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.


Fall Colours

It's time to get outside before the snow flies because the October bulletin is available.

VOA Jerseys Around the World

Valley Outdoor is going international. Send me pictures of your jersey as you travel the world.

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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.

Rhine Moselle Cycle Trip
September 2016

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Lake Ann, Mount Baker
October 5, 2016

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Backpacking 3 Brothers
September 14 - 16, 2016

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Trail Talk

3 Brothers Backpack

Having considered this backpack for a few years now, we decided to put this trip out to the Wednesday North Group and found 2 club members willing to accompany us on this adventure. The weather was warm, clear and sunny during the day, crisp at night and the moon was on the cusp of being full. Continue reading...

Mount Slesse Work Party

Another VOA work party on the Slesse memorial trail was conducted August 27, 2016. There were 12 VOA members in attendance along with six members from the Chilliwack Outdoor club. This was the first time we were able to work on the trail as the road had been washed out earlier in the year. Continue reading...

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...

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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 October bulletin.

Leavenworth Holiday Christmas Lights Tour

Saturday December 4: December is a most wonderful time 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 October bulletin.

Trip Leavenworth Christmas Lights Bus Trip
Contact: Teri Hayes
Hike TBD (depends on the snow)
Contact: Mike Stewart
Burnaby Mountain & Brunch
Contact: Teri Hayes
Open House Annual Christmas Open House
Contact: Rodney Edwards
See page 9 of the October bulletin for more information.
Lunch Annual Christmas Lunch
Contact: Christine MacDonald
See page 9 of the October bulletin for more information.
Baden Powell: Lynn Valley to Deep Cove
Contact: Alan Meggy
Walk Annual Vancouver Christmas Lights Tour
Contact: John Sullivan

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


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 Columbias 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.