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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 8||Peter will lead a hike from the Burgoyne Bay Parking lot to the large Arbutus tree and possibly a bit up the slope of Mt Maxwell, and then on to Daffodil Point, then looping back to the Burgoyne Parking lot.|
It will be a slightly shorter hike, with possible lunch at Daffodil Point. You will be back before the major rains will start (we hope).
Meet at 9:45 at ArtSpring and 10:05 in the Burgoyne Bay Parking lot.
Kees hike up Mt Maxwell postponed due to storm damage.
|Let's start the New Year with a long but level and leisurely walk throughout the roads and pathways in and around Ganges, this time with a surprise turn. Lunch at Churchill beach. Meet your leader, Jenny, at ArtSpring at 10:00.||We'll meet as usual at 10:00 am at Centennial Park to carpool to Portlock Park, where Jill Willmott will join us and because of the recent windstorm we will walk to the end of Langs Rd and back again to view the tangled forest of huge trees that those residents are left with. One way took me 40 minutes, so if others think an 80-minute ramble would be too long we can turn around sooner. Lunch will either be at the Fernwood Cafe or the Seaside Restaurant--whichever gets the majority vote!|
|Tues Jan 15||Karen and Marc will lead a moderate hike around Andreas Vogt Nature Reserve and Bryant Hill Park, .taking a somewhat less travelled route with a little off-piste. The trail conditions are generally good . Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or at the parking area near the end of Mereside Road at 10:00 a.m. |
Ron's hike from Blackburn Reserve is postponed due to storm damage.
|Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 to pick a leader and a walk.||Meet at Centennial park to carpool to Drummond Park. Donna and Paul will take us on a ramble, finishing at Rock Salt for lunch.|
|Tues Jan 22||This hike, led by Al Lehmann, starts with a strenuous hike up (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.||Join Kathleen Maser and Rob Mason for an off island easy walk in Hemer Provincial Park south of Nanaimo. Bring your binoculars for spotting birds, and we will go to the Crow and Gate for lunch. Meet at Portlock Park to carpool at 8:30 and we will catch the 9:25 ferry at Vesuvius. We will plan to catch the 3:35 ferry back from Crofton.||Bryan Adderley will lead a ramble in the valley between Mt Belcher and Mt Erskine, lunch at Penny's on the Green. Meet at Centennial Park at 10 am.|
|Sun Jan 27||Artist in Residence Talk, 2-4 pm at Mahon Hall. Co- sponsored by SSTNC, SS Conservancy and SS Arts Council. Dianne Whelan is SSI’s writer in Residence for Jan & Feb 2019. Her recent film project is: "Traversing the Great Trail” referring to our own Trans Canada Trail. Documenting history. Her website is amazing. http://www.diannewhelan.com/
|Tues Jan 29||Beth Hall will lead a hike off island to Cobble Hill, south of Duncan. We will hike up and over Cobble Hill Mountain, have lunch at Kingzette Lake, better known to locals as “The Quarry,” and return over Cobble Hill by a different route. This is a moderate hike with some steep sections, and good views at the top. Note that the route after lunch also includes some uphill, as it’s up and down one way and then up and down return. Meet at Portlock Park at 8:45 to carpool.||Jacqueline Thomas will lead a walk in Ruckle Park, combining several of the shorter walks, in and around the campsite and Isaac point etc. (about 1.5 hrs) then lunch. Moderate walking but likely to be wet underfoot in many parts. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 am to carpool or at 10:20am at the parking lot just after the farm buildings on the right.||Meet at Centennial park at 10 am. Kathy Darling will lead the ramble in the Ganges area, then local lunch.|
|Thurs Jan 31||Annual General Meeting
AGM is set for 11:30 in the Lions Hall. Lunch will be provided at noon, with the AGM itself at 12:30 and Linda Gilkinson will present "Where are all the bugs gone?" at 1:30.
|Tues Feb 5||Sharon Sullivan will lead a moderate hike up and down Reginald Hill (some steep and slippery sections) poles will be helpful.|
Then we will do the Triangle trail on the Tsawout lands, with lunch on the beach overlooking Russell Island. Keep the binoculars handy.
Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. to carpool or at 10:05 a.m. at the parking area at the end of
Morningside Drive by the mailboxes and before the gate into Reginald Hill.
|Tues Feb 12||Meet at Artspring at 9:45 to carpool to Burgoyne parking lot or meet us there for 10:00 for a lovely hike on the trails with Carron Carson. It is quite muddy in places.|
|Tues Feb 19||Ashley Hilliard will lead a moderate hike from Beaver Point to Fulford. Some slippery sections expected. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 am to carpool to assembly point on Southridge Drive (first road to the right off Beaver Point Road after Fulford). Important: bring extra vehicles so we can carpool from Southridge to start of hike at Beaver Point. South enders meet at Southridge at 10.00.|
|Tues Feb 26||Lynn Thompson will lead a moderate hike to Christie Falls (Ladysmith) and possibly beyond to an old mine. Meet at Portlock Park at 8:40 a.m. to carpool on the 9:25 a.m. Vesuvius Ferry.|
|Thurs Feb 28||SSTNC and SARS (Search & Rescue) member, Tudor Davies, will speak on how to “ Survival in the Wild” at the SS Library 129 McPhillips Ave. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m, This is a very important talk to include for your hiking comfort and training. Emergencies may happen on trails. Doors open 6:30 p.m, Public Welcome, No cost, Bring a friend.
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