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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 Sep 10||The 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.
|Tues Sep 17||Hike some Mt. Tuam trails with Jean Attorp. Moderate uphill hiking before lunch; downhill after lunch. 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.||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 then meet at Beaver Point Hall at 10:20 a.m. From there we will drive to the trail head at the end of Menhinick Drive with the fewest possible cars.||Carpool from Centennial to Drummond Pk. Paul and Donna will lead a ramble. Lunch either on their beach or Rock Salt depending on weather.|
|Tues Sep 24||This moderate hike with Sharon Sullivan begins at the Chris Hatfield Trail on Meyer Rd and ends at the Beaver Point day parking lot. We will have volunteer shuttle cars in place to take drivers back to the starting point. Poles are recommended. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or the turnaround at the south end of Meyer Rd.||Yvonne Gibbon will lead a walk along Baker Beach. Meet at the cul de sac at the end of Quarry Drive at 10:15 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. at ArtSpring to carpool. You may want to bring poles as there some up and down pathways in the forest before we approach the beach and there are rocks on the beach that can be slippery. We can eat our lunch on our way back along the beach.||Meet at Centennial at 10.00 a.m. to carpool to Cedar Creek Nature Reserve with Ann. Bring lunch if it’s nice. Otherwise we will choose a coffee shop.|
|Tues Oct 1||Join Laurie Clark on a hike up Mt. Erskine. |
This is an easy to moderate 2-3 hour hike. Keep your eyes open for the fairy doors as we hike through a diverse forest that includes cedar, hemlock, fir, arbutus and more. Windfall from last December's storm is astonishing. We'll have our lunch at the summit to take in the lovely views to the north and west. Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. to carpool or meet us to start our hike at the end of Trustees Trail by 10:00 a.m.
Hope you'll join us.
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Mt Erskine Nature Reserve and Mt Erskine Provincial Park
|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. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to carpool, or at the Burgoyne Bay Park parking at 10:20 a.m.||Paul and Donna will lead the Ramble. Meet at Centennial to leave at 10:00 AM and Drummond Park at 10:20.
|Tues Oct 8||Trail Day for Hikers and Walkers - It's time to finish the new KDOL Trail at the Buddhist Retreat. Bring tools that will work for grubbing out the trail (e.g. hoes, rakes). Meet at ArtSpring at 9:45 a.m. or Drummond Park at 10:00 a.m. You are going to LOVE this trail!||Bryan will lead today. Leave Centennial 10:00 AM.|
|Tues Oct 15||Hike a multitude of Channel Ridge trails with Angie. Allow approximately 4 hours. Meet at|
ArtSpring to carpool at 9:45 a.m. or meet at the trailhead on Sunset Dr. at 10:00 a.m.
|Join Kathleen Maser and Rob Mason for an off island walk to Stoney Hill Trail Loop, an easy 3.7 kilometer loop trail located near North Cowichan. The views are exceptional looking over Sansum Narrows and seeing Salt Spring from a very different perspective. Bring your binoculars for spotting birds and perhaps whales. We will go to the Shipyard Restaurant & Pub overlooking the marina in Maple Bay for lunch. For those who want to bring their lunch there is place nearby. Meet at Portlock Park to carpool at 8:30 on the 9:35 ferry at Vesuvius. We will plan to catch the 3:35 ferry back from Crofton.||Marjie will lead in the Dukes & Kitchen Road area. Meet at Centennial to leave at 10:00 AM.
|Tues Oct 22||Karen and Marc will lead this easy to moderate hike through Bryant Hill Park and Howard Horel and Andreas Vogt nature reserves. Mostly trails with some off-pistes. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at ArtSpring to car pool or 10 a.m. at the Mereside Road trailhead.||Carol McKeen will lead a Channel Ridge walk starting at the trailhead on Canvasback, walking along the watershed heading north and then down through the ridge trails to Sir Echoes. From there it will be a short walk to Sunset Drive for lunch. Carol will have hot drinks. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 a.m. to carpool or at the trailhead on Canvasback at 10:20 - not far from the turnoff from Broadwell on the right-hand side.||Off Island to the Sidney Aquarium with Frauke. Catch the 9:50 AM Fulford
ferry. $14.00 admission. Carpool at Centennial at 8.40am.
|Tues Oct 29||Join Kees for a moderate hike with some up hills from Peter Arnell Park along the linear|
trail to Bryant Hill Park. We will have lunch either near the end of the trail or in Bryant Hill.
Depending on the number of participants we will organize a shuttle or walk back along
Sarah Way to the cars. Meet at ArtSpring to be ready to carpool at 9:45 a.m. or at the top of Stewart
Rd. behind the barrier at 10:00 a.m.
|Angie Trarup will lead a walk starting at 10:00 a.m. from ArtSpring. We'll walk through Mouat Park exiting at the pool, then along Atkins to Lower Ganges, Booth Canal, Harrison, and Baker. Lunch will be at Baker Beach. Return the same route with variations along the way.||Ann will lead. Carpool at Portlock by 8.10am to catch the 9.35am from Vesuvius.
We will drive to the Yellow Point Regional Park for a ramble, and have lunch at the Crow and Gate.