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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.

Tue Mar 6Jan & Larry McIntyre will lead a moderately strenuous hike with lots of ups and downs from Peter Arnell Park to Andreas Vogt Nature Reserve via the Bryant Hill linear trail. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or Stewart Rd at Peter Arnell Park behind the concrete barrier at 10:00. This will be a one-way hike so we’ll send a few cars up to the Andreas Vogt parking area to facilitate a shuttle at the end of the hike. Meet at ArtSpring at 10 a.m. to pick a leader and a walk.Leader's Choice Ramble with Deborah Miller, Meet at Centennial Park at 10 a.m. Lunch at Auntie Pesto's.
Tue Mar 13Dave and Amy will lead a hike up Mt. Erskine from the Toynbee Road side. The trail is steep at times and can be slippery. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or at 10 a.m. at the three way intersection where Cranberry, Mt Maxwell, and Toynbee Roads meet.Donna Way will lead the Daffodil Walk in Burgoyne Bay. Meet at ArtSpring to carpool at 10:00 a.m. or at Burgoyne Bay parking lot at 10:20 a.m. This is a relatively easy walk with some hilly sections.Ramble with Sterling at Burgoyne Bay. Meet at Centennial Park at 10 a.m. Lunch at the Rock Salt Café in Fulford.
Tue Mar 20 Lynn Thompson will lead a moderately strenuous hike from Mt. Maxwell to the Shepherd Hills and back. There are some sections off-trail. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or the corner of Fulford-Ganges Rd at Cranberry Rd. at 9:50.Lorrie Storr will lead us on an 8 km walk from Beaver Point Hall to Kings Cove. There are a few rocky bits, but they are short and we will take it slowly. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. or meet at Beaver Point Hall at 10:20 a.m.Off Island Trip to Hemer Provincial Park Nanaimo with Frauke. Lunch at the Crow and Gate Pub. Meet at Potluck Park at 8:30 for carpooling. We will take the 9:25 ferry.
Thur Mar 22SSTNC welcomes Liz Bicknell, the current President of the Outdoor Club of Victoria (OCV), on Thursday March 22 at 7-9 p.m. at the Library. She will be speaking about the "All over Ireland Trip" she organized for 20 people in Sept 2017. Being Irish herself, she knows the best hikes. She will also speak about the Vancouver Island Trail, the club is building. She sits on the VISTA board and will provide an update on the Vancouver Island Spine Trail.
Tue Mar 27David & Gale Buffett will lead this hike which explores several trails as we ascend the south side of Mount Maxwell from Burgoyne Bay, taking advantage of several look outs. There are steep sections on the trail and it will be a steady climb prior to lunch. We plan to have lunch either at or near the summit before the afternoon descent. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or at the parking lot at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park at 10:00.Dick and Patsy Tipping will lead a walk up Mount Erskine from Trustees Trail. There are some rocky steep sections but we will take it slow and easy, and enjoy the incredible view points along the way. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. or meet at the trail head at 10:20 a.m. Take Rainbow Road, turn on Juniper Place and follow it up to Spring Gold Way. Follow that up to Trustees Trail where you turn right and continue to the end of the road and the trail head.Ramble with Kathy Darling in Channel Ridge. Lunch at the Seaside Kitchen. Meet at Centennial Park 10 a.m.
Tue Apr 3Charles Kahn will lead a relatively easy hike up Mount Bruce from Musgrave Road through the Mill Farm Park Reserve with a possible visit to the Alvin Indridson Nature Reserve. The length of the hike will depend on the wishes of the group.. Meet at Art Spring at 9:45 to carpool or at Drummond Park at 10:00
Barry and Sheila Spence lead an off-island walk with some uphill sections on Holland Creek Loop Trail, above Ladysmith. Meet at Portlock Park for 8:35 am departure to carpool on Vesuvius Ferry. Likely return on 3:35 pm ferry.

Sterling Mceachern will lead a Ramble to Burgoyne Bay Park. Meet at Centennial Park at 10 am. Lunch at Rock Salt Café.
Tue Apr 10Kees Visser will lead a strenuous hike from Burgoyne Bay up to the outlook above Bold Bluff, and returning along the coast. It will be a long hike, count on return by 2:30. There will be a steep ascent at the start and some bush wacking. Meet at 9:45 at Art spring or at 10:00 at the Burgoyne Bay parking lot.
Yvonne Gibbon will lead us on a Baker Beach Walk. Meet at 10:00 am at ArtSpring to carpool or at 10:20 am at the end of Quarry Drive. We will go through the forest down to Baker Beach and walk along the beach to Booth Bay Canal where we will have lunch. We will then retrace our steps back to Quarry Drive. Ann King will lead a ramble around Ganges. Bring a sandwich to eat on Ann's deck. Meet at centennial Park at !0 am.
Tue Apr 17Hike TBA. Meet at Art Spring at 9:45 for carpooling. Jenny Meyer will lead a walk in the Fernwood area. It will be a combination of beach and road walking, with lunch on the beach under the "beacon”. Consider that the beach will be wet and slippery under foot. Meet at Artspring at 10:00 am or Fernwood dock at 10:20 am Trip to Honey Moon Bay to see the Spring Flowers with Frauke. Meet at Portlock Park at 8;30 for carpooling. Lunch at Cowichan Bay.
Thurs Apr 19Thursday, April 19, at SSI Library 7-9pm, Mary Hof from the Cowichan Valley Hikers will speak about her organizing a group hiking trip to Guatemala in November 2018 and climbing Vancouver Island’s tallest mountain in Aug last year called the Golden Hinde.
Also Mary has organized many hiking trips to Cuba that she might mention.
Tue Apr 24Karen and Marc will lead this moderate to steep hike along footpaths, from Collins Road to the summit of Mt Erskine, weather and fairies permitting. Start at the Jack Fisher trail on Collins Road. Meet at Artspring at 9:45 to car pool.Jacqueline Thomas leads a walk in Ruckle Park - up the road to the farm house and on the trail through the woods to Bear Point, walking south mostly alongside the water. There are a few short, steep rocky sections. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 am or meet in the parking lot after the farm buildings on the right at 10:20 amRamble with Betty Ball at Duck Creek. Meeting Place Centennial Park at 10 am. Bring a Lunch to eat at Vesuvius Beach.
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