ‘bushwhacking.’ Meet at ArtSpring by 9:45 to carpool or at Drummond Park at 10:00.|
|Tues Feb 4||Ashley will lead a hike in and around the northern part of Ruckle Park. Carpool from ArtSpring at 0945 or join at the turnaround at the foot of Meyer Road. Some rocky and slippery sections, so sturdy footwear a must.|