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.


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.

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.

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.

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

Social Annual Christmas Open House
Contact: Jeannette Blanchard
New Location -- 316 Second Avenue, New Westminster
Social Annual Christmas Potluck Luncheon
Contact: Christine MacDonald
West Langley Hall, 9402 208th Street, Langley
Walk Christmas Holiday Christmas Lights Tour
Contact: Chris Larson
Walk Lafarge Lake Christmas Lights & Rocky Point Park
Contact: Chris Larson
Walk Vancouver Christmas Lights urban Walk
Contact: John Sullivan


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