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.


Take A Break From Spring Cleaning

Because the April 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.

Annual CYCLE Car Camp at Grand Forks

Friday June 29 - Tuesday July 3, 2018
Our annual cycle car camp this year will be in the small rural historic town on Grand Forks in the Sunshine Valley; 1 hr east of Osoyoos. Accommodations are at the Pines Camp & Resort directory next to the Granby River north of town.

Cabins, T-pees, RV & camping available with all meals included. Multiple low traffic routes available through farm land & grasslands including the rail-trail of the Trans Canada Trail to Christina Lake; the small towns of Niagara, Eholt, Greenwood, Boundary Falls & Midway & others. There are also kayaks available at the Pines Resort for a minimal charge to paddle down the Granby River (pinesbiblecamp.com/rentals/).

A deposit of $50 p/p required to secure booking.

Please contact either Rodney Edwards or Chris Larson for further information and to sign up for this trip.

Introductory Overnight PADDLE trip at Newcastle Island

Saturday July 8 - Monday July 9, 2018
If you've ever wanted to try an introduction to overnight kayak camping this is the trip for you! It's a short easy protected paddle over to Newcastle Island from Nanaimo where we will setup camp for 1 night in our reserved campsite & explore the area. Dinner will be at the flating Dingy Dock Pub on Protection Island. You can either bring your own kayak or walk on the ferry & easily rent at the Nanaimo dock.

Please contact Chris Larson for further information & to sign up with a deposit of $10 p/p.

Annual HIKING Trip at North Cascades National Park WA

Monday July 23 - Sunday July 29, 2018
The North Cascades is known as the 'American Alps' and has some of the best hiking and climbing in the world. Trails are generally top notch, varied and with relatively easy access. Scenery is an unbeatable combination of green forests, rocky peaks, snowfilds and glaciers. Weather is generally good towards the end of July / beginning of August. We will be staying at the Glacier Peak Resort in Marblemount, WA (formally known as 'Clarke's Cabins) Travel is approximately three hours from Vancouver.

This is a collection of houses, cabins, chalets, RV sites and camp sites. We will try to pre-book a selection of these with the anticipated demand in mind. 2018 prices will be approx $20 per tent site, $30 per RV site, $50 PP for house / chalet lodging based on two sharing. As we want to keep people grouped together it would be helpful to have people commit to this trip as soon as possible and provide a first night deposit to secure a spot. Please advise by January 15, 2018.

Optional cultural add on: for those interested there is the 'Winthrop Rhythm and Blues festival' immediately prior to this camp. July 20, 21 & 22nd. There is a campsite in town, 'Pine-near-RV-Park' within walking distance of town. Sandy and I have booked, please feel free to join us.

Please contact Sandy or John Reinders for further information and/or to sign up for this trip.

WA State Rails to Trails CYCLE Tour

Friday August 10 - Monday August 13, 2018
This bike loop is mostly along water and interurban trails. Route includes Lynnwood; Burke Gilman - I-90 Floating Bridge - Mercer Island loop (60 kms); Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail - East Lake Sammamish Trail - Redmond (50 kms); Sammamish River Trail - Lynnwood (50 kms)

A $20 p/p deposit will be required to secure your spot.

Please contact Chris Larson for further information and to sign up.

Sooke CYCLE/HIKE Adventure

Saturday August 25 - Monday August 27, 2018

A $20 p/p deposit will be required to secure your spot.

Please contact Chris Larson (larsonc04@yahoo.ca) for further information and to sign up.

Holden Hiking Camp; Easter Cascades, Lake Chelan Area

Saturday September 29 - Tuesday October 2, 2018
This is an ex-mining town site deep in the Eastern Cascades. The site is now a Lutheran bible camp that provides lodging for whoever wants to come. We have stayed there before and they are decidedly 'un- pushy' about the bible part. That said all are welcome to attend services (vespers) if desired. Lodging is dormitory style 2/3/4 ppl per room. All meals are included and tend towards the organic, natural variety. Activities are primarily hiking but there are additional options camp (www.holdenvillage.org).

Access is convoluted - We need to be in town of Lake Chelan the day before, on Friday, September 28. We head up Lake Chelan early on the 29th by boat and then transfer to the school bus provided for the final ride up to the camp. There is no other access to the camp as this is a very remote area. The return trip is the reverse of the above.

A motel stay in Lake Chelan, July 28 will be required. On the return trip one may elect to drive home the same day or take a motel again.

As we will likely have a fairly large group we should book as early as possible. Prices are approximately $90USD per person per night including all meals. If possible please indicate your intention to attend before January 1, 2018.

Please contact Sandy or John Reinders for further information & be prepared to sign up with your 1st night deposit.

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 April bulletin.

Walk New Westminster / Queens Park
Contact: Jeannette Blanchard
Mount Artaban, Gambier Island (2 days)
Contact: Alan Meggy
Leading Peak, Anvil Island
Contact: Alan Meggy
(pickup on Alan's boat at Lions Bay)
New Westminster - UBC
Contact: Sharon Maksym
Cycle Camp Annual Cycle Car Camp - Grand Forks (5 days)
Contact: Chris Larson
Lynn Valley
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


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