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
San Juan CycleMay 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.

Idaho 300Km Bitterroot Mountain CYCLE Tour

Friday June 14 - Friday June 21
Location: Wallace, Idaho

Bitterroot Mountain CycleThis trip is a combination of the Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail & the Coeur D'Alene Trail in Idaho.

We start our tour in historic Wallace ID where our journey takes us from the upper reaches of the Montana/Idaho Bitterroot mountains along fresh streams down rivers into historical places, small towns and farms. This award winning non-motorized, developed trail is known for its beauty.

The Hiawatha Trail takes the riders over rivers and through the woods on what was once touted as “one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the US” dating back to the late 1800’s. The Hiawatha trail passes through nine tunnels and over seven high safe trestles on its way from the old abandoned town of Taft going down a gentle 2% grade to the Pearson Trailhead. The views on the Hiawatha from the trestles and overlooks are outstanding.

At the end of the Hiawatha Trail we travel along the North Fork of the St Joe River and descent into the small town of Avery. The route continues on the Milwaukee Rail Road into St Maries where we shuttle over to Plummer and travel over the expansive Chatcolet Bridge along Coeur d’Alene Lake to Harrison. We’ll stop at the historic Cataldo Mission State Park & Idaho’s oldest building then on to Silver Mountain and then back to Wallace. The award winning Coeur D'Alene 116 km paved, non-motorized, mostly alpine and basically flat rail trail offers a glimpse into history and is completely car free.

A deposit will be required to secure spot.

Feel free to check out further details & videos at friendsofcdatrails.org

Please contact Chris for further information.

Desolation Sound/Okoever Arm PADDLE Summer Camp

Thursday July 11 - Monday July 15

Desolation SoundAccommodations at Desolation Sound Wilderness Resort are cabins on the water (full kitchens & some balcony hot tubs) on Okoever Arm. Limited accommodation available – please feel free to check out further information at desolationsoundresort.com

Local campsite can be booked independently if desired. Rental kayaks available in area. Please contact Chris for further information.

A deposit will be required to secure spot.

 

Manning Park HIKING Summer Camp

Sunday July 22 - Friday July 26

Manning ParkOur accommodations will be at the Sunshine Valley Resort, between Hope & Manning Park. Please RSVP with your expression of interest (not a commitment) and detailed information will be forthcoming early in the New Year.

Would you be interested in attending this event? Please e-mail either Alexis Elliott or Carole Chesham.

Mt Washington/Strathcona Park/Forbidden Plateau HIKING

Monday August 5 - Thursday August 8

Forbidden PlateauAccommodations at Vancouver Island Mountain Centre chalet at top of Mt Washington. Limited accommodations of 20 ppl (10 bedrooms) with large shared kitchen A deposit will be required to secure spot. Feel free to check out the accommodations at www.vimountaincentre.com

Please contact Chris Larsonfor further information or to sign up.

This hiking trip can be an individual trip or a combined trip with the Courtnet/Comox cycle camp.

Courtney/Comox CYCLE Summer Camp

Thursday August 8 - Monday August 12

Courtney CycleCamper accommodations will be at the Puntledge RV Campground which is very near to the town of Courtenay and easily accessible to stores, restaurants and motels. There are a number of motels in the town that are within walking or cycling distance.

Please confirm before March 30 to secure spot. A deposit of $10 will be required. Please contact Susan Zander for further information and/or to book.

Oregon Tour CYCLE & PADDLE

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
Saturday August 24 - Friday August 30

Oregon CycleWe’ll enjoy a relaxing Amtrak ride to Portland; cycle Tualatin Valley via Forest Grove/Banks-Vernonia Rail Trail (Oregon's 1st official Rail-to-Trails Project) + 1-day kayaking (optional) on the Tualatin River. This route is a history lesson on wheels & skirts the northern Willamette Valley while crossing 12 bridges & 2 railroad trestles through this pastoral route of farmlands, riverways & historic small towns.

A deposit will be required to secure spot. Feel free to check out further information at tualatin-valley-scenicbikeway

Please contact Chris for further information and/or book.

Limited accommodation MAXIMUM 14 ppl.

Shortlist will be prioritized based on the newly introduced “Cycle Etiquette” listed on Page 15 of the bulletin.

Holland - Bruges Bike & Barge Trip

Monday September 7 - Tuesday September 15

Holland Bike & BargeThe highlights of Holland and Belgium are uncovered on this unique cycling tour of the lowlands and North Sea coast. Beginning in Amsterdam, we visit Gouda well known for its cheese and then cycle to the world-famous windmills of Kinderdijk before heading through Dordrecht and the natural reserve of Biesbosch to Willemstad.

We continue by barge across the impressive waterways of Zeeland and on to the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. In the delightful town of Ghent we have a walking tour before continuing to Bruges where small chocolatiers and waffle sellers offer a great reward for your cycling efforts!

For more information contact Carole Chesham.

For information on booking this trip, prices, etc. please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Johnathan at 1-877-462 2423 (Eastern Time) and mention that you are with Meggy's Group going from Amsterdam to Bruges on the Magnifique 1 on Sept. 7th then let me know please.

Palm Springs HIKING

Expression of Interest

Early 2020, 7 - 10 days

Palm SpringsDetails yet to be determined based on interest - maximum 14 people. Please contact Chris if interested.