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 Snowshoes

Because the January 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.

10th Annual Wine Tasting

At Rodeny & Linda's House
Saturday April 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 p/p - limit of 40 people
Location: 16178 14A Avenue, Surrey

What to bring: Your own wine glass, partner and/or friend, appie to share and a great joke. Please contact Linda or Rodney if interested.

Princess Cruise Lines Mini-Cruise

From Vancouver to Seattle
Friday May 10 - Saturday May 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Departing Canada Place

Come join us for an overnight cruise to Seattle! We will board the Ruby Princess cruise ship at Canada Place around 1:00pm or at your leisure, sail under the Lions Gate Bridge around 5:00pm and slowly meander south to wake up in Seattle Saturday morning. Upon departing from the ship Saturday you can do a walking tour, shop Pike Place Market, visit the sights or maybe take in a game. We are going to see if the Mariners or Sounders are playing once the schedules are released. You can return via Amtrak on Saturday evening or chose to stay over and return at your leisure. Please let me know if you book so I can keep you in the loop re Saturday activities.

Price: Depends on your cabin $128.70- $648.70 per person based on 2 sharing. There are cabins for 3-4 so the price/person will drop for that situation.

Group: Tell them you are with the Valley Outdoor Group. They cannot give us the usual group benefit as the cruise is not 7 days, but if we have enough cabins perhaps a little something will come our way.

Booking: Go on line www.princess.com or call Princess.

Return: Via Amtrak or bus or.......

Please contact Sharon Maksym for more information.

San Juans' Historic Bike the Barns CYCLE Tour

Friday May 17 - Tuesday May 22, 2019
May is History Month on the San Juans'. We will take the WA ferry from Sidney BC and arrive at our accommodations Wayfarers Rest hostel with shared kitchen in downtown historic Friday Harbour for 4 nights.

Day trips will include but are not limited to: Bike the Historic Barns Tour with guide/Lopez Island Loop/San Juan Island loop including Roche Harbour, English Camp, Lime Kiln State park plus a walking Tour of historic Friday Harbour.

A deposit will be required to secure spot. Please feel free to check out further information at www.hostelssanjuan.com

Please contact Chris Larson for further information. Limited accommodation MAXIMUM 18 ppl.

Shortlist will be prioritized based on the newly introduced "Cycle Etiquette" listed on Page 15 in the January bulletin.


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 January 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

Saturday
January
19
Meditation
Seminar
Lingyen Mtn Temple, Richmond
Contact: Rodney Edwards
Sunday
January
20
Hike
B2
Lynn Valley
Contact: Susan Zander
Friday
January
25
XC Ski
Snowshoe
Larch Hills, Salmon Arm (3 days)
Contact: Louise
A Joint trip with Nordic Wreck.
Saturday
January
26
Snowshoe
B2
Ottomite & Lago Peaks, Coquilhalla
Contact: Dianne Wharton
Sunday
February
3
Snowshoe
B2
Hollyburn Mountain
Contact: Alan Meggy
Saturday
February
9
Walk Vancouver Urban Walk
Contact: John Sullivan
Sunday
Februany
10
Hike
A2
Sasamat Lake/Buntzen Lake
Contact: Susan Zander


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