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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
|Kootenay National Park (6 days)
Contact: John & Sandy Reinders
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
|Pender Harbour Paddle Tour (5 days)
Contact: Chris Larson
|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.
||ACLS Training Center provides an online guide
for Wilderness First Aid Basics