The Salt Spring Trail & Nature Club features activities September through June. For the calendar of current activities, see Events.
There are two types of events: Tuesday outings and other activities.
There are three levels to choose from: Rambles, Walks and Hikes. Participants need to bring a lunch and wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
- Hikers like long, and occasionally quite strenuous hikes, and like to gain a bit of altitude.
- They need boots and a good but not excessive level of fitness.
- Hikes usually meet at 9:45 am in the ArtSpring parking lot and end between 2:30 and 3:30 pm.
- Off-island hikes usually meet at Portlock Park at 8:30 and may return as late as 5:00 pm.
- Walkers move at a relaxed pace taking time to smell the roses and stop to catch their breath along the way.
- They try to avoid long steep climbs and generally cover 8 km or less although appropriate walking footware is required.
- Walks usually meet at 10:00 a.m. in the ArtSpring parking lot and end by 2:00 p.m.
- Off-island walks usually meet at Portlock Park at 8:25 a.m. and may return as late as 5:00 p.m.
- Ramblers enjoy walking without pressure with frequent breaks to take pictures and examine plants, stones, and fossils.
- Ramblers sometimes stop to visit local restaurants.
- Rambles usually meet at 10:00 am in Centennial Park and end by 1:30 pm. Members of any level of fitness are welcome.
- Three-day trips to off island destinations are open to club members only. Trips are arranged by volunteers.
- The Annual General Meeting is held the last Thursday in January or as close as possible to this date as determined by the Board.
- The hiking season begins with the Blackberry Festival in September and finishes with the Strawberry Festival in June.
- A Christmas luncheon is organized in the first half of December.
- There is no fixed day for excursions.
- Walks are led by an expert naturalist and are open to all levels of ability.
- The STNC is active in trail maintenance all year round. A small but dedicated group goes out regularly with chainsaw, clippers etc., clearing trails, removing fallen trees, and pulling broom on BC Parks, CRD and Crown lands.
- The STNC is working with BC Parks to improve the trails and provide signage in the provincial parks on the island. BC Parks fund the materials with STNC members providing the labour.
Trail and Nature Presentations
- Presentations feature speakers on topics of interest to our members (hiking, nature and travel) and are open to the public.