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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 Sep 11The 2018-2019 hiking season begins with the Blackberry Festival at Ruckle Park. Meet at noon in the Group Campground. Bring your lunch and a favourite blackberry goodie to share. Don't forget a bowl and a spoon.
There will be a short walk in Ruckle Park before lunch. Car pool from ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. or meet at the group camp parking lot at 10:20 a.m. Pick a leader from those assembled.
Blackberry Fest at Ruckel Park at 12 noon. Ramblers please arrange your carpooling
No organised Ramble before.
Tue Sept 18Jan and Larry McIntyre will lead a moderate hike with some steep sections up and around Mt Maxwell from Armand Way. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 or Dukes Road/Fulford-Ganges junction at 10 a.m.
Kathleen Maser and Rob Mason will lead us on a Channel Ridge walk, with some moderate hill climbing. This will be a one way walk going north to Sunset Drive, getting down to the beach and a short walk along the beach to Carol and Mike’s home for lunch on their deck on Sunset Drive. After lunch we will have cars parked and ready to take us back to the trailhead where we started in Channel Ridge. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 am or meet at the trail head near Broadwell Rd. and Tern Rd at 10:20 am. Marjorie and Brian Radford lead a ramble to Blackburn Meadows. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park or 10.10 at Fulford Ganges Rd and Blackburn Rd. Bring a Lunch.
Tue Sept 25Sharon Sullivan will lead a 3 hr hike in Ruckle Park. Meet at Artspring at 9:45am or at Beaver Point Hall at 10am.
The hike will be medium to hard. If it has rained a lot, we may choose a different entrance. You could bring gaiters and poles, if it rains. We will come out at the Day parking lot or Grandma’s beach depending on the time and we will have already placed a shuttle car at the day parking to take the drivers back to Beaver Point Hall to get their cars. I will cancel by 8am if there is a bad rain/wind in the area.
Wendy McLean will lead a walk in the Blackburn/Frazier area. We will walk along Blackburn Rd. to the Conservancy for a short walk and then take the path to the Blackburn Centre. From there we will follow Blackburn Rd. to the trail that takes us up to Frazier Rd., up the trail (steep with many stairs) to Wendy’s home where we will eat lunch on her deck. We will return by the same route. Carpool at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to meet Wendy at the junction of Blackburn and Fulford-Ganges Rd at about 10:15 am.

Betty Ball will take us to Mouat Park. Meet at 10 am Centennial Park, after Lunch at Barbs Buns .
Thurs Sept 27At the Library, at 7 pm. We welcome Ann Nightingale to Salt Spring again. She will be speaking on Bird Migration.
Ann has been president of both Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Victoria Natural History Society, Victoria Christmas Bird Count Coordinator,
Regional Coordinator for Southern Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas.
She has been awarded the American Birding Association’s Betty Petersen Award for Conservation and Community
and Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Tues October 2Join Kees for a hike along the Peter Arnell linear trail to Bryant Hill with return over the road. This is an easy to moderate hike, meet at Artspring at 9.45 or top of Stewart Road, behind the concrete barrier at 10.00am Yvonne Gibbon will lead a walk through Duck Creek Park and then a walk along the road to Vesuvius Beach where we will stop for lunch. This is an easy pleasant walk through the forest alongside Duck Creek. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to carpool or at the trail entrance on Sunset Drive at 10:15 a.m. Leader needed. Ramblers meet at 10 am Centennial Park.
Tues October 9Susan will lead a moderate hike up Mt. Maxwell. We will have lunch at Baynes Peak or if that is busy another lookout on the descent. Meet at 9:45 at ArtSpring to carpool or at the parking lot at the end of Armand Way at 10:00. Meet at ArtSpring at 10 a.m. to pick a leader and a destination.Ann King leads a Ramble in Crofton along the Board Walk. Meet at Portlock Park at 9.45 am to carpool, and walk on to the 10.30 am ferry. Lunch at Mikes Cafe. Maybe return on the 1.25 pm ferry.
Tues October 16Angie will lead a hike from Sunset Road to the Channel Ridge trails. Meet at 9:45 at ArtSpring to carpool or at the trails entrance between Pringle Farm Rd. & West Eagle Drive at 10:00.

Jacqueline Thomas leads a walk on the Tsawout FN reserve. Walk down Bridgeman Rd and onto the upper trail of the reserve, looping around the W boundary and returning along the beachside trail, lunch on the beach, and back up the road. A few short steep rocky sections. Carpool at ArtSpring at 10:00 am to meet at Beaver Point Hall parking lot at 10:20 amSterling and Maureen Mceachern lead a Ramble to Chanel Ridge.Lunch at Sea Site Kitchen. Meet at Centennial Park for carpooling
Tues October 23Karen 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 Lorrie Storr will lead a walk through Burgoyne Park. We will walk the fields and trails and explore a bit of the south side of the bay and perhaps walk out to Daffodil Point depending on the conditions of the fields at the time. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the Burgoyne Bay Park parking at 10:20 a.m.Bryan Adderly will lead the Ramble to Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in Cedar .This is an interesting site and umbrella friendly.
Leave Portlock Park at 8:30 to catch the 9:20 Ferry from Vesuvius to Crofton. Returning may be the 2:45 from Crofton. Lunch at The Cow and Gate,
Tues Oct 23Doug Scott -- A Hard Road to Everest -- 7:00pm, ArtSpring, Tickets $25 ($20 for Forum Members) at ArtSpring and SS Books. World-renown British climber, Doug Scott, will provide a spectacular slide show “A Hard Road To Everest” about his first ascent of the Southwest Face of Mt. Everest. Scott will also describe his work helping to rebuild the lives and communities of Nepal’s mountain people after the horrendously devastating earthquakes of 2015. This Salt Spring Forum event at ArtSpring Theatre, at 7:00 pm and will include the slide show and a Forum-style Q&A. It is co-sponsored by SSTNC. All proceeds to Community Action Nepal. A great event for a great cause, and you can purchase Doug’s mountain adventure books too!
Wednesday Oct 24Rob Wood – At Home In Nature -- 7:00 pm, Salt Spring Library, Free.
We all know what it is like to live on an island in the Salish Sea, but what if you had chosen a remote, difficult to access island with no services? Rob Wood, a legendary British Columbia mountaineer, ice climber, architect, author, and teacher carved an adventure-filled life with his wife, Laurie and family, exploring the peaks of the Coast Ranges and Rockies, and eventually settling on remote Maurelle Island where the family established a deep relationship with nature. Rob’s new book, At Home In Nature: A Life of Unknown Mountains and Deep Wilderness provides humourous, challenging, and thoughtful insights into a life with nature as you'll see in this intimate presentation at the Library. Rob’s book will be available for purchase, and hopefully his climbing partner, Doug Scott will also be on hand with books you can purchase in support of Nepal earthquake recovery.
Tues October 30Hike the Hope Hill trails with Jean Attorp and Carol Melton in the lead. Moderate ups and downs with good view points along the way, weather permitting. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or Drummond Park at 10:00 a.m.Kathleen Maser and Rob Mason will lead a walk up Reginald Hill. This walk has a lot of up hill, but is on pathways, and the views are great. We will take it slowly. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 am to carpool to the parking area where Morningside road meets Reginald Hill road, or meet us there at about 10:20 am.Marjorie and Brain Radford will lead a Leaders Choice Ramble. Meet at Centennial Park 10 am.
Tues Nov 6Hike the historic Chris Hatfield trail and into Ruckle Park with Joy. This is a moderately easy trail, with some tricky sections by the ocean. Meet at Artspring 9:45 am or park at the end of Meyer Road 10 am. Fred Powell will lead a moderate walk in Channel Ridge. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. or meet at the corner of Sir Echos Way and Sunset Drive at 10:20 a.m. There is a parking area that hides behind the blackberry bushes. Ramble with Sterling and Maureen McEachern at Fernwood ,Lunch at Fernwood café. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park for car pooling.
Tues Nov 13Lynn Thompson will lead a strenuous hike up Mt Prevost (near Duncan). Views from 3
summit locations give a full 360 degree vista – hope for a clear day. If weather conditions
intervene, an alternate hike to Christie Falls near Ladysmith will take its place. Meet at
Portlock Park at 8:45 am to carpool for the 9:25 am ferry from Vesuvius.
Anne Beaumont will lead an off island walk to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The walk is a 2 km trail around the Buttertubs bird sanctuary. The path is level and umbrella friendly. Afterwards we will stop at the Crow and Gate English style pub in Cedar for lunch. We will leave from Portlock Park at 8:30 to carpool to Vesuvius for the 9:25 ferry. We will (hopefully) aim for the 3:35 ferry from Crofton.Ramble with Betty Ball at Kingslane Area. Lunch at the Pizza Place up town. Meet at Country Grocers Parking lot at 10 am, across from the Liquor Store.
Thurs Nov 157 - 9 pm at the Library.
John Neville will be introducing us to his newest project, entitled “The Dawn Chorus”, with his lovely meaningful recordings and beautiful slides.
He will tell us a story of the reasons why birds sing. Listen to the bird songs from around the world and learn about their social life.
John records in the wild with great sensitivity and his major aim is to introduce people to better awareness of the birds and their need for us to protect their habitat.
Since 1993 John has a long list of accomplishments that can be found on his website He is now exhibiting at the Robert Bateman Center in Victoria.
The SSTNC Speaker series are Free to the public, bring a friend or two.
Tues Nov 20Trail work day Location TBA. Will confirm location Day before.
Bring the usual tools, loppers, hoe's, Rake etc.....
Otherwise Meet 9:45 Artspring
The Walkers will join the Hikers in the trail work day. Bring the usual tools, loppers, hoes & rakes, and meet at Artspring at 9:45Trip to Goldstream Park to see the Salmon Run. Meet at 8/30 at Portluck Park for carpooling .Lunch at the Malahat Chalet. Frauke will lead.
Tues Nov 27Charles Kahn will lead a hike along some of the new trails in Burgoyne Bay. Meet at the Artspring at 9:45 to car pool or at 10:00 at the barns at Burgoyne Bay.'Kees Visser will lead a walk in Ruckle Park. Carpool from ArtSpring at 10 a.m. or meet at the second parking lot just past the barn on the south side of the road at 10:20. It is an easy walk going up the trail west of the farm to Merganser Pond and then crossing over to the ocean side trail to Bear Point and then south towards Beaver Point, and then back to the parking lot. There are a few rocky sections.Ann will lead us to Osborne Bay regional park in Crofton. meet at Portlock at 8.30 am to carpool, and catch the 9.20 ferry from Vesuvius. Lunch in Crofton.
Tues Dec 4Tudor will lead this hike in Ruckle Park. Meet at Artspring 9.45 am (Southenders meet at Heritage parking lot 1000, the lot near the barns.) This will not be a strenuous hike. Leave Heritage parking lot for Grandma's Beach and follow trail along the ocean to Kings' Cove then inland and back to the road near start.
Bring binoculars; widgeon and harlequin ducks already in plus usual sea mammals.
Parts of the hike may well be slippery so be prepared.
Ramble on Epron and Byron Rd. Meet at 10 am at Centennial Park for carpooling. Potluck Lunch will be at 221 Byron Rd. Bring some Food for you and a friend.
Tues Dec 11Christmas Lunch at All Saints Church at 12 noon. Catered by El Loco Taco. Tickets at Soapworks, $20. Cash Bar.
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