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.
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.
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.
Christmas Open house at Rodney's
December 6, 2015
Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail
September 12 - 18, 2014
Sooke, BC - Galloping Goose Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2014
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 Columbia’s early development. Completed
in 1849, the HBC Trail was built by the Hudson’s 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.
Darrell is lost on the Appalachian Trail
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.
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
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.
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.
||Mount Saint Benedict
Contact: Mike Stewart
Contact: Liz & Jeff Roger
|Full Pull Trail
Contact: Donna Nyberg
A joint hike with NSH.
Contact: Julie & Darrell
|Vancouver West Side Ramble & Potluck BBQ (byob)
Contact: Dave Wettlaufer
Contact: John Sullivan
|Big Rock Langley Wine Tasting
Contact: Lionel Jackson
||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
|Grading of Hiking & Snowshoeing Trips
||Grading of Cycling Trips
|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.