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.


Announcements

Don't Forget Your Umbrella

Because the October bulletin is available.

Where Were You in '92?

Chris put together a compendium of past VOA trips.

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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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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Cathedral Lakes
July 31 - August 4, 2017

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Slesse Work Party, Part 2
June 10, 2017

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Slesse Work Party
May 31, 2017

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Trail Talk

Cathedral Parks



15 enthusiastic hikers arrived on July 31st for 3 full days of hiking in Cathedral Provincial Park near Keremeos. Two of the participants stayed in the lodge while the others camped at Quiniscoe Lake. The sites were first come first serve, so we were lucky to get an area together. Continue reading...


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. 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...


More Trail Talk...


Looking Ahead

Check your bulletin for more information.

Social Dinner at New Wesminster The Old Spaghetti Factory

Wednesday, October 24
Location: 50 - 8th Street, New Westminster

Please RSVP to Carole Chesham or Alexis Elliot before Monday, October 22.

VOA Annual Theatre MATINEE - Be My Baby

Sunday, October 28, Matinee 2:00 pm
Time 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Langley Players Theatre, 4307 200th Street Langley

She's an in-law on the bride's side. He's an in-law on the groom's side. She's a prissy and somewhat pretentious Londoner. He's an irascible Scot. John and Maude, both in their late 50's, are unexpectedly thrown together on the journey of a lifetime. What could possible go wrong?

Ken Ludwig's delightful comedy follows our two main characters as they reluctantly embark together on an important family errand. Airplanes, hotels, and a brand new baby (not theirs) complicate an already prickly relationship and sparks fl. This play is set in 1963 and when you add a memorable soundtrack of 60's music along the way you've got a fun ride - toward an ultimately heartwarming destination.

Tickets on sale now! $20 per ticket.

Due to changes at Langley Players Theatre your ticket price no longer includes a *drink but still includes our delightful reception social. Doors open at 1:00 pm.

Drinks are available at the bar.

Please contact Chris Larson to secure your ticket for this fun afternoon.

VOA Annual Christmas Open House

Sunday, December 9
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm
NEW ADDRESS: 316 Second Avenue, New Westminster (new location at Jeannette and Linda's house)

All are welcome to come and share the Christmas spirit-BYOB and appie to share. For further informatin please contact Jeannett Blanchard.

VOA Annual Christmas Lunch

Wednesday, December 12
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: West Langley Hall, 9402 208th Street, Langley

As always, all present, past members, spouses are welcome to join this annual luncheon. Please bring your favourite potluck dish with a serving spoon, your own dishes and cutlery. Turkey, ham, tea and coffee included.

Please contact Christine MacDonald for more information.

Whistler Village Christmas Walk

Saturday, December 15
Time 1:00 - 10:00 pm

Members and friends are all welcome to enjoy a luxury coach ride up to Whistler Village with potluck appies and drinks on board, lots of holiday cheer and great company to experience a litte touch of Whistler Christmas magic.

The Village creates a new display each year of approximately 300,000 bulbs (that's up to 5,000 strings of lights which take four lifts working fulltime for two months to install) with unique colours and designs appearing around every corner in the Village and along the Valley Trail - everything from multicoloured clouds to ethereal white ghost trees where every branch is outlined in striking colours - a feast for the eyes.

Cost: Approx $40 p/p round trip bus.

For further informatin please contact Chris Larson.


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.

Saturday
October
20
Hike
B2
Mt Strachan
Contact: Dianne Dimozantos
Sunday
October
21
Cycle
B2
Fort Langley - East
Contact: Jeff Roger
Wednesday
October
24
Social
Dinner
New Westminster Spaghetti Factory
Contact: Carole Chesham
Saturday
October
27
Hike
A2
Buntzen Lake
Contact: Carole Chesham
Saturday
October
27
Cycle
A2
Fort Langley - Windup
Contact: Murray & Christine MacDonald
Sunday
October
28
Social
Theatre
Langley Players Theatre - Be My Baby
Contact: Chris Larson
Sunday
November
4
Hike
B2
Hollyburn Trek
Contact: Karen Grant
Sunday
November
11
Walk Remembrance Day Urban Walk
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


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 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