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 40 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.


What's that bright light in the sky?

It must be time for sun screen because the July 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.

Slesse Work Party
May 31, 2017

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Rhine Moselle Cycle Trip
September 2016

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Lake Ann, Mount Baker
October 5, 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 January bulletin.

HIKING Summer Camp

Saturday July 22 - Thursday July 27: Kootenay National Park
2017 will be a busy year in the Canadian National Parks (due to waived park entrance fees) so we must book all campsites on Jan 15. We hope to book Loop "D" in the campsite, sites #3-14 & 55-58, which is a tenting loop.

As our campsite is at the south end of the Park there will be carpooling to daily multilevel hikes organized. Finishing of a day of hiking with a soak in the hot springs could be an option .. failing that showers are available in the campground.

Camping: Redstreak Campground, approx 2 kms outside of Radium Hot Springs

Expected Costs: Approx $30 p/site, p/night, limited to1 vehicle per site

RVs: Need to contact Redstreak Campground directly to reserve a site as close to Loop "D" as possible

RSVP Deadline: January 5, 2017 to John & Sandy Reinders

Indoor Accomodation: Available 2 kms away at Radium Hot Springs; motels and affordable Misty Lodge hostel

Please RSVP by January 5, 2017 to John & Sandy if you plan to attend and if you plan to share a campsite

HIKING Cathedral Lakes

Monday July 31 - Thursday August 3:
Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area has more than 33,000 hectares of mountain wilderness featuring azure lakes, alpine meadows and jagged peaks of the North Cascades and Okanagan Mountain Ranges. There are 60 km of well maintained hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Camping: $10 per person per night at established campsite

Cost: $120 per person for the shuttle to camp area

Indoor Accomodation: Available

Limit: Maximum 15 people

RSVP Deadline: April 1, 2017

Please contact Dianne Wharton for more information and to sign up.

PADDLE Summer Camp

Thursday August 10 - Monday August 14: Pender Harbour
This year we will explore the waters of Pender Harbour up the Sunshine Coast. This area is considered to be the "Venice of the North" with calm protected waters. In addition to paddling, easy walking, hiking and cycling can be enjoyed.

Accomodation: Waterfront cabins/cottges with full kitchens; yurts and limited camping at Pender Harbour Resort (we have the entire Resort booked for our group)

Expected Costs: Final price dependent on the total amount of attendees; approx: indoor $55-80 p/p, p/n; camping $15-20 p/p, p/n

Deposit: $100 required to secure an indoor spot + $50 p/p required to secure camping

Please contact Chris Larson for more information and to sign up.

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.

Summer Camp
Kootenay National Park (6 days)
Contact: John & Sandy Reinders
Surrey Loop
Contact: Keith Gorham
Poco - Bruce's Market - 123 Trail
Contact: Liz & Jeff Roger
North Langley Circle 8 Loop
Contact: Terry Thorne
Peak 1 - The Chief
Contact: George Maksym
Vancouver Volcano Tour
Contact: Lionele Jackson
and more
Pender Harbour Paddle Tour (5 days)
Contact: Chris Larson

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 Columbia’s 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.
ACLS Training Center provides an online guide for Wilderness First Aid Basics