Guidelines

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COVID guidelines

  • Double vaccinations are strongly recommended for all participants. 
  • When carpooling, the driver can require masks and double vaccinations.

Outing guidelines

For each hike, walk, ramble etc:

  • Bring a lunch, unless the event mentions meeting at a restaurant.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
  • Carry a card in your backpack with pertinent medical information, along with an Emergency Contact named with contact details.

Sorry, dogs and children are not permitted on outings.

We encourage every hiker to lead one hike a year, which still leaves enough for those who wish to lead more.

Carpooling compensation

Members are encouraged to carpool during outings and to compensate drivers.

For on-island trips, the suggested compensation per passenger is:

  • $2: Ganges to Duke’s Road/Arnell Park/North End or similar short trips
  • $3: Ganges to Fulford Harbour or similar-length trips
  • $4: travel on unpaved roads or from Ganges to south of Fulford Harbour or Ruckle Park
  • $5: when travelling on Musgrave Road, Mountain Road, or Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park

For off-island trips, the suggested compensation per passenger is $0.30/km plus ferry costs for the car divided by the number of occupants of the car, including the driver. Passengers and driver pay own ferry or water transportation cost.

Participation by non-members

For outings, people who are not members of the club or the Federation of BC Naturalists (FBCN) / BC Nature may participate in a maximum of three (3) outings trips during the club’s year. For each outing, non-members must complete and sign a Visitor Waiver, which is also available from Hike, Walk, and Ramble leaders. (Non-members are not eligible for liability coverage under the FBCN / BC Nature insurance scheme.)

Presentations by the club are open to the public.

Events with limited space or requiring registration

Members have priority for events with limited space.

Activities for which pre-registration is required are open only to members in good standing.

Extended Off-Island Trips

Any club member in good standing is eligible to organize an extended off-island trip. The initial proposal must include date, options for accommodation and meals, available excursions and all relevant costs. The trip must be approved by the Board of Directors before being offered to members.

The organizer and a companion will be reimbursed reasonable expenses including ferry, mileage, and one night accommodation for one scouting trip while planning an extended off-island trip. The trip must be pre-approved by the Board of Directors.

Members must have paid their membership fee at least two months prior to the trip date to be eligible to participate in an extended off-island trip

Accidents

In case of accident, please complete an incident report using either the printable Incident Report PDF or the editable Incident Report in Microsoft Word form.