Oliver Tour

The Valley Outdoor Association (VOA) was formed in 1973 by a small group of people intent on experiencing and sharing their love for the outdoors. We are a small club of approximately 300 adult members, and are loosely based in the Fraser Valley (if you wandered here from Google, that's near Vancouver, BC). Members hail from all over the Lower Mainland, with the majority being from Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey & White Rock.

Juan De Fuca Trail

Our club offers a wide variety of weekend activities for all fitness and experience levels. There's also an active group of mid-week hikers if you have the time. Destinations are ad hoc with the group picking next week's hike over coffee and ice cream after a hike. Birthday people get an extra vote! Wednesday is the most popular day with one of more groups heading out to enjoy the day together.

We're also on Facebook at Valley Outdoor Association.

A schedule of activities is mailed to members every 3 months.

The VOA is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia, (the FED or FMCBC), along with 22 other outdoor clubs in BC. Together we all represent the interests of non-mechanized outdoor activities throughout British Columbia and address mountain trails and wilderness access for all. Our combined interests are for recreation, conservation, outdoor uses, outdoor education and safety for British Columbians.


Announcements

Summer Showers

What's up with this weather? You should take advantage of the nice days because the July bulletin is available.

Now on Facebook

Some members are now posting on Facebook and sharing on the Valley Outdoor Association page. Paul has added pictures from

Check out other pictures from Paul and Keith at Valley Outdoor Association.

Updated Club Photos

Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site and can be emailed to Hilmar. Several members are posting on the VOA Facebook page.

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Christmas Open house at Rodney's
December 6, 2015

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Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail
September 12 - 18, 2014

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Sooke, BC - Galloping Goose Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2014

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Trail Talk

Lonesome Jack




Jack Elsdon called himself Lonesome Jack, and he was certainly a free spirit, but he didn't lack friends. Whether or not you were fortunate to know Jack, every member of the Valley Outdoor Association owes him a great debt for his leadership, experience and contribution. more photos...


Elsay Lake Backback




Alan, Alexis, Mike and Dianne set off with their usual heavy packs for an overnight stay at Elsay Lake. It was nice and cool in the parking lot but as the day progressed it became quite warm. Luckily, there was enough shade to protect the group from the heat. Continue reading...


Peddle & Paddle Trip



When you think of cycling the Saanich Peninsula you may think of the Lockside Trail - a nice easy route. But - oh no - we hardy twelve cyclists wheeled along the hilly, picturesque oceanside route instead! Continue reading...


Fort Langley - Campbell Valley Cycle

We led a cycle trip May 10. The weather was perfect with a thin overcast and temperature of 20 degrees.

We had about 20 people for the ride so we split it in two with Christine leading one group and me leading the other. The route took us from the Walnut Grove Community Centre south past the Langley airport, up the hill then east and north to the Otter co-op for lunch. We came back via 264 street and Fort Langley. About a dozen people came to our place afterward for refreshments.

Overall, a great day!

Murray McDonald

Galiano Hike

On Saturday, April 11, eighteen happy hikers boarded the Mayne Queen, cruising to the "exotic" Gulf Island of Galiano led by our trusty "Captain" Rodney Edwards. OK, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but there was no exaggerating our stellar day beginning with the dark curtain of clouds parting to reveal blue skies bathed in sunshine. Upon disembarking, our first port of call was Bluff Park but a sweet little bay at the foot of a flight of stairs beckoned us down. Half of us took the bait and succumbed to the warmth of the driftwood-strewn beach leaving the others to patiently wait for our return. Continue reading...


Cherry Blossom Cycle




The Cherry Blossom cycle took place despite dire forecasts for heavy rain and the possibility of very few blossoms still being out there due to our very mild winter and early spring weather. It was a joint activity for both VOA and North Shore Hikers (NSH) members. We had 5 participants from VOA and 4 from NSH. As it was not raining at the start time the cycle went ahead. Continue reading...


Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail



Mid September, 4 of us ventured out to do a section of the recently upgraded 50 km cross over route that followed the old Hudson Bay Trail. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbiaís early development. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built by the Hudsonís Bay Company with the help of local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake. Continue reading...


Darrell is lost on the Appalachian Trail

Darrell

But he still has Internet access and is with John and Sandy and some new friends. You can follow Darrell's travels at Darrell on the AT.





Looking Ahead

The best trips take a lot of planning and lead time. Book those sick days now. There's a lot going on so you might have to quit your job. Phone and e-mail information is in the July bulletin.

Leavenworth Holiday Christmas Lights Tour

Saturday December 4: December is a most wonderful tie of the year ... when the quaint Bavarian town of Leavenworth becomes a Village of Lights (over half a million of them!) and holiday cheer abounds!

We will spend the afternoon wandering through Leavenworth, taking in the performances at the Front Street Gazebo (including hand bell choirs, a Dixie band, solo artists & some of the best choirs in the Pacifi Northwest), numerous carolers, roasted chestnuts, the traditinal Gluhwein Tent (selling hot spiced wine and cider - YES!) costumed Christmas characters (including Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Father Christmas), and the Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 pm before heading back home on our Christmas coach.

Transportation by Luxury Coach with potluck appies & drinks on board, lots of holiday cheer, singsongs, games and GREAT COMPANY! All are welcome - so feel free to invite your friends to this event. Approximate cost of $40 p/p round-trip based on bus transport. A deposit of $20 p/p by Saturday Sept 4 is required to secure your spot (limited space) on the bus.

Contact Terri Hayes for more information.



Upcoming Events

For more information about an event contact the trip leader. Don't wait until the night before to call. Updated phone and e-mail information for events is in the July bulletin.

Saturday
August 27
Work Party Mount Saint Benedict
Contact: Mike Stewart
Sunday
August 28
Cycle
C2
Capilano
Contact: Liz & Jeff Roger
Saturday
September 3
Hike
B2
Full Pull Trail
Contact: Donna Nyberg
A joint hike with NSH.
Sunday
September 4
Cycle
C3
Fort Langley/Clayburn
Contact: Julie & Darrell
Monday
September 5
Cycle
A2
Vancouver West Side Ramble & Potluck BBQ (byob)
Contact: Dave Wettlaufer
Saturday
September 10
Hike
A2
Lynn Valley
Contact: John Sullivan
Sunday
September 11
Cycle
B3
Big Rock Langley Wine Tasting
Contact: Lionel Jackson
Sunday
September 11
Walk Riverview Treefest Historical Walk
Contact: Lorna Riddell
Organized free guided tour of the 1900 heritage trees on Riverview Hospital Lands; history of Riverview bus tours (min. $2 donatin); heritage buildings walk, music and food concessions. See www.rhcs.org for more information.

Grading of Hiking & Snowshoeing Trips Grading of Cycling Trips
Elevation Gain: Distance: Elevation Gain: Distance:
A - up to 500 m 1 - up to 10 km A - mostly level 1 - 40 to 50 km
B - 500 - 1000 m 2 - 10 to 20 km B - some hills 2 - 50 to 70 km
C - over 1000 m 3 - over 20 km C - mostly hills 3 - over 70 km


Resources

For more information about the great outdoors around Greater Vancouver check out these sites:

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC is a federation of outdoor recreation clubs representing most regions of British Columbia. Individual members are also welcome to support our work. By working together we are more able to protect British Columbiaís spectacular mountains and wilderness areas for our future generations to experience.
VOA is a member of the FMCBC.
ClubTread is an online community dedicated to the outdoors. They are a group of outdoors enthusiasts who get together online to share ideas, trip reports, photographs, and advice. Our message board is one of the primary methods to communicate with others, plan trips, and talk gear.
Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat by:
  • informing and educating Canadians;
  • advocating responsible human actions; and
  • representing wildlife on conservation issues.
Bivouac.com is the Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia. It provides maps, trails, trip reports, road bulletins and photos for hiking and mountaineering. It covers all of Canada and the USA.