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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 Jan 2||For those not quite ready to leave the holidays behind, but are keen to get a bit of exercise, we’ll begin 2018 with something a little different. Beth Hall will lead a moderate hike up and down through the Channel Ridge trails, with some steep, slippery sections, covering 8.5 km and finishing at her house in time for lunch. Bring your own sandwich (or ??) and Beth will provide mulled wine (or soft cider) and dessert. That way, we can ease into the new hiking season and ease out of the holiday season at the same time. Meet at Artspring at 9:45 a.m. or the Canvasback entrance to the Channel Ridge trails at 10:00 a.m.||Meet at Artspring at 10am and pick a leader and a walk.||No Ramble|
|Tue Jan 9||Climb from the end of Mereside Road up to the Bryant Hill trail then take the connector to Andreas Vogt Nature Reserve. We will have lunch with a lovely view to the south, hopefully. Then it is all downhill. Susan Fussell will lead this easy to moderate hike. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or at the parking area near the end of Mereside Road at 10:00 a.m.||Lorrie Storr will lead a walk in the Andreas Vogt reserve and Bryant Hill area. Meet to carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. or at the top of Sarah Way (off Jasper) at 10:15 a.m.||Ramble with Harold Page along the New Pathways around Ganges. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park. Lunch or coffee at Barbs Buns|
|Tue Jan 16||Hike some Mt. Tuam Ecological Reserve trails with Jean Attorp. Moderate uphill hiking before lunch; downhill after lunch. Depending on the weather leading up to mid-January, there may be some tricky creeks to cross. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or Drummond Park at 10:00 a.m. Carry on from Drummond Park to the end of Maxham Road to meet Leader Jean.||Join Wendy McClean walking along the trails of Mouats Park and up to Bishops Walk. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m.||Sterling McEachern will lead a Ramble in Vesuvius Area. Meet at 10am at Centennial Park .Lunch at Sea Side Kitchen.
|Tue Jan 23||Lynn Thompson will lead a moderately strenuous hike from Mt. Maxwell to the|
Shepherd Hills and back. There are some sections off-trail and a bit rough. Meet at
ArtSpring at 9:45 am or the corner of Fulford-Ganges Rd. and Cranberry Rd. at 9:50 am.
If we get snow in the interim I can switch to a lower location.
| Kees Visser will lead a moderate walk at the Peter Arnell Park plus a part of the Linear Trail. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 or at|
Stewart Rd behind the concrete barrier at the Peter Arnell Park trail head at 10:15 a.m.
|Kathy Darling takes us up to Channel Ridge. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park ,Lunch at Vesuvius Café.|
|Thur Jan 25||The Annual General Meeting of the Salt Spring Trail & Nature Club will be held January 25th @ the Lions Hall @ 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided at 12noon, just prior to the meeting. This year we expect the meeting to be briefer than last year; hence our reason for starting later this year.
David Denning will give a presentation after the business meeting on two very interesting topics:
Part 1: Are Sea Stars Coming Back? This presentation will summarize the results of volunteer survey work by Trail and Nature Members seeking to find evidence of sea star recovery following the monumental Sea Star Wasting Disease Plague of 2014-2016. What did we find? what can be done next? and can others be involved in this work?
Part 2: Protecting The Salish Sea: A new window has opened up for creating the Southern Gulf Island Marine Conservation Area. This short discussion will announce an ambitious campaign to take place this year on Salt Spring Island to help promote a National Marine Conservation Area through Parks Canada - our best chance ever to protect the incredible heritage of marine life and scenic coastal waters we call home.
|Tue Jan 30||Hike in and around the Alvin Indridson Nature Reserve with Ashley Hilliard. Carpool from ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. Southenders can join at Drummond Park at 10:00 a.m.||Yvonne Gibbon will lead a walk through Duck Creek Park, then along the road to Vesuvius beach where we will stop for lunch. This is an easy pleasant walk in the forest alongside the creek. Meet at Artspring at 10.00 a.m. to carpool or the Duck Creek trail entrance on Sunset Drive at 10.15 a.m.||Ev Pringle takes us to the Churchill Rd Area. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park. Lunch at the Harbour House.|
|Thurs Feb. 1st|| 7-9pm at the Lions Hall, 103 Bonnet Ave. NOTE: change of location for Feb 1 to Lions Hall.
Salt Spring Trail and Nature Club is sponsoring a presentation by Janie Wray, the lead researcher, at the BC Whales Research Facility near Hartley Bay in the Great Bear Rainforest on monitoring whales by sound and by tail/fluke markings. Surprising new information has come out of their research. Go to www.BCwhales.org and http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/researchers-puzzled-by-humpback-whale-wave-off-b-c-coast
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